Music: Top R&B songs of the last 5 years!

If I haven’t told you by now, then you really need to know that I love music! I literally have a song or playlist for every one of my emotions! (please tell me I’m not alone!?!?!) If I’m happy, sad, in love, or when I just need a little R&B in my life, I have a song for it! I’ve brought along two of my good friends and music connoisseurs, Chris Moses, and Kita Richardson, to help me create this awesome: ” googoTop 100 (or so)  R&B songs of The Last 5 Years!” Everyone say “hi” to Kita and CJ! But, before you read the list, let me tell you a little bit more about me, my friends, and why they are my authorities in music…

Side note: Here we are on graduation day ( Masters, that is). This photo takes me back to our studio days. We would stay in the building all night, blasting music, making wood models, and arguing about which R&B song was the best.

Architecture days. I miss those days.



D ramatic pause… Deep breathe… Okay, I’m ready. Chris is “the real connoisseur” when it comes to  music. 


If you say “Chris when did TLC release No Scrubs”, he will give you the exact date, time, AND their exact location on the earth when it was released. Like it’s no joke! You’ve probably seen him tagged in a few of my posts on Facebook asking him what he thinks about a certain movie, album, or concert!  He. Does. Not. Play. My man is a walking musical encyclopedia. **insert Cardi B gif okuuuurt** So of course, when asking Chris to pick his top 25 R&B songs, this fool sent me 86. But, once you check out his list you will see why he couldn’t only choose 25! Check out Chris’ Top 86 R&B Songs in blue below!


N ow Kita, she is like most of you. Smart, cool, and charming with an OLD SOUL.  She is clearly still stuck in the 90’s, but that’s okay!! It’s actually not a bad place to be in right about now. When I saw her list, I had three emotions:

  • Okaaayy, that used to be my jam! – yes I jam.
  • Dannnng, she took it back!
  • Girrrrl, what do you know about that?!?

She definitely took it back! Her song selections really took me back to my younger life with no worries or cares, when R&B was at its peak. Check out Kita’s selections in purple.


A nd then you have little ol’ me. Music can literally make my day. From the time I wake up, until I put my little one down, I am listening to something! It may be music, an audio book, or maybe even a podcast, I love it all! But music, it does something to me. There is a laurinjossong to describe my every emotion throughout the day. I’m that girl that has 50 billion custom playlists on Pandora AND on her phone ready for each of  those moments. Playlists with titles like “Motivation”,  “Just Chillin’”, and “Work it Out, Girl” are a few of favorites! I found a lot of great songs in Chris and Kita’s lists, but lately I’ve been on this ” journey of self-discovery”, so the music I listen to is the kind that makes me feel good. It’s that mellow and lax music that you can put on repeat and take a ride around the city. Check out my selections in orange.

Now let’s just into this list!! They are in no particular order… at all.


