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Top 15 R&B Hits 1990-1994

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.

SWV- Weak
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.

TLC- Creep
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.

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Top 15 Girl band Hits During 1990s

Along with boy bands topping the charts, girl bands also did well since 1990. During the first half of 1990s, R&B girl bands dominated the music scene until more pop girl groups existed in the second half. Here’s my list of 15 girl band hits during 1990s.

TLC- Unpretty
After their huge comeback in 1999 via “Fanmail” album, TLC managed two number 1 hits including this song which is about real beauty is within.

B*Witched- C’est la Vie
Their pop novelty sound made it big initially in UK, the time when Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell departed from her group. This song was the group’s first of 4 consecutive UK number one hit and did big in the top ten in US.

Spice Girls- Spice Up Your Life
After their success from the second half of 1996 until 1997, they immediately released this song during 1997’s last quarter to prep up for the release of second album. The song was their fifth consecutive number one hit in UK and top 5 in majority of countries but a modest top 20 hit in US.

Destiny’s Child- Bills, Bills, Bills
This song can be compared to TLC’s “No Scrubs” which was released prior to this Destiny’s Child song due to its structure musically and lyrically. The same writers and producers may be the reason. Still, this song became the group’s first US chart-topping song and top 10 in UK.

SWV- Weak
This R&B ballad is one of the most performed song in singing competitions. No doubt because the song is beautiful. It was a big hit then and was revived by JoJo on her first album.

TLC- Creep
As one of the biggest hits from “Crazy Sexy Cool” album, the song is not just a number one hit, rather had an iconic video. In Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, she paid homage to TLC through “Creep” music video, as well as other singers.

Spice Girls- Say You’ll Be There
After the huge success of “Wannabe”, Spice Girls released this pop/R&B tune and topped UK charts and top 5 in many countries including US.

Wilson Phillips- Hold On
With a beautiful harmony of this group, it can never be denied that this song was a huge hit and of the biggest singles the year it topped the charts in Billboard.

Salt ‘n Pepa & En Vogue- Whatta Man
The hip-hop girl group and R&B girl group came together for this huge smash and became an iconic song.

All Saints- Never Ever
They wew considered as the rival for Spice Girls, they may not have achieved the Spices’ success but they scored a big hit single through this R&B/pop ballad which topped the UK and top 5 in several countries including US.

TLC- No Scrubs
They had been successful during early 1990s, but their comeback was huge through fan requested album “Fanmail” and this song helped the album’s success and ended up as one of the biggest singles of 1999.

En Vogue- Don’t Let Go (Love)
The song was the last biggest hit of the group. The ballad was part of the film “Set It Off” and was one of the longest number two hit in the US.

Spice Girls- 2 Become 1
This romance ballad became a million seller in UK, the group’s third consecutive number 1, and their first of three consecutive number one singles in the UK during holiday season. In the US, it was a top 5 hit and number 1 hit in many countries.

TLC- Waterfalls
The song and video’s message is very relevant during that time and made a huge impact in music charts. It is TLC’s signature song as it topped the US for a long time.

Spice Girls- Wannabe
This song started the group’s first of 5 consecutive, 9 number one hits in UK. It also changed the pop landscape and eventually became not just the group’s biggest selling single but also among girl groups. It withstood the time and still one of the most memorable singles from 1990s.