R&B has always been about stories of love: the good and bad. What better way to convey this narrative to listeners than with the addition of a monologue. Whether at the beginning, in the middle or end, a spoken word portion makes listeners relate to the song forcing them to sing along. Here are 17 classic speeches in R&B songs, see how many you know by heart

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1. "Hello may I speak to Barbara? Barbara this is Shirley..." - Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman"

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2. "....but I know you not gonna sing that song!" - Betty Wright's "Tonight is the Night" 

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3. "And then I went home and watched television until television went off.." - Lenny Williams's "Cause I Love You"

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4. "Girl I'm here for you. All those times at night when you just hurt me..." - Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

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5. "..Cause you know I look a lot different outside of my work clothes" - Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name"

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6. "Don't talk, just listen..." - Jodeci's "Stay"

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7. "...Damn. I'm gon call you back. I'm gon call you back" - Usher's "Confessions, Pt. II"

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8. "Wow, it's really good to see you again baby. And I must admit..." Rick James & Teena Marie's "Fire & Desire"

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9. Him: "Baby I don't lover her" Her: "You don't love me!" - Sunshine Anderson's "Heard It All Before"

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10. "That sure puts me in an awkward situation..." - Eyrkah Badu's "Next Lifetime"

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11. "I know he used to do nice stuff for you...." - Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately"

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12. "Well me...I believe I was created..for a special purpose." - Beyoncé's "Ego"

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13. " ..do you know somebody named...you know his name." - Brandy & Monica's "The Boy is Mine"

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14. "Listen dear. I realize you've been hurt, deeply. Because I've been there." - Aretha Franklin's "A Rose is Still a Rose"

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15. "The music's all fast in the club, she gotta drink water cause she's thirsty..." - Kanye West's "Slow Jamz"

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16. "But now I go for walks...to the movies maybe to the park..." - The Chi-Lites's "Have You Seen Her"

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17. "If you need me...call me. No matter where you are, no matter how far." - The Supremes' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

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How many did you recite? Share in the comments below!

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