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The Best Modern R&B of 2017

Smooth, soulful, and innovative sounds from the dance floor to the bedroom and everywhere in between
Zumic Staff

by Zumic Staff

Published March 8, 2019

This is part of our series, The Best of the Best Music of 2017.

Modern R&B is at the intersection of contemporary pop, hip-hop, and electronic styles of music.  Perhaps what truly defines Modern R&B in 2017 is the powerful vocal in spacey soundscapes that can vascilate between bold intensity and breezy indifference. 

For the Modern R&B list, we selected 150 songs covering over 9 hours.

  • SZA, Calvin Harris - "The Weekend" (Funk Wav Remix)
  • SZA, Travis Scott - "Love Galore"
  • SZA - "Broken Clocks"
  • SZA - "Drew Barrymore"
  • Drake - "Blem"
  • Drake - "Teenage Fever"
  • Drake - "Fake Love"
  • Drake, Sampha - "4422"
  • Mary J. Blige - "U + Me (Love Lesson)"
  • Mary J. Blige, KAYTRANADA, BADBADNOTGOOD - "Telling The Truth"
  • Miguel, Travis Scott - "Sky Walker"
  • Miguel - "Pineapple Skies"
  • Miguel, J. Cole, Salaam Remi - "Come Through and Chill"
  • Khalid - "Location"
  • Khalid - "Saved"
  • Jhene Aiko - "While We're Young"
  • Jhene Aiko - "When We Love"
  • Jhene Aiko - "Newer Balance - "Freestyle"
  • Jhene Aiko - "You Are Here"
  • Jhene Aiko, Swae Lee - "Sativa"
  • 6LACK, Jhene Aiko - "First Fuck"
  • Syd, 6LACK - "Over"
  • Syd - "All About Me"
  • Syd - "On the Road"
  • Kingdom, Syd - "Nothin"
  • Kingdom, SZA - "What Is Love"
  • XXXTENTACION - "Jocelyn Flores"
  • XXXTENTACION, Trippie Redd - "Fuck Love"
  • XXXTENTACION - "Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares"
  • Frank Ocean - "Chanel"
  • Kali Uchis featuring Jorja Smith - "Tyrant"
  • Jorja Smith - "Teenage Fantasy"
  • Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis - "Get You"
  • Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R. - "Best Part"
  • H.E.R. - "Focus"
  • Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up"
  • Ella Mai - "Breakfast In Bed"
  • Ella Mai - "Nobody Else"
  • Ella Mai - "My Way"
  • Ella Mai - "Makes Me Wonder"
  • Ella Mai - "Anymore"
  • Bryson Tiller - "Run Me Dry"
  • Rag'n'Bone Man - "Human"
  • Rag'n'Bone Man - "Skin"
  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "My Balloon"
  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "Crawl"
  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "The Game"
  • Rhye - "Summer Days"
  • Rhye - "Please"
  • Kelela - "LMK"
  • Kelela - "Waitin"
  • Ledisi - "High"
  • Ty Dolla $ign featuring Lil Wayne, The-Dream - "Love U Better"
  • Future - "Incredible"
  • T-Pain, Tiffany Evans - "Textin' My Ex"
  • Sampha - "Blood on Me"
  • Sampha - "Plastic 100°C"
  • Smino - "Wild Irish Roses"
  • Bootsy Collins featuring Big Daddy Kane, Musiq Soulchild - "Hot Saucer"
  • Van Hunt - "Turn My TV On"
  • Moses Sumney - "Quarrel"
  • Moses Sumney - "Indulge Me"
  • Sam Smith - "Pray"
  • Brasstracks - "Those Who Know"
  • Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins - "Show You the Way"
