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10 Best R&B Songs of 2011

The Top 10 R&B Songs of 2011 features our look back at the year of R&B, including the return of Lil Wayne and the anticipated releases of Drake's 'Take Care' and Beyonce's '4.' So which tracks made our Top 10 R&B Songs of 2011? Find out below!
10
'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.'
Ledisi Pieces of Me
09
'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.
Beyonce Best Thing I Never Had
08
'Far Away'
'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.
Marsha Ambrosius Far Away
07
'Marvin's Room'
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.
Drake Marvin's Room
06
'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.'
Chris Brown She Ain't You
05
'Love Faces'
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.
Trey Songz - Love Faces
04
'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.
Lil Wayne How to Love
03
'Sure Thing'
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.
Miguel Sure Thing
02
'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.'
Jamie Foxx Fall For Your Type
01
'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.
Kelly Rowland Motivation
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