The hipsters will kick and scream, but for the rational, sane music fan, there is plenty to love when it comes to mainstream R&B/Pop. Whether it be a catchy hook or an intoxicating beat, no year is complete with out a few major pop tunes. Let's take a look at the best of the best when it comes to mainstream R&B and Pop.
And for a full breakdown of the 2014 Best of the Booth Awards, including nominees in every category, click here.
Best R&B/Pop Record (Mainstream)
Jeremih “Don’t Tell Em ft. YG”
With a catchy hook and some help from two of the year's most successful artists (YG and DJ Mustard), it's no wonder Jeremih's "Don't Tell Em" was a smash.
Ed Sheeran “Sing”
Sheeran may be more pop than R&B, but when the UK singer/songwriter hops on a Pharrell beat the result is an intoxicating cut that's too good to pass up.
Sam Smith “I’m Not The Only One”
Sam Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour, was one of the best, most successful albums of 2014, and that is because of records like "I'm Not The Only One," the fourth single from the LP.
Mark Ronson “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars”
Though it's a late entry, arriving in our ears just last month, Ronson's Bruno Mars-assisted tune has earned its spot among the best of the best thanks to some vibrant production.
Raleigh Ritchie “Stronger Than Ever”
When he isn't playing Grey Worm on HBO's Game Of Thrones, Raleigh Ritchie can be found creating powerful R&B tunes and in 2014 none were more powerful than "Stronger Than Ever."
Usher “Good Kisser”
Considering he's (still) the King of R&B, it should be no surprise to see Usher's first release of 2014 as a nominee for the '14 Best Of The Booth Awards.
Beyonce “Drunk In Love (Remix) ft. Kanye West & JAY Z”
One of the most popular, most played songs of late 2013 and early 2014 gets an epic remix with Kanye joining the power couple. Beyonce, Jay and Kanye, arguably the three most influential hip-hop/r&b artists, all on one track? How could we not include it?
August Alsina “Benediction ft. Rick Ross”
Representing Alsina's debut album, Testimony, "Benediction" is a clear standout thanks in part to the MMG head honcho's boisterous input.
Linus Young “Fun in the Sun”
Most of these nominees hail from R&B country, but Linus Young has a whole different sound, blending pop and a little bit of rock. The result is just as enjoyable. Whatever genre is your favorite, "Fun In The Sun" is amazing.
Ty Dolla $ign “Or Nah (Remix) ft. The Weeknd & Wiz Khalifa”
Can you vote for a song which boasts guest spots from both Wiz and The Weeknd and production from DJ Mustard, or nah?