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The top R&B songs of 2013 suggest this will be a great year for new music. To compile our list of the best R&B songs of the year so far, we used the Billboard R&B Songs chart as a starting point, reserving the top two slots for the pair of tunes that have thus far reached No. 1. Since there’s no year-to-date Billboard tally, we rounded out our Top 10 with R&B hits that have stuck around all year, doing battle with—but never quite besting—Rihanna and Justin Timberlake.

Our top R&B songs of 2013 list includes familiar faces Alicia Keys and Chris Brown, as well as relative newcomers Frank Ocean, Miguel, and the Weeknd. Rihanna shows up three times, reaffirming her dominance over not just R&B, but pop culture in general.

Read our list of the top R&B songs of 2013, and if you disagree with any of the selections, hit us up in the comments and tell us what tunes should have been included.

Top R&B Songs of 2013

1. “Diamonds, “Rihanna

2. “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z

3. “Girl on Fire,’ Alicia Keys

4. “Adorn,” Miguel

5. “Pour It Up,” Rihanna

6. “Thinkin Bout You,” Frank Ocean

7. “Wicked Game,” the Weeknd

8. “Don’t Judge Me,” Chris Brown

9. “Who Booty,” Jonn Hart ft. IamSU!

10. “Loveeeeeee Song,” Rihanna

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