Call them bedroom music, or quiet storm, or mood setters, if you really want to be polite about it. But basically what they are is sex songs, songs about getting a little somethin.' Unlike other romantic songs, these R&B songs aren't talking about love - they're all about good old-fashioned lust. So if you're looking to put together a mix CD of songs that convey that emotion, your Guide has some suggestions, which include tunes by Usher, Aaliyah, Trey Songz and other artists known for sensual and sexually-charged music.
Just like another song on this list, Trey Songz' "Dive," Usher's tune uses a water metaphor to convey a message about sex. A sample of the lyrics: "It's raining inside your bed, No parts are dry, Loving makes you so wet, your legs, your thighs/And ever since we first met I knew that I, I knew I was ready baby, to take that dive."
Although she's more known for her social, political and message-minded music, Goapele really switched things up here, and the mid-tempo "Play" is probably the sexiest, most sensual song she's ever recorded: "I wanna play, play around, tell me if you think that you can get down/'Cause this is what I'm dying for, I mean this is what I'm dying to do," she sings in a breathy, alluring tone.
In an interview with People magazine, Miguel said he was inspired to write this sexually charged song after he'd been on a long trip and was anxious to get home to see his girlfriend. As the lyrics indicate, the song's about a strong desire for physical intimacy. Key lyrics: "These lips, can't wait to taste your skin baby, And these eyes, can't wait to see your grin, Just let my love, Just let my love adorn you."
It was the video for the very sensual "Rock The Boat" that Aaliyah had just filmed in the Bahamas in August 2001 when her plane crashed on the way back to the U.S. Despite the tragedy associated with it though, "Rock the Boat" went on to become a hit on the charts as well as a mainstay on late night "Quiet Storm" radio. (By the way, the 'boat' Aaliyah sings about in the song is actually a metaphor for part of the female genitalia.)
On the sexually-drenched "Dive In," Trey Songz uses suggestive metaphors to equate lovemaking to taking a swim. Here's some sample lyrics: "I'm about to dive in, baby girl hold your breath, we about to get so we swimming in your body, let me dive in, you know ain't no runnin' 'round this pool, goin' under just for you."
"Sex Never Felt Better" is pretty much what you'd expect from the trio of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank: a seductive jam about the joys of lovemaking: "Bring it over here, turn your phone off, leave them heels on, take them clothes off, I wanna see no one else, 'cause I'm yours tonight," Tyrese sings at one point. "Sex ain't never felt better, I wanna swim in it all night, Girl your body belongs to me, belongs to me."
"PDA (We Just Don't Care)" is John Legend's ode to public displays of affection. On this song, Legend lets his inner freak out by singing lyrics like "I see you closin' down the restaurant, let's sneak and do it when your boss is gone, everybody's leavin, we'll have some fun, oh maybe it's wrong, but you're turnin' me on."
This tune, which was originally featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 Wayans Bros. comedy "Don't Be a Menace...," is about a man coaxing a woman to give up the goods in bed. Or as Ronald Isley puts it in the song: "Your body is warm but you're still unsure, I'll have you know that I have the perfect cure, yeah, Step in my room and I'll take your fears away, Put your trust in me and all that I say, Tell me, can we lay?"