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We love to see it. The androgynous play on her sexuality with the Harlem native drifting back and forth between feminine and masculine energy, like her homage to LL Cool J’s “Doin’ It,” made the song more fluid and honestly, sexier. More of the Songs You Love. Still rounding out the totality of what she has to offer, the 24-year-old newcomer displays a change of pace with her single, “Easy.”. - Jasmine Grant. - J.T.W. 1.". The toughest part of this is limiting the choices, but here are the selections from our staff, listed alphabetically. The results were a great selection of essential songs for Soul Music lovers. - M.A. Both singers have confessed that their studio chemistry makes “Change” one of their favorite songs to record. Upon first listen, you might get lost through the track’s opulent dreamscape, especially as Daye reels you in with arresting conviction. Nobody can deny Taylor’s sex appeal and on “How You Want It,” she embodied big [redacted] energy. The chemistry both artists possess on wax is so undeniable that there's a rumored joint project in the works, "a little short EP joint," Lanez said. By employing her vocals as a percussive element, Summer Walker is continuing an approach led by the most dominating artist of the decade, Drake, whose influence on R&B has left the riffs and runs of yesteryear on the backburner. The visual, choreographed by Sean Bankhead, heavily reminded me of Aaliyah’s iconic video for “Are You That Somebody?” When you combine that with Destiny’s ethereal beauty and lou’s alternate dawning male perspective, “The Same 2.0” is a win-win situation. 00:00. Maysa and Phil Perry - For the Love of YouJ Brown  - Sunrise SunsetJacob Collier feat Daniel Caesar - Time Alone With YouJam and Lewis - Til I Found YouJames Biscuit Rouse - Igazi PanziJohnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant - PerfectJon B and Donell Jones - UnderstandJudith Hill - UpsideJuewett Bostick feat. Nance’s direction was likely a favor returned for Solange performing on the first season finale of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, but their artistic thesis was exclusively released on Apple Music before venturing to museums around the world. Magic Soul. And up until this year, the 1991 Grammy-nominated hit—complete with a whistling melody that can be pointed out in any oldie lineup––had only gotten the cover treatment by the genre’s mainstream. - Stephanie Smith-Strickland, This year, I made more than a little time for BJ The Chicago Kid’s “Time Today.” Like collard greens simmering on the stove all day, or wine that’s been aged to perfection, this song doesn’t rush the process. Written at a songwriting camp sponsored by Keep Cool Records, the Bregma and D’mile-produced song became the template for exclusive, glossy “A** Like That” posters which were quickly sold out after its release. Genre: Neo-Soul. Oh, and FYI, Jhene Aiko has hotter freestyles than a lot of rappers. With a lyric video paying homage to 1970s basement workout tapes, Monet has no problem gloating about maintaining her curves: “When you see me, just know, yeah, I earned that sh*t/ Treat my calories like weed, yeah, I burnt that sh*t/ Shout out to my trainer 'cause he crack that whip/ It's an asset just to see the way my a** sit like this.”. “Sandstorms” is a rhythm and blues classic for the ages. A sly way of signaling a desire for emotional companionship and steady support. Angela Johnson - Joy in the RainRaphael Saadiq - Something Keeps Calling MeRissi Palmer - Soul MessageRobert Glasper feat. As fans await his planned third album Serenity, surprise single “Blame” is a look into Bryson Tiller’s regrets in love and loss. As a fellow R&B advocate, Raphael Saddiq introduced Daye to perform during a slot at the 2019 BET Awards and a recent surprise set on NPR Tiny Desk. and. Simply put, they did what they had to do! - J.G. Get into it. Below are our staff's 100 favorite songs of 2019 -- a mix of cultural events, personal favorites and everything else that tattooed itself inside our brains in the last 12 months. It’s one of the most refreshing blendings of vocal talent to come out of 2019. Brand Nu, Inc./ Golden Child/ Entertainment One. Its soothing melodies, interpolation of the classic hit, “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love,” by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack and sultry lyrics hit all the right spots, but Andrew Watt’s enthralling guitar solo is the satisfying climax. And with Dreamville’s Ari Lennox lending sultry vocals to the second verse — she too contextualizes the loss of a relationship through the reference of a natural disaster — “Cool Off the Rain” truly becomes a perfect storm. And so we've gathered our music critics to each pick their favorites, which we've assembled below in our list of the 70 Best Soul Songs of 2019. Then you press “play” all over again. Throughout “MAYBE,” there are hints of afrobeats—a genre Justine Skye has been fusing into her brand of pop&B since her 2018 studio album, Ultraviolet. - I.R. But like with her entire discography, Fantasia writhes all over the track, allowing the steely nature of it to take control. Aalegra isn't part of some R&B fad—she’s an artist who is deliberately carving out her own path as she sees fit as the genre experiences a refreshing resurgence. Collaborating with