My Top 5 Favourite R&B Songs of 2015

The year 2015 has been a great musical year in which major acts fulfilled expectations and some new acts breaking ground in the industry. The R&B genre has been particularly successful this season with talented artists dropping major hits. One R&B song released this year that will never be forgotten in a hurry is Adele’s hit single “Hello” which is the highest viewed music video till date. This Article will review my top five favourite R&B songs of 2015;

they are:

  1. THE HILLS by The Weekend:

“The Hills” is a song by Canadian artist, The Weekend. The song was released on the 27th day of May 2015. The song is part of the album “Beauty behind the madness”.The track is number 5 on the album. The song was a huge commercial success in America and Canada, especially in America where it topped the “Billboard Hot 100” The song also made the top ten list in several countries around the world ranging from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. At the peak of the song’s popularity, two official remixes each featuring Nicki Minaj and Eminem were released respectively. The song’s music video was directed by Grant Singer. The video has gathered a total 450 million views on Youtube alone. The music video has gathered more views than any other video released by The Weekend.

The Weeknd Official Site

  1. HELLO by Adele:

“Hello” is a song released by English musician Adele. It was released by XL Recordings on the 23rd day of October 2015. “Hello” is the lead single from Adele’s third album “25.” “Hello” upon release instantly attained international commercial success reaching number 1 in twenty-eight countries. The song broke several highly rated music records. The music video of the song broke the video viewing record by receiving 27.7million views within a 24 hours period. The music video also broke the record for the shortest time frame ever to attain 100 million Vevo views. In America, “Hello” became the 24th song to debut as Number 1 on the “Billboard Hot 100” Adele performed “Hello” for the first time for BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Hello was written by Adele and music producer Greg Kurstin. The lyrics of the song focuses on the themes of regret and nostalgia. The song has enjoyed a wide reception all over the world as it was played on a commercial break on “X-Factor” in the United Kingdom. Three days after its release, the song accumulated a whopping 165,000 chart sales in the United Kingdom out of which 156,000 were downloaded. The song was recorded at a London studio but mixed in Los Angeles and New York City.

Adele Official Site

  1. WHAT DO YOU WANT by Lady Gaga feat R.Kelly:

“What do you want” is a song by American Artist Lad Gaga featuring another popular American Act, R.Kelly. The song was produced by Blair and Gaga. Although the song’s production was completed in the year 2013, it was reproduced this year and has achieved its biggest popularity till date in 2015. The song achieved top ten in several European countries, Canada and South Korea but did not go beyond Number 13 on America’s “Billboard Hot 100” There have been several remixes of the song including the ones with Rick Ross and Christina Aguilera.

Lady Gaga Official Site

  1. AMERICAN OXYGEN by Rihanna:

“American Oxygen” is a song by Barbadian-born singer Rihanna. Produced by Alex da Kid, the song was released on the 5th day of April 2015 via Tidal a service co-owned by Rihanna, Jay-Z and two other Artist. The song became available for digital download worldwide on April 14, 2015, on iTunes and other related services. The song was written by four people namely, Rihanna, Alex Da Kid, Sam Harris, Candice Pillay. Both Alex and Rihanna wanted to write a song about an Immigrant’s story right from the outset, and that was what the song was about when it was completed.

Rihanna Official Site

  1. LOCKED AWAY by Rock City feat Adam Levine:

Locked Away is a song produced by Kemosabe Records and RCA Records. The song by Rock City also featuring American artist Adam Levine was an instant hit. Adam Levine is the lead singer of the pop band Maroon 5. The song was released to the public on the 29th day of June 2015. The song peaked at number 6 on the “Billboard Hot 100” The single is the first that Adam Levine featured in that he didn’t co-write. The song did very well internationally peaking at number 2 on Australia’s Chart and also Austrian and Belgian music chart. Locked Away is currently one of the trending songs on popular music channels across the world.

Rock City Official Site

Why does NeoGeo even Care about R&B Music?

First let’s understand what R&B music is and where it came from…

R & B, commonly shortened as R&B or RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was initially used by record labels to describe records promoted primarily to urban African Americans, in a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was gaining popularity.  In blues music and the commercial rhythm typical of the 1950s during the 1970s, the bands consisted of background vocalists, one or two guitars, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, and sometimes piano. R&B lyrical themes frequently encapsulate the African American experience of pain, as well as the quest for independence and joy Words, concentrate heavily on the ideas of failures and triumphs with regards to associations, freedom, economics, aspirations, and sex.

 

In my opinion R&B is just the best music genre there is.  It’s filled with soulful and melodic melodies that touch the listener that no other music can.  When you hear the runs from someone like Brian McKnight, Tank, or Marques Houston, you can’t help but feel moved.

It’s my goal to being the best R&B music to the world, whether it’s new or old, I want people to know about it.

Stay tuned.