Sade - The Sweetest Taboo

Sade – The Sweetest Taboo

“The Sweetest Taboo” is a song by the British band Sade, named after their lead singer, Sade Adu. It was released in October 1985 with “You’re Not the Man” on the B-side as the lead single from their second studio album, “Promise.” Sade is known for their smooth jazz, soul, and sophisti-pop sound, and “The Sweetest Taboo” is one of their most iconic and successful songs.

Sade - The Sweetest Taboo - single cover

The song is characterized by its sultry and seductive vibe, featuring Sade Adu’s distinctive and velvety vocals. The instrumental arrangement combines elements of jazz, R&B, and pop, creating a sophisticated and laid-back atmosphere. Lyrically, the song explores themes of forbidden love and the intense allure of a romantic relationship that may be considered taboo.


“The Sweetest Taboo” was a commercial success, reaching high chart positions in various countries, inluding #1 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. It became one of Sade’s signature songs and is often cited as one of the highlights of their discography. The song’s enduring popularity has made it a classic in the realm of smooth jazz and adult contemporary music.

Sade – The Sweetest Taboo – Lyrics