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Top R&B Songs of 2010

This year's top R&B songs are dominated by love ballads, though a few more sexually provocative songs make the list as well. Newer talents, such as Miguel and Jazmine Sullivan, earn spots on the list, which is dominated by veteran artists Monica and Usher. But, without fail, these artists reveal vulnerability and commitment towards one love, while pulling gospel, pop and rap influences along the way. Here are the top R&B songs of 2010, so far.
'All I Want Is You' Feat. J. Cole
Miguel's girl is gone and now he misses her smile, her smell and her body. That's the story behind 'All I Want is You,' the first single for the 24-year-old Los Angeles-born soul singer and the opening track on our list of the Top R&B Songs of 2010. The song featuring rapper J. Cole appears on Miguel's album 'All I Want is You.'
'Everything to Me'
Featuring a sample of the 1981 Deniece Williams hit 'Silly,' 'Everything to Me' is the first single from Monica's latest album, 'Still Standing.' Though past Monica hits like 'Angel of Mine' and 'For You I Will' had more of a mainstream pop edge, 'Everything to Me' is one of the more soulful tracks she has recorded in recent years, thanks to Missy Elliott, who co-produced the song.
'Holding You Down (Going In Circles)'
Jazmine Sullivan keeps going in circles on 'Holding You Down' as she tries to decide whether to leave or stay with a guy who doesn't seem to appreciate her. "I done went through just about two box of tissues, baby," she confesses. Seventeen different people earn songwriting credit on 'Holding You Down,' due to its samples of Nas, Mary J. Blige and Slick Rick.
'Can't Be Friends'
Trey Songz teamed up with Mario Winans to write 'Can't Be Friends,' the second single from the Songz album 'Passion, Pain & Pleasure.' Songz sings that he can't possibly just be friends with a girl because he's too much in love with her. 'Can't Be Friends' topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in November.
Trey Songz Cant Be Friends
'One in a Million'
Ne-Yo has met a lot of women from all over the world, so if the Grammy-winning vocalist calls you the "best (he) ever had," you must be special. The Michael Jackson-influenced 'One in a Million' was one of a handful of hits Ne-Yo scored from his fourth album 'Libra Scale.'
'Deuces' Feat. Tyga & Kevin McCall
Chris Brown took a non-traditional approach to releasing a new album in 2010 by recording a mixtape with rapper Tyga called 'Fan of a Fan' and releasing it online. On 'Deuces,' which also features Kevin McCall, Brown sings that he's done trying to make a troubled relationship work and is moving on instead. The track earned a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
'There Goes My Baby'
The follow-up single to 'OMG,' 'There Goes My Baby' is a romantic slow jam, featuring Usher singing about his love for a special lady. His impressive vocal performance includes a touch of falsetto and layered background vocals. "You don't know how good it feels to call you my girl," Usher coos to the object of his affection.
Usher There Goes My Baby
'Neighbors Know My Name'
On the steamy ballad 'Neighbors Know My Name' -- off last year's album 'Ready' -- Songz sings about making love so loud the neighbors get upset: "While I be bangin' on your body they be bangin' on our wall/While they dreamin', you be screamin'/Now they bangin' on our door."
Trey Songz Neighbors Know My Name
'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' Feat. Drake
On the smash hit 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready),' featuring Canadian rapper Drake, Alicia Keys yearns for a relationship with a man she desires, singing, "You give me a feeling that I never felt before/It's becoming something that's impossible to ignore." The song's portrayal of longing and devotion -- while questioning the next steps in the relationship -- connects with fans, making it one of our top R&B contenders in 2010.
'No BS'
Chris Brown makes his second appearance on our list with 'No BS,' another track from his 'Fan of a Fan' mixtape. "Why don't you come over my place, put a smile on my face," Brown sings seductively on the slow jam. Brown's ode to doing it all night long rounds out our Top R&B Songs of 2010.
Chris Brown Fan Of A Fan

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