Editors’ Notes Whether moody and introspective or bold and thrilling, the songs that best define indie R&B all count as statements of independence. Starting in the early 2000s, a wave of artists broke free of the conventions of R&B with music that furthered the experiments in sound, texture, and groove that began with neo-soul and trip-hop in the ‘90s. Frank Ocean, Solange, and The Weeknd helped forge a stylistically diverse and remarkably elastic sound that incorporated elements of indie rock, IDM, and dub while retaining the emotional intensity that listeners expect of songs born out of heartache, desire, and all the other feelings that fill long dark nights. And however deeply artists like FKA Twigs, Blood Orange, and Kelela may venture into abstract forms and ethereal soundscapes, their songs never fail to connect thanks to their emotional intensity as singers and ingenuity as songwriters.

SONG
ALBUM
Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
6:56
 
Broken Clocks
3:51
 
Cranes in the Sky
4:10
 
Frontline
5:39
 
Augustine
3:51
 
Two Weeks
LP1
4:07
 
Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
3:21
 
3:01
 
Pyramids
9:52
 
5:26
 
Too Deep
3:20
 
Pull Up
2:58
 
Wicked Games
5:25
 
Adorn
3:13
 
Focus
3:20
 
Green and Gold
4:38
 
Retrograde
3:43
 
Weight in Gold
3:23
 
Jasmine (Demo)
4:13
 
Prayed Up
2:48
 
Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)
3:29
 
Incomplete Kisses
3:53
 
W$ Boi
3:12
 
Too Fast
4:55
 
TEST DRIVE
2:59
 
Not Above Love
3:10
 
PrimeTime (feat. Miguel)
4:40
 
Sticky
3:16
 
Losing You
4:20
 
So High
3:19
 
Blue Lights
4:10
 
Broken (feat. Jessie Reyez)
2:15
 
2:20
 
Swim Good
4:17
 
Location
3:39
 
Drew Barrymore
3:51
 
Quarrel
6:45
 
Human
3:12
 
Bank Head (Extended)
5:02
 
Way Out
3:18
 
Ready for the World
3:48
 
River
4:12
 
Crystalised
3:21
 
Limit to Your Love
4:36
 
While We're Young
3:56
 
Cold Sweat
5:11
 
What You Need
3:16
 
Treat Me Like Fire
4:10
 
Tyrant (feat. Jorja Smith)
3:24
 
GLOWED UP (feat. Anderson .Paak)
4:58
 
Elegance
3:42
 
Gladly
3:41
 
The Gaudy Side of Town
7:07
 
Surprise Me
3:39
 
Honey
3:19
 
Coffee
4:46
 
Build (feat. Arin Ray)
4:07
 
4:55
 
773 Love
3:50
 
Satellites
2:58
 
Too Much
2:57
 
I Believe In You (Radio Version)
3:21
 
Repeat Pleasure
3:35
 
Video Girl
LP1
3:47
 
Novacane
5:02
 
Under Control
4:04
 
Wildest Moments
3:42
 
Wus Good / Curious
3:32
 
P.O.V.
3:36
 
Who Hurt You?
3:51
 
Waiting Game
3:27
 
The Worst
4:14
 
May I Have This Dance
2:52
 
Who R U?
2:48
 
The Way (feat. Chance the Rapper)
4:22
 
4:16
 
Mind
4:27
 
Energy
4:12
 
GIOVANNI
4:48
 
mourning song
3:19
 
3:44
 
Yung Stunna
3:41
 
Church (feat. Chance The Rapper & Buddy)
4:47
 
Apple Cherry
3:42
 
Kathy Lee
4:08
 
Spirit
4:11
 
It is What It Is
5:07
 
Honeycomb
3:47
 
Gold Ghost
4:20
 
The Feeling When You Walk Away
3:00
 
Addicted
4:43
 
Why iii Love the Moon.
5:31
 
Frequency
3:14
 
Trust
2:38
 
High for This
4:07
 
Paradise
3:37
 
Crowned
3:06
 
4:24
 
Mourn
3:33
 

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