Chris Brown proved that you can triumph over adversity. Despite his personal demons, he has been able to sustain a successful music career. He is a successful singer, dancer, songwriter and actor. He has a lot of hit songs on his own as well as with other artists. Let’s get to know the artist a little better. Chris Brown was born Christopher Maurice Brown on May 5, 1989. Like most singers, Brown got his start in the church. He was singing in church choirs as well as talent shows at a young age. He taught himself how to sing and dance at a young age. He credits Michael Jackson as his inspiration.
He was signed to Jive Records at 15 in 2004. He released his self-titled debut album in 2005. The album debuted at an impressive number two on the Billboard 200 charts. That was a great feat for a new artist. It sold 154,000 copies in its first week. The first single “Run It” made him one of the first male singers to have his debut single make it to number one on the charts. The song was number one for an amazing five weeks. The other singles off the album didn’t do too badly either. “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “Gimme That” and “Say Goodbye” appeared in the Top 20 on the charts. The album sold over three million copies.
He did some acting in between albums. He appeared on One On One, Brandon T. Jackson, and The O.C. He also appeared in the movie Stomp The Yard. He released his second album Exclusive in 2007. It debuted at number four on the charts. It sold a whopping 294,000 copies in its first week. It received positive reviews. It features the singles “Wall to Wall,” “Kiss Kiss” and “With You.” The album sold more than two million copies.
In 2007, Brown appeared in the movie This Christmas. He did this movie to help support his album. In 2008, he recorded the hit single “No Air” with Jordin Sparks. The song peaked at number three on the pop charts. He re-released Exclusive as a deluxe album. It features four new tracks. “Forever” reached number two on the pop charts.
He released his third album Graffiti in 2009. Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder inspired this album. He wanted to have crossover appeal like they did. It features the singles “I Can Transform Ya” and “Crawl.” The album debuted at number seven on the charts. It sold 102,000 copies its first week. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies.
In 2010, Brown released three mix albums. One single from his mix album went to number one on the r&b charts. “Deuces” is on the Fan of a Fan album. In 2011, he released F.A.M.E. The album debuted at number one on the charts. It sold 270,000 copies in its first week. This is his first number one album in the U.S. It features the singles “Yeah 3x,” “Look at Me Now,” “Beautiful People” and “She Ain’t You.”
He released his fifth album Fortune in 2012. It debuted at number one. Unfortunately, it received negative reviews. It features the singles “Strip,” “Turn Up The Music,” “Sweet Love,” “Til I Die,” “Don’t Wake Me Up” and “Don’t Judge Me.” He released his sixth album X in 2014. It features the singles “Fine China,” “Don’t Think They Know,” “Love More,” “Loyal” and “New Flame.” “Loyal” is his most successful single from the album. The album debuted at number six and sold 146,000 copies in its first week. It sold more than one million copies.
He released another mix tape in 2015 called Before the Party. In 2015, he released his seventh album Royalty. He named this album after his daughter. It sold 184,000 copies in its first week. In 2017, he released the double disc album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. The album debuted at number three on the charts. It features the singles “Grass Ain’t Greener,” “Party,” “Pills & Automobiles” and “Questions.”
In 2019, he released Indigo. It debuted at number one on the charts. It sold 108,000 copies in its first week. It features the singles “Undecided,” “Back to Love,” “Wobble Up,” “No Guidance,” “Heat” and “Don’t Check on Me.” The album sold more than one million copies.
Chris Brown is a successful r&b and pop artist. He is a child star who has been able to maintain his success into adulthood. Most child stars tend to fade away while he managed to survive and strive. He has a string of hit singles. There are too many to list here. This Top 10 Chris Brown Songs list will feature some of his hit songs. Which one do you think will be number one?
# 10 – Kiss Kiss ft T-Pain
The first song on our Top 10 Chris Brown Songs list is the hugely popular “Kiss Kiss” from the Exclusive album. This up-tempo song has a Hip Hop and r&b sound. This bouncy song is about him trying to hook up with another woman. Here is some trivia about the song. Brown wanted the song to sound more mature, but the record label rejected the idea. The producers wanted a clean version so it could be radio friendly. The music has an upbeat sound that is determined to get you on the dance floor. The drumbeat is infectious and is guaranteed to have you bumping. It’s the perfect music to listen to when you are in a club or just feel like dancing.
