This feature was originally published in 2015.
So, tonight's the night, and you're bringing that lucky guy or girl back to your place to seal the deal. You know you've got to prep the scene, so you go down the list of elements to make the night extra special. Love notes arouse the mind. Red wine gets the blood flowing. Home-cooked dinners are thoughtful. Incense sets the mood. Rose petals and bubble baths are a nice touch (even if they're a little cliche, fellas). But when it comes time to actually seal the deal, nothing does the trick like playing the right slow jam. You can have all the elements in place, but without a playlist of the best songs to get you in the mood, you may end up shut out of any action, despite all your best efforts. And nobody wants that.
So, before you invite your lover to lay down, fire up the Spotify, make sure your Pandora subscription is paid (you do not want those ads popping in at the wrong time and cramping your style), or get your Apple Music playlist up to date and make sure the soundtrack to your night is lined up in advance.
If you need some help getting started, look no further than the list we've cobbled together below. We're talking all time classics here, along with some favorites from the modern day's most reliable babymaking hitmakers, like Beyonce, Jeremih, and The-Dream. We also got some Marvin Gaye, some Luther Vandross, a little Anita. We got some Ready for the World, some New Edition, some Minnie Ripperton, and 94 more songs to really set the party off right. The rest, though, is up to you. All we ask, is that in the climactic moment, you make your lover scream out, "Complex presents the 97 Songs to Get You in the Mood!"