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20 Classic Slow Jams from the 70's to Start off Your Collection

Updated on March 17, 2013

The seventies was a unique era. Their way of dress was different. It was expected that you would wear your best threads (suit or shirt and slacks) when you went out. The music was on a different level. It was sensual and romantic. Lyrics had meaning. The accompanying music helped to provide that candlelight feeling. When you heard it, it got all up in your bones. You experienced what the singer was experiencing. You get taken on a desperation ride as they are begging for their lover to come back. You press play when words itself cannot express the true depth of love you have for your partner. Whereas it is en vogue to be a rapper today, you were a true superstar if you had a hit slow jam. Guys could do no wrong (for a while) if they took their lady to see Marvin Gaye or Al Green.

So, you can count this list as a service to the community. Ladies thank me later. Tell your man in between Lil Wayne jams to mix in some of these songs. He just might get lucky.

1. Always and Forever - Heatwave

2. Just To Be Close To You – The Commodores

3. Never Never Gonna Give You Up – Barry White

4. Love Ballad - LTD

5. How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees

6. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

7. Betcha By Golly, Wow – The Stylistics

8. I Wanna Get Next To You – Rose Royce

9. Can’t Hide Love – Earth Wind and Fire

10. Just My Imagination – The Temptations

11. I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson

12. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago

13. Song For You – Donnie Hathaway

14. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

15. Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder

16. For the Love of You – Isley Brothers

17. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

18. I Wanna Spend The Night – Bill Withers

19. Never Can Say Goodbye – Isaac Hayes

20. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5


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      6 years ago

      It's cool i was speaking on the producers i've worked with who just look for a song another producer used ...kinda like what kanye does he copies Dilla a lot...speaking of that i got a hub on producers and rap disses coming out ..check me out....oh and Funktual is my man, that's what i like people who know samples and pay homage ..nice hub i enjoy reading them

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      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Mundane, not disrespect was intended. I only know a couple of their jams, my mom was into them real big.

      Speaking of samples, you should check out DJ Funktual's page. He and a guest DJ spin originals and then the sampled song. He has 50+ hub videos. It's crazy!

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      6 years ago

      man ...don't get me started a music head....any classic or "factual" music makes me get talkative...and i also sample a lot of this music for beats ..unlike others ..i know the artist

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      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Marilyn McCoo and Co., my mom was always a big fan of them. Thanks Mundane for the post.

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      6 years ago

      The 5th Dimension, i love them

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      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      I hear you. The songs sound so good; it's such a good time when you go out to an old school concert. Thanks for the feedback InspiringWriter.

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      Ava Ming 

      6 years ago from Shenzhen, China

      Very nice article. Brings back loads of memories, makes me wish I was going out to hear these slow jams at the weekend!


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