Six Great R&B Love Songs That You Might Hear On The Radio Sometime Today

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Over the weekend a lot of my Facebook friends reposted a CNN piece called "Where Is The Love In R&B?" that served as a sort of lengthy "get off my lawn with your sex and hedonism" diatribe; while it's undoubtedly true that commercial radio is more crass today than it was back in the era of WPIX playing nothing but love songs, the piece was not without its many issues, from citing that awfully flawed study about the narcissism in popular music that was floating around earlier this year to blaming the rise of the laptop musician for the nosedive in songs the writer saw as romantic. (Not to mention that it took Miguel's ode to getting off "Quickie" to task while failing to notice that his screwed-down fidelity pledged had actually performed better on the airplay-based R&B chart—by topping it.) What better day than today, which marks the release of Robin Thicke's super-uxorious, quite fantastic Love After War, to rebut the claims about R&B being a complete wasteland? Six tracks from this year that made the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and that will melt even the coldest heart (take it from someone who knows!) below.

Beyoncé, "Love On Top" (current R&B chart position/peak: No. 28)

Fact: The rolling key changes at the end are one of the—if not the—best purely musical displays of falling deeper and deeper in love with someone to be put to wax this year. (Hey, there's a reason gear-shifting works.)

Eric Roberson feat. Phonte, "Picture Perfect" (current R&B chart position No. 76; peaked at No. 63)

The blooming synths underneath Roberson's handclap-assisted outpouring of love eventually narrow into a sine-wave keyboard solo at the end, one that is probably designed to represent Roberson's target's acquiescence to the fact that he finds her absolutely stunning.

Lloyd feat. Awesome Jones!!!, "Cupid" (R&B chart peak: No. 11)

I have a pretty strong pro-Lloyd critical bias, it's true. But this sweeter-than-sweet treatise on what it's like to let oneself fall into infatuation with someone new for the first time never fails to make me smile—its booming bass recalls a heart excitedly thudding in one's chest, and Lloyd's vocal delivery further underscores the feelings of delight and optimism that go hand-in-hand with romance's first blushes.


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Aguilera
Aguilera

Love on top is reallya nice work by Beyonce, I do enjoy it very much recently!

Al Shipley
Al Shipley

songs on Billboard's top 100 R&B/hip-hop songs of 2011 that could be considered love songs (or at least romantic in sentiment rather than primarily sexual or bitter breakup songs, etc.):

Miguel - "Sure Thing"Marsha Ambrosuis - "Far Away"Trey Songz - "Can't Be Friends"Chris Brown - "She Ain't You" Lil Wayne - "How To Love" Jamie Foxx f/ Drake - "Fall For Your Type" Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton - "So In Love" R. Kelly - "Love Letter"Charlie Wilson - "You Are" Kem - "Share My Life" Anthony David f/ Algebra - "4evermore" Kem f/ Chrisette Michele - "If It's Love" Mindless Behavior f/ Diggy  "Mrs. Right" Lloyd f/ Awesome Jones!!! - "Cupid" Usher - "There Goes My Baby"Charlie Wilson - "Life Of The Party"Musiq Soulchild - "Yes" Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj - "Bottoms Up"Jennifer Hudson - "No One Gonna Love You" R. Kelly - "When A Woman Loves" Miguel f/ J. Cole - "All I Want Is You" Cee Lo Green f/ Melanie Fiona - "Fool For You" R. Kelly - "Radio Message"Bobby V - "Words" Keyshia Cole - "Take Me Away" Eric Benet - "Sometimes I Cry" Diddy-Dirty Money f/ Trey Songz - "Your Love" Monica - "Love All Over Me" Diddy-Dirty Money f/ Drake - "Loving You No More" Mary J. Blige - "Someone To Love Me (Naked)"

so yeah, basically 2/5ths of urban radio playlists (INCLUDING hip hop) in 2011 were love songs, if you want definitive proof that the CNN guy was talking out of his ass.

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Isitmsbrklyn
Isitmsbrklyn

Is this an exercise in how many times you can use "sprawling" in an article?

maura
maura

you figured me out!

(no, it's not. sigh. blogging.)

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