Playlist: The Best R&B Ever

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The Best R&B Ever is a list of R&B songs that I consider to be the greatest of all time. The list is not in any specific order. However, my goal is to collaboratively create a playlist of R&B tracks that provide hours of listing pleasure. R&B is a genre of music that is being forgotten. It is being lumped together with Hip-hop, but R&B is the origin of many genres of music. With that being said, I believe we need to preserve the genre. We do that by paying respects to the many artists and composers that have given us this amazing music. So, make sure you like, comment, and share. I will rank the playlist in fan favorite order, according to the number of total votes, once we get to 100 songs.

There are two lists below. The first one is my list of 100. I have already published a few, but more are coming soon. My goals is to post at least one song every couple of days. Please, take some time to review the list. Visit the individual post of each song. And make sure to like the post, if you want to vote for that song. Also, feel free to share the songs that you love to your social media. Ask your friends and family to vote.

The second list is a fan list. I would love to get another 100 suggestions from you. The voting will be the same. Visit the individual post of each song. And make sure to like the post, if you want to vote for that song. Also, feel free to share the songs that you love to your social media. Ask your friends and family to vote.

Contest & Prizes

I’m thinking about making this into a contest. Voting will take place on DocDesmondRadio.com and all of my social media accounts, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. I will keep a count of total votes for each song. And I want to have a bracket challenge, similar to a sports tournament. You will get a chance to predict the top ten for a chance to earn prizes.

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My Top 100 (Vote for Your Favorites)

*To Vote: Click on Song Title and “Like” the blog post. Voting also takes place on my social media accounts.

#Song Title AlbumArtist/GroupVotesTotal Votes
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2AlwaysAlwaysPebbles1
3SpecialThe VIIAvant0
4Heaven And EarthFrom the Soul of ManKenny Lattimore0
5The Closer I Get to YouDance With My FatherLuther Vandross0
6Come and See Me & Location MashupCome and See Me & Location – SingleKiana LedĂ©1
7Before I Let GoAnthologyFrankie Beverly & Maze0
8LocationAmerican TeenKhalid1
9Love You GentlyHere I StandUsher0
10Love In This Club, Part IIHere I StandUsher1
11BeyondGood ThingLeon Bridges
12My Heart Belongs to UDiary of a Mad BandJodeci1
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*To Vote: Click on Song Title and “Like” the blog post. Voting also takes place on my social media accounts.

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Who are we missing?

R&B has had many, many talented artists, and we don’t want to leave anyone out. Who do you think should be included on this list?

  • From the 1950s
  • From the 1960s
  • From the 1970s
  • From the 1980s
  • From the 1990s
  • From the 2000s
  • From the 2010s
  • And the 2020s

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My Heart Belongs to U Lyrics by Jodeci

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Jodeci comes in 12th on my playlist, The Best R&B Ever, with My Heart Belongs to U. This list is not in any specific order. However, make sure you like, comment, and share. I will rank the playlist in fan favorite order, according to the number of total votes, once we get to 100 songs. I included this song on the playlist, because Jodeci was one of the most iconic R&B groups of the 90s. And this track was one of my favorites.

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Meet the Artist
Jodeci

Buy the Album
Diary of a Mad Band

Dairy of a Mad Band - Jodeci

Composer(s)
Donald DeGrate
Cedric Hailey
DeVante Swing

This is DeVante Williams
Whatever you want, whatever you need
You know I got it and I’ma give it to you
Jodeci

Whenever you want it
Anything you want from me
You know I’ve got it
Any time you want, I’ll give it to you
Jo Jo, check this out 2,3,4

You can have my love
You’re the girl of my life
Am I all you’re dreaming of?
Yes, you’re my desire
I wanna give you so much
For the things that you give to me
Just take my love, baby
Because you are so dear to me

Whatever you want, whatever you need
My heart belongs to you
Whatever you want, baby
Whatever you need, there’s nothing I won’t do
I said whatever you want, baby
I say whatever you want
My heart belongs to you
I say whatever you need
I’ll be right here for you

Once in a lifetime
You will find someone like you
And now that I have you
Here’s what I’m gonna do
I’m gonna give you so much
I will give you my all and all
Over and over again, lady, lady, lady
Loving you too much, baby
Is not, is not, is not a sin

Whatever you want, whatever you need
My heart belongs to you (My heart belongs)
Whatever you need, there’s nothing I won’t do (Whatever you need, baby)
(Whatever you want, baby) I say whatever you want
My heart belongs to you
I say whatever you need
I’ll be right here for you

Anything, anything, anything you want, I’ll do it for you
In the morning
Whenever you want it, makes no difference
In the evening (In the evening)
Whenever you need it (Late in the midnight hour)
When the night falls (You know I got it)
You know that I got it (Pick up the phone and dial my number)
So baby, just call me (Call me)
You know that I’ll do it

