My Top 5 Favourite R&B songs of All Time

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!!!!

Top 6 Up and Coming YouTube R&B Singers

YouTube has become one of the biggest avenues through which talented R&B vocalists are discovered by record labels and producers. By posting music on YouTube, musicians can gunner fans and attract the attention of people in positions of power who transform them to musical icons.

Talent scouts who hunt for musical talent have a variety to choose from on YouTube. Through YouTube, any amateur singer can show their singing talent and potential to the world. There are several Musicians who are now famous and selling millions of records worldwide that were first discovered on YouTube such as Cody Simpson, The Weeknd, and Carly Rae Joseph. Even the famous heartthrob Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by Grammy award winning artist Usher Raymond. The success of such artists has encouraged and motivated many amateur singers to showcase their talent on YouTube. Most YouTube R&B singers either cover other artists songs or sing their original compositions.

1. Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie is a sensational R&B singer on YouTube that continues to captivate and entertain her massive audience. Christina has done covers for popular songs such as Adele’s Hello and Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean. Apart from being a YouTube sensation, Christina had a brief stint on NBC’s popular talent show ‘ The Voice’ where she emerged third.Her incredible talent impressed her talent coach on The Voice Mr. Adam Levine, who declared his interest in signing her to his record label. After ‘The Voice’ Christina returned to YouTube where she continues to entertain and captivate audiences. Christina’s biggest asset is her ability to sing naturally and beautifully even without musical instruments to enhance her voice. Her voice is not only sharp but also silky and powerful. Hopefully, Christina’s incredible talent will grab the attention of a record label, and the world will get to hear her sing and release albums soon.

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2. Niykee Heaton

Niykee Heaton is another YouTube singer who has captivated audiences with her sultry and husky voice which she uses to cover our favorite songs. All her videos have more than a million likes on YouTube. Niykee Heaton has the unique ability to turn rap songs such as Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen into beautiful acoustic ballads that can be played by the camp fire. Her acoustic sound is perfect for R&B and no doubt this talented woman has the potential to become a superstar given the right opportunities. Niykee Heaton is not only famous on YouTube but also has a massive following on Instagram. Niykee Heaton has covered Dr.Dre’s Bad Intentions, and the YouTube audience is loving her rendition. Her ability to make artistic renditions to rap songs showcases her ability to understand different genres of music, and this sets her apart as a versatile performer.

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3. Gardiner Sisters

These beautiful Gardiner sisters have arguably the best harmonies on YouTube. This group of talented sisters has done covers for popular songs such as Adele’s Hello. These sisters have been uploading videos since 2007 and currently have a very successful YouTube channel. Their YouTube channel has a total of 480,000 subscribers and a total of 46 million likes. Additionally, the Gardener’s sisters rendition of the famous ‘Let it go’ song that featured on animation movie Frozen was ranked among ABC’S best renditions. These sisters’ ability to harmoniously sing together has the potential of making them a global R&B phenomenon that can compete with the likes of TLC and Destiny’s Child. This up and coming group of talented sisters will revolutionize R&B industry if given the right opportunity. A fascinating element of this musical act is that each of the sisters is individually talented and performing together only enhances their sound and makes their performances more enjoyable and harmonious.

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4. Kawehi

Talented performer Kawehi does not only sing but also plays an array of music instruments excellently. Her YouTube videos have gone viral because of her unique ability to turn a simple song into a captivating musical performance. In most of her YouTube videos this talented young lady is equipped with drum machines, loopers, laptops and MIDI keyboards which she operates while simultaneously singing. Kawehi’s cover of Micheal Jackson’s mega-hit ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ had more than three million likes. She not only managed to capture the essence of Micheal Jackson in her rendition but also personalized the song and made her the rendition unique. Given an opportunity, Kawehi will take the R&B world by storm. She has also done her rendition of Sia’s famous song Chandelier. Kawehi’s unique voice is capable of making magical R&B records.

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5. am1r

am1r is an r&b artist who not only puts out R&B covers on YouTube, he’s also a talented singer, songwriter and perfumer in his own right.  Starting out at the age of 9, his mother taught him how to play piano and that is where he learned the chops that he calls on today.  At some point in high school, am1r fell in love with the soulful sounds of R&B on the 2000’s citing artists like Boyz II Men, Usher, Craig David, and Marques Houston as some of his greatest inspirations.  In 2013, after producing for various artists, am1r decided that it was time for him to pursue his own music and thus he started his YouTube Channel and put up a website.  It was through hard work and dedication that led to a deal with Japanese label Starbase Music (in 2015) who promoted am1r’s music in Japan.  This cross promotion led to am1r’s debut album release going all the way to #2 on Japan iTunes only second to the Weeknd’s biggest album release ever.

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6. Leroy Sanchez

Leroy Sanchez joined the globe in covering Adele’s mega hit “Hello” and he did it justice by using his smooth, jazzy sound to make the song more enjoyable. This teenage YouTube sensation has also done covers for famous songs such as Ed Sheeran’s Photograph, Sia’s Elastic Heart, Sam Smith’s Grammy-winning song ‘Stay With Me’ and Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself. Leroy is huge on YouTube, and most of his videos have more than a million likes. This young singer has impressed the world not only with his vocal ability but also his capability to cover our favorite songs in a unique and exceptional way. The male singer has represented men well in the YouTube singing arena which is mostly dominated by female vocalists. Leo Sanchez is very active on YouTube and releases covers regularly. His most recent cover is a rendition of Zayn Malik’s new single ‘Pillow Talk’. YouTube fans love Leroy’s raspy and bluesy-like vocals, and this is why his cover for Adele’s ‘Hello’ has more than 25 million likes on YouTube.

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Conclusion

These five phenomenal YouTube acts are not only talented but also entertaining. Their rendition of popular R&B hits is spectacular and creative. Additionally, all these acts have a massive fan base on YouTube. By intimately showcasing their music to the world on YouTube, these gifted individuals have become internet sensations. Hopefully, these musicians will go on to experience global musical success and gain a wider fan base.

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