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

1 Run It - Chris Brown 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 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 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 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

20 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

21 Ride - Ciara

This is just trashy pop garbage.

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

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

25 Irreplaceable - Beyonce

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

26 Work - Kelly Rowland
27 Blame It - Jamie Foxx
28 Apple Berry Nana - Eric Bellinger

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

29 Yeah! - Usher

See Ciara's Goodies - DaWyteNight

30 Motownphilly - Boyz II Men

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

31 Forever - Chris Brown

Way more pop than r&b - DaWyteNight

32 With You - Chris Brown

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

33 Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

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

34 Obsessed - Mariah Carey

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

35 With You - Mariah Carey
36 Girl Gang - Ciara
37 Ayo - Chris Brown
38 Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga
39 Rude Boy - Rihanna
40 Buy U a Drank - T-Pain
41 Down - Jay Sean
42 Closer - Ne-Yo
43 I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown
44 Duces - Chris Brown
45 Strip - Chris Brown
46 Undecided - Chris Brown
47 Smack That - Akon
48 Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
49 Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo
50 Beat It - Sean Kingston
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List StatsCreated 2 Mar 2019
Updated 7 Jul 2019

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Top Remixes

1. Run It - Chris Brown
2. Do Me! - Bell Biv Devoe
3. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce


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