'Love Jones' Love Songs
As we remember the movie, let's not forget that its sound track is a classic, too.
Groove Theory, "Never Enough"
Memorable lyric: "Look in your heart, and tell me baby/tell me if you want to play the part"
Fans couldn't get enough of the R&B duo Bryce Wilson and Amel Larrieux after the 1995 release of their best-selling single "Tell Me." They didn't disappoint with this track, with Larrieux singing angelically about unrequited love.
Maxwell, "Sumthin' Sumthin' "
Memorable lyric: "Honeydewsugachocolate dumplin' yeah/Sista with a certain sumthin' sumthin' "
The ballad, which is basically about Maxwell's attempt to spend time with a certain young lady, is as sexy as it is soulful. With this one, big-haired Maxwell reminded us of his silky, signature falsetto -- which we became even more acquainted with in his 2001 remake of "This Woman's Work." And who doesn't like a made-up word every now and then?
Lauryn Hill, "Sweetest Thing"
Memorable lyric: "Sweetest thing I've ever known/was like a kiss on a collarbone"
With just the first five words, hip-hop's beloved songstress tugged on our heartstrings with one of her most epic recordings. Hill's warm vocals against the hip-hop-inspired acoustic backdrop, produced by the Refugee Camp All-Stars, make for music magic. This song, of course, served as the prequel to what we could expect to hear on Hill's indisputably classic debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In short, "Sweetest Thing" is charming but intense, and so is its video.
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