The 200 Best R&B Songs Of All Time

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Rhythm & Blues is a term that was originally used to describe the fast blues played by African Americans. The R&B music genre has been around since the 1940s heavily modified. From the 1980s, the first performers recorded music that can be described as a modern form of R&B.

vanguard of Contemporary R&B was Michael Jackson, Prince, and Luther Vandross, who used influences of pop, funk, and soul.

In the 1990s became hip-hop and rap became more and more popular and there was an increasing mixing of genres. Well-known musicians like R. Kelly, Brandy, and Aaliyah or even Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men as well as TLC dominated the Billboard charts in America in the 90s.

From the year 2000 onwards, R&B is also generally referred to as “black music” or “urban music”, because R&B and hip-hop have increasingly merged together. Well-known representatives from the year 2000 are u. a. Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Usher, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna.

All the R&B groups and solo artists already mentioned are of course included with their most popular songs in our playlist of the 200 best R&B songs of all time. Many other R&B songs that were created before the 1980s are of course also on our list.

From classic Rhythm & Blues to Contemporary R&B, our tracklist includes the most important songs from the music genre.

(At the end of the article we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

Playlist of the 200 best R&B songs of all time:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

№: Song: Artist: Listen: Year:
1. Yeah! Usher 2004
2. Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 1982
3. Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 2015
4. Pony Ginuwine 1996
5. I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly 1996
6. My Girl Temptations 1965
7. I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men 1994
8. Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1982
9. Milkshake Kelis 2003
10. ABC Jackson 5 1970
11. [Sittin’ On] The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding 1968
12. Family Affair Mary J. Blige 2001
13. Fantasy Mariah Carey 1995
14. Candy Cameo 1986
15. When Doves Cry Prince 1984
16. Oops (Oh My) Tweet 2002
17. What’s Going On Marvin Gaye 1971
18. Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & the Pips 1973
19. Superstition Stevie Wonder 1972
20. I Do Love You Billy Stewart 1965
21. A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke 1964
22. No Diggity Blackstreet 1996
23. Boombastic Shaggy 1995
24. Respect Aretha Franklin 1967
25. Poison Bell Biv Devoe 1990
26. When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge 1987
27. Untitled (How Does It Feel) D’Angelo 2000
28. Survivor Destiny’s Child 2001
29. At Last Etta James 1960
30. Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) Travie McCoy 2010
31. You Make Me Feel Brand New The Stylistics 1973
32. Climax Usher 2012
33. Smack That Akon 2006
34. Waterfalls TLC 1994
35. Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 1996
36. What’s My Name? Rihanna 2010
37. Waterfalls TLC 1994
38. I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye 1983
39. Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio ft. L.V 1995
40. What’s Luv Fat Joe ft. Ashanti 2001
41. Say My Name Destiny’s Child 1999
42. You Might Need Somebody Shola Ama 1997
43. Let’s Stay Together Al Green 1972
44. Whatta Man Salt ‘N’ Pepa 1993
45. Hey Ya! Outkast 2003
46. Creep TLC 1994
47. This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan 1995
48. I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1992
49. I’ll Be There Jackson 5 1970
50. Love Like This Faith Evans 1998
51. Adorn Miguel 2012
52. Ignition R. Kelly 2003
53. Just To Be Close To You The Commodores 1976
54. You Make Me Wanna… Usher 1997
55. Lonely Akon 2004
56. La La Means I Love You Delfonics 1968
57. Where My Girls At 702 1999
58. Power Of Love/Love Power Luther Vandross 1991
59. I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy and Faith Evans 1997
60. Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye 1973
61. Like You’ll Never See Me Again Alicia Keys 2007
62. Get It On Tonite Montell Jordan 2000
63. Bills, Bills, Bills Destiny’s Child 1999
64. I Swear All 4 One 1994
65. Best Things In Life Are Free Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross 1992
66. Always Atlantic Starr 1987
67. Vision Of Love Mariah Carey 1990
68. Freak Like Me Adina Howard 1995
69. Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh) Lumidee 2003
70. Stay in My Corner Dells 1965
71. And Our Feelings Babyface 1993
72. Remember The Time Michael Jackson 1991
73. I Do Jamelia 2000
74. Living For The City Stevie Wonder 1973
75. World of Fantasy The Five Stairsteps 1970
76. I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown 1964
77. I’ll Always Love My Mama Intruders 1973
78. Together Again Janet Jackson 1997
