'Pieces of Me'
This Grammy-nominated song is the title track off the R&B singer's fifth album of the same name. The soulful ballad is an empowering anthem reminiscent of Whitney Houston's 'I'm Every Woman.'
'Best Thing I Never Had'
The second single from Beyonce's '4' album is a ballad about a failed relationship and the power of goodbye. The superstar's raw, vocal delivery helps emphasize the lyrical content. It's been a while since we've heard Beyonce sing this powerful.
'Far Away' is a beautiful song about the loss of a loved one inspired by a real-life passing away of Ambrosius' friend. The controversial music video, which depicts imagery of bigotry and suicide, received a nomination for Best Video at the 2011 BET Awards.
Alternating between rapping and singing proved successful for Drake on this moody, atmospheric track. The sparse arrangement and introspective lyrics give the song a haunting, memorable feel and make it one of the highlights from his 'Take Care' album.
'She Ain't You'
The unstoppable Chris Brown channeled his inner Michael Jackson and scored big with this track from his 'F.A.M.E.' album. The song samples Jackson's 'Human Nature' and SWV's 'Right Here.'
This sensual love song from Trey Songz was a hit on urban radio stations across the country. According to Songz in an MTV interview, the concept was based on "beautiful women making beautiful faces when they making love." In other words: sex music for the soul.
'How to Love'
Lil Wayne shows his softer side with this emotional, deeply touching track. The personal nature of the song-- with its message about the importance of nurturing -- makes it stand out as one of his best. The song went as high as number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of his most successful singles ever.
Singer/songwriter Miguel, who gave us last year's 'All I Want Is You,' scored another hit with this soulful love song. It was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2011 Soul Train music awards.
'Fall For Your Type' Feat. Drake
The third single from Jamie Foxx's album, 'Best Night of My Life,' is his most sophisticated and mature track to date. Foxx teamed with Drake for the track and the successful collaboration helped the song reach the top position on the Billboard R&B Chart, making it Foxx's second number-one R&B hit after 'Blame It.'
'Motivation' Feat. Lil Wayne
When 'Rose Colored Glasses' and 'Grown Woman' failed to ignite at radio, Rowland came back with this sexy, slow jam. It went on to become a platinum seller and topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart for seven weeks. The original version features Lil Wayne and the remix has guest vocals by Busta Rhymes, Trey Songz and Fabolous.