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Tems, Wizkid, Oxlade Among Honorees of Spotify’s Greatest R&B Songs of the Streaming Era

The Afrobeats stars have garnered international attention thanks to their worldwide success and the global impact of their music.
April 15, 2024
6:57 am

Spotify Classics has unveiled its list of the 100 Greatest R&B Songs of the Streaming Era, and several Afrobeats stars have been recognized for their contributions to the genre.


The list, which consists of songs released since 2015 that have accumulated over 43 billion streams worldwide, was curated based on “criteria such as quality, impact, replay value, influence, and cultural significance,” according to a press release from Spotify.



Afrobeats superstars Tems, Wizkid, and Oxlade have all earned spots on the prestigious list. Wizkid’s global hit “Essence” with Tems ranks at No. 21, while his duet with Chris Brown, “Call Me Everyday,” secures a spot at No. 70.



Tems’ RIAA-certified singles, “Free Mind” and “Higher,” have also been recognized, ranking at No. 29 and No. 45, respectively. Oxlade’s breakout hit “Ku Lo Sa,” which gained worldwide popularity and traction on TikTok, rounds out the Afrobeats representation at No. 88.



Other Afrobeats artists who made the list include Grammy winner Tyla with “Water” at No. 75 and Libianca’s “People” at No. 99.


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The list also features a diverse array of R&B stars, including SZA, Solange, Beyoncé, Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, H.E.R, and Rihanna, who have all scored multiple entries.


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View the list below:

  • SZA “Snooze”
  • Frank Ocean “Pink + White”
  • Daniel Caesar, H.E.R. “Best Part”
  • Beyoncé “CUFF IT”
  • Bryson Tiller “Don’t”
  • Solange Knowles “Cranes in the Sky”
  • Summer Walker “Session 32”
  • Rihanna “Needed Me”
  • Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”
  • Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
  • Childish Gambino “Redbone”
  • SZA “The Weekend”
  • Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Daniel Caesar “Get You”
  • The Weeknd “Die for You”
  • Beyonce “Formation”
  • SZA “Good Days”
  • Miguel ft. J. Cole “Come Through and Chill”
  • Summer Walker “Girls Need Love”
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson. Paak, Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”
  • Wizkid ft. Tems “Essence”
  • SZA ft. Travis Scott “Love Galore”
  • Bryson Tiller “Exchange”
  • Beyonce “Plastic OFF THE SOFA”
  • Jhene Aiko ft. Swae Lee “Sativa”
  • Summer Walker ft. Bryson Tiller “Playing Games”
  • The Internet, KAYTRANADA “Girl”
  • Solange ft. Sampha “Don’t Touch My Hair”
  • Tems “Free Mind”
  • SZA “Broken Clocks”
  • Rihanna “Love on the Brain”
  • Victoria Monet “On My Mama”
  • Frank Ocean “Channel”
  • Beyoncé “VIRGO’S GROOVE”
  • E.R. “Focus”
  • Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”
  • Muni Long “Hrs & Hrs”
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake “Come and See Me”
  • Brent Faiyaz “Trust”
  • Paak ft. ScHoolby Q “Am I Wrong”
  • Lucky Daye “Over”
  • Daniel Caesar “Japanese Denim”
  • Miguel ft. Travis Scott “Skywalker”
  • Summer Walker ft. SZA “No Love”
  • Tems “Higher”
  • Coco Jones “ICU”
  • SiR “Johnny Redcorn”
  • Ari Lennox ft. J. Cole “Shae Butter Baby”
  • Steve Lacy “Dark Red”
  • Jazmine Sullivan “Lost One”
  • Teyana Taylor “Gonna Love Me”
  • Giveon “Like I Want You”
  • Chris Brown “Under the Influence”
  • The Weeknd “Earned It”
  • E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller “Could’ve Been”
  • Brent Faiyaz “Clouded”
  • Jeremih “Oui”
  • Bruno Mars “Finesse”
  • Kehlani ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Nights Like This”
  • Jhene Aiko “While We’re Young”
  • Cleo Sol “Into Your Arms”
  • Bryson Tiller “Right My Wrongs”
  • Jorja Smith “Blue Lights”
  • Pink Sweats “Honesty”
  • The Internet “A Special Affair”
  • Snoh Aalegra “DO 4 LOVE”
  • Chloe x Halle “Do It”
  • DVSN “Too Deep”
  • Chris Brown ft. Wizkid “Call Me Every Day”
  • E.R. “Damage”
  • Jazmine Sullivan “Let It Burn”
  • Luck Daye “Roll Some Mo”
  • NAO “Bad Blood”
  • Tyla “Water”
  • Steve Lacy ft. Foushée “Sunshine”
  • Solange “Stay Flo”
  • Brent Faiyaz “DEAD MAN WALKING”
  • Erykah Badu “Hello”
  • Khalid “Location”
  • Jacquees “B.E.D.”
  • Masego, FKJ “Tadow”
  • Ty Dolla $ign ft. Musiq Soulchild, Tish Hyman, 6LACK “Your Turn”
  • Ro James “Permission”
  • Snoh Alegra “I Want You Around”
  • Janelle Monae “Only Have Eyes 42”
  • Kehlani ft. Masego “Hate the Club”
  • Oxlade “KU LO SA”
  • Kelela “LMK”
  • Thundercat “Funny Thing”
  • TianaMajor9 ft. EARTHGANG “Collide”
  • Yebba “Distance”
  • Ravyn Lenae ft. Steve Lacy “Skin Tight”
  • Sampha “No One Knows Me (Like the Piano)”
  • SiR “D’Evils”
  • Kali Uchis “Moonlight”
  • PJ Morton, JoJo “SAY SO”
  • Alex Isley ft. Lucky Daye, Masego & Jack Dine “Good & Plenty (Remix)”
  • Libianca “People”
  • Mahalia ft. Ella Mai “What You Did.”


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