Don’t miss Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Is Jacquees the King of R&B? While the debate rages on about the genre’s royalty, ‘Billboard’ has compiled a list of their 20 best tracks from the past year, so let’s take a look at the top 5. Give it up for Toni Braxton who is still doing her thing in 2018. Her track “Long As I Live” lands at No. 5 per ‘Billboard’s’ critics, who say Ms. Braxton “flawlessly weaves her signature, deep-toned vocals around this soulful, mid-tempo track…” In the 4 spot is 6lack and J Cole with “Pretty Little Fears.” 6lack has been holding it down for the Atlanta R&B scene for a number of years now and is aided here by one of Hip-Hop’s premier lyricists. You may be surprised this isn’t No. 1. The third best R&B jam of 2018 according to ‘Billboard’ is the record-breaking “Boo’d Up” from Ella Mai. The track which actually originally dropped back in 2017 hit No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and went top five on the Hot 100. Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator and Bootsy Collins offer us the second best R&B song of the year according to Billboard’s critics thanks to “After the Storm.” The song comes courtesy of Uchis’ debut album ‘Isolation’ and serves fans a “light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel” message. The best R&B song of the year in ‘Billboard’s’ opinon? “I Like That” from Janelle Monae. Monae proudly came out as a pansexual woman in ‘Rolling Stone’ earlier this year and also put out her most honest project to date, ‘Dirty Computer.’ On “I Like That” ‘Billboard’ says she “embraces her full being in all its complexities and out-of- this-world flair.” For the full list of all 20, head to billboard.com and until next time – for Billboard News, I’m Kevan Kenney.