R&B music has become a very popular genre particularly in the US. It’s landscape had change as time goes by but the old R&B during the first half of 1990s is different from what R&B is now. From 1990-1995, here are my list of 15 R&B hits which I based on its performance at the charts and its impact on radio.
Janet Jackson- Escapade
One of four chart-toppers from her seven top ten off “Rhythm Nation” album, this upbeat track was good to listen to.
MC Hammer- U Can’t Touch This
One of the top rap hits from the 1990s, MC Hammer became a multi-platinum seller as brought by this song.
Mariah Carey- Vision of Love
This song incorporated R&B, pop, soul and gospel, it has become one of numerous number one hits for Mariah.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince- Summertime
It feels like yesterday when this song hit the airwaves, this hip-hop hit from the duo by which Will Smith is formerly a member was huge during early 90s.
Shanice- I Love Your Smile
I remember this song when used for a toothpaste commercial here in the Philippines, and this R&B hit has become a top 5 staple.
Vanessa Williams- Save the Best for Last
The song was just heartwarming along with Vanessa’s beautiful voice. It turned to become a big hit.
Michael Jackson- Black or White
This has been the longest chart-topper for MJ’s career, and one of the best upbeat &B hits during this half decade.
Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
This ballad R&B hit was a remake but a bigger hit than the Dolly Parton original. It was the biggest selling song during 1990s first half.
Boyz II Men- End of the Road
Boyz II Men started a string of number one hits through this R&B ballad which was one of the few songs to sit atop for more than 10 weeks not just in R&B charts.
I love this song as well as the voices of the girls. It was a big R&B hit and was remaked by some artists since its released.
Janet Jackson- That’s the Way Love Goes
This song helped “janet.” to become her biggest selling LP. I love the simple groove of the song as it is not too loud and not too fast.
The trio finally became matured in their music and this upbeat hit was a beautiful song and the groove and choreography on its music is cool too. It was a Billboard chart-topper then.
Some facts from Wikipedia