MY 125 FAVORITE R & B SONGS OF ALL TIME

Like many of you I love all kinds of music. R & B is the center piece of my musical interests.  This is not a list of which songs I think are the best, but rather my favorites.

 

#125- “SWEET NOVEMBER” (Troop)

The greatest entertainer that ever lived nailed the more traditional R & B sound of the 1990's with "You are not alone" (#2). MJ and R. Kelly collaborated on the hit for a week. The song has a tempo of 60 beats per minute making it one of Michael's slowest songs.
The greatest entertainer that ever lived nailed the more traditional R & B sound of the 1990’s with “You are not alone” (#2). MJ and R. Kelly collaborated on the hit for a week. The song has a tempo of 60 beats per minute making it one of Michael’s slowest songs. I liked his voice best at age 15 when he recorded “Music and Me” (#58).

#124- “WEAK” (SWV) 

#123- “ANNIVERSARY” (Tony! Toni! Tone’!)

#122- “FREAK ME” (Silk)

#121- “WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW” (DeBarge)

#120- “WIN” (Brian McKnight)

#119- RONI” (Bobby Brown)

#118- “I WANNA KNOW” (Joe)

#117- “DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY” (Thelma Houston)

#116- “IT’S ALL RIGHT” (Huey Lewis and the News)

#115- “YOU’RE NOT ALONE” (Boyz 11 Men) 

#114- “SAY SAY SAY” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson)

#113- “ROUND AND ROUND” (Tevin Campbell)

#112- “TRULY” (Lionel Richie)

#111- “CRY FOR YOU” (Jodeci) 

"Now's the time" by 4 P.M. is the most underrated album inside my music world, in the last 20 years. My R & B mentor Russ Riggs said it best, "You never need to hit skip on this album. The worst song on here is an 8.1."
“Now’s the time” by 4 P.M. is the most underrated album inside my music world, in the last 20 years. My R & B mentor Russ Riggs said it best, “You never need to hit skip on this album. The worst song on here is an 8.1.”

#110- “HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE” (Dru Hill)

#109- “U KNOW WHAT’S UP” (Donel Jones)

#108- “NO DIGGITY” (Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen)

#107- “IF YOUR’E NOT THE ONE” (Daniel Bedingfield) 

#106- “SUMMERTIME” (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince)

#105- “KISS YOUR LOVE GOODBYE” (Brian McKnight)

#104- “LIVE YOUR LIFE” (T.I. featuring Rihanna)

#103- “SAME OL’ G” (Ginuwine) 

#102- “WITH YOU” (Chris Brown)

#101- “IF I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME” (R. Kelly)

#100- “I’D DIE WITHOUT YOU” (P.M. Dawn)

#99- “THEY SAY” (3T)

#98- “NUMBER ONE” (John Legend)

#97- “ALL OF ME” (John Legend)

#96- “HERE AND NOW” (Luther Vandross)

John Legend's "Get Lifted" album is an R & B treasure full of love, scandal, and family values all at once. In "Number One" (#98) he's beyond smooth. Legend makes cheating on a partner look as innocent as a walk on a beautiful day.
John Legend’s “Get Lifted” album is an R & B treasure full of love, scandal, and family values all at once. In “Number One” (#98) he’s beyond smooth. Legend makes cheating on a partner look as innocent as a walk on a beautiful day.

#95- “SITTIN’ ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY” (Otis Redding)

#94- “YOU ARE MY LADY” (Freddie Jackson)

#93- “THE EARTH, THE SUN, THE RAIN” (Color Me Badd) 

#92- “COOL IT NOW” (New Edition)

#91- “SUDDENLY” (Billy Ocean)

#90- “ALWAYS” (Atlantic Starr) 

#89- “THE CROSSROADS” (Bone Thugs -N- Harmony)

#88- “ON THE WINGS OF LOVE” (Jeffrey Osborne)

#87- “WISHES” (Nathan Morris)

#86- “IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES” (Joose)

#85- “CHERISH” (Kool & the Gang)

#84- “I MISS YOU” (N 11 U)

#83- “LIVE IT UP” (John Legend)

#82- “TWISTED” (Keith Sweat featuring Kut Klose and Pretty Russ)

#81- “HE’S DOING YOU WRONG” (Shai)

#80- “AGAIN” (Janet Jackson)

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Whitney was the barbie doll pop diva in my time growing up. More of her best work is “All at Once”, “All the Man That I Need”, “Run to You”, and “The Greatest Love of All”.

#79- “TIME TO END THIS STORY” (Az Yet)

#78- “I’D RATHER BE ALONE” (IV Example)

#77- “YOU GIVE ME SOMETHING” (James Morrison)

#76- “AS ONE” (Hi-Five)

#75- “ALL MY LIFE” (K-Ci & Jo Jo)

#74- “WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU” (The Spinners)

#73- “ONE MOMENT IN TIME” (Whitney Houston)

#72- “I CAN’T SLEEP BABY” (R. Kelly) 

#71- “IT’S HARD WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE” (Shai)

#70- “TIL YOU DO ME RIGHT” (After 7)

#69- “ALL CRIED OUT” (Allure featuring 112)

#68- “NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN” (Dionne Warwick) 

#67- “ANYTHING” (3T)

#66- “AFTER THE LOVE” (Earth Wind and Fire)

"Did you know" (#57) is one of Shai's several, awesome mid paced jams.It's a smart song. "Stop and think now what it's all about, and maybe you too will find, that your reality, is without a doubt, just a reflections of the thoughts on your mind."
“Did you know” (#65) is one of Shai’s several, awesome mid-paced jams. It’s a smart song. “Stop and think now what it’s all about, and maybe you too will find, that your reality, is without a doubt, just a reflections of the thoughts on your mind.”