Whatever you want, whatever you need (Whatever you want, baby)
My heart belongs to you (Add you know, you know)
(My heart) Whatever you need, there’s nothing I won’t do
I say whatever you want
My heart belongs to you (My, my, my, my my, my heart)
I say whatever you need
I’ll be right here for you
Whatever you need
My heart belongs to you
Whatever you need, there’s nothing I won’t do
I say whatever you want
My heart belongs to you…


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Beyond Lyrics by Leon Bridges

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Beyond is the 11th track on my playlist, The Best R&B Ever. Bridges gives us a touch of old in the new era of R&B. I included this song on the playlist, because I’m old school at heart. This track is a flashback to early R&B singers. It’s also the type of love story that has a touch of old school.

Meet the Artist
Leon Bridges

Buy the Album
Good Thing

Composer(s)
Austin Michael Jenkins
Eric Frederic
Joshua Block
Justin Tranter
Nate Mercereau
Todd Bridges

Don’t wanna get ahead of myself
Feeling things I’ve never felt
It’s kinda hard for me to explain
Her personality and everything
Brings me to my knees, oh

She shine me up like gold on my arm
I wanna take it slow but it’s so hard
I love to see her face in daylight
It’s more than just our bodies at night
But she’s really tempting me, oh

Do you think I’m being foolish
If I don’t rush in?

I-I-I-I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond, beyond
Space and time in the afterlife
Will she have my kid? Will she be my wife?
She might just be my everything and beyond

I wanna bring her ’round to meet ya
I think you’ll like her kind demeanor
I know that Grandma would have loved her
Like she was her own (Ah, ah, ah, ah)
She makes me feel at home, oh

Do you think I’m being foolish
If I don’t rush in?

I-I-I-I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond, beyond
Space and time in the afterlife
Will she have my kid? Will she be my wife?
She might just be my everything and beyond

I give up, I’m in love, crying out to you
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
(She might just be my everything)
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
(She might just be my everything)
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
(She might just be my everything)

So do you think I’m being foolish
If I don’t rush in?

I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond, beyond
Space and time in the afterlife
Will she have my kid? Will she be my wife?
She might just be my everything and beyond, yeah

She might just be my
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
She might just be my
(She might just be my everything)

She might just be my
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
She might just be my
(She might just be my everything)

She might just be my
(Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain)
She might just be my
(She might just be my everything)
She might just be my, be my


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Love in This Club, Part II Lyrics by Usher

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Love in This Club, Part II is the 10th track on my playlist, The Best R&B Ever. Like the 9th track, this is another Usher track that is not intended for young audiences. It’s for grown people to do what grown people do, but it’s more fantasy than reality. I included this song on the playlist because it’s a flashback to college days. You want to be irresponsible and fulfill the wildest pleasures that come to your imagination. However, you know that actions have consequences. This song allows you to fantasize, while avoiding the consequences of life.

Meet the Artist
Usher
Beyoncé
Lil Wayne

Buy the Album
Here I Stand

Composer(s)
J. Jenkins
J. Jones
L. Taylor
Usher Raymond

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Soundz, I hear you, man
Usher
Yeah, this it right here
Queen B, yeah

I’m the king, y’all know that
She the queen, came right back (Listen to me)
Oh, remix

Now, baby girl, there ain’t nothing more that I can say
You know by now, I want it more than anything
If I walk away and just let you leave
You’ll be stuck in my head like a melody
I know you want it but I’m hesitating (Why?)
You must be crazy, I got a man, you got a lady

I know, we here together, so this must be something special
‘Cause you could be anywhere you wanted
But you decided to be here with me
No coincidence, it was meant to be
Don’t be shy, come let your boy get in
So you can tell all of you friends
You was on the remix, like

In this club, in this club
Ladies, can I put this love up in you one time?
If you ain’t scared, say what’s up
In this club, in this club
They can keep watching, I ain’t stopping
Baby, I don’t give up

In this club, in this club
Ladies, can I put this love up on you one time?
If you ain’t scared, say what’s up
In this club, in this club
They can keep watching
Baby, I don’t give up in this club

Baby, you know I’d be down
But we can’t have all these people staring, standing around
This right here is only for your eyes to see
But you getting carried away, saying we can do it wherever
The way you touching me like no other
I’ma make you feel insane, ah
Your trying your hardest to make me give in
But I’ma be down to give you what you wanting if you keep it up

I strongly doubt this velvet rope would hold me up
And I don’t want security rolling up on us ( I got you)
I’m not hesitating, I just don’t wanna rush
You could be anywhere you wanted
But you decided to be here with me
No coincidence, it was meant to be
I guess if I mess around and let you get in
You gon’ tell all of your friends
You was on this remix, like

