R&B: Slow Jamz

On A Slow Jam

Slow jams are a subgenre of R&B music known for its sensual, slow, and romantic sound. It was first used in the 1980s to depecit slow and soulful ballads that were increasing in popularity. 

Featuring slow tempos with smooth, sultry vocals and a reliance on harmony and melody, the lyrics of slow jams typically focused on themes of romance, love, and sexuality. In addition, there was an emphasis on expressing feelings of deep connection and emotion. This subgenre is often associated with late-night radio formats to provide a relaxing atmosphere for listeners in the evening hours

Make That Beat

Slow jams featured lush arrangements that emphasized keyboards/pianos, strings, and horns with a steady beat by bass guitars and drums. This helps create a sound that is rich, seductive, and smooth that is perfect for setting a romantic mood. 

Drop That Track

Slow jams continue to captivate listeners with its smooth sound, romantic atmosphere, and heartfel lyrics. Here a some slows jams that have stood the test of time and captured the hearts of its listeners.  

Here a some top hits – both old and new:

  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men
  • Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
  • Ribbon in the Sky – Stevie Wonder
  • Like I Want You – Giveon
  • Say Yes – Floetry
  • Love – Musiq Soulchild
  • Comfortable – H.E.R
  • Peak (Fed Up) – RAAHiiM


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