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

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 Songs People Think Are R&B Songs But Are Not

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Goodies - Ciara

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

8 No Diggity - Blackstreet

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

9 Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd

This isn't r&b at all - DaWyteNight

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

The Contenders

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

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

13 Look at Me Now - Chris Brown
14 Beat It - Michael Jackson
15 1, 2 Step - Ciara

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

16 Omg - Usher

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

17 I'm a Flirt - R. Kelly

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

18 Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown

Totally not r&b - DaWyteNight

19 Forever - Chris Brown

What would you say is the easiest way to tell if a song is R&B or pop? By the way this song is actually really good and if you have not noticed by now that is not something I would normally say of a Chris Brown song. - Powell

You can usually tell if a song is r&b or pop by the instrumentation and the tempo. Pop is generally more upbeat, and r&b-flavored pop takes lots of things from r&b and hip hop, where as r&b is straight forward r&b and isn't focused as much on catchy choruses and memorable melodies, and it's more focused on showing off your voice and range. Just compare a song like this to a Johnny Gill song and you'll see the huge difference. - DaWyteNight

Way more pop than r&b - DaWyteNight

20 Level Up - Ciara

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

21 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

22 Ride - Ciara

This is just trashy pop garbage.

23 Honey - Mariah Carey
24 Shake It Off - Mariah Carey
25 Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih

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

26 Turnin' Me On - Keri Hilson

Imagine thinking this is r&b lol. I don't even know what genre it would be, maybe just "urban", but not r&b. But one thing is for sure, this is an awful annoying song! That "ay" constantly being repeated in the background gets on my nerves and Keri's whiny voice and childish lyrics don't make it any better. And then there's Lil Wayne, sadly the most entertaining part of the song. Yeah, 2009 was one of the worst years for pop music I can remember. - DaWyteNight

27 Work - Rihanna

One time somebody tried to say that r&b stood for "Rihanna and Beyonce." I nearly laughed for an hour straight after that. - DaWyteNight

28 Irreplaceable - Beyonce

Pretty much anything by beyonce could easily make this list. - DaWyteNight

29 Work - Kelly Rowland
30 Lose My Breath - Destiny's Child
31 Bootylicious - Destiny's Child

So many terrible songs on this list - DaWyteNight

32 Sorry - Beyoncé

When you look at all the awful songs on this list and realize most of them are from beyonce lol - DaWyteNight

33 Blame It - Jamie Foxx
34 Apple Berry Nana - Eric Bellinger

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

35 Yeah! - Usher

See Ciara's Goodies - DaWyteNight

36 Motownphilly - Boyz II Men

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

37 With You - Chris Brown

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

38 Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

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

39 Obsessed - Mariah Carey

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

40 With You - Mariah Carey
41 Girl Gang - Ciara
42 Ayo - Chris Brown
43 Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga
44 Rude Boy - Rihanna
45 Buy U a Drank - T-Pain
46 Down - Jay Sean
47 Closer - Ne-Yo
48 I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown
49 Duces - Chris Brown
50 Strip - Chris Brown
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