In the world of hip hop and R&B, cuffing season is all-year round, and the genres provide the perfect soundtrack to any love affair. Whether you have a boo, you’re looking for a boo, or you have several boos, you can always rely on that one record to take you back to a special time and place—that moment in your life that will never be forgotten—or to help you make new memories with a special someone. With society’s ever-changing fads, trends, and fashions, one thing remains constant: love.
The options for your perfect soundtrack are endless. Whether you’re lighting candles to set the mood, cuddling up for warmth, or ready to make some babies, there’s only one thing left to do: put on the most romantic playlist known to mankind. The slow jams are inevitable, but sometimes, you just want to kick things up a notch.
It goes all the way back to the classics—after all, Marvin Gaye’s "Let's Get It On" remains one of the sexiest songs ever invented. Fast forward a couple decades, and Usher single-handedly takes over the R&B baby-making genre as a whole; at least until Chris Brown comes along. “Yo” had guys sweeping their female crushes off their feet from across the room . And let’s not forget about Frank Ocean, who brought the phrase “Thinking Bout You” to a whole nother level. And at the tail end of last year, Kendrick Lamar released the music video for “LOVE.”, redefining the word for all of mankind.
And still, many of us remain skeptical on this notion of true love. While humans may let us down, music never disappoints. No matter the genre and no matter the location—music is universal. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you. Here’s a cheat sheet of 50 songs to make love to, from Prince to Drake.