The Best R&B Songs Of 2018

Ella Mai

Get ready for the ultimate R&B playlist, filled with huge new songs from the likes of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Jorja Smith and more.

R&B music has had an incredible 12 months, with countless catchy melodies and infectious hooks dominating charts around the world in 2018.

Ella Mai, 6lack, Ty Dolla Sign, Jorja Smith and more have been responsible for a new "golden era" for the genre, with incredible R&B albums soundtracking people's lives.

Drake even chose to dedicate the "B Side" of his record-breaking 'Scorpion' album to R&B songs.

Below we round up the biggest R&B songs of 2018 so far.


Ella Mai Feat. Chris Brown - 'Whatchamacallit'

Ella Mai and Chris Brown continued to show off their musical chemistry with a smooth R&B song, taken from the UK singer's self-titled debut album.
 
 

Post Malone & Swae Lee - 'Sunflower'

Taken from the official soundtrack for movie 'Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse', Post Malone and Swae Lee came together for a smooth R&B anthem.
 
 

Juice WRLD - 'Lucid Dreams'

Interpolating Sting's classic song 'Shape Of My Heart', Juice WRLD introduced himself to the world with his infectious R&B banger 'Lucid Dreams'.
 
 

XXXTENTACION - 'SAD!'

Prior to his death earlier in 2018, troubled rapper XXXTENTACION released one of the biggest R&B songs of his short career.
 
 

Ella Mai - 'Trip'

Hot off the release of her stellar debut album, Ella Mai has unleashed the follow-up to her breakout hit 'Boo'd Up' - and it's fire.

 

Bad Bunny Feat. Drake - 'MIA'

Drizzy flexes his Spanish chops over a sunshine-drenched instrumental, while Bad Bunny delivers his own bars on the new party anthem.

 

6LACK Feat. Future - 'East Atlanta Love Letter'

The title track from 6LACK's latest studio album, 'East Atlanta Love Letter' is a slice of R&B perfection.


Bryson Tiller - 'Canceled'

Tiller is back! With a third album in the works, the R&B crooner comes all the way through with this smooth new track.

 

Khalid - 'Better'

Sit back and enjoy the sounds of El Paso native Khalid. His honey-smooth voice is flaunted to perfection on this chill-out jam.

 

M.O. feat. Chip - 'Wondering'

British girl group M.O. link up with seasoned London rapper Chip for this infectious banger.

 

Usher x Zaytoven - 'You Decide'

Taken from his surprise new album with Zaytoven , 'A', Usher's latest smooth-talking bop is a highlight of the project.

 

Sage The Gemini Feat. Chris Brown - 'Buss It'

Sage The Gemini has linked up with Chris Brown for a new club banger called 'Buss It', which interpolates Usher's 1997 classic 'Make Me Wanna'.

 

Nicki Minaj Feat. Ariana Grande - 'Bed'

The self-titled Queen of Rap links up with frequent collaborator and Pop princess Ariana Grande for their sultry duet, which features on Minaj's upcoming album.

 
 

Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - 'I Like It'

Taken from her debut album 'Invasion Of Privacy', 'I Like It' channels Cardi's Latin roots on this bouncy summer smash. Reggaeton heavyweights Bad Bunny and J. Balvin also serve up their own verses.



Jennifer Lopez Feat. Cardi B & DJ Khaled - 'Dinero'

To paraphrase Bardi, Jenny from the Block has well and truly linked up with Cardi from the Bronx for this spicy Latin bop. DJ Khaled comes through with the ad libs, of course.



Ella Mai - 'Boo'd Up'

British songstress Ella is taking the world by storm with this stunning tune. And, with a co-sign fellow crooner Chris Brown to boot, it looks like Mai isn't going anywhere.

 

 

Stefflon Don - 'Senseless'

Steff is shining on this additive hit! A delicious concoction of sweet vocals and precocious bars, 'Senseless' is a surefire future summer chart-topper.


Khalid Feat. 6BLACK & Ty Dolla $ign - 'OTW'

Fresh from his chart-climbing collaboration 'Love Lies' with Normani, Khalid returns with another mellow smash featuring R&B crooner 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign.


Tinashe Feat. Ty Dolla Sign & French Montana - 'Me So Bad'

Tinashe collaborated Ty Dolla Sign and French Montana on an upbeat track for the summer!
 
