Get slow, smooth and sexy with our ultimate playlist of the best R&B songs. The best R&B songs have smooth beats mixed with seductive lyrics. These sexy slow jams are perfect for baby-making, getting over heartbreaks, reminiscing about past relationships etc.
We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 songs. Take a look at the ranking below, and make sure to share your favourites with us in the comment section or on our social media. You can say we have put together the perfect list of songs list covers every situation from to bumping ‘n’ grinding or bringing a few bootylicious moves to the party or just simply chilling. This is only part 1, Part 2 will come soon.
10. Thinking about you
Frank tries to act as if he’s not hurting when reflecting back on a past relationship, but ultimately declares he still has strong feelings for his ex-lover, and wonders if they have been able to move on or feel the same way he does – “My eyes don’t shed tears, but boy, they pour when/I’m thinkin’ ’bout you (Ooh no, no, no)”.
It’s literally a gut-wrenching song with a nice arrangement to compliment the beautifully written, tortured lyrics from “No, I don’t like you, I just thought you were cool enough to kick it/Since you think I don’t love you, I just thought you were cute”.
There is story why this is one of my favourites, It was “our song” when i was with my first girl and made me cry every time i used to hear it after breaking up with her. My friends would play it to me on purpose when i was drunk just to toy with my emotions because they knew it would make me cry. I sometimes sometimes listen to this song just for the nostalgia, it’s a little reminder of how far I’ve come and and how much I have learnt about myself since that breakup. Also, I know all the lyrics and I wish I could hit those high notes though!
09. Fuck you all the time
This a slick song, with a kooky collection of psychedelic soulful and explicit lyrics, “I could f**k you all the time”. Jeremih’s music is often slow-paced but there is never a dull moment because he likes to take risks. Mosley’s slammed sweet voice on the chorus is what makes this song catchy.
This spooky slow jam seems like Jeremih took an inspiration from The Weeknd, although there was a playfulness at work that kept things from becoming too dark.
8. Love in the Sky
Latching on to a tangible state of dreaming, possibly drug-induced, the Weeknd confesses the consequences and hardships of acquiring this new, fame-enhanced lifestyle on a slow, soft-core jam. “If you commit to this ride/ There’s no turning back,” he sings in the opening verse of one of his most overlooked songs (#changemymind).
“As for me, I’ve been flying around the world/ I’ve been killing these shows/ But I’m always getting high/ Cause my confidence is low” he sings over a melodic thunderous rainstorm. You will love to dream after hearing this one.
Jeremih kicked off his career in 2009 hitting number one with his autobiographical tune, “Birthday Sex.” He has managed to compose a song that “caters to females on their day”. He succeeded in creating an anthem that expresses the perfect birthday gift.
6. Earned It
The 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack became The Weeknd’s route into the pop music scene. This is what got him into the mainstream. Although, “Earned It” is sensual seduction tune, it was a big change from the moody sensual tracks we have become accustomed to and we love so much. The Weekend commends and praises his girl for being amazing between the sheets. The film is not a hit with the most guys, but this song is the opposite and is definitely a hit!
5. The Worst
Over the years, she has definitely paved her own career path and made a name for herself with her distinct style and an R&B voice that is sweet and sensual with a twist of Hip-Hop. Her music brings an alternative aspect to R&B that is both sultry and aggressive due to her lyrical content.
The best thing about this song, as well as a lot of her music, is that it is easily relatable to both males and females. This song is about falling in love with someone you shouldn’t have and the consequences you face in the aftermath of that; which is something many people have been through.
4. Marvins Room
This is a difinately a classic, no questions! In the song, a drunk Drake calls up an old flame while he’s in a club and vents his feelings of loneliness, reminiscing on the times they had, and trying to get her to leave her new man, “Fuck that n***a that you love so bad/I know you still think about the times we had”.
Drake’s storytelling has never been better. He paints a scene in which he’s wasted late at night, missing an old love. It’s vaguely similar to the storyline of Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Need You Now’ – except that Drake knows his ex has a new man, and he doesn’t care.
The song rides a hazy, subdued beat designed to match the narrator’s cloudy state of mind. The track opens with a clip of a woman talking on the telephone to a friend about her night out. Singing softly and slowly, Drake reveals his intentions:
“Bitches in my old phone / I should call one and go home / I’ve been in this club too long / The woman that I would try is happy with a good guy / But I’ve been drinking so much that I’ma call her anyway and say / F– that n–- that you love so bad / I know you still think about the times we had / I say f– that n–- that you think you found / And since you picked up I know he’s not around.”
The song continues with sections in which Drake tries to coerce his unwilling ex over the phone. “I’m just saying, you could do better,” Drake sings repeatedly throughout the track. His efforts ultimately go unrewarded. “You’re not gonna come? Guess I’m ’bout to just kick it here then,” he says, dejectedly.
3. The knowing
What’s the first Weeknd song you cried to? If you said “The Knowing”, we have something in common. Everytime i hear this song i relapse for a millisecond. Serving as the conclusion of the original House of Balloons mixtape, Abel breaks our hearts with a ballet some believe to be about infidelity; a confessional about a man who cheats on the woman who cheated on him.
Whatever meaning you take from his lyrics and cryptic music video, the song still evokes similar emotions in all of us as he belts “you probably thought that you’d break my heart/You probably thought that you’d make me cry”. I’m not crying, you’re crying! This is a confirmed classic among his legion of fans.
Ardorn has that old school sexy slow jam vibe that is much like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”. Released three years ago in 2016, the song feels timeless with its sexy, speaker-throbbing bass, falsetto howls and yelps, irregular vocal echoes, obscured synths, and sparse keyboard arrangements along with a vocal that puts the focus on the steamy side of romance without getting dirty.
“These lips can’t wait to taste your skin, baby” is his first line. But he follows through with brazen declarations of affection, including promises of adoration, “And these eyes can’t wait to see your grin/Ooh, baby, just let my love, just let my love adorn you/Please Baby/You gotta know/You gotta know/You know that I adore you.” It’s not every day you hear a song that manages to be this sexy and romantic at the same time.
This song is a must on any bedroom playlist and there is a reason why it’s one of the most played songs in my music library. This song is undeniably one of the best R&B songs of the 2010s.
1. The Morning
A favourite of many XO fans, “The Morning” is a much warmer track from House of Balloons that has Abel singing about a stripper/prostitute from the night before. After a long night comes the morning, the Weeknd reflects on his seemingly-entranced with this girl as he famously chants “All that money, the money is the motive.”
It’s some of the most vivid storytelling in his entire output, as he depicts a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-esque nightlife that ultimately leads to codeine cups, drinking Alizé with cereal for breakfast, and the “walls kicking like they’re six months pregnant.” The warm hues and smooth tones of the productions sounds like a sun teetering through the clouds, giving our ears a feeling of escapism from our inner darkness.