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31 R&B Songs From 2015 You Need In Your Life

Janet and Janelle and Erykah, oh my.

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8. Dawn Richard, "Billie Jean"

Our Dawn

Recommended if You Like: Experimental R&B. As the genre has changed, Dawn Richard is one of the few newcomers who has managed to wedge her own space in the evolving landscape, often making futuristic-sounding jams. She hits it out of the ballpark with "Billie Jean."


9. Kehlani, "The Way" (feat. Chance the Rapper)

Recommended if You Like: Slinky, off-kilter jams that have a touch of the classic Aaliyah about them. Also: A Chance appearance makes the odds that you’ll smile like a doofus listening to something increase by a hundredfold.


15. Tamia, "Sandwich and a Soda"

Def Jam

Recommended if You Like: Seductive and flirty tunes that sound as if their sole purpose for being created were so that you and your S.O. could cuddle on a Saturday night.

17. Jazmine Sullivan, "Brand New"


Recommended if You Like: Live instrumentation complemented with broody vocals from a scorned lover. Sullivan managed to craft the perfect anthem for anyone who has ever been wronged by love.


19. Janelle Monáe and Jidenna, "Yoga"

Wondaland / Epic

Recommended if You Like: Jams that are really fun. Although rife with sexual innuendo, it's a song you're more likely to bop to in the club than include on a ~sexy~ baby-makin' playlist.

20. Trey Songz, "Chill"

Songbook / Atlantic

Recommended if You Like: Songs reminiscent of late '90s R&B tunes. Songz didn't just invent sex, he excels at it too, at least according to this bedroom banger.


25. Jill Scott, "Back Together"

Blue Babe / Atlantic

Recommended if You Like: Strong, triumphant lyrics. Scott shows off her versatility on this song by demonstrating that she's great at more than sensual love jams — she can be vulnerable and honest about love, too.

26. Carly Rae Jepsen, "All That"


Recommended if You Like: Languid beats layered with synths. It may seem unconventional for Carly to show up on this list, but once you listen to this jam it'll all make sense.

27. Monica, "Deep"


Recommended if You Like: Feeling like you're head over heels in love. Monica's saving grace has always been her ability to emote — whether it's conveying jealousy ("The Boy Is Mine") or heartache ("Until It's Gone"), this former '90s balladeer puts her all into her latest musical offering.

29. Lianne La Havas, "Unstoppable"

Warner Bros.

Recommended if You Like: Relaxing songs with a soul bent. La Havas' voice is assured and captivating, which is sure to leave any listener transfixed and ready to hit repeat for one more spin on this treasure.

31. Emily King, "The Switch"

Making Music Records

Recommended if You Like: Soft, feel-good joints. Put this on and you'll find yourself tapping your foot and your mood elevated by King's spellbinding voice.

Here's a Spotify playlist of the whole bunch (minus the Tinashe which isn't on there, grrrrr):

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