Songs have been written on just about every topic possible, but the best ones are those hard hitting relatable songs usually depicting a love scene. Whether you deeply in love, texting, dating, having a flirt for free, going through a break up or currently at the ‘it’s complicated’ stage then love songs have the power to hit you when you least expect it. Here are some of the best love songs written or performed by Afro-Americans.
Halo – Beyonce
A strong start, and maybe an obvious and safe choice with this artist. But this song does describe a superior kind of love that is so extraordinary it must come from somewhere up above. Halo was written by the lead singer of One Republic, Ryan Tedder whilst his tour was on hold due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The record label placed it on hold ready for Beyonce to record and release who then turned it into a smash hit. What better way to spend time out with an injured leg that writing smash hits for the world’s biggest American artist.
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
Again this mega pop star was not afraid to release a love song that could resonate with most of us. Michael’s songs tend to have that gripping feeling that seems to enable you to go back to when you first heard them or the year they were released. A huge song from a huge album, Bad, and by the September of 1987 it topped the US Billboard singles chart itself, only the second of his singles to do so.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Due to the power and success of this song unfortunately not many realise it was originally written and recorded in 1973 by American singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton. A commercial success in its own right as a country song Whitney Houston recorded her version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Her single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. It also holds the record for being the best-selling single by a woman in music history.
Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
If any love song is to get you hot under the collar, then this is it. Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix is a very sexual song that was probably inspired by one of the ladies in his life at the time Heather Taylor or Kathy Etchingham. Featured in the pop cult movie Wayne’s World where Garth, as many have done so sings along to a café jukebox whilst thinking about his dream woman. C’mon admit it; it’s not just me that’s done that!
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Romance themed smooth soul music is enough to get anyone reminiscing about specific love scenarios in their life. Marvin Gaye did this in abundance, and none more than Let’s Get It On. Establishing himself as a sex icon and reaching out to the mainstream this song quickly became the ‘go to’ song to get down and dirty with loved ones. His soulful and seductive vocals were enough to get any relationship in the mood for loving!