When it comes to finding the best R&B love songs for him, there are a few things to consider.
First, what is his taste in music? Second, what is the occasion? And third, what is your relationship with him?
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with over 50 of the best R&B love songs for him. These range from classic to contemporary, so you’re sure to find something he’ll love.
Top Best R&B Love Songs for Him
1. 25 Reasons by Nivea
1… your smile, don't have to say no more
2… your guidance and all the things you show me
3… the way you look at me when you say "I love you"
4… your headstrong personality
5… your take-charge capability
6… I love the way you cook for me
Beef roast, white rice with gravy
I'll give you 25 reasons why I'm really in love with you
I can give you 25 reasons why I'm never leaving you
“25 Reasons” by Nivea is a strong way to start off the list, as soulful performer Nivea lists off things that she loves about her man.
She drops 25 reasons as to why he’s the only one for her, and why she loves him so much. The delivery is sincere and full of loving longing, making for one of the most wonderfully enjoyable love songs around.
2. Treat Me Like Somebody by Tink
Somebody real is hard to find
Somebody worth all your time
Somebody who can tell you the truth
Someone who loves you for you
Someone who knows all of your flaws, and
Doesn't impose, try to control them
Let's you be free, doesn't deceive
They give you a chance to believe, believe in something
Tink remains as one of the most talented people to touch R&B music, and she pulls off love songs effortlessly as is evident with “Treat Me Like Somebody.”
First off, the songwriting makes a strong and emotional impact, as she pleads for someone to love her. She doesn’t need them to be perfect, she just wants them to love her for herself, a sentiment anyone can resonate with.
Secondly, Tink’s angelic voice wrapped up with an acoustic guitar and a drum machine makes for an unforgettable experience that any R&B fan will love.
3. Dangerously In Love by Beyoncé
Baby, I love you
You are my life
My happiest moments were incomplete if you weren't by my side
You're my relation, in connection to the sun
With you next to me, there's no darkness I can't overcome
You are my raindrops, I am the seed
Beyonce has many, many love songs that are heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and “Dangerously In Love,” is an exceptional one.
In it, Beyonce wails her heart out about how much she loves someone, as her emotions come to the forefront. The sheer passion on display in Beyoncé’s performance is enough to push this song as one of the most memorable in her career.
Not to ignore, the production is gorgeous as well, with a minimal piano melody that carries the song beautifully.
4. Cater 2 U by Destiny’s Child
Baby, I see you workin' hard
I wanna let you know I'm proud
Let you know that I admire what you do
Don't know if I need to reassure you
My life would be purposeless without you (Yeah)
It is impossible to talk about R&B and love songs and not mention Destiny’s Child at least once. The trio was known for their exceptional love songs, with “Cater 2 U” being one of the best.
The song is about being a homebody and taking care of the one you love. It’s a surprisingly fun and sweet song with the vocal harmonies taking the forefront.
The production is also quite good with a bouncy bassline and light percussion, making it another great entry on the list.
5. Dance for You by Beyoncé
I just wanna show you how much I appreciate you, yes
Wanna show you how much I'm dedicated to you, yes
Wanna show you how much I will forever be true, yes
Wanna show you how much you got your girl feeling good, yes
Wanna show you how much, how much you understood, yes
And just like that, Beyoncé returns to the list with “Dance For You,” a more subdued and subtle take on the idea of a love song for him.
In this one, Queen B lists off the things she loves about her man, and how much she appreciates him. She can’t help but show her affection through dance, and the result is one of the most beautiful love songs in recent memory.
6. Skin by Rihanna
The mood is set (Huh, huh)
So you already know what's next (Uh-huh, ah)
TV on blast, turn it down, turn it down
Don't want it to clash
With my body screaming out, no (No-oh)
I know you hearin' it (Oh-oh)
You got me moanin' now
“Skin,” by Rihanna starts off slow, demure, almost haunting. As it slowly unfolds into a darker club jam, the lyrics get more and more sensual, as Rihanna teases her man.
Like the name implies, “Skin” is a quiet, intimate song, a stark contrast from the more emotional outbursts we’ve seen so far. It fits Rihanna really well, and as such it earns its spot on this list.
7. Loyal by Toni Romiti ft. Big Rod
It's not hard to be loyal
So boy let me show you
I been all about you
And I'm still all about you
You know that I got you
I'm always on the ride
And if you're in a jam, I stay by your side
When it comes to love, loyalty is something that is expected but sadly scarce. That’s why songs about being loyal suddenly became a big subgenre of love songs, and “Loyal,” by Toni Romiti is a great one.
It’s mellow and soft, as Toni sings about how she loves her man and will stay loyal to him. Big Rod’s guest verses add extra flavor to the song, which is much appreciated.
8. The Rain by K. Michelle
Tonight I'm feeling sexy (Woah)
I can make you overdose, make it overflow, if you let me (Sheesh)
Like a river, my waterfalls'll breakdown a levee
You gon' get soaked, so bring a raincoat
When we finish you gon' see a rainbow
A more straightforward, sweet, and simple love song from K. Michelle, “The Rain” is a great addition to any playlist.
What sets it apart from many others is how flirtatious and filled with double entendres it is. It remains a sweet song, but one that’s also hilarious in just how forward it is. At the same time, it’s fun to listen to, and some of the verses are so creatively funny that it’s a dead-ringer for this list.
