Old School R&B Songs

Looking for a single excuse to groove? I'll give you countless. Some old school R&B songs listed below are what you need to let the music take over you...
It's high time you buy a ticket to hysteria by lending an ear to the world's most influential Rhythm n' Blues artists who created some fantastic music, today remembered as old school R&B songs. While, Michael Jackson, the father-figure of R&B and Pop music, set the stage on fire with Black or White, music aficionados couldn't resist the magic created by Aaliyah too. With R&B pioneers such as R. Kelly, Marvin Gaye, and Bobby Brown, the world of music witnessed an unbelievable transformation. This was the time when the unadulterated R&B genre comprised a big fat clan of sounds, beats, attitudes, and not to forget, vocals.

Walking through the aisle of R&B songs may just leave you wordless with their musical substance and lyrical quality. What follows below is a concise list of some of the best feathers in old school R&B's hat, with due respect to the sub-genres, kicking your mood up a notch. I'm not much of a controversy lover, and hence, I must tell that the list is a random one, having nothing to do with the ranking. Scorn out the discrepancies, I plead.

Old School R&B Love Songs: Love, Back Then

Ain't no sunshine, when she's gone... I know not what this song has in it. Yeah, I do know it has it all. If you've given a watch to the famous Hugh Grant and American sweetheart Julia Roberts starrer, Notting Hill, this exquisite R&B number is not easy to ignore. Exemplifying love, illustrating separation, the best old school R&B love songs left us mesmerized with their music. Want proof? Here's it.
  • Ain't no Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • The One I Gave My Heart To - Aaliyah
  • Shining Star - The Manhattans
  • Purple Rain - Prince
  • Woman - Toni Braxton
  • Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
  • Feel Like Makin' Love - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • I Keep Forgetting - Michael McDonald
  • I'd Rather Be With You - Bootsy Collins
  • Genius of Love -Tom Tom Club
  • Lets Stay Together - Al Green
  • Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) - Freddie Jackson
  • Then Came You - The Spinners
  • Strawberry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson
A handsome guy, humming the best love songs with a guitar in hand, with eyes right on me... Ah! I'm apologetic for getting swayed away! Well, chuck love. R&B soars high when it comes to wedding numbers. Wanna know what they are? You must have heard of many, if you aren't fond of missing weddings.

Old School R&B Wedding Songs: A Walk Through the Aisle

Nothing better than walking the aisle with the love of your life, when a thousand eyes are on you, and music, that's nothing but appeasing. Apt for the moment, for that first dance. Sultry lyrics make you calm, soft beats make you swivel with joy - don't you just love music?
  • Always and Forever - Heat Wave
  • Spend My Life With You - Eric Benet and Tamia
  • Caught Up in the Rapture - Anita Baker
  • Forever My Lady - Jodeci
  • For You I Will - Monica
  • Make it Last Forever - Keith Sweat
  • Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
  • You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gate and Tammi Terrel
  • The Sweetest Thing- Lauren Hill
  • Every Beat of My Heart - Brian McKnight
  • With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston and Syreeta
  • Baby, Come to Me - James Ingram and Patti Austin
  • The Lady in My Life - Michael Jackson
... all you need to set a sensuous vibe at the wedding. These old school 90's R&B songs have smooth base lines for you to tap your feet with your better half. For now, stop hallucinating, and check out the last section!

Best Old School R&B Songs Ever: A Sum-Up of the Genre

I don't believe in jotting down a plethora of musical numbers, thus, befuddling you even more. Perhaps, that's the reason I didn't mention a glutted list with the miscellany of artists hitting hard on your sanity. Instead, I preferred narrowing down the list of songs, making it easier for me to write, and for the readers to go through. So, how do we make a concise list of the top R&B songs? Not all songs make it to the chartbusters list, do they? So, here's my own listography of the best old school R&Bs, that I can listen to, regardless of the time and place. With or without a reason.
  • Black or White - Michael Jackson
  • Hold On - En Vogue
  • This is How We Do it - Montell Jordan
  • Don't Walk Away - Jade
  • Humpin' Around - Bobby Brown
  • Fantasy - Mariah Carey
  • What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • All Night Long - Lionel Richie
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah
  • Do Me Right - Guy
  • Don't Wanna Change the World - Phyllis Hyman
  • Bump n' Grind - R. Kelly
  • Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
  • Maybellene - Chuck Berry
  • Any Time, Any Place - Janet Jackson
  • Heart Breaker - Mariah Carey
  • How Deep is Your Love - Dru Hill
... and there I summed it up. I know it might not be your puh-fect playlist of the best old school R&B songs, and you're going to come up with your own list of favorites. But then, my purpose is solved. I mean, that's how soul music is celebrated, isn't it? Something from your kitty, something from mine. Let R&B music rise and shine. Gimme some vodka, gimme some wine. Lord, there couldn't be a more pathetic line (I'm sorry for this horrible piece of poetry!). I think, with that, I'll conclude.