Today, April 25, 2012 marks the ten year anniversary for the passing of Grammy award-winning TLC group member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. To celebrate her legacy and the music that she made along with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, I thought it would be great to highlight my Top 5 favorite TLC songs and videos.
Before Lopes died, the girls were working on their fourth studio album, ’3D’ but were having some problems. Lopes wanted to go solo and recorded her first album Supernova, but it didn’t perform well enough overseas and was never released in the U.S. She died in a car crash while filming a documentary in Honduras, which was later be released as ‘The Last Days of Left Eye’ in 2007 on VH1. The death was hard on the music community and the world alike, with so many TLC fans worldwide. After a year hiatus, T-Boz and Chilli decided that they should finish the 3D album. The first single from album was “Girl Talk,” which I loved, followed by “Hands Up” and “Damaged”.
The singles from ’3D’ can’t be compared to the success that the girls had from their first three albums. Needless to say, my Top 5 songs & videos are from those albums. Enjoy the blast from the past and vote for your favorite TLC song below. Just a note, one of the songs doesn’t have a music video.
“Silly Ho” was actually just a promotional single for the album and not an official single, but it definitely was one of my favorite songs on ‘Fanmail’. Unfortunately for this song, there isn’t a video to compliment the hot & catchy tune. Here are some of the lyrics, “If you really wanna find / Someone to get some behind / I ain’t the one for you / If you really wanna know / Boy you need a silly ho / To do whatever you wanna do.” Love it.
The video and lyrics for this song can be compared to “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera and “Firework” by Katy Perry. Essentially, it’s an inspirational song about loving yourself from the inside out. The song was a huge hit and in 2000 was nominated for “Song Of The Year,” “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal,” and “Best Music Video”.
This song certainly put them on the map, topping the U.S. Hot 100 for four weeks, making it one of the biggest singles of the 1990s. It also hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. This was the first song I had ever heard from that at the time. Little did I know how big they’d get! It’s such a great song and just listening to the song now, I still know all the words (to be fair, there’s a lot of repetition – haha).
“Waterfalls” was the third single from ‘CrazySexyCool and it peaked at number one on the Hot 100. It became the second-most successful Hot 100 single of 1995. I swear, everyone knew all the words to the song at the time and became an instant classic. The video is great as well, kicking off with the ladies dancing on water and telling various stories throughout.
Album: Fan Mail
This is definitely my favorite TLC song and the futuristic video which is full of attitude, compliments it well. In 1999, the video won “Best Group Video” at the MTV Music Awards and in 2000, the song was honored with a Grammy award for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal”. In 1999, it also won “Best R&B/Soul Single” at the Soul Train Awards.