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15 Ultimate '90s Slow Jams for a Sexy Valentine's Day

Need a sensual V-Day soundtrack? Get down to Brandy, R. Kelly, TLC and some of the most classic R&B love (and lust) songs from the '90s

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Mariah Carey, "Always Be My Baby"

We had to kick it off with Mariah Carey's 1996 classic "Always Be My Baby." Who doesn't want to hear their Valentine say, "I'm part of you indefinitely"?

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Monica, "Angel of Mine"

She may have been just a teen in the '90s, but Monica's voice is an undeniable staple in that decade of R&B. Who could forget this lovely slow jam?

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Brandy, "I Wanna Be Down"

Good luck resisting the groove when you hear that bass line. And when Brandy's silky smooth vocals kick in? It's over.

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Usher, "Nice & Slow"

Sure, Usher is still making baby-making music today, but this bumping ballad was his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 and remains sensual as hell.

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112, "Cupid"

You need the R&B quintet's Valentine's Day anthem where the guys croon, "Cupid doesn't lie, but you won't know unless you give it a try / Oh baby, true love won't lie." You need it.

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Tyrese, "Sweet Lady"

One of the 1990s' sexiest slow jams, sung by one of R&B's sexiest singers. How could you not be in the mood?

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Tamia, "So Into You"

If you're feeling heavy on the infatuation this Valentine's Day, look no further than this Tamia classic. "I think your truly something special / Just what my dreams are really made of," she sings. Aww.

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Whitney Houston, "My Love Is Your Love"

Whitney was famous for her huge belting style, but many forget that she absolutely shined when she toned it down and cooed through a soft, shuffle beat like she did on this '98 single.

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Aaliyah, "At Your Best (You Are Love)"

Originally a track by the Isley Brothers, R&B empress Aaliyah revived the track, adding her velvety vocals to make it a modern-day classic. Drake sampled her version on his track "Unforgettable," and Tamar Braxton also sampled the late singer on her single "Let Me Know."

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Toni Braxton, "Breathe Again"

Toni Braxton might have crafted the ultimate sad love song with "Un-Break My Heart," but don't even think about looking over the rest of her discography. We suggest "Breathe Again" to add a little sensuality to your Valentine's Day thanks to the singer's smoky vocals. 

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Lauryn Hill & D'Angelo, "Nothing Even Matters"

It's hard to pick the number one reason why this is a quintessential slow jam. Is it the barrage of sensual coos opening the track? The layers of harmonies throughout? The snappy production? The fact that D'Angelo and L-Boogie are teaming up and amplifying their powers? Whatever your reason, add it to your V-Day playlist immediately.

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R. Kelly, "Bump N' Grind"

The instant that beat kicks in, you know there's nothing to do but to bump 'n grind.

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TLC, "Diggin' on You"

Famous for their girl-power attitude, TLC showcased their tender side with the final single released off their blockbuster CrazySexyCool album. The trumpet blasts give the track an extra burst of peppiness and flavor.

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Janet Jackson, "That's the Way Love Goes"

Another velvet-voiced vixen who's nearly impossible to pluck one song for the perfect Valentine's Day mix, we chose the single that saw Janet transition from pop sweetheart to a romantic-yet-lustful chanteuse. Channel your inner diva when this track comes on.

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Maxwell, "Whenever Wherever Whatever"

End your Valentine's Day tryst with this acoustic ballad sung by one of the smoothest voices out there.

BONUS: Get more than 100 of the ultimate '90s slow jams packed into Fuse's convenient Spotify playlist, if your Valentine's Day, er, adventures are continuing deep into the night...

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