In this club, in this club
Fellas, can I put this love up on you one time?
If you ain’t scared, say what’s up
In this club, in this club
They can keep watching, I ain’t stopping
Baby, I don’t give up

In this club, in this club
Ladies, can I put this love up on you one time?
If you ain’t scared, say what’s up
In this club, in this club
They can keep watching
Baby, I don’t give up in this club

Shawty want a thug
It started with a hug
And the rest went like this
I gave her neck a kissy-kiss
She gave my neck a kiss back
I said, we could do it like a stack
I mean, we could do it like a G
On the couch in V.I.P.
Shawty, we could get it on
I’m like, shout out to the DJ for playing this sound

Girl, we could act like two damn fools
And everybody thing we doing a dance move
Call me, so I can make it juicy for ya
Meet me in the bathroom and you could be my secret lover, girl
And it started with a hug
But now we making love in this club
And we’re not gonna stop just because
The people in the crowd are watching us
‘Cause we don’t give a damn what they say
And this is the, the remix, baby

Come a little closer to daddy, put it on you
Need you to know what happens here, stays here
Well, I’m ready and will, almost got to go
Got you standing at attention, keep it on the low
Ain’t nobody watching, don’t worry, they can’t see us
I know I got you hot, now let me in
You in the club or the car, wherever you are
Run and tell the DJ, run it back on replay

In this club, in this club
Fellas, can I put this love up on you one time?
If you ain’t scared, say what’s up
In this club, in this club
They can keep watching, baby, I don’t give up
Now, run and tell all of your friends
You gotta hear this remix, like

King and queen, y’all know
Yeah, man

If we make love in this club (What would music be without Soundz?)
In this club, in this club
Nobody will know, baby


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Love You Gently Lyrics by Usher

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Love You Gently is the 9th track on my playlist, The Best R&B Ever. This song is not intended for young audiences. It’s for grown people to do what grown people do. Usher’s vocal talent has been evident for decades. He has a ton of tracks that I like. However, I included this song on the playlist because the banter of the lead and background vocals is genius for this track. It’s very flirtatious and a perfect arrangement for foreplay. That’s the entire point of the song.

Meet the Artist
Usher

Buy the Album
Here I Stand

Composer(s)
A. Harris
Raheem DeVaughn
V. Davis

First, see the city skylights
Shining from my room
It’s such a sight to see
In the month of June
Beautiful like the moon’s reflection
When it’s passin’ off your skin
And before you let me in
I hear you say

(It’s been a long time)
I say okay, K, K
Don’t worry, I got you
Do ya say
(How bout some foreplay?)
Got that, got plenty
I got you

Do ya say
(Play some slow ones)
Got that Sade, Al Green
And Marvin Gaye too
(To love you gently)
To love you gently

Ooo, let me love you, oh (Let me touch you gently)
Lay back, relax, girl
I’ma be (Light as a feather, but hard as a rock)
‘Cause daddy know just what you like
Gonna love you, gonna love you, baby (Gonna love you gently)
Gentle with ya, baby
Oh (Light as a feather, but hard as a rock)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

See I know just when to finish
And I know just when to start
And I’ll be lovin’ your reaction
Every time I hit that spot

(Gently)
Bottom soft like leather
(Gently)
But the top is hard
(Gently)
Whisper your pleasures
(Gently)
Then I’ll do my job

Invigorating, intense
Girl, let me do what I do
I don’t know what’s echoing louder
The music or you

(Gently)
I ain’t close to be done yet
(Gently)
But your gettin’ real warm
(Gently)
Like the calm of the thunder
(Gently)
Right after the storm

You say, you say, do you say it, girl? ( Make it repeat)
Oh, gonna push it to the limit
Ooh (It’s yours, it’s yours)
See second place or win the race
I’m gonna be your number one
(‘Til the sun shines) Oh

Here comes the sun
(Forever more) Let’s try to chase the moon again forever
(Let me touch you gently) Oh
That’s the sound of love
Rippin’ shades off the wall

(Light as a feather, but hard as a rock)
Ooh, this might not be in the bedroom
But I’m gonna love you, girl, gently (I’m gonna love you gently)
Ooh ( Light as a feather, but hard as a rock) I love you
Hard as a rock, hard as a rock

(Let me touch you gently) Oh, yeah
Wanna love you, wanna love you, oh (Light as a feather, but hard as a rock)
(Gonna love you gently) I love you gently, oh, oh, baby, oh, baby
(Light as a feather, but hard as a rock)

Ooh, can you feel me, girl?
We don’t need no room
All we need is me and you
Wanna love you


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