25 Best R&B Singles of 2009

2009 showcased three modern soul classics, two of the genre’s hottest newcomers, a critical and commercial breakthrough by one of the year’s most popular stars, and the continued musical domination by an ex-member of one of music history’s most successful singing groups.

These are the TOP 25 BEST R&B SINGLES OF 2009.  Please feel free to comment.  I’d really like to hear your feedback.

25. “Sex Therapy,” Robin Thicke
24. “Why R U,” Amerie
23. “Number One,” R. Kelly featuring Keri Hilson
22. “Goin’ Thru Changes,” Ledisi
21. “From My Heart To Yours,” Laura Izibor
20. “Yesterday,” Toni Braxton featuring Trey Songz
19. “Million Dollar Bill,” Whitney Houston
18. “Trust,” Keyshia Cole featuring Monica
17. “What You Do,” Chrisette Michele featuring Ne-Yo
16. “Soldier of Love,” Sade
15. “Last Chance,” Ginuwine
14. “I Am,” Mary J. Blige
13. “Chocolate High,” India.Arie featuring Musiq Soulchild
12. “Epiphany (I’m Leaving),” Chrisette Michele
11. “Hard,” Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy

Top 10 after the jump…..
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Alicia Keys–The Element of Freedom (Release Date: December 15th)

The freedom to love. The freedom to hear. The freedom to experience the gift ofAlicia Keys.

As I sit here and experience Alicia Keys 4th studio album, The Element of Freedom, I am completely shocked by the level of elegance that the album presents. Ms. Keys offers her version of freedom through her deepest intro to date The Element of Freedom Intro. She then hits us with those lovely keys with one of the best songs on the album, Love is Blind. I was initially drawn into the 808’s on the track but fortunately, her surprisingly strong voice on the track reminds me that her lyrical content exceeds any 808 pattern that the track offers.

She also continues the pattern of her signature keys with her hit single Doesn’t Mean Anything, which in my opinion, is the only song that reflects freedom on the album.  While I would have hoped for the EP to embody the essence of freedom, it offers the essence of strength instead.  It is evident through each track that Keys has approached a new found strength in her life, and who are we to deny her the opportunity to display such strength.  Alicia illustrates her strengths with her uplifting tracks Wait Till They See Me Smile and How it Feels to Fly, as each production is undeniably the strongest tracks on the album. I can only imagine what each song sounds like in a live performance, because the strength of the piano and choir addition on each track is clearly washed out by studio mastering.

Not only is The Element of Freedom elegant and smooth, but it also portrays a sexier side of Alicia Keys. Her best track Unthinkable, featuring Drake, has yet to be over played on my playlists and I don’t see it ever getting old in my book.   The mesmerizing song and quality content has the ability to capture any listener’s ear.  Along with the Drake feature Alicia picks the tempo a bit with the long awaited Beyonce feature in Put It in a Love Song. Although I wasn’t anticipating the best song out of this mix, I was slightly disappointed with the content and production of this song. It was a little too much going on for my liking; however, I am sure that it will become a hit in mainstream.
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