10 R&B Songs That Teach You A Life Lesson (Part 2)

In April, we published our first installment of R&B songs that teach you life lessons. After receiving a great response from our readers, we’ve decided to release the second installment of ten R&B songs that will teach us a lesson in life.

Again, it was hard to narrow down to ten but hopefully you learn a lesson or two with each song and use it throughout your everyday lives.

Estelle – “Thank You”

Life Lesson: As we begin to date, finding the right one who isn’t going to hurt or cheat on us is often like picking a needle out a haystack. Nonetheless, be able to understand the difference between being loved and being hurt. Know when to close the door behind you and never look back. Looking forward is a sign of growth and maturity.

“One thing I learned in life, that is/gotta be ready to sacrifice to survive” 

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.


  • Jaya
    October 24, 2013

    Classic r&b albums without Brandy’s Full Moon?

  • JJ
    October 29, 2013

    Mary J Blige “MY LIFE” is THE R&B album of the century, to have Keyshia Cole on this list and leave out a top 100 album of all time is a big mistake. Without My Life KC AC and JS’s albums would sound nothing like they did. Mary changed the R&B landscape with that album and it is a major reason why is is the QUEEN.

    • RJ
      May 11, 2014

      Yes, I agree! Mary J. “My Life”… Is a must have!!!!!!

  • DRB
    October 30, 2013

    Afrodisiac is better than NSN. Butterfly murders TEOM. I’d personally put Now over Urban Hang Suite, etc etc. and some of these, like Keyshia, no.

  • Mery
    October 31, 2013

    Oh yes JOE its a must have for every real R&B lover!!!!

  • givemethetea
    December 14, 2013

    Yes Brandy!

  • Brittany
    August 17, 2014

    No Jodeci? Diary of Mad Band is the blueprint for contemporary R&B. No Aaliyah? One In A Million is a classic too!

  • Julien
    August 27, 2014

    Deborah Cox’s “One Wish” should be on this list.

  • pedro perez
    November 26, 2014

    Shocked that Mariah’s Butterfly isn’t on here. TEOM is not the obvious R&B choice.

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