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If it is one thing Detroit is known for, it is music.
Famous for the Motown Sound, Detroit has produced some of the most notable musical performers and top-charting hits. From R&B to disco, rock to rap, music is ingrained in the DNA and continues to permeate the city.
A playlist can always help to set the mood. Whether you want to hear old or new school love, Detroit has a sound that matches every mood. With some of the most iconic love songs stemming from the city, here is a lot of song to be sure to add to the bae playlist.
“One In A Million” Aaliyah: Known as Detroit’s princess, the beloved singer passed away in a tragic plane crash over the Bahamas in 2001 at the age of 22. Though her discography spans several albums, “One In A Million” is undoubtedly one of the singer’s most recognizable hits. Born in New York, but raised in the city, the singer, actress and icon’s music is now available to stream on all major platforms after more than 20 years.
“Kissing You” Keith Washington: Released in 1991, “Kissing You” peaked at number 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The singer also took to the screen with roles in hit sitcom “Martin,” a stint in daytime television on “General Hospital” and even took his talents to the big screen as Dexter in “Poetic Justice.” Washington, who is still a resident of Detroit, is married. That should tell the story of how his love songs belong on the list.
“Let’s Get it On” Marvin Gaye: If this classic has not already been in the arsenal, then does the playlist even exist? Known for both his smooth sensual voice and attractiveness to match, Marvin Gaye’s sound is still sampled in many songs today. Though not originally from Detroit, the city embraced him as a son after signing under Berry Gordy’s Motown label.
“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations: Music lovers can get a double dose of Detroit with this Motown classic. Released in 1968, this oldie but goodie is a feel-good song with an up-tempo to enjoy a dance with the one you love. This song is also perfect for couples’ karaoke!
“Share My Life” Kem: As soon as this song comes on, Kem’s velvet voice is all the ambiance needed to share a romantic moment. Ranked number 25 on the Hot R&B and Hip Hop Songs chart, “Share My Life” spent 46 weeks on the chart and is still a hit current day. Used in many weddings, this song is an ultimate show of adoration. The 52-year-old was raised in Pontiac and has a career that has spanned almost 20 years. Signed to iconic Motown, the artist released “Love Always Wins” in 2020 giving lovers more tunes to groove to.
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” Aretha Franklin: It is not fair to choose! This Detroit legend has so many hits, it would be hard to contain her love songs to just one. Voicing the soundtrack of “Sparkle” in 1976 alongside Curtis Mayfield, Ms. Franklin has songs that are love over melody.
“Sweet Love” Anita Baker: How sweet it is? A queen in her own right, Anita Baker has charted hits for decades and her language is love. This song is the artist’s first big hit and helped to establish her as a force on the Detroit, national and global music scene. Winning a Grammy in 1987 for the single, “Sweet Love” continues to be a love song staple.
“Find A Way” Dwele: Born on Valentine’s Day, this Detroit singer first hit the scene in 2000. Quickly rising, Dwele has lent his voice to other artists including Kanye West for “Flashing Light.” The 2003 hit, “Find A Way,” tells the story of trying to recapture a love that once was. Taking a chance on love sometimes means granting a second chance. Let this song be the soundtrack to getting your love back.