The Best R&B Songs Of 2017

18 December 2017, 17:09 | Updated: 20 December 2017, 14:32

Get ready for the ultimate R&B playlist, filled with huge new tunes from the likes of Alicia Keys, Kehlani and more.

2017 was a big year for R&B, with huge tracks dropping every week from some of your favourite artists.

Kehlani and Alicia Keys are leading the way for women in urban music, whilst Drake and Chris Brown are representing the men with some smooth R&B tunes.

We've rounded up the best R&B tracks of 2017.


Miguel feat. Travis Scott - 'Sky Walker'

Taken from his 2017 album 'War & Leisure', R&B crooner Miguel has linked up with Travis Scott for this smooth track.


Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Lil Wayne & The Dream - 'Love U Better'

The talented trio host a star-studded LA house party in the visual for their infectious collaboration 'Love U Better'.


Jhené Aiko feat. Swae Lee - 'Sativa'

Jhené is back with another dreamy offering, this time with a little help from Rae Sremmurd's resident hook machine, Swae.


N.E.R.D. Feat. Rihanna - 'Lemon'

Pharrell, Chad and Shay are officially back, teaming up with Bad Gal for this infectious hit.

Calvin Harris Feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty - 'Faking It'

Taken from his summer smash album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1', Calvin Harris links up with R&B's young guns for his catchy bop.


Miguel Feat. J.Cole & Salaam Remi - 'Come Through And Chill'

This laid-back groove is serving up some serious chill R&B vibes - you'll have this masterpiece on repeat all Sunday long.


Jhené Aiko - 'While We're Young'

The lead single from her dreamy album 'Trip' embodies the laid-back cool vibe we all love Jhené for.


Majid Jordan Feat. dvsn - 'My Imagination'

OVO labelmates Majid Jordan and dvsn have linked up for this mellow, introspective track. 


Tory Lanez - 'Skrt Skrt'

The Canadian crooner drops this sulty jam ahead of the impending release of his sophomore album. 


Chris Brown - 'Questions'

Ahead of the release of his monster 40-track album ‘Heartbreak On A Full Moon’, Breezy has dropped the Kevin Lyttle-sampled 'Questions'.


Bryson Tiller - 'Run Me Dry'

Bryson Tiller gets reflective in the R&B mellow banger 'Run Me Dry'.


Stefflon Don Feat. French Montana - 'Hurtin' Me'

Teaming up with the man behind one of this summer's biggest songs, Stefflon Don hits up French for her latest hit.


Crazy Cousinz Feat. Yxng Bane, Mr Eazi & Lily Mckenzie - 'No Way'

This mega-lineup have smashed it! 'No Way' is an island-tinged anthem and you'll want it on repeat all day.


Khalid - 'Young Dumb & Broke'

Khalid croons about the lows and highs of teenage life in this melancholic tune.


DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - 'Wild Thoughts'

DJ Khaled's new Santana-sampled collaboration is set to be the song of the summer.


Jorja Smith - 'Teenage Fantasy'

Rising star Jorja delivers stunning vocals and oozes soul in her latest dreamy offering.


SZA - 'The Weekend'

Taken from her critically-acclaimed debut album 'CTRL',  SZA shows us all how alternative R&B is really done with 'The Weekend'.


Drake - 'Passionfruit'

One of the standouts from Drake's 'More Life' playlist was 'Passionfruit', which has received countless remixes and covers.

Pia Mia Feat. Jeremih - 'I'm A Fan'

Following a lengthy hiatus, Pia Mia made her return with an Afrobeats-inspired single alongside Jeremih.

Jason Derulo Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - 'Swalla' (After Dark Remix)

Jason Derulo transformed his pop single 'Swalla' into one of the best R&B singles of the year so far.

Bryson Tiller - 'Something Tells Me'

Ahead of the release of his second album 'True To Self', Bryson Tiller gave fans a taste of his latest music.

DJ Khaled Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - 'I'm The One'

The long-awaited "top secret" collaboration is here! Khaled hasn't disappointed with this star-studded banger.


TLC Feat. Snoop Dogg - 'Way Back'

These old-school legends are serving up some serious throwback vibes with this nostalgia-inducing jam.


Frank Ocean - 'Biking'

Frank is back with another surprise release, with this introspective track.


Bruno Mars Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR - 'That's What I Like' (Remix)

PND added his smooth vocals to Bruno Mars' pop single and made it his own! This is big...

Chris Brown - 'Privacy'

Following his feud with Soulja Boy, Chris Brown released a smooth new single called 'Privacy', featuring a reference to Red Rat's Dancehall classic 'Tight Up Skirt'.

Nicki Minaj - 'Regret In Your Tears'

In March, Nicki Minaj unleashed a trio of songs including 'Regret In Your Tears', which hears Nicki show off her vocals over a Caribbean-themed single.

Frank Ocean - 'Chanel'

Frank surprised fans with his stand-alone track 'Chanel'. Is he hinting at a potential new album for 2017?


MiC LOWRY - 'Whiskey Kisses'

With their precise vocal harmonies and catchy hooks, Liverpool natives MiC LOWRY have killed it with their latest single.


Future Feat. Rihanna - 'Selfish'

Future and Rihanna followed up their 2012 collaboration 'Love Song', with an smooth single taken from his album 'HNDRXX'.

Kanye West Feat. The Dream - 'Bed Yeezy Season 5'

Kanye West released the soundtrack to his impressive Yeezy Season 5 collection featuring vocals from The Dream.

Trey Songz - 'Nobody Else But You'

Trey Songz warmed up for the release of his long awaited album 'Tremaine The Album', with a single called 'Nobody Else But You'.

Jeremih Feat. Chris Brown & Big Sean - 'I Think Of You'

Jeremih linked up with Chris Brown and Big Sean for a remake of Montell Jordan's classic 90s song 'Get It On Tonite'.

Tory Lanez - 'Bodmon Song'

Tory Lanez kicked off 2017 with a bang, releasing two mixtapes 'The New Toronto 2' and 'Chixtape 4'. The former featured an R&B anthem which cleverly features a reversed sample of his popular 'Controlla' remix.

Alicia Keys - 'That's What's Up'

In celebration of her 33rd birthday, Alicia Keys shared a soulful R&B single that contains a familiar Kanye West sample - 'So Alive' by Kings of Tomorrow - which was used on Yeezy's TLOP song 'Low Lights'.

Kehlani - 'Undercover'

Kehlani dropped an amazing throwback R&B track, taken from her impressive debut album 'SweetSexySavage'. 

Sampha - '(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano'

Sampha hit us right in the feels with this emotional track. '(No-one Knows Me) Like The Piano' is a stunning, piano-driven song written from the heart.

August Alsina - 'Drugs'

Def Jam signee August Alsina dropped this slick R&B tune at the start of the year and it's making huge waves. Expect big things!

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