Top R&B Songs

When R&B music made its entry, it seamlessly ruffled the music industry. No wonder it is a rage among the masses. I present to you some of the greatest R&B songs of all time.
R&B songs were originally an amalgam of blues and gospel music, and jazz sounds. During the years of its formation, this genre of music comprised drums, piano and vocals, apart from bass instruments and woodwinds. With time, the music was popularized by its lyrics which suggested a sexual element, and by its provocative nature towards dancing.

Top 10 Songs on the Hot R&B Songs Chart, 2012
Check out some of the best lines from the lyrics of each of these songs. (*some lyrics may contain explicit content. Parental Discretion Advised.)

#1. Diamonds ~ Rihanna

"...Palms rise to the universe
As we moonshine and molly
Feel the warmth, we'll never die
We're like diamonds in the sky..."
#2. Thrift Shop ~ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"...I wear your granddad's clothes
I look incredible
I'm in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road..."
#3. Girl On Fire ~ Alicia Keys

"...Looks like a girl, but she's a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name..."
#4. Swimming Pools (Drank) ~ Kendrick Lamar

"...Some people like the way it feels
Some people wanna kill their sorrows
Some people wanna fit in with the popular
That was my problem..."
#5. Clique ~ Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean

"...What of the dollar you murdered for
Is that the one fighting for your soul
Or your brother's the one that you're running from
But if you got money, f@#! it, because I want some..."
#6. Adorn ~ Miguel

"...Baby these fists will always protect ya, lady
And this mind, oh, will never neglect you, yeah, baby, oh, baby
And if they try to break us down don't let that affect us, no, baby..."
#7. F**kin Problems ~ A$AP Rocky

"...Yeah ho this the finale
My pep talk turn into a pep rally
Say she's from the hood but she live inside in the valley now
Vacate in Atlanta, then she going back to Cali..."
#8. Bandz A Make Her Dance ~ Juicy J

"...Down in Atlanta, about to hit up magic
Throw some money in the air all the bad bitches gone grab it
Straight off the floor she gonna need a couple of bags
Like a broke atm I'm a spillin all this cash..."
#9. Thinkin Bout You ~ Frank Ocean

"...A new feel (a new feel)
It won't ever get old, not in my soul
Not in my spirit, keep it alive (spirit, keep it alive)
We'll go down this road
'Til it turns from color to black and white..."
#10. No Worries ~ Lil Wayne

"...Smoke so much that Smokey the Bear, have to bear with us
And that Jeep with the doors off that means that bitch sleek
All these bitch think they're the shit, I sent them up shits creek
You see Tunechi right here, give me brain ideas..."

Top R&B Songs from the 80s
Looking for a New Love
~ Jody Watley (1987)
Don't Be Cruel
~ Bobby Brown (1988)
~ Ashford & Simpson (1984)
Freeway of Love
~ Aretha Franklin (1985)
Slow Hand
~ The Pointer Sisters (1981)
Mercedes Boy
~ Pebbles (1988)
I Feel for You
~ Chaka Khan (1984)
~ Kool & the Gang (1983)
Shake You Down
~ Gregory Abbott (1986)
Crush on You
~ The Jets (1985)

Top R&B Songs from the 90s
One Sweet Day
~ Mariah Carey (1995)
I Will Always Love You
~ Whitney Houston (1992)
That's The Way Love Goes
~ Janet Jackson (1993)
I Believe I Can Fly
~ (R. Kelly) (1996)
~ TLC (1995)
This Is How We Do IT
~ Montell Jordan (1995)
Real Love
~ Jody Watley (1989)
End Of The Road
~ Boyz II Men (1992)
My Lovin'
~ En Vogue (1992)
Come and Talk to Me
~ Jodeci (199)

Some More Great R&B Numbers
- Brandy
- Eternal
- En Vogue
No Scrubs
- Ginuwine
Rack City
- Tyga
Too Close
- Next
Do Me Right
- Guy
Hold On
- En Vogue
- Janet Jackson
Thong Song
- Sisqo
Freek'n You
- Jodeci
Groove Thang
- Zhane
- Mariah Carey
- Keith Sweat
You're the One
Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
I'm So Into You
So Anxious
- Ginuwine
- Mariah Carey
Hustle Hard
- Ace Hood
Rock Steady
- Whispers
- Karyn White
Do Me!
- Bell Biv DeVoe
- Mariah Carey
I Wanna Love You
- Jade
All 4 Love
- Color Me Badd
Back & Forth
- Aaliyah
Bump 'N Grind
- R. Kelly
Caught Out There
- Kelis
Hit Me Off
- New Edition
I Wanna Be Down
- Brandy
Super Freak
- Rick James
The First Night
- Monica
- Damian Dame
Free Your Mind
- En Vogue
Just Kickin' It
- Xscape
Straight Up
- Paula Abdul
- Mariah Carey
- Boyz II Men
- Mariah Carey
I Love Your Smile
- Shanice
I'm Coming Out
- Diana Ross
Let's Ride
- Montell Jordan
Live and Learn
- Joe Public
- The Commodores
You Remind Me
- Mary J. Blige
Dancing Tonight
- Kat DeLuna
Don't Be Afraid
- Aaron Hall
Freak Like Me
- Adina Howard
Humpin' Around
- Bobby Brown
In The Middle
- Isaac Carree
Let The Music Play
- Shannon
My Prerogative
- Bobby Brown
New Attitude
- Patti LaBelle
Sexual Healing
- Marvin Gaye
- Kool & the Gang
Closer Than Friends
- Surface
He's So Shy
- Pointer Sisters
Through The Fire
- Chaka Khan
Feels Good
- Tony! Toni! Tone!
I Belong to You
- Toni Braxton
Let's Get It On
- Marvin Gaye
Sittin' Up in My Room
- Brandy Norwood
Together Again
- Janet Jackson
What About Your Friends
Forever Your Girl
- Paula Abdul
Living In America
- James Brown
Say You, Say Me
- Lionel Richie
U Know What's Up
- Donell Jones
Are You That Somebody?
- Aaliyah
Giving You the Benefit
- Pebbles
If Your Girl Only Knew
- Aaliyah
21st Century Girl
- Willow Smith
How Deep is Your Love?
- Dru Hill
How Will I Know
- Whitney Houston
I'm Every Woman
- Whitney Houston
Jumpin' Jumpin'
- Destiny's Child
Somebody's Watching Me
- Rockwell
- Snoop Dogg
Don't Disturb This Groove
- The System
Got 'til It's Gone
- Janet Jackson
One in a Million You
- Larry Graham
That would be all for some great R&B songs of all time. Jotting down the songs may be tiresome; better bookmark the page. Enjoy!