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Retrospective: The Best R. Kelly Songs

List compiled by @CurlsAndSports, @ambulanceley, @Filthy_Cent, and @TrueGodImmortal 











R. Kelly is a legend. His personal choices aside, we have seen him put out classic albums, inventive tracks, a proverbial miniseries, and maintain relevance in this game by somehow reinventing himself while keeping his music in tact. Today, we sit down and discuss his best songs. We attempted to include all of his greatest hits along with some underrated and slept on(or overlooked) songs. Let's get into it.

*Honey Love


-The first place to start, off his album with Public Announcement. The seductive and sultry track is still greatness.

*She's Got That Vibe


-This New Jack Swing track off the Born Into the 90s album is extremely dope.

*Slow Dance 


-This Born into the 90s album is extremely underrated as it is not talked about enough, but this song was extremely dope. Perfect for the late night playlist.

*Your Body's Callin


-The classic track off 12 Play here is without a doubt one of Kels best songs.

*Bump N'Grind


-You know this one would be here. It's likely his most iconic track ever. This song is a classic and another one for the bedrooms.

*Homie Lover Friend 


-A track that doesn't get talked about as much from 12 Play, but it's a dope track mostly for the catchy hook but it also see Kels rapping, which he doesn't do much of the rest of the album.

*It Seems Like You're Ready 


-Probably one of his absolute best songs. Kels comes through with another bedroom anthem here.

*For You 


-Another song that doesn't get as much talk from 12 Play, this laid back and smooth track is a classic as well.

*Sex Me


-The dope two part song that goes 12 minutes and is likely the most sexual song on the 12 Play album(which says a lot).

*I Believe I Can Fly


-Kels became famous for walking the line between the slow sex ballads and these extremely uplifting and positive songs. This was truly where it began.

*Hump Bounce


-Off his self titled album, this track was truly slept on and it is a perfect song for the 90s R&B scene. The beat is 90s perfection.

*Not Gonna Hold On


-Chosen by Erika F., this track was no doubt a great one as well on the self titled album.

*You Remind Me Of Something


-The classic "you remind me of my jeep..." track, that had brothers comparing their women to interesting objects(laughs).

*Step In My Room 


-The smooth track allows Kels to invite a beautiful woman into his space.

*Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby


-Not sure why the word was 5 times in this title(could have shortened it Kels), but the song is infectious as hell.

*(You To Be) Be Happy


-The Biggie assisted track here was one of our favorites from the self titled album. It's greatness.

*Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)


-The Ronald Isley assisted classic with the epic video(what up Garcelle), had to be on this list. No doubt about it.

*I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)


-In what is essentially an "I'm sorry baby" track, Kels sings to his lady after a bad argument and while this was true simp R&B, it was also greatness in the same tone.

*Tempo Slow


-In what sounds like a great leftover from 12 Play, this track is absolutely perfect for the late night.

*Half On A Baby


-You knew this one would be here. This is an all time classic.

*When A Woman's Fed Up


-The R. Album was an interesting experiment, but regardless this was a classic track as Kels tells us what a woman who has had enough of your shit does.

*We Ride


-With Cam'ron, Jay-Z, and more on one track, Kels really only sings the hook, but the track is great regardless.

*If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time 


-Almost a symphony ballad, Kels sings this touching song and does an amazing job. This song is another all time classic.

*The Greatest Sex


-This song is one of the best songs off the TP-2 album. A truly great late night track. Kels has tons of them. Salute to the horns as well here.

*I Don't Mean It


-Kels is always great at making these "I'm sorry baby please forgive me" songs and this one is one of his best definitely.

*Like A Real Freak


-This was another solid track off TP2 and we had to include it on this list for sure.

*Fiesta 



-The original and the remix with Jigga are both classics. TRACKMASTERS!!

*I Wish 


-Not much I can truly say about this one but it's a real joint in which Kelly reminisces. This track is a classic. Period.

*I Decided 


-Another classic track by Kels as he promises to be everything his woman could possibly want.

*Feelin On Yo Booty


-You knew this one would be here. Come on now!!! The hook, the hilarious verses and adlibs, this is Kelly's finest hour in many ways.

