R&B music songs

What are the top r&b music songs that you know? This is our list of 20 top r&b music songs in history of r&b music:

1. Respect – Aretha Franklin
2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
3. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
4. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
5. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
6. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
7. Money Honey – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
8. Shake, Rattle, & Roll – Big Joe Turner
9. My Girl – The Temptations
10. Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
11. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
12. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
13. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes
14. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
16. Heat Wave – Martha & The Vandellas
17. One Nation Under A Groove – Parliment Funkadelic
18. Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
19. It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers
20. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston


Top r&b music artists

What are the top r&b music artists that you know? This is our list of 20 top r&b music artists in history of r&b music:

1. James Brown
2. Ray Charles
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Aretha Franklin
5. Marvin Gaye
6. Sam Cooke
7. Fats Domino
8. Louis Jordan
9. The Temptations
10. Otis Redding
11. Little Richard
12. Sly & the Family Stone
13. Michael Jackson
14. Chuck Berry
15. Curtis Mayfield / The Impressions
16. Al Green
17. Diana Ross & the Supremes
18. Prince
19. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
20. Parliament-Funkadelic

History of r&b music

R&B came about during a demographic shift in America that began just before WWII when large segments of the black population moved from the rural South to cities in the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast. This migration created a young, urban black audience with a growing taste for up-tempo dance music. Many in the record industry seized the opportunity by starting independently owned labels and radio stations targeting the black audience. The popularity of R&B music also helped to fuel the appetite of young white audiences for rock ‘n’ roll.

Early R&B centered in Atlanta, where live R&B acts were popular. In 1949, one of the first black-owned R&B radio stations, Atlanta’s WERD, found success with area listeners, especially with its late-night R&B show hosted by Zenas “Daddy” Sears. Other radio stations followed suit and soon R&B artists were recording albums on both coasts.

In the mid-1990s, sampling and scratching became a part of R&B music and can be heard on urban radio stations today. Vocal groups like TLC and solo singers such as Mary J. Blige, Usher and R. Kelly continued the R&B tradition with massive commercial success. R&B in the 21st century incorporates a variety of styles including hip-hop, rap, dance and pop.


Types of R&B

R&B encompasses a variety of styles including soul, Motown, funk, disco, rap, hip-hop, doo-wop, black rock ‘n’ roll, club blues and jump blues, according to MSN Encarta. Characteristics of R&B include soulful singing over a strong backbeat, commonalities in rhythm, bands divided into a rhythm and horn section, repetition of rhythms, verses and notes, and often complex blending of instruments.

What is R&B music definition?

Rhythm and blues definition, also known as R&B definition and RnB definition, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s, the term rhythm and blues was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term “R&B” became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as “Contemporary R&B”.