VH1′s 40 Greatest R&B Songs Of The 90s

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While many musical historians look at the 90s as the decade in which “alternative” and hip-hop music exploded from the underground into the mainstream, we here at VH1 haven’t forgotten that the decade was flush with a number of stone classic R&B tracks. Tonight at 9 p.m., VH1 will be airing the latest installment in our long-running series The Greatest, The 40 Greatest R&B Songs Of The 90s.

In addition to monster crossover smashes from well-established forces like Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You”) and Janet Jackson (“That’s The Way Love Goes”), the 90s were also a time when future powerhouse R&B legends like Mary J. Blige (“Real Love”, “Not Gon’ Cry”) and R. Kelly (“I Believe I Can Fly,” “Bump N’ Grind”) first established a rapport with audiences worldwide. Of course, there were also a few groups —we’re looking at you, Bell Biv Devoe and Color Me Badd— who released instant classics but were never quite able to replicate that initial success.

Be sure to tune-in to VH1 tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the premiere of The 40 Greatest R&B Songs Of The 90s, but as a means of whetting your appetite, please take a peek at the complete list below. We’ve also put together a Spotify playlist of the complete list* for you to enjoy, and don’t miss your opportunity to start debating our selections in the comments below!

40. Bobby Brown, “Humpin’ Around”
39. En Vogue, “Hold On”
38. Jade, “Don’t Walk Away”
37. Shanice, “I Love Your Smile”
36. Boyz II Men, “Motownphilly”
35. Keith Sweat, “Twisted”
34. Aaron Hall, “I Miss You”
33. 702, “Where My Girls At?”
32. Johnny Gill, “Rub You The Right Way”
31. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Tha Crossroads”
30. Ginuwine, “Pony”
29. Tony! Toni! Toné!, “Feels Good”
28. Faith Evans, “Love Like This”
27. Silk, “Freak Me”
26. K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”
25. Lisa Stansfield, “All Around The World”
24. Whitney Houston, “I’m Every Woman”
23. Jodeci, “Come And Talk To Me”
22. TLC, “No Scrubs”
21. Guy, “Do Me Right”
20. Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”
19. Usher, “You Make Me Wanna”
18. SWV, “I’m So Into You”
17. Blackstreet, “No Diggity”
16. Mary J. Blige, “Not Gon’ Cry”
15. Brian McKnight, “Back At One”
14. R. Kelly, “Bump N’ Grind”
13. Brandy & Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
12. Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up”
11. En Vogue, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
10. Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road”
9. Aaliyah, “Are You That Somebody?”
8. Mary J. Blige, “Real Love”
7. Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”
6. TLC, “Waterfalls”
5. R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly”
4. Janet Jackson, “That’s The Way Love Goes”
3. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
2. Mariah Carey Featuring Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day”
1. Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison”

Source: http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2012-06-28/vh1s-40-greatest-rb-songs-of-the-90s-complete-list/