With everything currently happening on the outside world, some soothing R&B music is much needed. This article is specific to the month of May. Whether you were looking back at the month to see which songs dropped or are comparing which month had the best R&B releases, this article has you covered.
In May, listeners were provided with just the remedy, including new music from Chloe x Halle and with the help of Chance The Rapper, fans received the first new release from Brandy in years.
The following list is part of DX’s monthly “Best of The Year” series. Check out some of DX’s other lists to stay up-to-date with all of the new music dropping this year.
Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom and find HipHopDX’s playlist of the best R&B songs of 2020. And don’t forget to follow us on Spotify!
Check out the Top R&B Songs of May 2020
“Do It” – Chloe x Halle
While the world goes through crazy times, Chloe x Halle’s “Do It” provides the feel-good summer vibes that we need right now. Set to live on the duo’s forthcoming LP Ungodly Hour, the Scott Storch-produced track focuses on doing you and keeping good people in your circle. And with a hook as melodic as this, it’s going to provide for some great shower singing.
“Baby Mamma” – Brandy f. Chance The Rapper
“Water” – Kehlani
Kehlani’s “Water” lives on the Oakland songstress’ sophomore effort It Was Good Until It Wasn’t and finds Lani taking the reigns on a sexual relationship she’s hella into. You’re going to need exactly what the title suggests when you’re through with this piano-heavy sultry track.
“No Options” – Justine Skye
“Not You Too” – Drake f. Chris Brown
When he’s sitting in his plush Toronto enclave thinking of those brooding paragraph texts you’d send recklessly, Drake is arguably in his best element. That feeling of being too paranoid to love even when he wants to try that gave us “Marvin’s Room,” “Jaded” and other caption-worthy Drake records. “Not You Too” with Chris Brown is a highlight from Dark Lane Demo Tapes, from producer Noel Cadastre’s skittering drum patterns and swinging melody to Drake calling out for “trust” amidst a relationship where all the cards aren’t on the table.
“All I Need” – Jacob Collier f. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
“Grieving” – Kehlani f. James Blake
Par for the course, Kehlani lays all her emotions out on the table with “Grieving” featuring British singer-songwriter James Blake. Over a slow, brooding beat, the Oakland-born artist mourns the loss of a relationship in the most brutally honest way possible, while striving for peace and quiet in her life.
“Temperature Rising” – Tory Lanez
“Back Home” – Trey Songz f. Summer Walker
“She Bumped Her Head” – Young Thug & Chris Brown f. Gunna
Although quarantine has severely limited most activity, Young Thug and Chris Brown’s “She Bumped Her Head” makes it virtually impossible to sit still. The slick trunk rattler finds both Slime & B co-stars catching a lob from the ever-drippy Gunna as the trio bounce nimble melodies at a rapid pace.
“Bare With Me” – Teyana Taylor
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