  1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  2. Bad Blood – NAO
  3. Somebody Else – Mario ft. Nicki Minaj
  4. Fly Ass Pisces – Cocaine 80s (James Fauntleroy ft. Common & Jhene Aiko)
  5. All of Me – John Legend
  6. Who Do We Think We Are – John Legend
  7. Bed Peace – Jhene Aiko ft. Childish Gambino
  8. The Worst – Jhene Aiko
  9. The Pressure – Jhene Aiko
  10. Spotless Mind – Jhene Aiko
  11. Promises – Jhene Aiko
  12. While We’re Young – Jhene Aiko
  13. Insecure – Jazmine Sullivan
  14. Let It Burn – Jazmine Sullivan
  15. Forever Don’t Last – Jazmine Sullivan
  16. Needed Me – Rihanna
  17. Love On the Brain – Rihanna
  18. Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ecco
  19. Sorry – Beyoncé
  20. All Night – Beyonce
  21. Hold Up – Beyonce
  22. Drunk In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay-Z
  23. Partition – Beyonce
  24. Flawless – Beyonce ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Nicki Minaj
  25. Jupiter – Gallant
  26. Weight in Gold – Gallant
  27. Too Deep – DVSN (pronounced “division”)
  28. The Line – DVSN
  29. Hallucinations – DVSN
  30. Really Love – D’Angelo & The Vanguard
  31. The Charade – D’Angelo & The Vanguard
  32. Earned It – The Weeknd
  33. The Hills – The Weeknd
  34. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  35. Often – The Weeknd
  36. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
  37. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  38. Terrified – Childish Gambino
  39. Poison – Brent Faiyaz
  40. Invite Me – Brent Faiyaz
  41. Too Fast – Sonder
  42. Pretty Little Bird – SZA ft. Isaiah Rashad
  43. Love Galore – SZA ft. Travis Scott
  44. Broken Clocks – SZA
  45. The Weekend – SZA
  46. Get You –  Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis
  47. Best Part – Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R
  48. Post To Be – Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko
  49. Don’t Think They Know – Chris Brown ft. Aaliyah
  50. Autumn Leaves – Chris Brown
  51. Liquor – Chris Brown
  52. Back To Sleep – Chris Brown
  53. The Man – Aloe Blacc
  54. Church – BJ The Chicago Kid ft. Chance the Rapper & Buddy
  55. Money Can’t Buy – Ne-Yo ft. Jeezy
  56. New Love – Ne-Yo
  57. Gotchu Right – Ne-Yo
  58. Primetime – Janelle Monae ft. Miguel
  59. U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu
  60. Electric Lady – Janelle Monae
  61. Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
  62. How Many Drinks? – Miguel
  63. Coffee – Miguel
  64. Flesh – Miguel
  65. Told You So – Miguel
  66. Come Through and Chill – Miguel ft. J. Cole
  67. Trust – The Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Marsha Ambrosius
  68. Worries – The Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Dwele
  69. Run – Marsha Ambrosius
  70. You and I – Marsha Ambrosius
  71. Walk It Out – Jennifer Hudson
  72. LMK – Kelela
  73. Pendulum – FKA Twigs
  74. Disrespectful – Trey Songz ft. Mila J
  75. Dead Wrong – Trey Songz ft. Ty Dolla $ign
  76. Hard to Walk Away – Trey Songz
  77. Don’t – Bryson Tiller
  78. Let Me Explain – Bryson Tiller
  79. It Won’t Stop – Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown
  80. Location – Khalid
  81. Distraction – Kehlani
  82. I Luv this Sh*t – August Alsina
  83. Body Party – Ciara
  84. Maybe – Teyana Taylor ft. Yo Gotti & Pusha T
  85. My Body x LSG
  86. I Get So Lonely x Janet Jackson
  87. Tell Me x Dru Hill
  88. Let’s Get It On x Marvin Gaye
  89. Love and Happiness x Al Green
  90. Feenin x Jodeci
  91. Piece of My Love x Guy
  92. Let’s Chill x Guy
  93. Just Be a Man About It x Toni Braxton
  94. I Love Me Some Him x Toni Braxton
  95. I Wish x Carl Thomas
  96. Computer Love x Zapp & Roger
  97. I Want to Be Your Man x Zapp & Roger
  98. Love TKO x Teddy Pendergrass
  99. I Wanna Be Down (remix) x Brandy
  100. Have You Ever x Brandy
  101. Before You Walk Out My Life x Monica
  102. Why I Love So Much x Monica
  103. Too Close x Next
  104. Anywhere x 112
  105. I Wanna Know x Joe
  106. All The Things x Joe
  107. Crazy x K-Ci & Jojo
  108. Friend of Mine x Kelly Price
  109. Exhale (shoop shoop) x Whitney Houston
  110. Emotions x Mariah
  111. Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J
  112. I’m Going Down – Mary J
  113. Ex-Factor x Lauryn Hill
  114. Slowly x Tank
  115. With Me x Tank
  116. Feelin’ On Your Booty x R. Kelly
  117. 12 Play – R. Kelly
  118. Wild – Xavier Omar**
  119. Like a Drum- Jamie Foxx**
  120. Get You- Daniel Caesar
  121. Blind Man- Xavier Omar
  122. When We- Tank
  123. F it Up- Tank
  124. Close to You- Drezzy
  125. Blessed- Daniel Caesar
  126. Rocket-Beyoncé
  127. So Cold- Tank
  128. The Break Up Song – Wale
  129. Permission- Ro James
  130. Jungle- Drake
  131. Shut it Down- Drake
  132. Nothing On-Tank
  133. Broken Clocks- SZA
  134. Weekend- SZA
  135. The Problem – Wale
  136. Super Model- SZA
  137. Focus- H.E.R.
  138. Loved By You-Mali Music
  139. Sativa- Jhene Aiko
  140. Dueces- Chris Brow
  141. While We’re Young – Jhene Aiko**
  142. All Day I- Ro James**
  143. Come Through and Chill – Miguel**
  144. Sure Thing – Miguel
  145. Vixen – Miguel
  146. 1+1 – Beyoncé
  147. Under – Pleasure P
  148. Crown Royal – Jill Scott
  149. Caught Up in The Rapture – Anita Baker
  150. Mirror – Ne- Yo
  151. Diced Pineapples – Rick Ross ft. Wale
  152. The Ambitious Girl – Wale
  153. That Way – Wale
  154. The Manipulation – Wale
  155. The Cloud – Wale
  156. Sorry – Beyonce
  157. Downtown – Wale

** Currently my favorite right now.

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