9. Complicated by Nivea
I think about us (All day), dream about ya (Always)
Love ain't always (Complicated)
I think about us (All day), dream about ya (Always)
Love ain't always (Complicated)
Nivea returns to our list with “Complicated,” a darker and more emotional take on a typical love song. “Complicated” touches on a lot of the more complex and difficult parts of love, though in the end, love still comes through and perseveres. It can be a difficult listen for some, but the sheer gravitas of the track makes it a worth addition to the list.
10. Close To You by Dreezy ft. T-Pain
Anything you want, I got it
In my feelings, boy, I'm so about you
I just wanna get to know your body
Baby anything goes
When I'm tryna get close to you, to you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh no
A smooth, musically rich tune that’s layered with Dreezy’s sultry vocals and T-Pain‘s iconic auto-tune, “Close To You” is the perfect example of a contemporary love song done right.
Dreezy’s soulful delivery really hits all the notes that you’d want in a love song, as she talks about being addicted to her man and wanting to be close to him. Adding T-Pain into the mix is the icing on the cake here, really giving the song a ton of personality.
11. Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready) by Alicia Keys
You give me a feeling that I never felt before
And I deserve it, I think I deserve it
It’s becoming something that’s impossible to ignore
And I can’t take it
Back-to-back smooth svelte jams hit us with “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),” by the ever talented and iconic Alicia Keys.
Filled with emotion and gravitas, this one’s a highlight of Alicia Key’s discography and it’s not hard to see why. Every line lands with exactly the amount of impact that’s appropriate for such a song, and it’s impossible to not admire.
12. I Should Have Cheated by Keyshia Cole
I might as well have cheated on you (You)
As much as you accused me of cheatin'
I might as well have lied to you
As much as you accused me of lyin'
Certainly a different take on the concept of a love song for him, “I Should Have Cheated,” by Keyshia Cole is a song about a loving partner who gets accused of cheating, despite her loyalty. As you’d expect, the song is packed with sadness and hurt, all handled perfectly by Keyshia’s powerful vocals and exquisite songwriting.
13. Stickwitu by The Pussycat Dolls
Nobody gonna love me better
I must stick with you forever
Nobody gonna take me higher
I must stick with you
You know how to appreciate me
I must stick with you, my baby
Nobody ever made me feel this way
I must stick with you
The Pussycat Dolls have left an indelible mark on music history, and “Stickwitu,” is a prime example of why that is. It’s a song that’s remarkably sweet, all about how much the singer loves her partner. At the same time, while it lifts her man up, she also brings up the many things he does for her that makes her appreciate him. It’s incredibly sweet and remains a mainstay on many radio stations.
14. If You Let Me by Sinéad Harnett feat. GRADES
I don't wanna be just a memory
And I don't wanna feel your wings break free
Because without you I'm lost in the breeze
I gotta be strong now, I gotta show you how
“If You Let Me,” is a more straightforward love song, one that’s seductive and commanding. Sinéad Harnett knows exactly what she wants here, and she’s baring her heart out on this song. While the vibe of the song is certainly strong, Sinéad also allows herself to be vulnerable here, making for an interesting dichotomy.
15. Every Kind Of Way by H.E.R.
I wanna love you in every kind of way
I wanna please you, no matter how long it takes
If the world should end tomorrow and we only have today
I'm gonna love you in every kind of way
One of the sweetest and most heartfelt tunes on this list, it’s really hard to beat “Every Kind Of Way.” Written and performed by H.E.R., it’s an impressive slow jam that slowly plods through its runtime by revealing layers behind the lyrics and instrumentals. It makes for an impressive and sincere sounding song that’s bound to stick in your head.
Female R&B Love Songs for Him
Though every song on this list are by female singers, we have to give a special shoutout to the lesser known but equally talented female R&B singers out there. Often overshadowed by the mainstream, these women are making some of the best music in the genre right now, and they absolutely deserve your attention.
- I’ve Changed – Jaheim feat. Keyshia Cole
- Say Less – Ashanti
- Medicine – Queen Naija
- 10,000 Hours – Ella Mai
- U + Me (Love Lesson) – Mary J. Blige
- Need U Bad – Jazmine Sullivan
- In Love With Another Man – Jazmine Sullivan
- Who Can I Run To – Xscape
- Let It Burn – Jazmine Sullivan
- Refill – Elle Varner
R&B Love Songs for Him of 2020, 2021 and 2022
Here are some of the best R&B love songs for him that have been released in recent years.
- Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles) – Jazmine Sullivan
- Different – Ann Marie
- Stupid Too – Sydney Renae
- Ease Your Mind – Sarah Breeding
- Worth It – Ann Marie
- Kiss It Better – Rihanna
- Rocket – Beyonce
- Fall For You – Leela James
- I’m Sure It’s You – Sheléa
- Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
90s R&B Love Songs for Him
Undeniably, the 90s was the golden era for R&B music. Many of the songs on this list are from that decade, but we wanted to give a special mention to some of the 90s classics that didn’t make the cut. These are the songs that will melt any cold heart and make any guy weak in the knees.
- Angel of Mine – Monica
- Everything – Mary J. Blige
- Understanding – Xscape
- Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
- Don’t Leave Me Alone – Ashanti
- Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
- My Love Is Your Love – Whitney Houston
As you can see, there are a lot of incredible love songs for him out there. No matter what your taste is, you’re sure to find something on this list that will resonate with you. We hope you liked our picks, and if you have any suggestions of your own, be sure to let us via our contact us page. Till then, happy listening!