R&B music has been a staple in popular culture for decades, capturing the hearts and emotions of listeners all over the world. Whether you prefer the smooth and soulful sounds of old school hits or the more contemporary beats that combine effortlessly with hip hop, there is no denying that R&B can make for the perfect Valentine's Day playlist.
Old school R&B, also known as classic R&B, emerged in the 1950s and 1960s and was characterized by its fluid and soulful sound. Artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin are considered the pioneers of this genre, delivering timeless hits that have since become iconic love songs. Tracks like "Let's Get It On" by Gaye, "My Girl" by The Temptations, and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Gaye and Tammi Terrell are just a few examples of the baby-making music ballads that defined old school R&B and continue to be popular today.
On the other hand, new R&B music emerged in the 1990s and 2000s and was characterized by its more contemporary sound. This genre incorporates elements of hip hop, soul, and pop music to create a fresh, modern sound. Artists like Usher, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston are just a few of the many talented musicians who have dominated the R&B charts over the past few decades. Hits like "U Remind Me" by Usher, "We Belong Together" by Carey, and "I Will Always Love You" by Houston are just a few examples of the feel-good tracks that have helped to shape the new R&B sound, especially when you're in a romantic mood on Valentine's Day.
Whether you prefer the old-school ballads of the past or the bumping beats of the present, there is no denying the power of R&B music to capture the hearts and emotions of listeners all over the world.
So, if you're spending Valentine's Day with your significant other or just enjoying a night in with your bros or gal pals, be sure to check out the playlist below curated by the BET Digital staff.
Now go love on yourself or someone else!