Time for another installment of Top 10 Tuesdays. This week, I am taking it back (for some of us)…
I was cutting my boys hair this weekend, and it is like a barbershop around here. I usually throw on some music from my era and walk down memory lane. Reminds me of the jukebox at my old Barbershop in my hometown. This particular day I was in the mood for R&B, so decided why not make a list? Sure this will be controversial because this list (like all) are geared towards my personal tastes. Not only that, but artists near the end of the decade tend to leave a stronger impression (as I am not THAT old). While compiling this list, I just want to clarify that I recognize the greats that dropped hits in the 90s like O’Jays, Chaka, etc. I don’t discount what they did prior to, but this list is just for the work a particular artist did in the 90s alone. That possibly could be someone who only dropped two albums, but were trend setters (hit makers)…
On many peoples lists they would be much higher. To be honest I actually didn’t care for any of their songs, but they were cute, and have to give them respect for what they accomplished. They did their thing in the 90s.
8. Faith Evans
4. Erykah Badu
These boys only had three albums, and can you remember any wack songs? Come & Talk To Me, Forever my Lady, Feenin’, What About Us? The boys could sing, and the music was on point. I joke with my wife all the time about this wondering how many children were made (by people in our era ) to Jodeci songs.
2. Mary J Blige
MJB has done her thing. I always argue with people about her not being able to sing, but she has her ear to the street, and her songs are always timely and fresh. Look over the albums she put out, and you are sure to find at least four bangers per album. The Queen of R&B.
1. R Kelly
Aside from his personal issues, you have to recognize his pure talent. Vocally he is no slouch, but all-around he is a musical genius. His sound is unique, his songs are innovative (even though most are trife), and he has consistently put out hits throughout the 90s (and beyond). The King of R&B.
112, 702, Adina Howard, Babyface, Bell Biv Devoe (ok, I like bbd, but let’s be honest…them boys can’t sing worth a lick), Blackstreet (man, they were that stuff), Bobby Brown, Boys II Men (I am a hater..don’t like em), Brownstone (If You Love Me used to thump), Case (where did homey go?), Changing Faces, Christopher Williams (don’t wake me), D’Angelo (almost made the list – trendsetter), Dave Hollister (Ghetto Hymns was that thing), Destiny’s Child, Donnell Jones (dude fell off for a while, but he was for real too), Dru Hill, Gerald Lavert, Groove Theory (was feelin it), Guy (you can have a piece of my love, it’s waiting for you), Hi-Five, Horace Brown (talk about one hit wonder), H-Town (how you have a song starting off introducing GI, Shazzam and Dino, and that joker still bangs?), Intro (Ribbon In The Sky and Come Inside…game over!!), Jade (ugh), Janet Jackson (that Anytime remix was for real), Joe Public, Karyn White, Lisa Stansfield, LSG, Maxwell (who else can sing soprano, but it still be smooth?), Michael Jackson, Michel’le, Mint Condition (they almost made the list for three songs alone – Pretty Brown Eyes, If You Love Me, and You Send Me Swinging…wow. Plus they are a band), Monica, Monifah, Montel Jordan, New Edition, Next, Pebbles, Prince, Shai, Shanice, Sparkle (was feelin’ her), SWV, The O’Jays, TLC, Tony Braxton, Tony Toni Tone, Total, Troop, Whitney Houston, Wrecks N Effect (I ain’t into trickin, just treatin, and I ain’t treatin every trick that I’m meetin’), X-Scape, Zhane (they had some hits)