Since it's introduction in the late 1940s, R&B has constantly been evolving. The term R&B stands for "rhythm and blues," but has seen major shifts in the 60 plus years it's been around. Traditional R&B has been captured as popular African American-inspired jazz and blues music. Billboard writer Jerry Wexler is the man responsible for coining the term, "R&B." The 1970s saw a shift to soul and funk, as the genre worked itself towards the contemporary R&B we have today. The current R&B uses inspiration from the past influences, while at the same timing adopting the lyrical and beat components from modern hip hop.
Since the beginning, love has been synonymous with R&B. From Diana Ross to some of the modern artists like Alicia Keys, Usher, and Beyonce, the songs' lyrics have always dealt with matters of the heart. R&B connects easily to fans because everyone can relate to the peaks and valleys love brings. The following lists have been designed to inform fans of the top 10 R&B songs today, along with new songs and all-time greats. Also, scroll down to score yourself tickets to see R&B maven Rihanna on tour this summer.