It’s official: R&B is big news again. Smooth and soulful is the name of the game in the twenty-tens: veterans like Pharrell are back in the charts, newcomers such as Frank Ocean and FKA Twigs are putting an innovative spin on classic R&B sounds, and asses in dance clubs are shaking to the bassy sounds of old-school R&B. So we decided to take a bump ’n’ grind down memory lane and round up the top R&B songs from the last quarter-century, from great old-school love songs to new jams by younger artists. Crank it up and get low.
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