The music doesn’t sound authentic. It sounds like it’s computer generated, but it’s still very catchy. The music never suffers from boredom even though it doesn’t sound like genuine music. The song’s main focus is to hook the listener with the music. Chris Brown’s vocals are pretty good on the track. He sings in his signature falsetto, but he uses AutoTune as well. T-Pain also appears in the song. He uses AutoTune throughout his appearance. For some reason, there is a skit in the beginning as well as the end of the song. The skits should have hit the cutting room floor, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is a good song.
# 9 – Deuces ft Tyga and Kevin McCall
The next song on our Top 10 Chris Brown Songs list is the soulful “Deuces” from the Fan of a Fan and F.A.M.E. albums. This ballad has an r&b and Hip Hop sound. The track also blends pop and house music. They cleverly mixed an r&b song with Hip Hop music. The synth chords are smooth and inviting. The artists could have made this a dance track, but slowing down the beat gave the listeners a chance to focus on the lyrics. This anthemic song is about all of their failed relationships. This is the perfect collaboration for the three artists because they all broke up with their girlfriends when this song was released. Brown broke up with Rihanna after an altercation that ended with a domestic violence charge. Tyga broke up with his girlfriend Black Chyna and Kevin McCall broke up with Eva Marcille.
This song is relatable to anyone who has been in a bad relationship and wanted to end it. They poured their emotions out in the lyrics and you could tell that they were feeling the pain of their breakups. They were very angry at the time the song was recorded. This song was a great way for Brown to show off his smooth and silky voice. He does utilize AutoTune, but he doesn’t rely it too much for the track. Tyga and McCall’s verses were on fire. Their rhyming skills were excellent and in time with the beat.
# 8 – Loyal ft Lil Wayne and Tyga
This bitter song is from the X album. The dance song has a Hip Hop sound. This angry song is about women who are unfaithful. It’s a popular song with Brown’s fans, but it could be considered sexist because he refers to women as “hoes”. It’s not a song for women because of the offensive lyrics. Most women don’t want to be referred to as “hoes”. If you can overlook this portion of the song, you could still enjoy it. The beat will have you on your feet on the dance floor. It’s bouncy and upbeat despite the theme of the track. The musical arrangement is thumping. Brown showed some versatility in the verses because he uses a lower register. He uses his signature falsetto in the hook and once again takes advantage of AutoTune. He uses it heavily in the hook. Tyga’s verse is fire. He’s so passionate while he spits his verse. Lil Wayne’s appearance is brief, but he does make an impact while he’s in the song.
# 7 – Forever
This heartfelt song is from the Exclusive album. This song has a dance and pop sound. It also has elements of European, techno, and house music. The passionate song is about falling in love with someone. He sings about waiting his entire life for a woman like the one he’s talking about in the song. This is one of Brown’s hit songs that don’t feature any other artists. It gives you a chance to just focus on his singing without the help of any collaborators. Polow da Don was channeling his inner Timbaland when he came up with the music. It sounds like something similar to Timbaland’s songs. Chris Brown’s vocals are synthesized over a drumbeat, which is usually featured in Timbaland’s songs. The music is very dance friendly and is perfect for club music. Brown is channeling his inner Michael Jackson through his synthesized vocals. It’s easy to tell that Michael Jackson is his musical influence. His vocals didn’t need to be synthesized because he’s a good singer without it.
# 6 – Beautiful People
This inspirational song is from the F.A.M.E. album. This up-tempo song has an electro house, dance, and Euro pop sound. It also has elements of r&b music blended in it. This touching song is about getting everyone to dance and embrace their inner beauty. This track is a departure from his other songs. He doesn’t sing too many songs about this subject so it was a nice change to see him tackle something different. The music was made for the club scene. The swelling synthesizers are typical in club songs. The music is different from his previous work up to this point. His music was more r&b and Hip Hop friendly until he took a chance on this sound. He wanted to show the world that he could do a dance hall track and he proved he could do it. The music is a dance floor anthem. It would be very hard to recognize Brown’s vocals on this track. He sounds very different. His vocals are much deeper in this song than they are on any other one.
