People argue r&b was at its peak either in the 70's, 90's, or even the 2000's, but the truth is like any genre, it's ever changing. 2000's radio were full of piano r&b hits about break-ups, loyalty, or not being able to move on. Here are some songs that might have gotten you in your feelings for no reason at all.
1. Be Without You - Mary J Blige (2005)
This is one of Mary's highest charting song on the Hot 100. Y'all probably remember her blue tinted face on those Myspace ads for her album The Breakthrough. Snatch us with that run:
2. Circle - Marques Houston (2007)
Sister Sister actor/former group member of Immature/Jehovah's Witness Marques Houston showed us how much he grew up with this one. He gave us dramatic gestures, choreo, and fancy footwork in the vid.
3. Ride For You - Danity Kane (2006)
OG Fifth Harmony aka Danity Kane had some bops in the day (shoutout to Sucka for Love). They released this after their debut Show Stopper, but didn't gain much success with other releases other than Damaged.
4. Unappreciated - Cherish (2006)
Another short-lived girl group is Cherish, known for their crunk bop Do It To It. We don't hear of them anymore but apparently theres only two members left in the group lmao.
5. Addicted - Stevie Hoang (2007)
This is a lesser known song but you probably heard this from someone's Myspace profile. This really made me jump down the rabbit hole of other Myspace 'hits'.
6. One Wish - Ray J (2005)
Ray J of Brandy Norwood and Kim Kardashian fame had a couple of hits, including Sexy Can I. He paved the way for more whiny sounding vocalists today such as The Weeknd.
7. Goin' Crazy - Natalie (2005)
When I think of this song I think of dramatic middle schoolers who probably had this on their Myspace profiles thinking they've been through ~deep relationships. This Natalie girl has as much vocal talent as Cassie or Kim Kardashian, but I still jam to Energy (ft. Baby Bash) and You're the One.
8. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (2007)
Idk much about this guy other than he was on American Idol and that you would have probably thought he was black based on this song alone. The melody reminds me of Never Had a Dream Come True by S Club 7, a ballad Mariah would consider 'schmaltzy'.
9. Don't Wanna Try - Frankie J (2003)
I believe Frankie J is actually an underrated r&b artist. You probably know him for being featured in Baby Bash's hit Suga Suga, but he had other good songs like Never Gonna Let You Down (featuring Krayzie and Layzie Bone) and How to Deal. Recently he teamed up with Baby Bash to make a joint album Sangria which is lowkey fire.
10. We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (2005)
I mean what can I say about this. A modern classic, iconic, etc. The mv was the sequel to It's Like That but We Belong Together's success, or really her 'comeback' Emancipation album cemented her status as a legendary songwriter, earning this song the title as one of the longest charting #1 on the Hot 100. Mariah mentions how she had to pay a 'pretty penny' to have songs Bobby Womack's If You Think You're Lonely Now and the Deele's Two Occasions to be lyrically referenced in the song.
I'm waiting for these songs to be sampled in the near future to make us feel extra old.
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