Mary J. Blige – “Real Love”
This is just one of those records where you and your girls sing your hearts out while dancing and having a good time. “Real Love” was the second hit single from Mary’s 1992 debut album, “What’s the 411.” It was written and produced by Cory Rooney and Mark Morales. The single was Blige’s first top-ten pop hit, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her second No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart. This record was one of the songs, which gave Mary her reputation as “the queen of hip-hop soul.” The remix featured the second appearance of emerging rapper The Notorious B.I.G., and a sample of Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman.”
TLC – “Baby-Baby-Baby”
Oh Ooh Oooh!! Now we’re getting into it. How can you not rock to this! The second single released from TLC’s debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip was the group’s second consecutive Top 10 hit. It was the most successful single from the album, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving them their first No. 1 single. The song was written and produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons.
Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time”
Mike dominated the ’80s, but how can you not love this classic from his 1991 album Dangerous. The second single lifted from the LP was a perfect example of his exploration into New Jack Swing, it was co-written and produced by Teddy Riley of course. It also became another No. 1 record for the King of Pop, peaking at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The nine-minute music video, directed by John Singleton, was more like a short film. Set in ancient Egypt it features appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson.
Jodeci – “Come and Talk to Me (Remix)”
The original record was the fourth single released from the group’s debut album, Forever My Lady. The single gave Jodeci its third No. 1 R&B hit spending 2 weeks on the R&B charts. Sean “Diddy” Combs, known for inventing the remix, was inspired by Ron G’s blend tapes, he combined Jodeci’s slow jam singing style with a beat taken from EPMD’s buzzing “You’re a Customer” and created a classic!
SWV – “Right Here (Human Nature Version)”
We were officially introduced to the ladies of SWV with their first single “Right Here” off their debut album It’s About Time. But, it was the Teddy Riley remix, which sampled Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit “Human Nature,” that really put the song on the top of the charts. It spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, three weeks atop the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Making for one of the longest running number-one R&B singles of 1993. According to Billboard, the song spent 54 weeks on the R&B chart, which is one of the longest chart runs of all time. The remix also features a young Pharrell Williams chanting “S…The double…The U…The V!” before the opening verse. The combined soothing vocals of the Michael sample with the groups vocal made for an instant classic!
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