The 100 Best R&B Songs of 2018, Presented by Soul In Stereo X You Know I Got Soul

best 100 R&B songs

A few days ago, when the world of R&B was rightfully scolding upstart Jacquees for claiming to be king of the genre, Diddy claimed that no one was really making R&B anymore.

You’re so, so wrong, Puff.

For the past few years, I’ve teamed with my soul brothers at YouKnowIGotSoul.com to create a definitive list of the year’s best in R&B. This year is no different, and with the state of R&B still a hot trending topic, it’s time to educate the masses.

Below you’ll find 100 of the best songs we’ve heard all year (and yes, even Court Jester Jacquees ranks high on the list). And as a bonus feature, you’ll find a playlist of all the songs as well – more than eight hours of heat to warm your holiday.

These are the songs that are keeping R&B alive. We don’t need hashtags and Twitter debates to prove it. Just listen for yourself.

Honorable Mention

Chante Moore – Moore
Keith Sweat – Bae Bae
Chante Moore – One Love
Jacquees – Play the Field
Ne-Yo – Good Man
Ne-Yo – Over U
VanJess – Touch The Floor
Xscap3 – Memory Lane
The Internet – It Gets Better
John Legend – A Good Night
Jacquees – You
Craig David – Talk to Me

100) Tinashe – L-O-V-E

99) Bobby V – Lil Bit (featuring Snoop Dogg)

98) Raheem DeVaughn & Vandell Andrew – Joyful Noise (Chill AF Mix)

97) Mary J. Blige – Only Love

96) Sidibe – What Should One Do

95) J. Holiday – 25 to Life

94) Gallant – Doesn’t Matter

93) Jessie J – Petty

92) Anna Moore – Pity Party

91) Faye B – Who Is She?

90) Case – Make Love (featuring Teddy Riley & Tank)

89) Bridget Kelly – In the Grey

88) VanJess – Rewind Time

87) Brian McKnight – 42 (Grown Up Tipsy)

86) Esnavi – The Way

85) Queen Naija – Karma

84) Teyana Taylor – Issues/Hold On

83) Tone Stith – Light Flex

82) Ne-Yo – Apology

81) Nao – Drive and Disconnect

80) IAmChelseaIAm – Hurt People II

79) Chante Moore – Thank You

78) H.E.R. – As I Am

77) Lion Babe – Honey Dew

76) Ginette Claudette – Twisted

75) Nao – Orbit

74) Darien Dean – Last Song (featuring Tiffany T’Zelle)

73) Ari Lennox – Whipped Cream

72) Raheem DeVaughn – Wifey (featuring Phil Ade)

71) Jessie J – I Believe In Love

70) Melat – Push

69) Justin Timberlake – Midnight Summer Jam

68) Summer Walker – CPR

67) Jussie Smollett – Ha Ha (I Love You)

66) Gallant – Gentleman

65) DJ Aktive – It Is What It Is (featuring Musiq Soulchild)

64) Static Major – Love is Dro

63) Shawn Stockman – Feelin Lil Som’n

62) Justin Timberlake – Breeze Off the Pond

61) August Greene – Optimistic (featuring Brandy)

60) Mariah Carey – Caution

59) Teyana Taylor – Gonna Love Me

58) Marsha Ambrosius – Let Out

57) Tamia – Better

56) En Vogue – Rocket

55) Ro James – Excuse Me

54) Justine Skye – Heaven

53) Justin Timberlake – Wave

52) Justin Timberlake – Montana

51) Jessie J – 4 Letter Word

50) Raheem DeVaughn – Don’t Come Easy

49) Ella Mai – Dangerous

48) Leah Labelle – Sun

47) VanJess – Addicted

46) The Foreign Exchange – June

45) Mariah Carey – The Distance (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)

44) Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

43) Lipstick Gypsy – Around U

42) Amerie – Curious

41) Lloyd – My Bestie (featuring Sevyn)

40) Toni Braxton – FOH

39) Ne-Yo – U Deserve

38) Queen Naija – Butterflies

37) Mariah Carey – 8th Grade

36) Asiahn – Like You

35) Keith Sweat – How Many Ways (featuring K-Ci)

34) Luke James – These Arms

33) Nao – Another Lifetime

32) Jazzy Amra – You Got Me (featuring Wyclef Jean)

31) Mario – Goes Like That

30) Brady Watt – Black & White (featuring Ro James)

29) The Internet – Come Over

28) Khalid – OTW (featuring Ty Dolla $ign & 6lack)

27) Usher – You Decide

26) Shawn Stockman – Been Too Long

25) Mya – Damage

24) PJ Morton – How Deep Is Your Love (Live)

23) Raheem DeVaughn – When It’s Real

22) India Arie – That Magic

21) H.E.R. – Hard Place

20) Jazz – All Your Love

19) Keith Sweat – Red Negligee

18) Mya – You Got Me

17) Bria Lee – One Shot (featuring Fat Joe)

16) Lloyd – Caramel

15) Nao Yoshioka – I Love When

14) Miguel – R.A.N.

13) Mariah Carey – Giving Me Life (featuring Slick Rick)

12) Anna Moore – This Song By You

11) Marsha Ambrosius – Flood

10) Jessie J – Dopamine

9) Gallant – HaHa No One Can Hear You

8) Ella Mai – Trip

7) Peabo Bryson – Love Like Yours and Mine

6) Janelle Monae – I Like That

5) Tamia – It’s Yours

4) Mariah Carey – A No No

3) Jacquees – 23 (featuring Donell Jones)

2) Tamia – Leave It Smokin

1) Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

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2 Comments

  1. Gallant’s ‘Gentleman’ is #66???? Please take the cotton out of your ears. Other than that, ya’ll did a great job

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