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.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.