Picks and Pans Review: Ne-Yo's Gentleman Playlist

UPDATED 09/29/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/29/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

• Back wooing the ladies with Year of the Gentleman, the R&B star, 28, reveals the songs that keep chivalry alive in him.

SAMMY DAVIS JR., "MR. BOJANGLES"
That song was from the era of the gentleman. That era personifies what it is to have charm and charisma—"swag" is what we call it today.

THE TEMPTATIONS, "MY GIRL"
This song depicts a lady—not a woman. A lady is someone to be respected and cherished. And the Temptations brought it in style to be slick and smooth.

NAT KING COLE, "UNFORGETTABLE"
Part of being a gentleman is to keep your cool at all times, and that's what Nat King Cole did. There's a very romantic feel to this song.

JODECI, "FOREVER MY LADY"
Jodeci had their pants hanging down and that whole bad-boy image, but they also knew how to flip it to the other side and turn on the charm.

R. KELLY, "STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE" AND "HAPPY PEOPLE"
These are songs that you can dance to with your suit on and look nice. You don't wanna sweat it out! You can do a little two-step.

ROBIN THICKE, "LOST WITHOUT U"
It's a heartfelt song. That's how every man wants his lady to feel about him—that there's nobody else on the planet for her.

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