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Soul for the summer: here's your smooth R&B playlist for those warm days and nights

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Soul for the summer: here's your smooth R&B playlist for those warm days and nights

Whether you're chatting and sipping lemonade on your front porch or enjoying a nice backyard meal with family and friends, the cherry on top of any summer day or night is a smooth, soulful playlist that can still get you moving to the beat. Turn up these beloved R&B jams at your next get-together to find the perfect musical match to whatever occasion the summer may bring.

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - “Summertime” 
A Grammy-winning and Billboard Hot 100 hit, this summer anthem will have your reminiscing about those high school summers and bopping your head while you eat, talk and make new memories with friends and family at the cookouts and family reunions. Both artists may have been born in Philly, but this beat will go perfectly with any Southern summertime gathering. (Warning: It may play in your head all summer long.)

2. The Isley Brothers - “Summer Breeze”
Kick back and let the wind run through your hair as you soak in the Isley Brothers’ relaxing cover of this summer classic. The legendary music group may hail originally from Ohio, but their guitar-infused take on this easygoing hit will make you feel like you’re laying in a grassy Georgia field.

3. Xscape- “Just Kickin It”
This ‘90s R&B girl group suggests that you “kick off your shoes and relax your feet” this summer (sounds like a great idea). Let this throwback vibe soundtrack any of your summer chill or hangout sessions while you kick it with family, friends and as always, a good plate of food.