Music from the 90s

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Do you have that one song that comes on and you can’t help but break out in dance like you’re in the next hottest music video? Or what about the type of music you HAVE to blare on the stereo to get any homework done?

That’s 90s R&B music for me. From the OG girl groups, guy groups, extreme vocalists - music today just isn’t what it was, in my (unimportant) opinion lol. For this playlist I take you on a little throwback to the music that was my childhood. Over the years I’ve gotten a few side stares when co workers would pass by and listen to what I had playing.

And my response: “Not everyone is bumping to Justin Bieber, okay?” 

R&B was the first genre of music that I began listening to (Barney doesn’t count). While the lyrics may not have hit me at that age, it grew to be a staple in my life especially as I got older: when I was doing homework (break out the headphones and CD player), nervous for a test in the morning (turn on MTV and watch/listen to all the R&B and Hip Hop music videos), or when I would be going through a moment with friends (listen to the radio after school):

I see music groups (female and male groups) are still a dime a dozen today. There is always a P Diddy or a Simon Cowell somewhere trying to get a group off the ground, but I feel like there hasn’t been a female group that had us feeling empowered like TLC, vibing the way Destiny’s Child did, or embracing reality like SWV did:

TLC SONGS: NO SCRUBS

DESTINY’S CHILD SONGS: EMOTION

SWV SONGS: WEAK

CAN’T FORGET - XSCAPE SONGS: JUST KICKIN’ IT

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Power to the females! Now, let’s talk male R&B groups. They had the swag (baggy pants and all 😉) and the voice that you wished was singing you to sleep every night:

112 SONGS: LOVE YOU LIKE I DID

NEXT SONGS: TOO CLOSE

NEW EDITION SONGS: CANDY GIRL

K-CI & JOJO SONGS: ALL MY LIFE

BOYZ II MEN SONGS: WATER RUNS DRY

SOUL FOR REAL SONGS: CANDY RAIN

JAGGED EDGE SONGS: PROMISE

BONE THUGS N HARMONY SONGS: THA CROSSROADS

SHAI: IF I EVER FALL IN LOVE

CAN’T FORGET: THE ISLEY BROTHERS SONGS: DOWN LOW (NOBODY HAS TO KNOW)

We can’t give the groups of the 90s all the credit, the solo artists were amazing as well! Songs that will never get old and will have me vibing to them until the day I die:

TYRESE SONGS: LATELY

AALIYAH SONGS: I DON’T WANNA

BRIAN MCKNIGHT SONGS: BACK AT ONE

GINUWINE SONGS: SO ANXIOUS

TEVIN CAMPBELL SONGS: CAN WE TALK

MONTELL JORDAN SONGS: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

WHITNEY HOUSTON SONGS: HEARTBREAK HOTEL

ERYKAH BADU SONGS: TYRONE

JANET JACKSON SONGS: THAT’S THE WAY LOVE GOES

KEITH SWEAT SONGS: TWISTED

MONICA SONGS: DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL (JUST ONE OF DEM DAYS)

BRANDY SONGS: I WANNA BE DOWN

LL COOL J SONGS: DOIN IT

 

CAN’T FORGET: DOO WOP (THAT THING) – LAURYN HILL

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While I will stand by my statement of music just not being what it was, I will admit there are current artists that give me that familiar vibe that I grew up with like Jhene Aiko and Jermaine Dupri’s group NextTownDown (I mean doesn’t the name just seem like something a group would be called in the 90s? Kudos Mr. Dupri).

I’ve named quite a few songs but let’s be completely REAL… I haven’t even scratched the surface of the great music that was the 90s! If I start to do THAT you’ll be reading a novel, really. Hope you enjoyed me rant about my favorite genre of music. Do any memories come to mind with these songs? What’s your favorite genre of music? Let’s keep the convo going in the comments below!

\\ Des