Top 10 Chris Brown Songs
Not only are we celebrating Chris Brown's career with this Top 10 list of his best songs, but we are also celebrating his 24th birthday (on May 5).
Within the past year, Breezy has been staying focused on his music and working on outside projects with his Mechanical Dummy brand. Not only that, the crooner rekindled his love affair with boo Rihanna.
The Virginia native is also determined to stay relevant in the R&B game with plans to deliver his sixth studio album, 'X,' in July. The set's first single, 'Fine China,' has received favorable reviews from his fan club Team Breezy.
So it looks like Brown is on the right path with his music and staying out of trouble. In celebration of Brown's 24 years on earth, here is PopCrush's list of the Top 10 Chris Brown Songs.
Chris Brown released this song as a special treat for his fans, but it won't appear on his new album, 'X.' The ballad features Breezy singing about a love that has crashed and burned. "She ain’t bluffing / She gonna do it / I think it’s time for me to face the music / I couldn’t really give a damn about my pride,” he sings on the chorus. “Going back and forth with the lies / Never compromise / Girl, if you love me, better prove it / Baby, I can’t win.”
This is the fifth single from off his chart-topping album 'Fortune.' Clearly, from the song's lyrics, Brown is talking about his past indiscretions -- particularly his 2009 assault case with Rihanna. He's asking for forgiveness from both her and his critics. “I don’t wanna go there / We should never go there / So please don’t judge me / And I won’t judge you / Cause it could get ugly / Before it gets beautiful,” he croons in the hook.” It must have work because Breezy and RiRi are back together again.
Brown teams up with Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean on this celebratory track about partying and having fun at the club. On the song, Brown spits some weeded-out rhymes. "They got weed / but I've been dope / Ratchet, n---- we act hood / But I'm getting money with these white folk / Sippin and I'm faded, super medicated," he raps. Even more impressive is Brown's hilariously fun video for the track, which he dedicated to the late Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch.
'Kiss Kiss' was another major hit from the 'Exclusive' album. The bouncy single features T-Pain rapping by way of Auto-Tune and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Brown's second chart-topping hit of his career. This top Chris Brown song, in which the R&B crooner sings about youthful infatuation, also went double-platinum and generated another great dance-filled music video.
While Brown is known for his R&B ballads, he can make some terrific dance songs, as well. 'Don't Wake Me Up' is a fist-pumping anthem in which Brown sings about never waking up from a dream of fantasy and love. "If your heart is a pillow, this love is the bed / Tell me what is the music inside my head," he sings. Check out Brown's Matrix-inspired video for 'Don't Wake Me Up.'
'Beautiful People' is Brown's ascension into the dance-pop genre that he flirted with on 'Forever.' This track, which comes in at No. 5 on our list of the best Chris Brown songs, is from his comeback album 'F.A.M.E.' and became his first No. 1 dance single. In 2011, Brown told MTV that he wanted to inspire people with the song. "We have a lot of tragic things going on and the world needs to come together as a whole and stop the negativity," he said.
The original version of 'Deuces,' featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, appeared on Brown's 2010 'Fan of a Fan' mixtape and landed atop the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The track became so popular that Breezy was able to tap veteran rhyme-slingers Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous and Outkast hitmaker André 3000 for the remix. Talk about an all-star lineup.
Another dance-pop song but with a twist! On the remix version of this top Chris Brown song, the singer was able to get his ex Rihanna to duet with him on the track. When word got out of their collaboration, Music critics and fans alike voiced their disapproval of RiRi working with her former abuser (they also collaborated on her 'Birthday Cake' remix). In any case, the song help nabbed Brown his first No. 1 U.K. single.
Chris Brown channels Michael Jackson on the orchestral soul-sounding track. The R&B crooner sings about a girl who he sees as a rare artifact. Many have speculated that he's talking about RiRi. "It's all right, I'm not dangerous / When you're mine, I'll be generous / You are irreplaceable / a collectible / Just like fine china," Brown sings. The song's accompanying video features some great choreography and some brief butt-kicking action.
Leggo! Undoubtedly, this was Brown's official comeback song and his most well-received track to date. The 2011 single was produced by Diplo and Afrojack and featured a standout, fire-breathing cameo from Busta Rhymes. The song spawned thousands of covers on the Internet, most notably from pop duo Karmin. For their impressive efforts on this track, which is No. 1 on our top Chris Brown songs list, Breezy, Bussa-Buss and Weezy received a Grammy nod for Best Rap Performance. Look at Brown now, he's still getting paper.