Top 10 Usher Songs
In this list of the Top 10 Usher Songs, we pay tribute to one of R&B's hottest crooners.
Since the age of 16, Usher has been serenading the ladies with his feathery falsetto and impressive dance moves. In fact, his body of work is so impressive, critics have even crowned the 33-year-old hit maker the rightful heir to Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" throne. With seven albums under his belt and countless of hit singles, Usher is certainly the Prince of R&B if he's not the king.
To celebrate Usher's long-running career in music, check out PopCrush's list of the Top 10 Usher Songs.
At the age of 16, Usher began his illustrious career with 1994 self-titled debut album. The first single was 'Think of You,' which did modestly well on the R&B charts, but is still one of our favorite Usher songs. Interesting tidbit: Usher's album was executive-produced by Diddy, who was his manager at the time. They would team up on in 2002 for 'I Need a Girl (Part 1)' from Diddy's 'We Invented the Remix' album.
In 1997, Usher teamed up with producer Jermaine Dupri and their partnership resulted in three classic albums and several chart-topping singles. Let's just say that Dupri was Usher's Quincy Jones to his Michael Jackson during this time period. Their first Top 10 hit was 'You Make Me Wanna,' an acoustic-driven ballad from Usher's second album 'My Way' and No. 9 on our list of the best Usher songs.
Another fan favorite from his album of the same name, this classic Usher song was his declaration that he's a grown man now and will do whatever the heck he pleases. The accompanying video is sort of a trippy dance-version of 'The Warriors' meets 'A Clockwork Orange,' and it co-stars fellow R&B crooner Tyrese as Usher's nemesis. Fun fact: The music video was choreographed by Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband Cris Judd.
The emotive lovesick ballad 'U Got It Bad' is from Usher's third album '8701' -- the "87-01" stands for his years in the music business -- and the song spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2002. "When you say that you love 'em / And you really know / Everything that used to matter, don't matter no more," Usher sings. The sexy video also features TLC songbird Rozonda "Chili" Thomas, who was dating Usher at the time.
Usher and Jermaine Dupri's collaboration reached its peak on his fourth LP 'Confessions,' which became his most successful album to date with over 10 million copies sold. The Usher song 'Burn' reportedly was inspired by his break-up with Chili after two years of dating. "It came about because me and Jermaine were sitting around talking about a situation like [the one in the song] and we both said, 'Yo, you gotta let that burn.' We said, 'That's a song right there,' and [we] started writing," Usher told MTV in 2005.
Usher decided to branch out from his typical R&B tunes and try his hand in the dance-pop genre with 'OMG,' an infectious track that was produced by Black Eyed Peas hit maker will.i.am. The dance floor anthem impacted the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 and was named the fifth best-selling song of 2010 with four million copies sold. In fact, the Usher song became such a big hit, that the crooner was even invited to perform it at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. Oh my gosh!
After Usher collaborated with Alicia Keys on her 2004 single, 'If I Ain't Got You,' the songstress returned the favor by duetting with Usher on his soulful, hip-hop-inspired jam 'My Boo.' "I don't know about y'all, but I know about us and uh / It's the only way we know how to rock," the duo sing at the close of this top Usher song. The video featured Usher and Keys cuddling in New York's Times Square -- the pair were so romantic in the clip that it actually sparked rumors that Usher and Keys were dating, which they both denied.
A standout ballad on his sixth album 'Raymond Vs. Raymond,' this track finds Usher using his falsetto to describe his love and devotion to his ladylove. "I've been waiting all day to wrap my hands / Around your waist and kiss your face / Wouldn't trade this feeling for nothing / Not even for a minute," Usher sings on 'There Goes My Baby.' The Rico Love-produced track, which comes in at No. 3 on our best Usher songs list, earned the singer a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2011.
In 2004, Usher had the clubs jumping with 'Yeah,' a crunkified dance anthem featuring the yelps of Lil Jon and a memorable verse from Ludacris. 'Yeah' stayed at No. 1 for 12 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the song, which has since become an imperative addition to every party playlist, still gets tons of radio airplay. The 'Confessions' track propelled Usher into the R&B superstar stratosphere and garnered him a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.
Undoubtedly, the stunning and heartbreaking ballad 'Climax' is one of the best songs of 2012 and the best Usher song to date. Produced by Diplo, the tune finds Usher lamenting about a relationship that has run its course: "Going nowhere fast, we’ve reached the climax / Were together, now we’re undone / Won’t commit so we choose to run away." With the R&B crooner's trademark falsetto driving the track and Diplo's lush productions, 'Climax' is the ultimate quiet storm ballad of 2012 and No. 1 on our Top 10 Usher Songs countdown.