Your favorite smooth and funky 90s R&B jams
July 13, 2011 6:03 PM   Subscribe

What are your favorite smooth and funky 90s R&B jams?

In the 90s I was really into hip hop and hated anything smooth with singing on it. Now I hear something like Blackstreet's No Diggity, Horace Browns Taste Your Love, or anything by Tony! Toni! Toné! and it makes me feel very happy/romantic. I missed out on this whole era of sweet tunes. Remind me of the hits that were good, and especially the deep cuts!

Yes, 1990s only.

[[No Keith Sweat or TLC please.]]
posted by Potomac Avenue to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
posted by sanka at 6:09 PM on July 13, 2011

Looking for specific jams, particularly mid-tempo ones rather than slow grinds or dance tracks. Thanks!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:13 PM on July 13, 2011

Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It
Heavy D - Now That We Found Love
Mid tempo FTW
posted by k8t at 6:14 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Next - Too Close
posted by k8t at 6:15 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Found this link -- a couple that stand out to me are "No Ordinary Love" by Sade and "Close to You" by Maxi Priest.
posted by foxhat10 at 6:18 PM on July 13, 2011

Best ever: All My Life by K-Ci and Jo Jo. My summer camp crush sang this to me on the bus on our last day. For the rest of the summer I cried whenever it came on the radio. Luckily I managed to work through the angst by the time school started; now it's on my iPod and just makes me happy, happy.
posted by WaspEnterprises at 6:42 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Mariah Carey and ODB -- Fantasy
posted by slow, man at 6:55 PM on July 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Motown Philly - Boyz II Men
posted by desjardins at 6:57 PM on July 13, 2011

Slow Love - Doc Box & B Fresh
posted by desjardins at 6:59 PM on July 13, 2011

SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Mix)
Shanice - I Love Your Smile
posted by candyland at 7:12 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

SWV - Weak
posted by pised at 7:21 PM on July 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

My Boo by Ghost Town DJ's is a summer time capsule.
Don't Let Go by En Vogue
Freak Like Me
posted by nakedmolerats at 7:23 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Also "Romantic" and "Walkin the Dog" by Karyn White.
posted by nakedmolerats at 7:28 PM on July 13, 2011

Also! So Into You by Tamia.

All Cried Out - Allure
posted by nakedmolerats at 7:32 PM on July 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Mind Adventures - Des'ree

Night And Day - Al B. Sure

Never an Easy Way - Morcheeba

Hey Lover - L.L. Cool J w/Boys II Men

Dissolved Girl - Massive Attack

I An You - Nightmares on Wax (Early 2000's)
posted by applemeat at 7:34 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

How has Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up not been mentioned? It's, like, the smoothest and funkiest of 90s R&B jamz.

Faith Evans - You Used to Love Me

112 - Missing You

2nding the Mariah/ODB 'Fantasy' remix - that song is the jam.

I know you said no TLC, but when was the last time you listened to 'Creep'? It came back into my rotation via 'The Wackness' soundtrack and I forgot how amazing that song was. It has that perfect 90s hard hip-hop beat.
posted by gnutron at 7:39 PM on July 13, 2011

Saturday Love - Alexander 0'Neal and Cherrelle
posted by fuse theorem at 7:40 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

I generally agreed with you about hip hop vs R&B back in the day, but D'Angelo's Voodoo album stuck out to me even back then. The big hit Untitled (How Does It Feel?), which was made into the infamous half-nude video, is probably too slow for this request. But Devil's Pie is good too.
posted by mullacc at 7:57 PM on July 13, 2011

Aaliyah, Back and Forth

Toni Braxton, You're Making Me High

Joe, I Wanna Know (from 2000)
posted by southern_sky at 8:01 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Mark Morrison: Return of the Mack. God this song makes me happy.
posted by emeiji at 8:39 PM on July 13, 2011 [4 favorites]

Also Candy Rain
posted by nakedmolerats at 10:11 PM on July 13, 2011

Yvette Michelle -Everyday and Everynight, DJ Keep Playing
Sa-Deuce - Don't Waste My Time
Zhane - Hey Mr DJ, Vibe, Groove Thang (the whole album really)
Lucy Pearl - Dance Tonight
Mary J Blige - Reminisce
Jodeci - Come and Talk To Me
Shades - Tell Me
Horace Brown - One For the Money
SWV / Wu-Tang - Anything
Blackgirl - Krazy
Brownstone - If You Love Me (the remix/single version with the beat)
JANET - That's the Way Love Goes
Missy Elliott - Izzy Izzy Ahh

Aaliyah and Timbaland made so many great songs
Aaliyah - If Your Girl Only Knew

I really like TLC. try "Baby Baby Baby" (92). funky.
posted by citron at 10:44 PM on July 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
I Like The Way - Hi-Five
Free Your Mind - En Vogue
Don't Let Go - En Vogue
Tennessee - Arrested Development

And seconding Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack" - I could listen to that song on replay for hours.
posted by amyms at 11:18 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

I can't believe nobody has mentioned:

Silk - Freak Me
posted by sklero at 4:23 AM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

A few more:

Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine
Brandy - Baby
702 - Where My Girls At? (from 1999, squeezed through right under the wire there)
posted by sklero at 4:35 AM on July 14, 2011 [2 favorites]

Mariah Carey's Honey is also great.
posted by k8t at 6:12 AM on July 14, 2011

Tevin Campbell - Round and Round

(I'm really glad that there is a group of people that also enjoy this genre.)
posted by k8t at 6:13 AM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Kissing You - Total
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 9:49 AM on July 14, 2011

Janet Jackson - If
Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes
Slick Rick - A Child's Bedtime Story
Soul II Soul - Keep on Moving
Babyface - It's No Crime
Brandy - Sitting Up in My Room
Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop
Ralph Tresvant - Sensitivity
Eric Clapton/Babyface - If I Could Change the World
posted by elle.jeezy at 1:04 PM on July 14, 2011

Git'er done with the Above the Rim soundtrack.
posted by cashman at 1:10 PM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

In 1996, New Edition released their first album since 1988, and it had an amazing jam on it called Hit Me Off. If you like No Diggity, you will love this tune.

112 – Only You
Rafael Saadiq - Ask of You (from the movie Higher Learning)
SWV – I’m So Into You
The Fugees – Killing Me Softly
Brenda Russell – Piano in the Dark
Babyface – Everytime I Close My Eyes
Toni Braxton – Breathe Again, You’re Makin Me High
Brandy – Baby
posted by yawper at 1:57 PM on July 14, 2011

Some duplicates but:

Michael Jackson - Remember the Time
Babyface - For the Cool in You
Brandy - I Wanna Be Down
Case - Touch me
D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
Donell Jones - You Know What's Up
En Vogue - Giving Him Something He Can Feel
Ginuwine - Pony
Mary J. Blige - All That I Can Say
Maxwell - Ascension
Me'Shell NdegeOcello - I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record)
R. Kelly - Bump N Grind
Ralph Tresvant - Sensitivity
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Soul for Real - Every Little Thing I Do
posted by girlmightlive at 8:02 AM on July 15, 2011

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