There are many R&B songs that have been released and continue to be released by different artists year in year out. Some of them fail to create an enormous impact on the audience hence they fade away as fast as possible. Maybe they couldn’t cope with the competition, or they had a reason best known to them. However, there are others that cannot just disappear regardless of the number of years that they have been in existence. They are the songs that you will play over and over again without getting bored. Here are the top 5 R&B songs of all time.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
‘Billie Jean’ is a song that was composed and written by the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson. It is the second single song from his sixth album, “Thriller” which was released in 1982. Billy Jean was produced by Michael Jackson with the help of Quincy Jones. There were some speculations that the song was about a real life experience involving Jackson and his encounter with the groupies. The song became an instant hit, and it was one of the best-selling singles all over the world in 1983. It topped the charts of many countries including US, UK, Italy, Switzerland among many others. Billie Jean was ranked 58th among the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine and was also certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Some of the awards that the song scooped include two Grammys and one American Music Awards(AMA). Billie Jean enabled Michael Jackson’s album ‘Thriller’ to become the best-selling album of all time.
Superstition by Steve Wonder
Another R&B song that is among the greatest of all time is Superstition, which was produced and performed by Steve Wonder. The song was produced in 1972 by Motown Records and since then, it has retained its position as one of the most loved and most played R&B. Superstition was the lead single in the artist’s Talking Book album. The song topped the charts of many countries including the US and it was his first number-one single since 1963. The stars of this track continued shining as in November 2004; the song was ranked 74th among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by the Rolling Stone Magazine.The lyrics of the song revolve around superstitions, and many popular superstitious fables are mentioned in the song and how these superstitious beliefs can cause harm. Superstition received a gold certification in the UK, and it is credited for propelling the sales of Talking Book album.
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
A month before this monster of a song was released, Otis Redding died in a plane crash. This tragedy did not stop the song from becoming an instant hit as it was so far the artist’s biggest hit. The song was released on January 8, 1968, just three days after it had been recorded. It went ahead and topped several charts especially in the US and was performing well in many other countries. The success of the track sparked a feeling that Otis could have released more hit songs had he lived for a little longer.Before he died, Redding recorded this song with Stax guitarist Steve Cropper and the latter went ahead to produce it among other songs in an album. During the recording, Cropper whistled in the last verse since it had not been written yet. The whistling was retained when the song was produced, enhancing its mood. So far it is the most famous whistling that has ever been done in a song.
I Believe I can Fly by R Kelly
I Believe I Can Fly was produced and performed by an R&B singer R. Kelly in the year 1996. The song was released in November 1996, and it became part of the singer’s album that came out in 1998. The song managed to remain in the second position on the Billboard Hot 100, and it has been rated as Kelly’s most successful single. The song topped the charts in the UK and had managed to scoop three Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song at position 406 in its 5oo Greatest Songs ofAll Time, and it has continued to receive a massive airplay up to date.
Fantasy by Mariah Carey
Fantasy is a song that was performed by the American Songbird Mariah Carey and was released in September 1995 by the Columbia Records. It was written by Mariah Carey with the help of Dave Hall, and it was the lead single for her fifth studio album Daydream that came out in 1995. The lyrics of the song describe a love-struck woman who genuinely loves her man that she always fantasizes about an impossible relationship with the man. Carey’s unique vocals together with the use of “Genious of Love” in the song have made it remain an all-time R&B song. ‘Fantasy’ has enjoyed immense success in the US and also in other countries. It was the first song done by a female to make a debut at the top of Hot 100.
It’s great that these songs have cemented into our brains for eternity but what about the next generation? Great Question I say! Well I’ve put together a list of what I think are the best up and coming R&B Youtubers. Check it out!!!!