Crafting the ultimate R&B playlist for Valentine's Day is all about blending timeless classics with contemporary hits to set the mood for a romantic evening. Incorporating old-school R&B songs brings a nostalgic charm, evoking the timeless romance of artists like Anita Baker, Al Green and The Temptations. Their soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics create an intimate atmosphere perfect for celebrating love. Meanwhile, adding new school R&B tracks from artists like Coco Jones, Muni Long, and Brent Faiyaz infuses the playlist with modern sensibilities, offering a fresh perspective on romance while still capturing the essence of the genre. Whether you're dancing cheek to cheek or simply enjoying each other's company, this curated playlist promises to soundtrack a memorable Valentine's Day celebration filled with love and affection.

Tyrese's "Sweet Lady," Anita Baker's "Sweet Love" and Kem's "I Can't Stop Loving You" are old-school R&B love songs that hold a special place in the hearts of many within the Black community. Each track embodies romance, passion, and soulful expression, resonating deeply with people across generations. "Sweet Lady" by Tyrese showcases its smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics, while Anita Baker's timeless "Sweet Love" exudes elegance and sensuality, setting the standard for love ballads. Kem's "I Can't Stop Loving You" further enriches the narrative with its soul-stirring melody and heartfelt declarations of enduring love. These songs not only showcase the talent of their respective artists but also serve as cultural touchstones, celebrating the richness and complexity of Black love and relationships. Including them in discussions on Black R&B love songs pays homage to their enduring legacy and impact on the culture.

When discussing new school R&B, it's clear that the genre is alive, proving that R&B never died; maybe some just weren't looking in the right places. Muni Long's "Hrs and Hrs" and Coco Jones' "ICU" exemplify the fresh sound and innovative storytelling present in contemporary R&B. With "Hrs and Hrs," Muni Long effortlessly blends her vocals creating a modern anthem of desire and longing. Meanwhile, Coco Jones' "ICU" showcases her range and emotional depth, delivering a powerful message of self-discovery and empowerment. These tracks, along with others from emerging artists, are revitalizing the R&B landscape, offering a fusion of traditional soulful elements with contemporary production techniques. They prove that R&B continues to evolve and thrive.

Old School

Tyrese “Sweet Lady”
Kem “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
Teddy Pendergrass “Love T.K.O.”
Anita Baker “Sweet Love”
The Isley Brothers “Between the Sheets”
Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”
Temptations “My Girl”
Brian McKnight “Back At One”
Al B. Sure! “Nite and Day”
K-Ci & Jojo “All My Life

New School

Coco Jones, “ICU”
Muni Long, “Hrs and Hrs”
Ella Mai, “This Is”
Brent Faiyaz, “All Mine”
Teyana Taylor, “Gonna Love Me”
Cleo Sol, “When I’m in Your Arms”
Victoria Monét, “How Does It Make You Feel”
Snow Aalegra, “Do 4 Love”
Ari Lennox. “Get Close”
Khamari, “These Four Walls”