 

The Weeknd - 'Call Out My Name'

One of the standout songs from The Weeknd's surprise EP 'My Dear Melancholy' saw the singer return to his dark, broody best. 
 
 

Lil Dicky Feat. Chris Brown - 'Freaky Friday'

Breezy and US rapper Lil Dicky link up for this hilarious new track, accompanied by a body-switching music video that you can't help but smile to!

 

H.E.R. - 'Focus'

Rising R&B singer H.E.R. stuns with this sensual, down-tempo jam. With her heavenly vocals and addictively mellow vibe, this lady is not to be slept on.


Shakka feat. AlunaGeorge - 'Man Down'

Shakka and AlunaGeorge bring the summer vibes with their catchy new single, enlisting the help of seasoned producer and Afrobeats specialist Jae5 for some infectious beats.

 

Pia Mia - 'Ocean Drive'

Pia Mia is ready to transport you to a tropical paradise with her sultry bop 'Ocean Drive'.


Kirko Bangz Feat. Chris Brown - 'Date Night (Same Time)'

Kirko Bangz and Chris Brown have teamed up once again for a smooth R&B anthem aimed at the ladies!

 
 

Jeremih - 'Forever I'm Ready'

Jeremih surprised fans with EP 'The Chocolate Box' in March, featuring smooth standout single 'Forever I'm Ready'.

 

Massari Feat. Tory Lanez - 'Number One'

R&B crooner Massari recruits Tory Lanez for his latest seductive banger, sampled over the classic reggae hit 'Heads High' by Mr. Vegas.

 

Kehlani - 'Again'

Kehlani showed off her silky vocals over acoustic single 'Always'. The track, produced by Geoffro, appears to be a standalone single.

 

 

IAMDDB - 'Conjuring'

Manchester-born singer IAMDDB has a very bright future ahead of her! The trap-heavy 'Conjuring' is a snapshot of her potential...

 
 

Swae Lee Feat. Rae Sremmurd - 'Hurt To Look'

Swae Lee continues to embark on his own solo endeavours with this laid-back, melodic jam - with a little help from his brother, of course.

 

 

Khalid Feat. Normani - 'Love Lies'

After an incredible 2017, Khalid is back with a sultry R&B jam featuring Fifth Harmony starlet Normai Kordei.



Frank Ocean - 'Moon River'

Frank has seriously delivered with this haunting rendition of the classic 60's song, originally made famous by 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'.



Tinashe Feat. Future - 'Faded Love'

R&B princess Tinashe is back with another strong effort from her hotly anticipated upcoming album 'Joyride', this time linking up with Future who provides his own slick verse.



Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd - 'Pray For Me'

Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend teamed up on Black Panther single 'Pray For Me'. The superstar duo show why they are among the best in their respective genres in a collaboration that merges Hip-Hop and R&B.



Chris Brown - 'State Of The Union'

Following Donald Trump's first ever Presidential State Of The Union speech, Chris Brown hit the studio take take out his feelings in the booth. This is smooth R&B at its finest...

 

 

Jhené Aiko Feat. Rae Sremmurd - 'Sativa'

The feather-toned songstress is ready to send listeners into a hazy dream with her new jam, featuring Hip-Hop double act Rae Sremmurd.



Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - 'Finesse' (Remix)

Bruno Mars brought a new lease of life to his '24K Magic' track by adding one of the hottest rappers of the moment Cardi B. The pair deliver some serious throwback vibes in the music video, paying homage to 90's TV show 'In Living Color'.
 
 

Justin Timberlake - 'Filthy'

Ahead of the release of his 'Man Of The Woods' album, Justin Timberlake collaborated with good friend Timbaland on experimental single 'Filthy'. This is huge!
 
 

Jorja Smith Feat. Stormzy - 'Let Me Down'

Jorja Smith teamed up with Stormzy on soulful single 'Let Me Down'. The UK singer, who collaborated with Drake on 'More Life', tells a conflicted love story with the help of Big Mike! 

 

 

Drake - 'God's Plan'

Taken from his surprise 2-track EP 'Scary Hours', Drake reminded fans that he is going nowhere with the release of huge track 'God's Plan'!