Love is the reason for the season when the first Valentine’s Day of the new decade arrives on Friday (Feb. 14).
Recognized by lovers everywhere, the holiday has evolved beyond the simple world of romantic connections and into symbolism of self care, acknowledgement of loved ones, and for music lovers, a reason to revisit our favorite rhythms of romance. Regardless of who or how you’ll be celebrating, it’s safe to say no February 14th is complete without hip-hop and R&B’s sultriest, sexiest and most sophisticated musical testaments of love to soundtrack your Cupid’s Day.
BET compiled some of the best tunes of the modern musicscape to get the love jones flowing for every #BlackLove mood.
Hit play on some of our favorite picks below:
(Photos: Rachel Luna/WireImage, Andrew Toth/Getty Images, Johnny Nunez/WireImage, Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for ABA)