10 Great Songs From 1993



The year was 1993, and good music reigned supreme. Whether it was for the bedroom, BBQ or cubicle, these songs made a lifelong impact. Nearly 20 years later, they still have a domineering presence. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we celebrate 20 years of VIBE with a roundup of 10 great songs from '93.

Mary J. Blige - "Real Love"


The second single from Mary J. Blige's debut album, What's the 411? "Real Love" gave MJB a new title when she sprung on the scene: Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Originally recorded in 1992, "Real Love" still made good noise in 1993 with the heavy drum sample from Audio Two's track "Top Billin'," becoming Blige's first top-ten hit, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Blige's second No. 1 hit on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart -

Toni Tony Tone! - "Anniversary" (1993)

From their most popular album Sons of Soul, this single wooed the ladies with smooth vocals from Raphael Saadiq and dominating violins yearning for that special one on that special day. Who could forget that line "tomorrow will come and girl I can't wait/It's our anniversary."

Dr. Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg - "Nuthin But A 'G' Thang"

"Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" made its mark as one of the great songs for every OG. Sampling "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" by Leon Haywood, with Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), the song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one the 500 songs that changed Rock and Roll.

Janet Jackson - "That's The Way Love Goes"

Produced by master duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, sampling James Brown's "Papa Don't Take No Mess," the sexy, smooth and cool lead single, "That's The Way Love Goes," from Janet's self titled fifth studio album stayed atop the Hot 100 for eight weeks, nabbing Miss. Jackson a Grammy a year later for Best R&B song.

SWV - "Weak"

It's every hood girl's classic that plays on every quiet storm to this day, and probably in everyone's smartphone playlist under "Throwback Jams." Setting the foundation for girl groups during the R&B New Jack era, "Weak," from the trio's debut It's About Time, was the slow jam of summer '93 for two weeks in July on the Billboard Hot 100. Released as their third single and written by songwriter Brian Alexander Morgan (who would later produce "Rain"), "Weak" gave SWV their first No. 1 hit. -

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