#65- “DID YOU KNOW” (Shai)

#64- “SECRET LOVERS” (Atlantic Starr)

#63- “ON BENDED KNEE” (Boyz 11 Men)

#62- “MOTOWNPHILLY” (Boyz 11 Men)

#61- “LET’S STAY TOGETHER” (Al Green)

#60- “ONE SWEET DAY” (Mariah Carey and Boyz 11 Men)

#59- “SOMEONE TO HOLD” (Trey Lorenz) 

#58- “MUSIC AND ME” (Michael Jackson) 

#57- “I’M READY” (Tevin Campbell)

#56- “WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO” (Whitney Houston)

#55- “JUST ONCE” (James Ingram)

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Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem before the 1983 NBA All-Star game (#6). The performance defines the phrase “making it your own.” A three minute, mello soul concert broke out. The entire crowd was clapping along, caught up in his coolness. The moment did not disrespect the flag. He couldn’t help being Marvin Gaye.

#54- “DO THEY KNOW” (Boyz 11 Men)

#53- “ANGEL” (John Secada) 

#52- “FOR ALL ETERNITY” (Color Me Badd)

#51- “STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU” (New Edition)

#50- “NOBODY” (Keith Sweat and Athena Cage)

#49- “SHE SAID” (Hi-Five) 

#48- “U SEND ME SWINGIN” (Mint Condition)

#47- “CRAZY” (K-Ci & Jo Jo)

#46- “STILL” (The Commodores) 

#45- “WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN” (Bruno Mars)

#44- “CRAZY LOVE” (Brian McKnight)

Stevie Wonder has a magical voice. When he is in a group or duet, I'm always waiting for his part. In "That's what friends are for" (#51) he's on the stage with legends. I'm waiting for him to put down his wicked harmonica and belt out his part.
Stevie Wonder has such a great voice, it seems tangible. It sounds like the perfect sunrise would look. When he is in a group or duet, I’m always waiting for his part.

#43- “TOGETHER FOREVER” (Shai) 

#42- “STAY GOLD” (Stevie Wonder)

#41- “STAND BY ME” (Ben E. King)

#40- “A SONG FOR MAMA” (Boyz 11 Men)

#39- “FOREVER LOVE” (Color Me Badd)

#38- “YOU GOT IT ALL” (The Jets) 

#37- “YOUR LOVE” (Boyz 11 Men)

#36- “DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL” (Whitney Houston)

#35- “I CAN CHANGE” (John Legend featuring Snoop Dog)

#34- “THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR” (Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight)

Music often ties us to a time and place. "Lately" by Jodeci (#11) was so prominent in my life it reminds me of the entire fall and winter of 1993. "K-CI SING IT."
Music often ties us to a time and place. “Lately” by Jodeci (#11) was so prominent in my life it reminds me of the entire fall and winter of 1993. “K-CI SING IT.”

#33- “I’M GOING FOR MINE” (Keith Sweat) 

#32- “YOU ARE EVERYTHING” (The Stylistics)

#31- “THESE ARE THE TIMES” (Dru Hill)

#30- “COME AND TALK TO ME” (Jodeci)

#29- “THIS TIME” (K Jon)

#28- “NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO” (Sergio Mendes)

#27- “LET IT BURN” (Usher)

#26- “YES” (4 P.M.)

#25- “I’ll MAKE LOVE TO YOU” (Boyz 11 Men)

#24- “DO WHAT I GOTTA DO” (Ralph Tresvant) 

#23- “EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART” (Brian McKnight)

Hi-Five has a bubblegum side, but I think they are legit. "As One" has a grown                   up sound. The layers of voices in the chorus are memorable.
Hi-Five has a bubblegum side, but I think they are legit. “As One” (#76) has a grown up sound. The layers of voices in the chorus are memorable.

#22- “CONFUSED” (Tevin Campbell)

#21-  I KNOW LOVE” (Hi-Five)

#20- “IGNITION” (R. Kelly)

#19- YESTER ME, YESTER YOU, YESTERDAY” (Stevie Wonder)

#18- “MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA” (Gladys Knight and the Pips)

#17- “NICE AND SLOW” (Usher)

#16- “GIRL U FOR ME” (Silk)

#15- “BETCHA BY GOLLY, WOW” (The Stylistics)

#14- “COMFORTER” (Shai)

#13- “IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY” (Boyz 11 Men)

#12- “CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE” (Hi-Five)

#11- “LATELY” (Jodeci)

#10- “YOU CAN NEVER ASK TOO MUCH OF LOVE” (Take 6)

#9- “TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO” (Tevin Campbell)

"Cooleyhighharmony" is where my passion for the New Jack Swing sound began. "Your Love" (#34) is the subtle gem on the album. Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary make a perfect blend.
“Cooleyhighharmony” is where my passion for New Jack Swing began. “Your Love” (#37) is the subtle gem on the album. Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary make a dynamite blend right out of the gate.

#8- “ONE LAST CRY” (Brian McKnight)    

#7- “COME WITH ME” (Shai)

#6- “NATIONAL ANTHEM” (Marvin Gaye) 

#5- “END OF THE ROAD” (Boyz 11 Men)                                     

#4- “JUST MY IMAGINATION” (The Temptations)

#3- “ORDINARY PEOPLE” (John Legend)

#2- “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” (Michael Jackson)

#1- “PLEASE DON’T GO” (Boyz 11 Men)

Jay C. Brandriet 8/6/15

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