There is a certain magic to party songs that are super cool yet still leave room for everyone to mingle.
As a musician, while it is nice having everyone's attention from time to time, I am a firm believer that it must be earned! There is nothing more awkward than a singer blasting melodies at an audience feigning interest or worse yet, talking louder over the performance.
There is a happy in-between with some songs that are chill enough to be in the background and allow conversation, while being cool enough to get heads bobbing and be a topic of conversation themselves.
We had the chance to test out a few of these R&B dance favourites at some super cool TO events the past few months and have a list of our favourites here for you to use for your next amazing event. All are awesome enough to sing along to, while at the same time being able to blend into the background.
In the interest of equal representation through the years, we have listed our favourite song for every year back to 1980. These are our favourite three decades of R&B hits, all of which can be played back to back in any order you choose.
Here is our comprehensive list of 30 years of head-bouncing R&B hits to get your party hooked!
2009 Empire State Of Mind - Alicia Keys ft. Jay Z
2008 Magic - Robin Thicke
2007 Valary - Amy Winehouse
2006 Irreplaceable - Beyonce
2005 Pon De Replay - Rihanna
2004 Yeah - Usher
2003 Hey Ya - Outkast
2002 Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
2001 Video - India Arie
2000 Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
1999 The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica
1998 Go Deep - Janet Jackson
1997 No Diggity - Blackstreet
1996 Don't Let Go - En Vogue
1995 Fantasy - Mariah Carey ft. ODB
1994 Creep - TLC
1993 You Gotta Be - Des'Ree
1992 Real Love - Mary J. Blige
1991 Motownphilly - Bpyz II Men
1990 Poison - Bel Biv Devoe
1989 Blame It On The Rain - Milli Vanilli
1988 Every Little Step - Bobby Brown
1987 I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
1986 Kiss - Prince
1985 Freeway Of Love - Aretha Franklin
1984 Let's Here It For The Boy - Deniece Williams
1983 All Night Long - Lionel Richie
1982 Do I Do - Stevie Wonder
1981 Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
1980 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
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