Grande again on thank u, next bonus track “Monopoly” and “Got Her Own” from the revamped Charlie’s Angels OST, Monet is prepped for 2020 and marked to step out on her own. “Something Keeps Calling” introduced Jimmy Lee, Raphael Saadiq’s highly anticipated solo return after eight years of working on projects for Solange, Mary J Blige, and others following 2011’s Stone Rollin’. Moreover, Walker adds another ingredient of the Toronto behemoth’s winning recipe, interpolating Destiny’s Child’s 1999 classic “Say My Name” on the record’s bridge––a move also taken by Drake a few years prior (“Girls Love Beyonce”). And if you're a true lover of R&B, you've followed (and hopefully accepted) how the genre has evolved and survived since then. Best R&B 2019 - Best R&B Songs Playlist (New RNB Music 2019) VIBE takes a look back at the soul-stirring R&B songs of 2019, whether they kept the traditional form, sturred up a feeling of nostalgia or kept it unapologetically risqué. From yet another, he offers a pointed modernity with slow, simplistic phrasing and Billboard-friendly catchiness. To get an additional verse from Ghostface Killah himself further proves this track’s undeniable likeability. “I'm definitely not the first guy that ever felt like that, but as artists, it's our job to be the first to say it." Ro James unquestionably nails it. ", Produced by John “SK” McGee (Omarion, Trey Songz, August Alsina), the beat allows Jacquees’ vocals to also be an instrument thanks to his ad-libs and signature “eeeee” sound. Not only is she a sultry songstress, but Aalegra also received a compelling cosign from Drake (he sampled her Feels track "Time" for his 2017 More Life song "Do Not Disturb"). - M.A. ", "Collide" is an intoxicating duet that delicately intertwines neo-soul tranquility with harrowing emotion. Over the course of several weeks, thousands of SoulTrackers nominated and then voted on the Greatest Soul Songs of the 1960s. "I let go of something that was comfortable in hopes of making space for something that was actually meant for me." Following her collaboration on “What I Need” with queer pop sensation Hayley Kiyoko, who dubbed 2018 as “20GayTeen,” that collab joined the ranks of others that allowed a safe space for many queer artists to shine like Janelle Monáe coming out as pansexual and taking the world by storm with her revolutionary “PYNK” visual. The first single from her sixth studio album, Sketchbook, is a simple offer to a classic love song but it still possesses that irresistible Fantasia flare. Every day my inbox overflows with music. In the midst of the potpourri is DaniLeigh, the Miami native taking listeners to the dance floor with jams that command your body to move. - J.G. In spite of this being the first collaboration between the Bay Area singer and Los Angeles native, the ballad became an immediate hit. - Camille Augustin. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, tagging the Louisville singer to join DJ Khaled and Rihanna on Grammy-nominated smash “Wild Thoughts.” Despite “Wild Thoughts” being song of the previous summer, “Blame” positioned Tiller into drowning his sorrows and transforming into “Pen Griffey” through relentless bars: “I know things is different, your name is different/And as strange as it is, I'm okay with this/And I can't say it different, never even met him/Can't hate the ni**a, although I hate the feelin'.”, Like unexpected, bass-thumping single “Honey” in 2017, “Blame” makes fans hopeful for Tiller’s return. The finished product made it clear that everyone involved, including director Cara Stricker, worked extremely hard to pull this off. We’re on the journey with him as the track unfolds in its own divine time...getting sexier by the moment. - Naima Cochrane, The R&B landscape is becoming much like its rap counterpart; there is a smorgasbord of “something for everyone,” ranging from new neo-soul stylings, to “trap soul,” to pop-friendly chart-toppers. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. As Solange’s third top ten album on the Billboard Hot 100, When I Get Home was an ode to Houston through Solange’s astral lens, with an accompanying short film directed by Terrance Nance. View full schedule. - K.A. We count down the top 50 soul songs of all time, including tracks from Otis Redding, The Temptations, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Formations and Marvin Gaye Roc Nation’s rising star Nicole Bus must have made a killing off the spins I’ve been single-handedly given her ever since. It can also be a symbol of needing escape from trouble. The pair displays undeniable chemistry as they navigate the ups and downs of an intense romantic relationship. 