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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."

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

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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.

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17. Jazmine Sullivan, "Brand New"

RCA

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.

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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.

27. Monica, "Deep"

RCA

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.

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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.

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