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54 Amazing R&B Songs From 2014 You Need In Your Life

Such a good year.

1. Danity Kane perfectly utilizing the "Grindin'" beat on "Lemonade."

2. The irresistible bell-like synth stabs of Usher's "I Don't Mind."

3. D'Angelo blessing us out of nowhere with "Sugah Daddy." And all of Black Messiah really, tbh.

4. Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em," one of DJ Mustard's many perfect R&B bangers from this year.

5. Yemi Marie's perfect-for-the-dancefloor "Love Bop."

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6. The lush, disco-y highlight from Michael Jackson's XSCAPE, "Love Never Felt So Good."

7. London trio Juce's effervescent, funky "Call You Out."

8. Rochelle Jordan getting all breathy on the low-slung gem "Follow Me."

9. Oh and Rochelle's "Lowkey" too. So gooood.

10. The plinky, sultry vibes of Sevyn Streeter's "nEXt."

11. The crazy catchy "2AM" from Adrian Marcel.

12. Nineteen-year-old Oakland native Kehlani's raunchy "FWU." Her whole Cloud 19 mixtape is killer, check that.

13. The menacing stomp of Redinho's "Playing with Fire."

14. Tink and Jeremih's bouncy, lovable, perfect "Don't Tell Nobody."


15. Precocious Londoner MNEK's thumping "Every Little Word."

16. Tinashe's understated and swirling "Feels Like Vegas."

17. Oh and "2 On" obviouslyyyyy.

18. The billowing vibe on Satin Beretta's "Got Me."

19. Tory Lanez's "R.I.D.E.," the year's best inversion of "Pony." Always welcome.

20. The queen Mary J. Blige's smoky gem "Whole Damn Year."

21. Comeback kid Omarion's delightful collabo with Jeremih, "Show Me." Jeremih had himself a year, jeez.

22. Willow Smith and TDE's SZA getting spacey on "9."

23. Drake associate Majid Jordan's slinky "Her."

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24. The best love song of 2014: Future's "I Be U."

25. Trey Songz's nasty-but-totally-fun "Cake."

26. The thwacking, syncopated charm of Teyana Taylor's "Maybe." Yo Gotti on this track too, yepppp.

27. Jeremih — that guy again! — and L.A. beat scene regular Shlohmo's heavy, woozy "Bo Peep (Do U Right)."

28. London-born Sinead Harnett's buzzing, synthy jam "No Other Way."

29. Moko's shuffling, dancefloor-ready "Your Love."

30. The reggae n' b of Alaine's "Better Than This."

31. More stomping DJ Mustard brilliance on Tee FLii's "24 Hours." Stick around for the 2 Chainz verse, obv.

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32. K. Michelle's brassy, wailing "Love 'Em All."

33. The soft and pillowy "Touch" from London's Shura.

34. The one and only Jennifer Hudson's hard, funky "Dangerous."

35. The crisp boom-bap of Tiara Thomas' "One Night."

36. Tamar Braxton's duet with R&B astronaut Future, "Let Me Know."

37. Perfect weirdo iLoveMakonnen's earnest and tweaked-out "Wishin' You Well."

38. Jessie Ware's elegant, falsetto-filled "Tough Love."

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39. Love Dollhouse's undeniably charming throwback "Can I."

40. The ever-underrated Jazmine Sullivan's "Mascara."

41. Newcomers 2NYO's bassy anthem "Roll With Me."

42. The irrepressible Elle Varner's strutting, soulful jam "Don't Wanna Dance."

43. "Drunk in Love." Duhhhh.

44. Oh and Bey and Nicki on "Flawless (Remix)" is also not to be missed, obviously.

45. How is Nick Jonas' "Jealous" so good? Tinashe doesn't hurt.

46. The cascading synths on Luke James' "Love XYZ."

47. Jo'zzy's tough-as-hell "Tryna Wife."

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48. Rico Love's criminally catchy "They Don't Know."

49. Ty Dolla $ign's DJ Mustard-produced — that guy again! — chart-topper, "Paranoid."

50. The slow and sultry burn of Avery Sunshine's "Call My Name."

51. Jhene Aiko's pulsating "The Pressure."

52. Jhene's sister Mila J bringing it on "Smoke, Drink, Break-Up."

53. Bando Jonez's minimal, pounding anthem "Sex You."

54. The bassy, slow build of Miguel's "Simplethings."

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