*The World's Greatest


-Another inspiring track from Kelly that came off the Ali soundtrack, this was another solid one.

*Ignition and Ignition(Remix)



-"Girl please... let me stick my key in your Ignition baby....", an absolute classic and of course the remix. "Now I'm not trying to be rude....", how could you not love it?

*Step In The Name of Love(Remix)


-In what is likely one of R Kelly's biggest crossover hits, he somehow created a song for every occasion. A wedding? A party? A cookout? Hell this song is relaxing yet upbeat enough to play just cleaning your house.  This song is a classic.

*Showdown 


-The funniest song in the Kelly and Isley saga, this track is equal parts hilarity and entertainment. Kels is best when telling a story. This was no different.

*Thoia Thoing


-The dumbest title ever, but man this song was a scorcher in the clubs. I got her singing!!

*How Did You Manage


-Despite Kelly making a long list full of Step In The Name remixes and calling it an album(Happy People), he drops a really thought provoking song here on the U Saved Me part of the album.

*Sex In The Kitchen


-Kelly is extremely creative with his music and this was no different. Talking about having sex with his lady in the kitchen, Kels is absolutely hilarious but.

*Slow Wind 


-This dope track here, full of an interpretation of reggae rhythm, this was a nice party ender during 2005.

*Put My T Shirt On


-Another late night playlist track, Kelly puts his own spin on a topic spoke about in R&B often.

*Sex Weed


-Joe picked this one and the song on a revisit is a slept on Kelly classic without a doubt.

*Trapped In The Closet(Entire Series)





-This is without a doubt the greatest thing Kelly has done in his career. I mean, what else could compare? Each chapter is entertaining and coupled with the accompanying videos, it makes even better. Absolutely classic.

*I'm A Flirt


-The Double Up album didn't have many classics on it, but this song is a recent classic as T Pain kills it with his verse and Kelly provides greatness with his verse(she be calling me daddy and I be calling her mommy.... she be calling you Kelly, when your name is Tommy...) and they made a huge anthem.

*Same Girl


-Usher and Kelly on a track was classic. This song is one of my favorites personally. Both singers kill it vocally and the track is one of my favorite from Kelly in recent time.

*Sex Planet 


-Kelly once again finds a new way to sing about sex and for that alone, this song has to be included.

*Bangin The Headboard


-This was my favorite song on the Demo Tape mixtape and on Untitled. The use of autotune aside, this was a fun track.

*Number One

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-The Keri Hilson assisted track is dope. Kelly was starting to use autotune and his music started to take a small decline, but this was definitely a good one off his album Untitled.

*Whole Lotta Kisses


-Another track off Untitled, this was a smooth one without a doubt.

*Love Letter 


-The hook here is infectious as are most of Kels hooks, but this was a nice throwback groove here.

*Just Can't Get Enough 


-After three albums that were hit or miss, the Love Letter album is absolutely amazing and truly underrated. This track has a perfect throwback feel.

*When A Woman Loves


-Taking it back to the early days, Kels sings his heart out on this track, trying a new style for himself, proving that he can reinvent himself even after 20 plus years in the game.

*Feelin Single


-First time I heard this song, I knew that it was going to be a hit. It's just a feel good song for when you want to go out on the town after you've argued with your lady (laughs).

*Green Light 


-Off the dope Write Me Back album, this was definitely smooth and a vintage Kelly track.

*Share My Love 


-Another song to inspire a two step here, Kelly comes with an infectious hook over a smooth groove.

*Legs Shakin


-The Luda assisted track was chosen by Erika F. And it's a dope one.

*Cookie


-Another one chosen by Erika F, this was one of the singles and a hilarious yet dope song.

*Marry The Pussy


-Of course, this one chosen by True, is hilarious and provides us with that good old Kelly music that has entertained fans for years. I just wanna Marry The Pussy!!!

*Genius 


-Picked by Erika F, this was a solid track off his outrageous return to form album Black Panties.

*Tear It Up


-So, sure... this Future featured track was more catered to Super Future than Kelly, but he made it work. This song is entertaining as hell.

Have anymore choices for this list? Post them below in the comments!

-DAR

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