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  • Erica
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    #382020

    VH1 List

    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”
    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”
    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)”
    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”

    Do you agree?

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    Gucci
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    #382022

    I like “Poison” and all, but Bell Biv Devoe @ #1???  You gotta be fucking kidding me. 

    That sappy bullshit “One Sweet Day” over the timeless “I Will Always Love You???” 

    Although a lot of my favorite ’90’s jams made the list, VH1 never gets the order right.

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    Miss Frost
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    #382023

    This VH1 list is pure garbage. What the hell is up with the number one song? Not to mention how could you make a list of the greatest 90’s r&b songs and NOT include Toni Braxton??? Not to mention none of those Mariah songs are r&b at all.

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    PoweR
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    #382024

    The #1 is fine.

     

    It’s more alarming there is no Toni Braxton nor Destiny’s Child on the list.

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    M H
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    How did they define R&B. At the top of the list, “One Sweet Day,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and maybe even “I Will Always Love You” sound much more like pop songs to me.  

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    #382026

    How did they define R&B. At the top of the list, “One Sweet Day,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and maybe even “I Will Always Love You” sound much more like pop songs to me.  

     

    The charts. All of those songs were #1 on the R&B charts.

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    Cordell Martin
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    #382027

    I’m suprise to see the following not make the list:

    Erykah Badu-“On & On”

    Lauryn Hill “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”

    Toni Braxton (enough said)

    Deborah Cox “Nobody Suppose to Be Here” (Tied with Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” as the longest running #1 R&B Song at the time).

    Michael Jackson “Remember the Time”

     

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    Erica
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    Noooooooooooooo Scenario boooooooooooo really lol???? Come onnnn I mean “Poison” was and still is my jam and all but the #1 song of the 90s that’s a bit much. Maybe top 15 but not #1 over “I Will Always Love You,” and “End Of The Road”

    I KNEW the list was in trouble from the beginning when Bobby Brown made the list for “Humping Around”

    I’m on the fence about Destiny’s Child. I agree a TRAVESTY no Toni Braxton on the list.

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    “Poison” is a bonafide classic and defined the New Jack Swing era. I mean, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney, but putting her at #1 would have been predictable and “I Will Always Love You” is more AC than R&B. Also, putting “End of the Road” at #1 would have been predictable. I don’t really have an issue with “Poison” being above those songs. It’s a great fun song and it was unpredictable. There are more startling results here.

    Toni should have easily made the list for either “Breathe Again” or “Another Sad Love Song.” Where is Lauryn or The Fugees? No “Weak,” but “I’m So Into You” is high? “Don’t Let Go (Love)” defined the late ’90s but was passed over. As much as I love “Crossroads,” does BTNH singing really make that song “R&B”? No “On and On” by Erykah Badu? No song by Maxwell nor D’Angelo? “Tell Me” by Groove Theory is missing?

    No list will be perfect I guess. They should have made it a top 50, or better yet, a top 100 list. We would have seen more gems make the list. But it’s a solid list that we can use for nostalgic purposes. It’s hard compiling a top 40 list for ’90s R&B music. it was just so good back then.

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    Erica
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    No Erykah Badu?
    No Lauryn HIll?

    A more worthy song for Guy would’ve been “Lets Chill”
    More worthy songs for Johnny Gill “My My My” and “Fairweatherh Friend”

    I give up on these “expert lists” smh

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    #382031

    There should be Lauryn Hill and Fugees on there. DC really didn’t have a breakthrough till 2000. I agree they really don’t have a grasp on what r&b music is.”I’m Every Woman” is a dance pop song, “Shoop Shoop”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and “It’s Not Right” are more r&b sounding.

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    #382032

    DC had several hits in the ’90s. “No, No, No (Part 2)” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” were successful hits in the late ’90s and would have been okay inclusions.

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    #382033

    Toni Braxton should have been on the list (“Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High” or “Un-Break My Heart) .  I would have chose “Weak” instead of “I’m So Into You” for SWV.  The Fugees and Lauryn Hill would have also been worthy.

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    Erica
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    “Poison” is a great song. It’s fun and part of the New Jack era which started in the mid-late 80s. Definitely top 15 worthy. Just don’t think it’s the #1 R&B song of the entire 90s decade sorry.

    Only Fugees song I could see on the list would be “Killing Me Softly” remake since it was sung all the way through.

    I thought “Weak” should have been there by SWV too Gucci.

    What about Dru Hill yall?

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    Gucci
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    #382035

    MsErica, Dru Hill never released anything worthy to be on a “best of” list.  Sure, songs like “In My Bed” and “We’re Not Making Love Anymore” were cute.  However, they never really made it hot.

    You’re right about “Killing Me Softly” being the only Fugees song worthy of being on the list.

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