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We selected 20 of the greatest feel-good songs, from contemporary artists such as Beyonce and Kanye West to legendary performers that include Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. Check out the BoomBox’s favorite songs from black artists who know how to have a good time.
20. ‘Ride Wit Me, ’ Nelly
The third single from Nelly‘s debut LP, ‘Country Grammar, ’ did not garner as much chart success as its title track, but still, ‘Ride Wit Me’ became an instant favorite, thanks in part to an impossibly catchy guitar riff. Combined with carefree lyrics about cruising with the top down, chasing girls and living the easy life, it remained an indisputable warm weather go-to. So much so, that in 2010, the cast of ABC’s ‘Glee’ even performed their own cover of the song.
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19. ‘Night To Remember, ’ Shalamar
1970s group Shalamar found success with their popular blend of upbeat disco- soul, and more notably with their 1982 hit ‘Night To Remember.’ During a live performance of the track on BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’ show later that same year, dancer Jeffrey Daniel executed the “Moonwalk” for the first time on TV, capturing the attention of a young Michael Jackson. From there, the rest is musical history.
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18. ‘Ordinary People, ’ John Legend
With three successful solo albums under his belt, John Legend has detailed the many highs and low of romantic relationships over the years, but it was his 2004 single, ‘Ordinary Love, that first demonstrated his raw talent for tackling human emotion. Over a pared down piano melody — his musical weapon of choice — Legend croons about love’s ability to triumph over the many hurdles we encounter, earning him one of his very first Grammy Awards.
17. ‘Can I Kick It?, ’ A Tribe Called Quest
Try as hard as you can and it will still be difficult to equate this song with anything but a laid-back afternoon kicking it with your best friends. The hypnotic, extended introduction transports listeners down memory lane, even before Q- Tip officially begins the song 30 seconds later, asking, “Can I Kick It?” While historical references may date the track, playful quips such as, “If you feel the urge to freak, do the jitterbug, ” simply never get old on this ATCQ track.
16. ‘The Light, ’ Common
Common‘s introspective and uplifting lyrics have earned him accolades for being a conscious MC, and his Grammy-nominated single ‘The Light’ is a prime exhibition of his craft. The heartfelt tune, released in 2000, is one of hip- hop’s most tender and sincere love songs to date, thanks to lyrics like, “Love has no limit, let’s spend it slow forever.” Rumors that the song was dedicated to Common’s onetime girlfriend Erykah Baduonly enhanced its appeal to the masses.
15. ‘I’m Every Woman, ’ Whitney Houston
In 1992, Whitney Houston released her rendition of Chaka Khan‘s 1978 breakout hit, reinventing the song for a new generation of women who dared to dream of doing and having it all. The fresh cover, recorded for ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack, bumped the girl power meter up a notch with video appearances from Khan herself, as well as the members of TLC. Whitney, Chaka, TLC together. Need we say more?
14. ‘Only You, ’ 112
112‘s 1996 debut marked one of the earliest R&B releases on Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. The group’s first single, ‘Only You, ’ was remixed with verses from the Notorious B.I.G. and Mase — at the peak of their respective careers — instantly making the song a stuck-in-your-head variety. Hit play, and it will likely transport you to a dance floor somewhere in your memory, or at least conjure up images of four guys, dressed in all-white-everything, dancing in front of a back lit screen in the original video. Bad Boy, baby.
13. ‘Real Love, ’ Mary J. Blige
On the second single from her 1992 debut album, ‘What’s The 411?’ a young Mary J. set the tone for early ’90s R&B with this youthful, but soulful anthem about the quest for a fulfilling romance. Crafted over a catchy drum sample from Audio Two’s 1998 track ‘Top Billin’, ’ the future Queen of R&B scored her own classic, carefree love song way before all of that drama and the impending ‘Growing Pains.’
12. ‘Dear Mama, ’ Tupac
Every musician paints a portrait of their personal journey but Tupac‘s 1995 tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur tugged at the heartstrings, with its focus on the struggles of an impoverished single parent. Over a nostalgic beat, the late rapper rhymes about the woman who shaped him as a man, thanking her for sacrifices, acknowledging her hardships and cementing ‘Dear Mama’ as a classic tribute to dynamic mothers everywhere.
11. ‘Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang, ’ Dr. Dre
No feel-good playlist is complete without this classic number from the breezier coast, which introduced Dr. Dre and ‘The Chronic’ to the hip-hop game back in ’92. Over one of Dre’s signature beats — which became instantly recognizable by the era of Aftermath Records — the Doc and Snoop let loose their free-wheeling, Cali-tinged rhymes, breathing new life into the rap scene without ever looking back. Like Snoop said, “Unfadeable, so please don’t try to fade this.”
10. ‘So Fresh, So Clean, ’ Outkast
OutKast members Big Boi and Andre 3000 harness some old school swag on this ‘Stankonia’ single with talk of Monte Carlos, Teddy Pendergrass and late nights at the Apollo, set to a smooth funky beat, that oozes laid-back cool. And if there was any doubt that they were the coolest dudes on the planet, refer to the lyrics to hear Big Boi explain why he’s as cool as “sippin’ a milkshake in a snowstorm.”
9. ‘Step in the Name of Love, ’ R. Kelly
R. Kelly‘s standard bedroom-friendly lyrics take a backseat on this PG-rated tune, which has become a dance floor favorite at memorable events from marriages to birthday parties and even neighborhood block parties. With Kellz’ detailed dancing instructions on the track’s breakdown — “Step, step, side to side/ Round and round, dip it now” — this song was undeniably crafted for dancing, or stepping, the night away with a loved one.