Top 10 Ne-Yo Songs
Ne-Yo is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in the R&B game. His gift with the pen has crafted hits for such artists as Beyonce, Mario, Rihanna, TLC, Celine Dion and others. As a solo artist, he has sold million of albums since the release of his debut effort, 'In My Words,' in 2006. Currently, the singer runs his own music company called Compound Entertainment and so far has launch the career of rising R&B songbird Ravaughn.
In celebration of Ne-Yo's 31st birthday today (Oct. 18), we've selected 10 of the crooner's best songs that showcase his stellar singing, writing and dancing skills. With nine hit-making years under his belt, Ne-Yo shows no signs of slowing down.
So without further ado, check out the Boombox's Top 10 Ne-Yo Songs list.
Kicking off our countdown is Ne-Yo's melodic ballad 'Sexy Love' from his debut album, 'In My Words.' The infectious song features the singer crooning his affections toward his girlfriend and how he's so addicted to her. "Sexy love, girl the things you do / Keep me sprung / Keep me running back to you / I love making love to you," he sings.
Ne-Yo shines brightest on songs when he's wooing the ladies. On 'Can We Chill,' the debonair pick-up artist tells a woman who catches his eye in the club how amazing she is and why they should be together. "Baby don't be so mean / I'll try to keep my conversation clean / But you are the flyest thang I've seen (yeah) / Since I came up in here, you are a superstar my dear," he sings. Isn't he so romantic?
In 2008, Ne-Yo went into a different musical direction and tried his hand at dance music. He came up a winner with 'Closer,' an uptempo banger that was tailor-made for the clubs. There's no denying the song's hypnotic grooves and catchy "I just can't stop" chorus. In the end, the single became Ne-Yo's first No. 1 dance hit in both the U.K. and U.S. charts and sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
There's no question that Ne-Yo is a superb tunesmith. 'Never Knew I Needed' proves that not only can he write R&B tunes but he can also pen soaring pop ballads as well. The song appears in the Disney animated film, 'Princess and the Frog,' which certainly help him gain a whole new fan base. The video features Ne-Yo playing a waiter who yearns to be with a beautiful woman he met at a restaurant. In the end, a chance encounter finds the pair eventually hooking up and embracing at a pier.
You can find love anywhere, even in the strip club. On the seductive 'The Way You Move,' Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and T-Pain sings of falling in love lust over a stripper's acrobatic moves on the pole. "She super sexy, everybody want to know about her / The one that everybody want but nobody got her," Ne-Yo sings on the track. Despite their insatiable thirsts for the booty, it's still a great R&B performance from the trio.
Sure, Ne-Yo can sing tunes about love and commitment, but he can also croon about overcoming a painful heartbreak. On 'Go on Girl,' the R&B heartthrob brushes off his shoulders after his girlfriend dumps him. He sings, "Please don't worry about me, I'm fine / Only going to play the fool one time / Trust me when I say that I'll be okay / Go on Girl!" If you love the song, check out his visually stunning video, which was directed by the legendary Hype Williams.
Coming in at No. 4 is 'One in a Million.' Now this might not be Ne-Yo's most popular song, but we wanted the highlight the accompanying video (clink the link below). Aside from the fact that he can sing and write, the Las Vegas native can also dance his butt off. In the video, Ne-Yo does his best Michael Jackson impression with his acrobatic footwork that would surely impress the late King of Pop. Both the song and the video shows that Ne-Yo is a triple threat (singer, songwriter and dancer) in the R&B game.
Ne-Yo loves the ladies, but he really adores the independent woman -- the one who has her own. The sequel to his women's anthem 'Miss Independent,' Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx and Fabolous gives props to the self-reliant chick who works hard for the money. The video featured several beautiful independent women, including Keyshia Cole, Estelle and Teyana Taylor.
From his fifth album, 'R.E.D.' (Realizing Every Dream), 'Let Me Love You' is Ne-Yo's synth-pop love anthem produced by Stargate. The song features the singer promising his future soulmate that he can show her the power of love. "I can see the pain behind your eyes it's been there for quite awhile / I just want to be the one to remind you what it is to smile / I would like to show you what true love can do," he croons.
Finally, at No. 1, is Ne-Yo's classic ballad, 'So Sick.' When the single was released in 2006, it instantly catapulted him into R&B stardom. On the melodic tune, the crooner tries to grieve over a heartbreak but can't because he keeps hearing a song on the radio that his ex-girlfriend used to love. "I'm so sick of love songs / So tired of tears / So done with wishing she was still here / So sick of love songs/ So sad and slow / So why I can't turn off the radio," he sings on the infectious chorus. A quiet storm radio mainstay, 'So Sick' became Ne-Yo's first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold over 1 million copies.