07:00. Without a photograph, paintbrush or TV screen, Lennox vividly paints the picture of an erotic yet tender hookup. Over the course of several weeks, thousands of SoulTrackers nominated and then voted on the Greatest Soul Songs of 2000-2009. - Jaelani Turner-Williams. “Change” is a moody gem that sounds like it’s from the ‘90s—particularly the portal of 112’s hip-hop soul identity. The warped cry out “I need you, more than ever” reveals that the devil symbol through text message is not only one for naughty feelings. Kwon Jin Ah - "Say You'll Be Mine"Mary J. Blige feat Nas - ThrivingMaysa - You Are Not AloneMichael Kiwanuka - You Ain't the ProblemMiles Davis feat. The song, like Queen & Slim, feels inexplicably familiar and dangerous and addictive and unpredictable. The sultry and sexy track is everything fans have come to love and expect from the R&B veteran. And let’s not forget his steamy, Soul Train Awards performance. The instrumental assistance of fellow crooner Masego and his saxophone solo deeply marinate the track in all of its midnight sexiness. Today’s R&B landscape keeps getting criticized for being more about vibes than vocal prowess, but BJ continuously delivers us the best of both worlds. This year, Kehlani has had an impressive run with R&B features on songs such as Teyana Taylor’s “Morning” and a partnership with Musiq Soulchild on her mixtape, While We Wait. (December 26, 2019) It is always fun at the end of each year to celebrate the best of that year. Ain’t no true SANGERS out there! Beneath the Atlanta native’s croons of unrequited love, lies an all-out rap flow, that if recited instead of sung, would make for a passable hip-hop offering. Sampling the timeless Bad Boy Records anthem, “What You Want” by Ma$e feat. Through his music, he gives his female listeners what they might not be used to getting from the men in their everyday lives: vulnerability, attention, and truth about why men sometimes can’t get it together in relationships. Since her commercial debut in 2013, Justine Skye has been subtly stripping away the layers of her artistry in order to expose her bare, soulful side. The toughest part of this is limiting the choices, but here are the It all ends up being worth it for the “head on my chest, hand on my a**” lovemaking she’s been missing. The melodic serenade initially dropped in 2018 and like any good R&B song, discusses the strains of toxic masculinity. Where the Texas native shines, is adding a fresh flair to nods from the past, making him irresistible to the masses. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart in November, a position Caesar has occupied with previous singles “Get You” and “Best Part,” but a first for Brandy, making it a promising launch point for her return. - Stephanie "Eleven8" Ogbogu. The instrumentation and vocal prowess stand up to the vibe in equal measure. Whew! Thicke made the wise decision of easing back into the public’s consciousness with “That’s What Love Can Do,” a palatable, balanced love tune that makes you want to grab the one you love for a slow dance. The Toronto native interpreted recognizable songs from Jagged Edge to Mya to 112, but one that seemed like a long time coming on the collaboration end is Lanez's "The Take" featuring Chris Brown. Some of these artists have won a music award or two this year, but the others are just as worthy. Though Tiller experienced depression during the recording of his 2017 sophomore effort True to Self, the album hit No. The 2018 hit “You” samples Wu-Tang's timeless treasure "C.R.E.A.M." You couldn't ask for a more eclectic duo to execute such a pervasive portrait of desire and despair; the precociousness of EARTHGANG is offset by the intensity of Tiana Major9 and the result is pure gold. With its organic ascent, “You” reached number one on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. Congratulations to the artists involved! - Candace McDuffie. And so we've gathered our music critics to each pick their favorites, which we've assembled below in our list of the 70 Best Soul Songs of 2019. No one’s pouring their heart out, but that pattern stops here [...] As I mature, so does my sound. From the high-top haircut, to the windbreaker jackets, to the church choir baritone, the 21-year-old star has sparked uncanny familiarity—but that’s not the extent of his greatest strength. The opener on Lucky Daye’s debut album Painted, “Roll Some Mo” is an intricate, guitar-lead portrait of blowing smoke as it is about vibing with his lady. Released as her first independent single since departing from Roc Nation at the start of the year, “MAYBE” is one of Skye’s most assured records. "Enough" is an ambitious R&B ballad that nobly combines old school harmonies with swelling melodies and it completely engulfs the listener. The episode further promoted their 2018 collaboration “Could’ve Been,” which received nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance at the 2020 Grammys. First, flipping Lloyd’s “Feel So Right” into “Permission” in 2015, and now doing Usher’s Robin Thicke-penned masterpiece the justice it deserves. After fourteen weeks on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs, the song peaked at No. Smokey Robinson - Make It BetterAngie Stone and Reel People - Don't Stop the MusicAscendant - Gotta Get UpBashiri Asad - So AmazingBen L'Oncle Soul - Next To You (Acoustic)Mike Blankenship feat. Ugh, those feels again capitalizes on this proclivity with "I Want You Around" serving as a template of her unique elegance. What began as an interlude on their debut album Silk Canvas beautifully metamorphosed into an effusive ‘90s R&B-tinged exploration of the dissolution of love. Jhene Aiko is at her best when she wades in the waters of nuance, enacting rigorous, complicated honesty about life and love’s perils. AND CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF OUR OTHER POLLS Follow. She walks us through that all-too-familiar feeling when a woman throws caution to the wind and sets up that d**k appointment she might likely regret in the morning.

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