  • Amber Coffman - "Nobody Knows"
  • Amber Coffman - "Miss You"
  • Amber Coffman - "All to Myself"
  • Kevin Garrett - "Little Bit of You"
  • Kevin Garrett - "Pulling Me Under"
  • Yung Lean - "Red Bottom Sky"
  • blackbear - "do re mi"
  • Jeremy Zucker, blackbear - "talk is overrated"
  • Son Little - "Blue Magic (Waikiki)"
  • Kllo - "Dissolve"
  • YEBBA - "Evergreen"
  • Duckwrth - "MICHUUL."
  • Duckwrth - "BOY"
  • RAY BLK - "Doing Me"
  • RAY BLK - "Patience (Freestyle)"
  • Snoop Dogg, October London - "Go On"
  • Jamila Woods - "HEAVN"
  • Jamila Woods - "Stellar"
  • Willow - "Warm Honey"
  • FKJ featuring ((( O ))) - "Vibin' Out with ((( O )))"
  • FKJ - "Skyline"
  • FKJ - "Blessed"
  • Mahalia - "Sober"
  • Mahalia - "No Pressure"
  • Mahalia, Buddy - "Hold On"
  • Tei Shi - "Baby"
  • Mr Jukes - "Somebody New"
  • Niia - "Hurt You First"
  • Niia featuring Jazmine Sullivan - "Sideline"
  • Niia - "Nobody"
  • Snoh Aalegra - "You Got Me"
  • Snoh Aalegra - "Out Of Your Way"
  • Snoh Aalegra - "Fool For You"
  • Smino - "blkswn"
  • Smino - "Netflix & Dusse"
  • Marco McKinnis - "How I Feel"
  • Mac Ayres - "Easy"
  • Mac Ayres, Declan Miers - "Calvin's Joint"
  • Brent Faiyaz - "Gang Over Luv"
  • Brent Faiyaz - "Talk 2 U"
  • Allan Rayman - "25.22"
  • Allan Rayman - "13"
  • Winston Surfshirt - "Be About You"
  • Winston Surfshirt - "Ali D"
  • Winston Surfshirt - "Ease Bruisily"
  • JMSN - "Patiently"
  • Little Dragon, Faith Evans - "Peace Of Mind"
  • Kehlani - "Keep On"
  • Kehlani - "Personal"
  • Kehlani - "Undercover"
  • Aminé, Kehlani - "Heebiejeebies - "Bonus"
  • Dounia - "Menace"
  • Dounia - "East Coast Hiding"
  • Dounia - "So Cool"
  • Dounia - "Shyne"
  • Col3trane - "Malibu Sleep"
  • BROCKHAMPTON - "WASTE"
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR - "Freak In You"
  • PnB Rock - "Feelins"
  • PnB Rock, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - "Lovin' (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)"
  • Sabrina Claudio, 6LACK - "Belong to You (feat. 6LACK)"
  • Sabrina Claudio - "Confidently Lost"
  • Trey Schafer - "Fallin'"
  • DaniLeigh, Kes - "All I Know"
  • Jacob Banks - "Mercy"
  • Jacob Banks - "Unholy War"
  • Jacob Banks - "Photograph"
  • BANKS - "Underdog"
  • dvsn - "Mood"
  • dvsn - "Think About Me"
  • SiR featuring Masego - "Ooh Nah Nah"
  • Masego, FKJ - "Tadow"
  • Masego - "Navajo"
  • Dave B. - "Scrolling"
  • Dave B. - "Kandi"
  • Dave B. - "Sweetest Thing"
  • Trinidad Cardona - "Jennifer"
  • Winston Surfshirt - "Same Same"
  • Winston Surfshirt - "On a Lock"
  • Matt Martians - "Spend the Night / If You Were My GF"
  • NxWorries, Anderson .Paak, Knxwledge - "Livvin" (Remix)
  • NxWorries, Anderson .Paak, Knxwledge - "Lyk Dis" (Remix)
  • NxWorries, Anderson .Paak, Knxwledge - "Kutless" (Remix)
  • Jamie Isaac, Solomon Faye - "Find the Words" (Remix)
  • Khalid, Lil Wayne, Kehlani - "Location" (Remix)
     

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