Top R&B Songs

Since it’s introduction in the late 1940s, R&B has constantly been evolving. The term R&B stands for “rhythm and blues,” but has seen major shifts in the 60 plus years it’s been around. Traditional R&B has been captured as popular African American-inspired jazz and blues music. Billboard writer Jerry Wexler is the man responsible for coining the term, “R&B.” The 1970s saw a shift to soul and funk, as the genre worked itself towards the contemporary R&B we have today. The current R&B uses inspiration from the past influences, while at the same timing adopting the lyrical and beat components from modern hip hop.

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Since the beginning, love has been synonymous with R&B. From Diana Ross to some of the modern artists like Alicia Keys, Usher, and Beyonce, the songs’ lyrics have always dealt with matters of the heart. R&B connects easily to fans because everyone can relate to the peaks and valleys love brings. The following lists have been designed to inform fans of the top 10 R&B songs today, along with new songs and all-time greats. Also, scroll down to score yourself tickets to see  R&B maven Rihanna on tour this summer.

Top 10 R&B Songs

RankArtistSong

1 Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z Suit & Tie
2 India Arie Cocoa Butter
3 Alicia Keys Girl On Fire
4 Rihanna Diamonds
5 Miguel How Many Drinks
6 Beyonce Bow Down/I Been On
7 John Legend ft. Rick Ross Who Do We Think We Are
8 Justin Timberlake Mirrors
9 Rihanna Pour It Up
10 Miguel Adorn

New R&B Songs

RankArtistSong

1 Bridget Kelly ft. Kendrick Lamar Street Dreaming
2 Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams Blurred Lines
3 Lloyd ft. Juicy J Twerk Off
4 Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt Super Rich Kids
5 Kyle Lucas Housewife
6 Ciara Body Party
7 Bad Rabbits Doin’ It
8 TGT Sex Never Felt Better
9 Joe Thomas I’d Rather Have A Love
10 Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

Best Modern R&B Songs

RankArtistSong

1 Beyonce ft. Jay-Z Crazy in Love
2 Alicia Keys You Don’t Know My Name
3 Erykah Badu ft. Common Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)
4 Alicia Keys Fallin
5 Beyonce Single Ladies
6 Mary J. Blige Be Without You
7 D’Angelo Untitled (How Does It Feel)
8 Mariah Carey We Belong Together
9 Mary J. Blige Family Affair
10 R. Kelly Ignition (Remix)

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