Top 15 Best and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2020

This article lists the songs that reached number-one on the overall Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the R&B Songs chart, and the Hot Rap Songs chart in 2020. The R&B Songs and Rap Songs charts partly serve as distillations of the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Top 15 Best and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2020

1. "The Box" by Roddy Ricch

"The Box" is a song by American rapper Roddy Ricch, released as the fourth single on February 28, 2020, from his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. Prior to the song being released as a single, it became Roddy Ricch's highest-charting song worldwide, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, the Rolling Stone Top 100, the Canadian Hot 100 and in New Zealand, as well as peaking at number two in both the UK and Ireland and reaching the top five in Australia. The song received acclaim from critics, with praise for Ricch's vocal delivery. Used in over 1.5 million videos on TikTok, it became a popular meme, particularly due to Ricch's "iconic" "eee err" ad-lib. A video was released on February 28, 2020, directed by Ricch.

2. "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

"Blinding Lights" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd that serves as the second single of his fourth studio album After Hours (2020). It was released on November 29, 2019, two days after the release of "Heartless". The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with its producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits. A Chromatics remix of the song, featuring Chromatics, was released alongside the deluxe edition of its parent album on March 23, 2020.

"Blinding Lights" was a commercial success, peaking at number one in twenty-seven countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, where it became The Weeknd's first number-one single. In the United States, the song has to date reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

3. "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa

"Don't Start Now" is a song by English singer Dua Lipa, released as the lead single from her second studio album Future Nostalgia (2020). The song was written by Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, its producer Ian Kirkpatrick and Lipa, who chose "Don't Start Now" as the "natural first song choice" from Future Nostalgia to allow her to start a new chapter in her life. It was then released on 1 November 2019 through Warner Records on digital platforms globally and contemporary hit radio in the United Kingdom. The song impacted the same format in the United States on 5 November. "Don't Start Now" is a disco, nu-disco, dance and pop song with influences of Eurodance. The lyrics of the song involve Lipa addressing an ex-lover about moving on from a relationship.

4. "Life Is Good" by Future and Drake

"Life Is Good" is a song by American rapper Future featuring Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on January 10, 2020. Future and Drake notably recorded a joint mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive (2015). It is expected to be the lead single of the sequel to their mixtape. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the first song ever to spend its first eight weeks at that position. It is Future's highest-charting song. The song spent eight weeks behind Roddy Ricch's "The Box".

5. "Circles" by Post Malone

"Circles" is a song by American singer Post Malone, released through Republic Records on August 30, 2019, as the third single from Malone's third album Hollywood's Bleeding (2019). It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for the week of November 30, 2019, topping the chart for three non-consecutive weeks and marking Post Malone's fourth number-one song, as well as his first solo effort to chart at number-one. According to Billboard, the song is as of February 2020 the first and only single by a solo male artist (no features) to achieve double-digit frames at number one on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.

6. "Roxanne" by Arizona Zervas

"Roxanne" is a song by American rapper and singer Arizona Zervas. It was released on October 10, 2019. The song was written by the artist himself with Lauren Larue, and produced by 94Skrt and JaeGreen. It reached number one in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten in Australia, Norway, the UK, and the US. It reached the Top 40 in many other European and North American markets, including number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the song sparked a bidding war among labels, and on November 15, 2019, it was reported that Zervas had signed with Columbia Records. A remix with American rapper Swae Lee was released on February 21, 2020.

7. "Adore You" by Harry Styles

"Adore You" is a song by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles. It was released through Erskine and Columbia Records on 6 December 2019 as the third single from his second studio album, Fine Line. "Adore You" was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand, and the top 20 in Canada.

8. "Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish

"Everything I Wanted" is a song by American singer Billie Eilish. It was released on November 13, 2019. The song peaked at number eight in the US, number three in the UK and within the top 10 in multiple other countries. The song was added in the reissue of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

9. "Hot Girl Bummer" by Blackbear

"Hot Girl Bummer" is a song by American recording artist Blackbear, released as a single through Beartrap on August 23, 2019. It reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the top forty in nineteen additional countries, and the top ten in six additional countries.

10. "Memories" by Maroon 5

"Memories" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released through 222 and Interscope Records on September 20, 2019, as the lead single from their upcoming seventh studio album. The song was produced by lead vocalist Adam Levine and production team The Monsters and the Strangerz, and written by Levine, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Michael Pollack, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jon Bellion, and Vincent Ford. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

11. "Say So" by Doja Cat

"Say So" is a song by American rapper and singer Doja Cat, featured on her second studio album Hot Pink (2019). It was sent to American radio on January 28, 2020 as the album's fifth single. The song was written by Doja Cat, Lydia Asrat, Yeti Beats and Lukasz Gottwald. The song was produced by Dr. Luke, under the pseudonym Tyson Trax. It gained popularity after a dance created by TikTok user Haley Sharpe went viral on the platform. The song has so far peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Doja Cat's first top 20 single.

12. "Yummy" by Justin Bieber

"Yummy" received mixed reviews from music critics, the majority of whom criticized the song's production, its songwriting and Bieber's delivery, while other commentators complimented the catchiness of the song. The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, while reaching the top five in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and various other countries, and hitting number one in New Zealand. The song's official music video was released on January 4, 2020. Bieber received criticism for his "excessive promotion" of the song. Bieber performed "Yummy" for the first time on Saturday Night Live alongside "Intentions" featuring American rapper Quavo on February 8, 2020.

13. "My Oh My" by Camila Cabello ft DaBaby

"My Oh My" is a song by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello featuring vocals from American rapper DaBaby. The song was released to hot adult contemporary radio stations in the United States on January 6, 2020 as the fourth single from Cabello's second studio album Romance (2019). A music video of the song was published to Cabello's YouTube channel on February 12, 2020. It was written by Cabello, DaBaby, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Savan Kotecha and Ant Clemons, and produced by Dukes and Bell.

Commercially, "My Oh My" has reached the top twenty in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Greece, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. It has also peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song received Gold certifications in Australia and New Zealand. It was certified Silver in the United Kingdom.

14. "Ballin" by Mustard, featuring Roddy Ricch

"Ballin" is a song by American producer Mustard, featuring American rapper Roddy Ricch. The track was released as the third single from Mustard's third studio album, Perfect Ten, on August 20, 2019, though it was available as early as the end of June 2019. The song and its accompanying video received acclaim from music critics, with Complex magazine naming it the Best Song of 2019. It has peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Mustard's highest charting song in the US. The song received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards, making it the first time Ricch has been nominated for a Grammy and Mustard's first nomination as an artist.

15. "Godzilla" by Eminem

"Godzilla" is a single by American rapper Eminem featuring the late American rapper Juice Wrld. It was released as a single on January 31, 2020, from the former's eleventh studio album Music to Be Murdered By (2020). The song is Juice Wrld's first posthumous release following his death in December 2019.

On March 4, 2020, a lyric video for the single was released. On March 6, Eminem released a snippet of the music video, partnered with Lyrical Lemonade. The music video, directed by Cole Bennett, released on March 9, featuring appearances by Mike Tyson, Dr. Dre, and a dedication to Juice WRLD at the end. Upon its release, the video racked up 13 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours. As of March 2020, the video has over 80 million views.


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