# 5 – Run It ft Juelz Santana
The next song on our Top 10 Chris Brown Songs list is the catchy “Run It” from his self-titled album. This dance song has a crunk & b and Hip Hop sound to it. This flirty song is about Brown coming on to a woman in a club. This was the song that introduced the world to the talented Chris Brown. It has crossover appeal because it can appeal to r&b fans as well as pop fans. The music is infectious. The synthesizers are slinky and tight. The music sounds similar to Usher’s “Yeah” and will command you to get on the dance floor. There is no way to sit still to this smooth and silky dance production. Brown’s vocals are smooth and refreshing. He was a teenager when he recorded this song, but he sounds like a professional. He sounds like a young Michael Jackson on this hit. He sings the song without AutoTune so the listener can hear his pure vocals.
# 4 – Go Crazy ft Young Thug
This commanding song is from Brown and Young Thug’s Slime & B mixtape. The dance song has an r&b and Hip Hop sound. This sexy song is about the guys wanting their girlfriends to get rid of their inhibitions in the bedroom. They want their women to be freaks in the bedroom. The song features a sample of the Showboys’ song “Drag Rap”. The sample works perfectly for the song. The music is hypnotizing and head bopping. We dare you not to move while you hear it. It’s perfect to listen to during the summer even though it can be heard throughout the rest of the year. The track features an extremely catchy and unforgettable chorus. Brown sings in his signature falsetto voice, which blends well with the music. He sings in time with the beat changes and that makes him sound even better. Young Thug sounds similar to T-Pain. His voice is AutoTuned throughout his portion of the song. His verse is a little hard to understand without looking at the lyrics for the track. The song is an earworm and will stay in your head long after you have finished listening to it.
# 3 – She Ain’t You
The affectionate song is from the F.A.M.E. album. The track has an r&b and pop sound. The passionate song is about him falling in and out of love. He compares his current love to his former flame. The song features two samples that are the perfect compliments to the track. It features the sample from Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and SWV’s remixed version of “Right Here”. He made the right decision by using these samples. Brown wanted to dedicate a song to Michael Jackson because he’s his biggest inspiration. The music is a big star of the song. If you are a fan of “Human Nature” and/or “Right Here”, you will definitely enjoy the music on this track. The music hooks you as soon as you hear the first drumbeat. There is no mistaking the music. Brown’s vocals are layered because he uses a double. He sings in a lower register for one of the vocals and his signature falsetto in the other vocal. Sevyn Streeter does an excellent job in the background. She sings the harmony from “Human Nature”. She does this part in the bridge of the song. There aren’t enough compliments for the song.
# 2 – With You
This sentimental song is from the Exclusive album. This ballad has an r&b and pop sound. This emotional song is about Brown pouring his heart out to the woman he loves. He expresses how much he loves and needs the woman in his life. There is some trivia about this beautiful song. The song is inspired by the love of his fans. The song is stripped. It features an acoustic guitar and a drumbeat. The music is similar to Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”. The music is soft and melodic and perfect for slow dancing. The chorus is simple and easy to remember. He repeats the title throughout the chorus. Brown’s vocals are smooth and silky. He sings in a lower octave from his normal tone. He sounds like a combination of Michael Jackson and Usher. He missed an opportunity to hit a high note after the bridge, but that doesn’t take away from how great the song is. This song could have easily been number one if something else didn’t beat it.
# 1 – No Air ft Jordin Sparks
The number one song on our Top 10 Chris Brown Songs list is the soulful song is from Jordin Sparks’ self-titled album. This power ballad has an r&b and pop sound. This heartbreaking song is about a relationship being over. There is some trivia for the song. “No Air” was originally meant for a male singer. When Sparks heard the song, she wanted to sing it herself. Harvey Mason agreed to let her sing it if the song became a duet. Mason wanted Chris Brown to sing the song with her. Mason made the right decision making the song a duet because it’s a winner. Sparks’ and Brown’s voices compliment each other very well.
Sparks is a power balladeer so Brown took a big risk singing with her. She has outstanding vocals and it showed with this song. She belts throughout the track. Brown shows that he’s no slouch when it comes to power singing. He’s able to keep up with her. Brown’s out of his comfort zone, but he takes chances that he doesn’t take on his own songs. He did power singing of his own. He holds impressive notes along with Jordin Sparks. This song shows just how good of a singer Chris Brown is. This song is absolutely flawless and deserves the top spot on this list.
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