No question about it, Usher Raymond IV – first name’s all you need – ranks as a juggernaut in the volatile realm of R&B and hip-hop. With a career that’s been popping since the early ’90s, Usher morphed from a young, leather-clad upstart to a certified music mogul. With an incomparable stream of albums under his belt, including gems like “8701,” “Confessions,” and “Raymond v. Raymond,” Usher’s managed to set up shop on the Billboard charts as though it’s his own personal real estate.
Usher’s not just a trendsetter, he’s a game-breaker, smashing records with his distinct brand of slick crooning and feverish dance anthems. Boasting a multitude of hits such as “Confessions Part II,” “OMG,” and “Yeah!,” he’s skilled at dropping hip-hop laced R&B grooves and addictive pop hooks with equal dexterity.
His collaborations with industry heavyweights, stretching from Young Jeezy to will.i.am, provided the catalyst for some of his biggest hits, helping him elevate his sound with a consistent infusion of fresh vibes. Usher’s capacity to occupy different spaces in the soundscape, while maintaining his individuality, is what sets him apart.
What ensues is a sonorous journey marred by heartbreak, burgeoning love, outright hedonism, and pristine dance moves. So let’s get into it. From “Yeah!” to “Burn”, here are the best USHER songs that are hot right now, influenced by his latest album COMING HOME and USHER’s performing in the Super Bowl LVIII Half Time Show.
10 Confessions Part II
The lyrics deliver a soap opera level of drama, where Usher is confessing about his extramarital affair and the unexpected pregnancy resulting from it. His soulful delivery brought the emotions right to the surfaces, making it a daring narrative full of guilt, fear, and vulnerability.
9 OMG (feat. will.i.am)
On the surface, the lyrics might seem simple – all about a man captivated by a woman’s beauty on the dance floor. But on a deeper level, it’s a clever reflection of Usher’s own stardom and the overwhelming public attention he garners, hidden behind the guise of a catchy pop tune.
8 Love in This Club (feat. Young Jeezy)
Laced with Young Jeezy’s authentic street wisdom, Usher uses his smooth vocals to paint a vivid picture of raw, uninhibited affection found in the club’s dimly lit corners. The song’s lyrical prowess lays in its honest portrayal of modern love, lust, and yearning in a setting that’s often dismissed as superficial.
7 U Got It Bad
Usher’s smooth, emotive vocals make you feel every ounce of the pain and longing articulated in the lyrics. With a sensitivity seldom seen in R&B tracks of its time, this song encapsulates the universal truth of wanting someone, you can’t have. It’s Usher pulling out all stops and delivering a performance that’s seeped in raw, unfiltered emotion, and that hits right where it hurts.
The lyrics paint a picture of a love story in turmoil, echoing the universality of heartbreak. Usher ‘lets it burn’, acknowledging the painful necessity of ending a relationship that has grown cold, though it still ignites his deepest feelings. This song stands as a testament to his versatility as an artist, dancing smoothly between the realms of R&B and pop.
5 Good Good (feat. Summer Walker, 21 Savage)
The lyrics reflect a mature acceptance of a love that didn’t make it to “forever”. Usher grasps onto the notion of ‘we ain’t good good, but we still good’, encapsulating the complexity of a relationship that remains amicable despite its romantic demise. It’s a reflection on past love, a testament to Usher’s emotional range even within the smooth realms of modern R&B artists.
4 My Boo
This slice of Usher’s discography showcases his ability to blend emotional vulnerability with urban sensibilities, resulting in a timeless ballad that resonates with anyone who’s ever found themselves caught up in the sweet, painful throes of a love that’s both lost and enduring.
3 DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (feat. Pitbull)
Usher’s silky vocals slide effortlessly over a pulsating EDM beat as he describes a connection born amid blasting speakers and flashing strobes. Featuring Pitbull, the track epitomizes Usher’s ability to blur genre lines, uniting the raw energy of dance with the emotive qualities of R&B.
2 Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)
The song flips traditional gender roles, lending an edge to its playful allure. Usher’s lyrical prowess has him assuring his ‘baby’ that he’s back and better, promising excitement upon his return. It’s a confident, seductive boast laced in irresistible R&B beats, encapsulating Usher’s braggadocious persona.
1 Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
Usher’s lyrical exploration of the club setting – portrayed as a hunting ground of carnal desires and moral dilemmas – turns the heat up, leaving a lasting impression of an adrenaline-fueled ride that is as unforgettable as it is infectious.