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Chapter 277: Climax

10s pop R&B

The 2010s were a banner decade for R&B, as artists rejected both backwards-looking revivalism and brash posturing for a generous, malleable vision of what soul could be. The sound palette here is breathtaking, sparkling with fresh ideas, from the rubbery keyboard on “Nakamarra” to the percussive popcorn of “Sugah Daddy.” Leading the way is Beyonce, breaking from formation on her best album for playful, personal songs like “Drunk In Love’”s ode to mutual inebriation. Like any healthy relationship, all this variation keeps an old genre spicy.
1. Solange

Losing You

2. Hiatus Kaiyote

Nakamarra (ft. Q-Tip)

3. Usher


4. Rihanna

Rude Boy

5. Beyoncé

Drunk In Love (ft. Jay Z)

6. iLoveMakonnen

Tuesday (ft. Drake)

7. D'Angelo & The Vanguard

Sugah Daddy

8. Childish Gambino


9. Rihanna


10. Maxwell

Pretty Wings