We are starting up another series of what we think the top songs were over the decades, or at least in the genre and decades we have presented to our readers.
We've picked the 90s for this month’s top 20 song list! The 90s is the last era dominated by R&B music. It was the time that was most chill, vibed out, and loving. In the 90s we shared experiences of love and heartbreak and we have created a favorites playlist for you all to bump to!
20. "Return of the Mack" – Mark Morrison
Classic joint released in 1997 by British R&B singer Mark Morrison. This song slapped severely and had us all ready to return to the game of mackin’.
19. "Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" – Mint Condition
Released in 1991, this song became Mint Condition’s biggest hit to date. This hit makes us all sing it as if someone is breaking our hearts right then and there (even if they aren’t).
18. "Brown Sugar" – D’Angelo
Fun fact: D’Angelo was one of the pioneers for neo-soul music. At the beginning of the 90s there was D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and a few others. Brown Sugar was released in ‘94 and still one of his biggest hits today.
17. "Tell Me" – Groove Theory
This duo dropped a hot hit on us and then went on to do their own thing. Amel Larrieux as a solo artist and Bryce Wilson as a producer and actor. They released this song in ’95. This song will forever come on at the cookouts.
16. "Right Here (Human Nature)" – SWV
These Sisters with Voices definitely had some talent. They dropped many songs that were major hits in the 90s, but we can’t deny this hit. The origin of this song Human Nature by Michael Jackson was already a classic, so to have these women do their own spin was simply amazing. They released this song in ’95.
15. "Hey Mr. DJ" – Zhane
Speaking of cookouts, name one you went to in the 90s that didn’t have this song playing. It's the call for DJs to play this song. The move and groove of this song still feels good to this day. "Hey Mr. Dj" debuted in ’93 featuring Rottin Razkals member Fam.
14. Shawty Swing My Way – KP & Envyi
When this song aired in ’97, it reached Billboards Hot 100 and landed at No. 6 spot by the beginning of ’98. Another hit that reminds us of hot days in the ATL. Summer picnics and pool parties anyone?
13. "No Ordinary Love" – Sade
Released in ’92, Sade’s reach spanned all over the world. This song was a success in Europe and New Zealand as well as in the United States. PSA: Sade is the vibe and a serious mood. That is all!
12. "MotownPhilly" – Boyz II Men
Okay, so we know there are many other Boyz II Men songs, but hear us out though. What other song of theirs do you know that makes you jump immediately. Okay okay, there are others but this was definitely a 90s bop at the start of the 90s. (1991)
11. "Forever My Lady" – Jodeci
Boy bands were all the vibes in the 90s. Jodeci had so much love and soul in their music and voices alone. Forever My Lady will forever be the song we sing with all we’ve got. Another hit for ’91 right with Boyz II Men.
10. "Heartbreak Hotel" - Whitney Houston
· BECAUSE WHITNEY HOUSTON, THAT’S WHY! That is all!
9. "That’s the Way Love Goes" – Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is our Jackson queen right along with her brother Michael Jackson “The King of Pop”. This song was and still is a jam from the day it was released in ’93. All my 90s R&B fans will consign this message.
8. "Pony" – Ginuwine
When we hear the intro to this song, the world instantly knows what’s playing. In 1996, our mans Ginuwine really did something when he heated this song up. Allows us to pull out moves from our gyrating days!
7. "I Wanna Be Down" – Brandy
This here is the R&B prodigy. Brandy was made for R&B with her god sent voice and digable vibes. When Brandy hit the scene in ’94, she released this song and never stopped releasing heat. Her remix to this song was even extreme fire with Queen Latifa, Mc Lyte, and Yo-Yo. The pressure of R&B was on when she hit the seen.
6. "Fantasy" – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey was already shining by this point in her career, but Fantasy along with most of her discography are true hits. One thing we all know is Ms. Carey is always going to get the bag for her many year in music. Especially during Christmas! (1995)
5. "This is How We Do It" – Montell Jordan
Top party song of all time. We don’t care what you guys have to say. Okay okay, there are some others, but this one here definitely belongs in the top five for 90s party songs. (1995)
4. "Real Love" – Mary J. Blige
This soul/R&B legend will be on every list created for the 90s. Our 90s would not be the same without her outcry of emotions when it came to love and heartbreak. Real Love, released in ’92, was a real kicker for us. To experience real love was the start of the 90s sentiments.
3. "Remember the Time" – Michael Jackson
ANOTHER BECAUSE MICHAEL JACKSON, THAT’S WHY! Also, everybody was in this video. It was like watching a mini movie! He is legendary and belongs on all the genre top list!
2. "Are You That Somebody" – Aaliyah