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Top 100 Best R & B Songs Of All Time (2022 List)

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List Of Greatest Rhythm and Blues Songs

Rhythm and Blues or More popularly known as R & B represents the music of African American Communities.In early 40s the term used for African American music was 'Race Music' but it was controversial and Offensive.So the term was replaced by Rhythm and Blues (R&B).

African American Community contributed a lot to music.Rap music,Hip Hop music,Pop music and many other genres are redefined by African American Artists.

Here is a list of 100 Greatest R & B Songs that were not only loved by people but also influenced pop culture.

if you find any of your favorite R&B song missing then do let me know in comments.

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Here is the list of 100 best R&B Songs.

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99. Fallin' By Alicia Keys

98.Love Shoulda Brought You Home By Toni Braxton

97. What's Love Got To Do With It By Tina Turner

96. All Cried Out By 112 and Allure

95. April Showers By Dru Hill

94. Weak By SWV

93. Twisted By Keith Sweat

92. Only You By 112

91. Don't Let Go (Love) By En-Vogue

90. Just A Friend By Biz Markie

89. Fast Lane By Bilal feat. Jadakiss and Dr. Dre

88. Locked Up By Akon, feat. Styles P.

87. Deja Vu By Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

86. Gold Digger By Kanye West & Jamie Foxx

85. Fiesta (Remix) By R. Kelly & Jay-Z

84. The Seed (2.0) By The Roots feat. Cody ChesnuTT

83. Home Alone By R. Kelly feat. Keith Murray

82. Oh By Ciara Feat. Ludacris

81. And Our Feelings By Babyface

80. Like You'll Never See Me Again By Alicia Keys

79. Endless Love By Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie

78. Ice Ice Baby By Vanilla Ice

77. Boy Is Mine By Brandy and Monica

76. I Swear By All 4 One

75. I'll Be Missing You By P Diddy and Faith Evans

74. Ain't Nobody By Chaka Khan

73. Three Times A Lady By Commodores

72. Don't Leave Me This Way By Thelma Houston

71.Power Of Love/Love Power By Luther Vandross

70. Got 'Til It's Gone By Janet Jackson

69. If By janet Jackson

68. Together Again By Janet Jackson

67. Best Things In Life Are Free by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross

66. You Make Me Wanna... By Usher

65. End Of The Road By Boys II Men

64. I Will Always Love You By Whitney Houston

63. Stop To Love By Luther Vandross

62. Party Like It's 1999 By Prince

61. Little Red Corvette By Prince

60. Let's Get It On By Marvin Gaye

59. Sexual Healing By Marvin Gaye

58. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life By Stevie Wonder

57. Higher Ground By Stevie Wonder

56. Living For The City By Stevie Wonder

55. Beat It By Michael Jackson

54. Foolish By Ashanti

53. Real Love By Mary J. Blige

52. Umbrella By Rihhana

51. Hey Ya! By Outkast

50. Love U 4 Life By Jodeci

49. Ex-Factor By Lauryn Hill

48. Scream By Michael and Janet jackson

47. Remember The Time By Michael Jackson

46. Say My Name By Destiny's Child

45. That's The Way Love Goes By Janet Jackson

44. One Sweet Day By Mariah Carey

43. Vision Of Love By Mariah Carey

42. Waterfalls By TLC

41. Here And Now By Luther Vandross

40. Any Love By Luther Vandross

39. Sign Of The Times By Prince

38. (What A) Wonderful World By Sam Cooke

37. Purple Rain By Prince

36. Love And Happiness By Al Greene

35. Never Too Much By Luther Vandross

34. Rock With You By Michael Jackson

33. In Da Club By 50 Cent

32. Lonely By Akon

31. Un-Break My Heart By Toni Braxton

30. We Belong Together By Mariah Carey

29. No Diggity By Blackstreet

28. I'll Be There For You By Mary J. Blidge feat. Method Man

27. Yeah! By Usher

26. Smack That By Akon

25. Ignition By R. Kelly

24. Boombastic By Shaggy

23. Back & Forth By Aaliyah

22. Always On Time By Ja-Rule Feat. Ashanti

21. ABC By Jackson 5

20. Ain't No Mountain High Enough By Marvin gaye

19. The Tracks Of My Tears By Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

18. Super Freak By Rick James

17. Killing Me Softly With His Song By Roberta Flack

16. Always By Atlantic Starr

15. I'll Be There By Jackson 5

14. What'd I Say By Ray Charles

13. I'll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men

12. I Got You (I Feel Good) By James Brown

11. What's Going On By Marvin Gaye

10. I Believe I Can Fly By R. Kelly

9. When Doves Cry By Prince

8. I Heard It Through The Grapevine By Marvin Gaye

7. Respect By Aretha Franklin

6. My Girl By The Temptations

5. A Change Is Gonna Come By Sam Cooke

4. Let's Stay Together By Al Greene

3. Superstition By Stevie Wonder

2. Billie Jean By Michael Jackson

1. [Sittin' On] The Dock Of The Bay By Otis Redding

In the face of constantly changing global trends, one genre of music has been able to withstand the test of time and enjoy a steadily growing number of fans.

