In dedication to Valentine’s Day, here are some R&B song recommendations.

Love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending it with your partner or a group of friends. In recognition of this, here are my top ten favorite old-school R&B songs. You can play these at your “Galentines” gathering or with your other half.

1. The song “Wifey” by the American R&B trio Next came out in 2000. The song has a catchy tune, especially when the line “You’re my wifey.” is sung. The song is about the ups and downs of a romantic relationship, precisely a committed one.

The lyrics express the singer’s love and admiration for his partner who is specifically described as his “wifey”. The song praises his partner’s support and loyalty to him. Gentlemen, you can play “Wifey” for your special lady.

2. The song “Anniversary” by the American group Tony! Toni! Toné! came out in 1993. As the title suggests, the singer is singing about his anniversary with his partner. This makes it a perfect song to play for your other half when it’s your anniversary, especially if your anniversary is on Valentine’s Day.

3. The song “I Wanna Be Down For You” by Brandy came out in 1994. The song is about the singer expressing her admiration and interest in a guy she likes. This is the perfect song to send to your crush on Valentine’s Day if you want to be bold.

4. The song “Lifetime” by Maxwell came out in 2001. The song is about healing from heartbreak and the transformative power of love. It’s an encouraging song to listen to if you’re in a season of healing after a breakup.

5. The song “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul came out in 1972. The song is about forbidden love. The singer is expressing his sadness that he knows he can’t be with his interest in the long term due to it being the right person and the wrong time. The Stan Brothers have a fantastic cover of the song.

6. The song “So Into You” by Tamia came out in 2004. The lyrics express the singer’s deep admiration for a guy she has a huge crush on. In the song, Tamia sings a line that says she wants to be more than friends with her love interest. “I’m so into you now, I wanna be more than a friend of you now.” (Another song you can send to your crush if you want to be bold this Valentine’s.)

7. The song “Tell Me” by American R&B duo Groove Theory came out in 1995. The song is about how the singer wants the guy she is interested in to tell her he likes her back (hence why the song is called “Tell Me.”) Another gutsy way you can let your crush know you like them is by sending them this song.

8. The song “Let’s Chill” by American R&B band Guy came out in 1990. The song is a romantic ballad about a man who hopes to reconnect with his former girlfriend. The lyrics imply that he has been trying to move on but is struggling due to the strong bond he had with his ex.

9. The song “Night and Day” by AL. B. Sure came out in 1988. The song is about how the singer can go on and on all day about all the things he loves about his partner. The song is more upbeat than the other songs yet still maintains a romantic vibe.

10. The last song is “At Your Best” by Aaliyah which came out in 1994. The lyrics express the singer’s appreciation for her partner. Her partner brings love, strength and motivation to her life. This is a perfect song to send to your partner to let them know how much you appreciate them.

Which of these old-school R&B songs will you play on Valentine’s Day with your partner or with your friends?