79. Bump N’ Grind R Kelly 1993
80. How Deep Is Your Love Dru Hill 1998
81. Shotgun Jr. Walker & the All Stars 1992
82. Fiesta (Remix) R. Kelly & Jay-Z 2000
83. Soul Man Sam & Dave 1967
84. Deja Vu Beyonce feat. Jay-Z 2006
85. Foolish Ashanti 2002
86. Little Red Corvette Prince 1982
87. Umbrella Rihanna 2007
88. Purple Rain Prince 1984
89. All My Life K-Ci & JoJo 1997
90. That’s The Way Love Goes Janet Jackson 1993
91. Twisted Keith Sweat 1996
92. Love U 4 Life Jodeci 1995
93. I’ve Been Loving You too Long Otis Redding 1965
94. Just My Imagination Temptations 1971
95. The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica 1998
96. I’ll Be There For You Mary J. Blige feat. Method Man 2003
97. My Boo Ghost Town DJs 1995
98. Home Alone R. Kelly feat. Keith Murray 1998
99. Real Love Mary J. Blige 1992
100. Reasons Earth Wind & Fire 1975
101. My Guy Mary Wells 1964
102. We Belong Together Mariah Carey 2005
103. Love is the Message MFSB 1973
104. Locked Up Akon, feat. Styles P. 2004
105. Only You 112 1996
106. Fallin Alicia Keys 2001
107. Shackles (Praise You) Mary Mary 2000
108. Stop To Love Luther Vandross 1986
109. Gold Digger Kanye West & Jamie Foxx 2005
110. Sign Of The Times Prince 1987
111. Do Right Woman Do Right Man Aretha Franklin 1967
112. It’s A Man’s Man’s World James Brown 1966
113. For the Love of Money O’Jays 1973
114. Endless Love Love By Diana Ross and Lionel Richie 1981
115. (What A) Wonderful World Sam Cooke 1960
116. I Only Have Eyes for You Flamingos 1973
117. End Of The Road Boyz II Men 1991
118. If You Think You’re Lonely Now Bobby Womack 1981
119. Just A Friend Biz Markie 1989
120. For Your Precious Love Jerry Butler & the Impressions 1965
121. Never Too Much Luther Vandross 1981
122. Distant Lover Marvin Gaye 1973
123. Aint Too Proud To Beg Temptations 1966
124. Love Shoulda Brought You Home Toni Braxton 1992
125. Want to Want Me Jason Derulo 2015
126. My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” En Vogue 1992
127. I’m Every Woman Whitney Houston 1992
128. I Wanna Sex You Up Color Me Badd 1991
129. Humpin’ Around Bobby Brown 1992
130. Doo Wop Lauryn Hill 1998
131. Work [feat. Drake] Rihanna 2016
132. I Miss You Aaron Hall 1993
133. Beat It Michael Jackson 1983
134. Super Freak Rick James 1981
135. One Sweet Day Mariah Carey 1995
136. The Tracks Of My Tears Smokey Robinson and The Miracles 1965
137. As Stevie Wonder 1976
138. The Tracks Of My Tears Miracles 1965
139. Ain’t No Way Aretha Franklin 1968
140. Up On The Roof Drifters 1989
141. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder 1972
142. Rub You The Right Way Johnny Gill 1990
143. If You Don’t Know Me By Now Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes 1972
144. Five More Hours (Deorro x Chris Brown) Deorro x Chris Brown 2012
145. Don’t Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston 1976
146. Dynamite Taio Cruz 2009
147. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now McFadden & Whitehead 1979
148. Not Gon’ Cry Mary J. Blige 1995
149. Hold On I’m Coming Sam & Dave 1966
150. Motownphilly Boyz II Men 1991
151. Always Together Dell’s 1968
152. Are You That Somebody? Aaliyah 1998
153. Girl You Need a Change of Mind Eddie Kendricks 1972
154. All Around The World Lisa Stansfield 1989
155. You’re Makin’ Me High Toni Braxton 1996
156. Say It Loud James Brown 1968
157. Come And Talk To Me Jodeci 1992
158. Sex Machine James Brown 1971
159. Feenin’ Jodeci 1993
160. Killing Me Softly With His Song Roberta Flack 1973
161. On & On Erykah Badu 1996
162. If I Ever Fall In Love Shai 1992
163. No Scrubs TLC 1999
164. Freak Me Silk 1993
165. Weak SWV 1992
166. Any Love Luther Vandross 1988
167. I Love Your Smile Shanice 1991
168. All My Life K-Ci & JoJo 1998
169. Too Close Next 1997
170. Time of Our Lives Pitbull & Ne-Yo 2014
171. Scream Michael and Janet Jackson 1995
172. Westside TQ 1998
173. Still Water (Love) Four Tops 1964
174. Do Me Right Guy 1990
175. Bring It on Home to Me Sam Cooke 1963
176. Back At One Brian McKnight 1999
177. Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey 1995
178. Starboy The Weeknd 2016
179. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin 1983
180. Sitting in the Park Billy Stewart 1965
181. Three Times A Lady Commodores 1978
182. I’m So Into You SWV 1992
183. House is Not a Home Luther Vandross 1981
184. Honey Mariah Carey 1997
185. Feels Good Tony! Toni! Toné! 1990
186. Nice & Slow Usher 1997
187. Love And Happiness Al Greene 1972
188. One in a Million Aaliyah 1996
189. Soul Finger Bar-Kays 1967
190. Ex-Factor Lauryn Hill 1998
191. Sittin’ Up In My Room Brandy 1995
192. Sideshow Blue Magic 1974
193. I Get Lonely Janet Jackson 1998
194. The Crossroads Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1999
195. Higher Ground Stevie Wonder 1973
196. Don’t Walk Away Jade 1993
197. Forever Mine The O’Jays 1979
198. Ain’t Nobody Chaka Khan 1983
199. Inner City Blues Marvin Gaye 1971
200. Cold Sweat James Brown 1969

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