10. Before You Walk Out of My Life by Monica
“Before You Walk Out of My Life” is a song by American R&B singer Monica. It was written by Andrea Martin, Carsten Schack, and Kenneth Karlin, with production helmed by Schack and Karlin under their production moniker Soulshock & Karlin. Initially helmed for fellow R&B singer Toni Braxton’s Secrets (1996) album, it was left unused and later re-recorded by Monica for her debut album Miss Thang (1995). Built around drum machine-backed rhythms and a saxophone-laced beat, the mid-tempo R&B ballad was released as the album’s second single on August 3, 1995, with “Like This and Like That” serving as its other half on a double A-side stateside. <source>
9. Water Runs Dry by Boyz II Men
“Water Runs Dry” is a 1995 single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label, written and produced by Babyface. The single, number four from the album II, reached number 2 in the United States (barred from the top by “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams) and number 24 in the UK. It also contains a version of the group’s previous number one hit from the same album, “I’ll Make Love To You”. A Spanish version, “No Dejemos Que Muera el Amor”, was also recorded and peaked at #10 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart. <source>
8. Again by Janet Jackson
“Again” is a song by American singer Janet Jackson, appearing first as the closing song to the 1993 film Poetic Justice, and later included on Jackson’s fifth album Janet (1993). Written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the ballad was released as the album’s third single in October 12, 1993 by Virgin Records, and talks about the reconnection with an old friend. Originally an experimental sound Jam and Lewis was considering for the album, they did not give the song serious contemplation until the film producers from Poetic Justice requested a ballad for the soundtrack. <source>
7. You Gotta Be by Des’ree
“You Gotta Be” is a pop song by British singer Des’ree, written by the singer with the track’s producer, Ashley Ingram. It was the third song on Des’ree’s second album I Ain’t Movin’, and the first song on that album’s US version.
It was released as a single around the world in 1994 and 1995 and became a top-40 hit in several countries and a top-10 hit in the United States. The song was used in several television advertisements over the following years, and a 1999 remix single became a top-10 hit in Des’ree’s native UK and a number one hit in Spain.
As of 13 June 1998 the single has sold 358,000 copies in United States. <source>
6. Freak Like Me by Adina Howard
“Freak Like Me” is the debut single by American R&B singer Adina Howard. It was released on January 25, 1995 as the lead single from her debut album, Do You Wanna Ride?. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, as well as number two on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart for four weeks, behind “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan in both cases, and was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. <source>
5. I Wish by Skee-Lo
“I Wish” is a single by Skee-Lo released by Scotti Bros. as his only single. In the United States, the track peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and sold 600,000 copies domestically. Internationally, “I Wish” reached #15 in the UK and #4 in Sweden and Norway. Most of the song’s instruments are sampled from “Spinnin'” by Bernard Wright, and the song features a vocal sample of people shouting from the track “Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren. <source>
4. Candy Rain by Soul for Real
“Candy Rain” is the title of a number-one R&B hit single by Soul for Real, released in 1994 on Uptown Records. The song was written by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Hamish Stuart, Dwight Myers,Terri Robinson, Malik Taylor, Owen McIntyre, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, and Terri Robinson, and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the US R&B chart and peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks behind Madonna’s ballad “Take a Bow”. The song also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 40/Rhythm-Crossover airplay chart and was a moderate success on mainstream Top 40 radio, peaking at No. 21 in the spring of 1995 on Radio & Records CHR/Pop tracks chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA and sold 800,000 copies. It features rapper Heavy D in the video and the song is regarded as the group’s signature song. The song has a remix by Heavy D and samples the 1974 hit song “Mr. Magic” by Grover Washington, Jr.. Bruno Mars has covered this song during his The Moonshine Jungle Tour. The bassline of this song was sampled from Minnie Riperton’s “Baby, This Love I Have” which is the first song from her 1975 album Adventures in Paradise. <source>
3. C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train) by Quad City Dj’s
“C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” is a popular dance song performed by Florida group Quad City DJ’s in 1995, and released in 1996 as a single from the album Get On Up and Dance. The song is based on a sample of Barry White’s 1974 main theme from soundtrack to the film Together Brothers. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was ranked the number-one song of 1996 by Village Voice magazine. This song is played at dance clubs quite often. Many remixes were made out of this song including the most famous mix produced by Lenny Bertoldo. The song is used as the theme song for the 1996 Jon Lovitz comedy-crime film High School High, and is also featured as a track in the Xbox 360 Kinect game Dance Central. <source>
2. Heartbreak Hotel by Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
“Heartbreak Hotel” is a song by American singer Whitney Houston. Originally intended to be included on TLC’s third studio album FanMail, who rejected the song, it was released as the second single from Houston’s 1998 album My Love Is Your Love. The song prominently features R&B singers Faith Evans and Kelly Price during the choruses and bridge.
The song reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on February 2, 1999. “Heartbreak Hotel” was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was also a hit in many countries worldwide. The song received two nominations at the 2000 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo. The video was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. <source>
1. My Boo by Ghost Town DJ
“My Boo” is the only single released by Ghost Town DJ’s. It was released on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label and Columbia. The song, an invite by a female to a male, blends R&B-style vocals over a bass beat. It was written by Carlton Mahone and Rodney Terry, with lead vocals sung by Virgo Williams. The song peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its initial release in 1996. In 2016, the song was re-popularized by the “Running Man Challenge” and re-entered the Hot 100 giving it a new peak of #27 twenty years after its original release. <source>
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