VH1 Names The Top 40 Greatest R&B Songs of the 90s

When you think of the 1990s, naturally grunge comes to mind. Sure Nirvana, Soundgarden and Foo Fighters came into prominence during that time, but another music genre also dominated radio stations as well. My first and true love, R&B hit a gold mine during the 90s and flourished on mainstream radio. Artists like R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Blackstreet, Usher and the late great Whitney Houston spurned out hit after hit, making it a golden age for the genre.

VH1 dug through their archives and compiled their “40 Greatest R&B Songs Of The 90s“. I have to say, looking through their list brought back some great memories and made me yearn for R&B to make a musical comeback. I’ve broken down their list into four segments and picked out my favorite track from each group. It wasn’t easy choosing, since all of their selections are fantastic, but I managed. Take a stroll down R&B memory lane below.

40 Greatest R&B Songs Of The 90s

  • 40. Bobby Brown, “Humpin’ Around”
  • 39. En Vogue, “Hold On”
  • 38. Jade, “Don’t Walk Away”
  • 37. Shanice, “I Love Your Smile”
  • 36. Boyz II Men, “Motownphilly”
  • 35. Keith Sweat, “Twisted”
  • 34. Aaron Hall, “I Miss You”
  • 33. 702, “Where My Girls At?”
  • 32. Johnny Gill, “Rub You The Right Way”
  • 31. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Tha Crossroads”

Keith Sweat “Twisted”

I was torn between Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile“, 702’s “Where My Girls At” and this Keith Sweat track. In the end, I chose “Twisted” because of my fond memories watching him perform with Kut Klose at a musical festival in the middle of nowhere at a gorge. So much fun.

  • 30. Ginuwine, “Pony”
  • 29. Tony! Toni! Toné!, “Feels Good”
  • 28. Faith Evans, “Love Like This”
  • 27. Silk, “Freak Me”
  • 26. K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”
  • 25. Lisa Stansfield, “All Around The World”
  • 24. Whitney Houston, “I’m Every Woman”
  • 23. Jodeci, “Come And Talk To Me”
  • 22. TLC, “No Scrubs”
  • 21. Guy, “Do Me Right”

Ginuwine “Pony”

Again, another difficult decision. You would think, given my adoration for Whitney I would’ve chosen her. Instead, I opted to go for Ginuwine’s “Pony” for several reasons. One, it still sounds pretty current twenty years later and secondly, it’s the perfect stripper song. Watch Channing Tatum take it all off in “Magic Mike” and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  • 20. Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”
  • 19. Usher, “You Make Me Wanna”
  • 18. SWV, “I’m So Into You”
  • 17. Blackstreet, “No Diggity”
  • 16. Mary J. Blige, “Not Gon’ Cry”
  • 15. Brian McKnight, “Back At One”
  • 14. R. Kelly, “Bump N’ Grind”
  • 13. Brandy & Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
  • 12. Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up”
  • 11. En Vogue, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”

Blackstreet “No Diggity”

Probably the most difficult ten songs to chose from. Every one is a classic in my book. It was tough, but I chose Blackstreet after much deliberation. I heard it recently at a hip hop night at a club and I threw down. I busted out some old school moves. It was sick 😉

  • 10. Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road”
  • 9. Aaliyah, “Are You That Somebody?”
  • 8. Mary J. Blige, “Real Love”
  • 7. Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”
  • 6. TLC, “Waterfalls”
  • 5. R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly”
  • 4. Janet Jackson, “That’s The Way Love Goes”
  • 3. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
  • 2. Mariah Carey Featuring Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day”
  • 1. Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison”

Janet Jackson “That’s The Way Love Goes”

Even before checking out this list, I knew my girl Janet and her track “That’s The Way Loves Goes” would be in the Top 10. I was a little surprised it wasn’t higher. For me, this is the seminal R&B song of the 1990s. I’d even go further and declare it Jackson’s best song ever. I wore out my cassette single (aging myself) to death.

Bell Biv Devoe “Poison”

Since VH1 deemed this Bell Biv Devoe classic as the No. 1 song the 1990s, I thought I’d embed it as well. Definitely a great track and worthy of acknowledgement. After checking out VH1’s list, do you agree with their choices? What are your favorite songs from this era? Sound off below.

  • BritneyLover

    I’m surprised they only chose ONE Janet song, where are “Again”, “Got ‘Till It’s Gone”,”Together Again”, and “Anytime, Anyplace”? They’re all essential 90s R&B in my book. TLC’s “Creep” is also surprisingly excluded 🙁

  • This article is everything.

  • JT

    Dumb list. Most of those songs aren’t even RnB

  • Great list of tunes