R&B, which has flourished for decades without ever going out of style, is currently experiencing a new period in its history that looks set to capture the imagination of the public. The roots date back to gospel music at the start of last century and can be traced through blues, jazz and soul before reaching their current form. Today's R&B enjoys an unprecedented degree of popularity thanks to megastars such as Beyoncé , who recently delighted her countless admirers with her surprise album . Jay-Z also continues to break records by becoming only the third rap artist after Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G to sell one million copies of an album in the US with his latest release, Magna Carta...Holy Grail .

The recent launch of R&B sensations such as Frank Ocean , Miguel and The Weeknd onto the international stage has also contributed to reviving interest in this genre among fans around the world. All three artists are currently on tour in Europe, where they are captivating audiences during countless performances. One only needs to refer back to last year's Grammy Awards ceremony which saw all of these singers receive nominations for their work, or look at some of this year's major award ceremonies to see how much they have grown artistically by winning awards alongside legendary performers such as Stevie Wonder who is considered to be one of the founders of this genre.

R&B is proof that the most powerful music comes straight from the heart and that artists can express themselves more powerfully through song than they ever could through words. It's no accident that some of these singers are also writers for many other successful R&B and hip-hop artists, such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys . France has also had its own share of talent in this area over the years with home-grown stars such as Lauryn Hill , Cassius and Youssoupha to name but a few, who continue to grow in stature internationally.

It remains to be seen whether R&B can break into even more markets around the world but there's little doubt that the genre is currently enjoying a golden age.

The origin of R&B, or Rhythm and Blues, is said to have started in the city of New Orleans. It was born from a combination of spirituals, work chants and field hollers which were sung by African American laborers who were working on plantations in Southern Louisiana. At its beginnings the music was not actually called R&B but it did have elements that would later develop into what we know as this popular style of music today. In the 1920's guitarist Charlie Christian began playing electric guitar for larger groups thus making more opportunities for improvisation with his instrument; this played an integral part in developing the sound most people consider R&B to be.

R&B's roots can also be traced back to 19th Century spirituals that were sung by the African slaves who were brought over and forced into hard labor in America under conditions that can only be described as pure misery. This style of music was important because it not only served as a source of entertainment, but it also helped unify black people during one of the darkest times in their history. The songs helped develop communication between the slaves while they shared experiences such as sadness, pain and hope for their future which is why they became very emotionally attached to them. Spirituals provided inspiration for other musicians such as Louis Armstrong , who drew from his knowledge of these types of songs when he developed Jazz . He would also expand on these sounds to make a style of music that would later go on to become the foundation for Rock 'n Roll , which is another very popular genre.

R&B owes a lot of its success and origins to what's known as the Great Migration . This was a period during World War I when black people moved from rural areas in Southern US states such as Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, where spirituals had been developed, to large cities such as Chicago and Detroit where they could find work in factories. In these mass production settings blacks began singing using their own accents which made the songs much more rhythmic due to the syncopated beats that were created by this shift in speech patterns. Eventually, however, they ended up losing some of the spiritual aspects of the songs and began to develop a more secular style which soon became known as Blues .

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An important distinction must be made between Blues and R&B because although they share many similarities, R&B is much less dismal in its outlook on life. In fact, some people consider it to be a positive version of Blues with happier lyrics that provide inspiration for people going through hard times in their own lives. However both genres have been influenced by Jazz , Gospel , Soul and Rock 'n Roll which adds to their dynamic sound. Most modern day R&B is composed of four distinct elements: melody, vocals, instruments and rhythm. Although quite different from its predecessors it continues to maintain its rhythmic components while simultaneously adding new sounds such as electric piano, electronic synthesizers and drum machines.

Today R&B has evolved into a more contemporary realm of music that can now be found in many different genres such as Hip Hop , Rap , Reggaeton , Pop and Country . The sounds are now mostly electronic with heavy emphasis on percussion which makes it very appealing to younger generations around the world. Many listeners prefer the style because it's easy to dance to which is why you see its influence in all these other styles of music mentioned above. It's also true that this type of music appeals mostly to people who either live in large urban areas or come from similar backgrounds where they grew up listening to their own version of R&B. However there are still musicians who perform traditional

Your Favorite R&B song - Share your thoughts,comments and Suggestions Or Just Say 'Hi'

anonymous on April 04, 2013:

Ummm Lenny Williams- Cause i Love You ???

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

great lens, I enjoy RnB music

williemack58 on January 18, 2012:

Going over this lens made me fill young again, during the time I did not inhale pot. This lens took me on a wonderful ride.

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on December 09, 2011:

Excellent lens that list some of the greatest Rhythm & Blues artist ever to set foot into a recording studio. Two of my favorite are Teddy Pendergrass and Curtis Mayfield...two very soulful and gifted balladeers who singing styles and lyrical genius has influence a new generation of recording artist. And how can I forget the genius of Smokey Robinson!

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samsaradakini on September 29, 2011:

EXCELLENT display of R&B! Thank you. Gosh I love Otis Redding and was happy to see that he was #1 on the list so far. :)

concept247 on September 16, 2011:

HI good lens keep up the good work

anilsaini on September 16, 2011:

nice lens

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