Top 10 Songs People Think Are R&B Songs But Are Not

DaWyteNight
You know those songs that are called R&B just because of the artist who sings them, but they really are more pop/hiphop than R&B.

The Top Ten

1 Run It - Chris Brown

I can see why people would wrongly label this as r&b without really thinking about it, but to me this is not r&b by the true definition. This is just pop music mixed with hip hop music, people just think that any black artist who sings and uses urban beats is automatically r&b. - DaWyteNight

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2 Do Me! - Bell Biv Devoe

If this is really thought of as r&b then that's just sad for r&b's sake. - DaWyteNight

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3 Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce

Yup coming from someone who listens to a lot of r&b and has listened and studied many different r&b artists throughout the years, I can definitely say this is to r&b what The Jonas Brothers and One Direction are to rock music. This is just total garbage, and not r&b at all. The only "r&b" thing about this are Beyonce's vocals during the bridge, but that still isn't enough to make this a true r&b song. - DaWyteNight

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4 Post to Be - Omarion

This is just total garbage. None of the three artists in this can really sing, Chris Brown is the most talented artist here and that's saying something. - DaWyteNight

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5 Loyal - Chris Brown

I am sorry that this song is thought of as r&b as it is obviously trash easily one of the worst songs of 2014 (maybe the decade) but you have to admit it is not because it sucks that it is not r&b. I suppose that the delivery is more similar to hip hop than other genres (I don't know as much about r&b as you do)? Also I notice there are many Chris Brown songs on here would you say that he is r&b at all or just pop rap and are there any of the other artists here that you would say are not r&b at all?

I hate to live in a world where a song like this is thought of as r&b. No wonder why people don't have respect for r&b these days when they here songs like this and lyrics like "take a broke n***a b***h", last time I checked r&b was about love not taking someone's girl. This is just bad hip pop disguised as r&b for brainless teenagers and thots. - DaWyteNight

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6 Poison - Bell Biv Devoe

This is a great song to listen to at a summer pool party, but don't try to tell me it's r&b. - DaWyteNight

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7 Goodies - Ciara

I hate this song, the high pitched whining and the beat hurts my ears a lot - tyrelljanderson

Labeled as "crunk-n-b", I still don't call this r&b. I'd put this in a playlist with 2000's pop/urban pop songs long before I would put it with soul/r&b. - DaWyteNight

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8 No Diggity - Blackstreet

Most of their songs are r&b, but I wouldn't call this one r&b. - DaWyteNight

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9 Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd

This isn't r&b at all - DaWyteNight

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10 Bottoms Up - Trey Songz

Yeah, this is not even close to r&b. Catchy and a banger yes, but don't try to tell me this is r&b to my face if you don't want me to laugh at you and slap you lol. - DaWyteNight

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The Newcomers

? Beautiful - Akon UListen to Sample
? Right Now (Na Na Na) - Akon UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 False Alarm - The Weeknd UListen to Sample
12 Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo

Look on Google, they say it's r&b - tyrelljanderson

I've never heard anyone call this r&b. - DaWyteNight

I'll admit when I was a dumb and uninformed 8 year old, I labelled this as R&B just because it was by Jason Derrulo - tyrelljanderson

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13 1, 2 Step - Ciara

Most of her singles are not actually r&b - DaWyteNight

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14 Omg - Usher

That's me when I was 6 - tyrelljanderson

I'll admit when I was a dumb and uninformed 12 year old, like an idiot I labeled this as r&b just because it was by Usher. I wish I could slap that 12 year old me for being so stupid. - DaWyteNight

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15 I'm a Flirt - R. Kelly

More r&b influenced than actual r&b - DaWyteNight

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16 Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown

Totally not r&b - DaWyteNight

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17 Level Up - Ciara

This isn't r&b, this is trash - tyrelljanderson

ITunes put this under "r&b/soul", boy were they wrong! - RnBLover

"All this sauce so yummy, know you want this yummy, yummy all in your tummy"
- Ciara, 2018 - DaWyteNight

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18 Ride - Ciara

This is just trashy pop garbage.

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19 Honey - Mariah Carey UListen to Sample
20 Shake It Off - Mariah Carey UListen to Sample
21 Look at Me Now - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
22 Blame It - Jamie Foxx UListen to Sample
23 Apple Berry Nana - Eric Bellinger

More r&b than anything else on this list, but still not really. - DaWyteNight

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24 Yeah! - Usher

See Ciara's Goodies - DaWyteNight

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25 Motownphilly - Boyz II Men

This is their least r&b song but it's still a pretty good song - DaWyteNight

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26 Forever - Chris Brown

Way more pop than r&b - DaWyteNight

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27 With You - Chris Brown

This is r&b-influenced pop music. - DaWyteNight

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28 Kisses Down Low - Kelly Rowland

This is total crap and not r&b, Kelly Rowland has too much talent to be making trash like this.

This is not r&b either, and that deep voice in the chorus, ugh. - DaWyteNight

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29 Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

R&B infused pop music. Why can't people understand the difference?

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30 Obsessed - Mariah Carey

This song sucks, and no, I am not, nor have I ever been, obsessed with you Mariah.

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31 With You - Mariah Carey

Way more hip hop-pop than r&b - tyrelljanderson

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32 Girl Gang - Ciara UListen to Sample
33 Ayo - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
34 Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga UListen to Sample
35 Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih

What a mediocre non-r&b song! - DaWyteNight

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36 Rude Boy - Rihanna UListen to Sample
37 Buy U a Drank - T-Pain UListen to Sample
38 Down - Jay Sean UListen to Sample
39 Closer - Ne-Yo UListen to Sample
40 I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
41 Duces - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
42 Strip - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
43 Undecided - Chris Brown UListen to Sample
44 Smack That - Akon UListen to Sample
45 Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston UListen to Sample
46 Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo UListen to Sample
47 Beat It - Sean Kingston UListen to Sample
48 Beat It - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
49 Turnin' Me On - Keri Hilson UListen to Sample
50 Dip It Low - Christina Milian UListen to Sample
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