The Best R&B Songs of 2021 ...(so far)
Featuring the latest greatest from H.E.R., Bryson Tiller, Lucky Daye and more!
2020 felt like a decade due to all of the chaos happening in the world, but the one consistency was the amount of good music that dropped. Artists have been relatively quiet to start off the new year, but there are still plenty of quality singles for fans to enjoy. February brought new music from H.E.R., Brent Faiyaz, Bryson Tiller and more.
Every month, HipHopDX puts a spotlight on the tracks that stand out from the overabundance of releases throughout the year, highlighting everything from Billboard chart-friendly singles to essential album cuts. Check back at the beginning of every month for updates and check out our other lists and our playlist below, which includes all of the songs mentioned in this article and more:
If you’re looking for a more lyrical list: The Best Rap Songs of 2021 …(so far)
Check out our list of Best R&B Songs of 2020 to catch up on anything you may have missed from last year.
Editor’s note: songs from this list were released between Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021.
The Top R&B Songs of 2021 (December – January)
Contributing writers: Trent Clark, Kyle Eustice, Josh Svetz, Dana Scott, Brandon Caldwell, David Brake, Kenan Draughorne, Devon Jefferson & Jeremy Hecht.
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