Sad R&B love songs by female artists include "Cold Case Love," "Un-Break My Heart" and "Ex-Factor." The performers of each song are Rihanna, Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill, respectively.
Rihanna released "Cold Case Love" on her 2009 album, "Rated R." Rihanna says that her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown inspired the song. The song's lyrics are about the end of a relationship and compare love with a crime scene. The song received positive reviews, with critics calling it a highlight of the album.
"Un-Break My Heart" came out on Braxton's 1996 album, "Secrets." The song's lyrics ask a former lover to return and erase the pain he caused. According to the song's writer, Diane Warren, Braxton didn't like the song. However, it became one of her biggest hits, holding the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 11 weeks. It also received critical acclaim, as Braxton won a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance.
Lauryn Hill is the singer, writer and producer of "Ex-Factor." Released on her 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," it peaked at the number 21 position on the Hot 100 charts. The song is about a breakup and rumored to be about Hill's relationship with Wyclef Jean, her former band mate.