Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year. The award was originally entitled Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year and first awarded during the 1989 ceremony. It was later retitled to its current title in 1993, before being renamed again to R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year in 1995. The award was retired following the 1996 ceremony, seeing the separated categories for male, female and group artists returning in its place. The award returned in 2009, along with its current title.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Artist Song Ref
Anita Baker "Giving You the Best That I Got" [1]
Bobby Brown "Don't Be Cruel"
Michael Jackson "Man in the Mirror"
Keith Sweat "I Want Her"


Year Artist Song Ref
Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler) "Keep On Movin'" [2]
Paula Abdul "Straight Up"
Bobby Brown "Every Little Step"
Luther Vandross "Here and Now"
MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This" [3]
Mariah Carey "Vision of Love"
En Vogue "Hold On"
Johnny Gill "My, My, My"
Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up" [4]
Boyz II Men "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
Jodeci "Forever My Lady"
BeBe & CeCe Winans "Addictive Love"
Boyz II Men "End of the Road" [5]
Arrested Development "Tennessee"
En Vogue "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
Vanessa Williams "Save the Best for Last"
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [6]
Toni Braxton Breathe Again
Janet Jackson That's the Way Love Goes
Tony! Toni! Toné! Anniversary
Barry White "Practice What You Preach" [7]
69 Boyz "Tootsee Roll"
Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love to You"
R. Kelly "Bump n' Grind"
The Notorious B.I.G. (featuring Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige) "One More Chance" [8]
Whitney Houston "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
Method Man (featuring Mary J. Blige) "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
TLC "Waterfalls"
19971999 N/A


Year Artist Song Ref
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" [9]
Keri Hilson (featuring Lil Wayne) "Turnin Me On"
Jennifer Hudson "Spotlight"
Mary Mary "God in Me"
Maxwell "Pretty Wings"


Year Artist Song Ref
2010 B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) "Nothin' on You" [10]
Alicia Keys "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"
Monica "Everything to Me"
Sade "Soldier of Love"
Usher "There Goes My Baby"
2011 Kelly Rowland (featuring Lil Wayne) "Motivation" [11]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
Chris Brown "She Ain't You"
Miguel "Sure Thing"
Jill Scott (featuring Anthony Hamilton) "So in Love"
Kanye West (featuring Rihanna) "All of the Lights"
2012 Tyrese "Stay" [12]
Estelle "Thank You"
John Legend (featuring Ludacris) "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
Trey Songz "Heart Attack"
Usher "Climax"
Wale (featuring Miguel) "Lotus Flower Bomb"
2013 Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams) "Blurred Lines" [13]
Tamar Braxton "Love and War"
Chris Brown "Fine China"
Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) "Poetic Justice"
Rihanna "Diamonds"
Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay Z) "Suit & Tie"
2014 Pharrell Williams "Happy" [14]
Beyoncé (featuring Jay Z) "Drunk in Love"
Chris Brown (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) "Loyal"
Drake (featuring Majid Jordan) "Hold On, We're Going Home"
Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake "Love Never Felt So Good"
John Legend "All of Me"
2015 Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) "Uptown Funk" [15]
Common and John Legend "Glory
Jidenna and Roman GianArthur "Classic Man"
Rihanna "B**** Better Have My Money"
The Weeknd "Earned It"
2016 Beyoncé "Formation" [16]
Adele "Hello"
Drake "Controlla"
Rihanna (featuring Drake) "Work"
Bryson Tiller "Don't"
2017 Bruno Mars "That's What I Like" [17]
Childish Gambino "Redbone"
DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) "Wild Thoughts"
Khalid "Location"
Solange "Cranes in the Sky"
2018 Ella Mai "Boo'd Up" [18]
Bruno Mars (featuring Cardi B) "Finesse (Remix)"
H.E.R. "Every Kind of Way"
SZA "The Weekend"
The Internet "Come Over"
2019 Chris Brown (featuring Drake) "No Guidance" [19]
Beyoncé "Before I Let Go"
Ella Mai "Shot Clock"
Khalid "Talk"
Lizzo "Juice"
Summer Walker (featuring Drake) "Girls Need Love (Remix)"

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Soul Train Music Awards 1991 Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  4. ^ "Soul Train Music Awards 1992 Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  5. ^ "Soul Train Music Awards 1993 Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  6. ^ "Soul Train Music Awards 1994 Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
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  8. ^ "Soul Train Music Awards 1996 Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  9. ^ Nero, Mark. "2009 Soul Train Awards". Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  10. ^ "R. Kelly Kicks Off the Most Soulful Night in Entertainment at the 2010 Soul Train Awards". Soul October 18, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  11. ^ Joseph, Justin (2011-11-27). "Soul Train Award 2011 Winners". Centric. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  12. ^ Daniel, Danica (November 25, 2012). "Soul Train Awards 2012 Complete Winners List". Centric. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Soul Train Awards 2013, Hosted by Anthony Anderson". BET. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Centric Announces 'Soul Train Awards 2014' Nominees Including Beyoncé & Pharrell". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Media Services. October 13, 2014. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  15. ^ "2015 Soul Train Awards Nominees Include The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé & More". The Boombox. October 16, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Erykah Badu Returns to Host the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards as Drake, Beyoncé Lead Nominations". Billboard. October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Solange, Bruno Mars Lead 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominations". Billboard. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "2018 Soul Train Awards Exclusive: H.E.R., Bruno Mars & Cardi B Top Nominees". Billboard. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  19. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Chris Brown, Drake, Beyoncé & Lizzo Top Nominees For 2019 Soul Train Awards: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2019.