In 2012, R&B has shifted and changed. There’s been a move from the soulful essence of what the genre once was. Veteran artists like Usher embraced the sounds of electronic dance music, crooning over thumping beats that were previously absent from his catalog of hits. But just because some dibbled and dabbled doesn’t mean others didn’t stick to the R&B basics. Even newer singers have brought a unique, refreshing sound to the mix. If anything, this year produced a rainbow of R&B, some shrill and depressing, and some upbeat and boisterous. This list of the 10 best R&B songs of 2012 proves that the genre is anything but dead and these artists are only helping to evolve the spectrum of music even further.