TLC – “What About Your Friends”
The third single released from their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. The record was written and produced by Dallas Austin with the help of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez and T-Boz. The single reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group’s third consecutive top-ten single. What makes this record so special to me is its feel-good fun up-tempo nature.
Zhané – “Hey Mr. DJ”
Block parties are one of our fondest memories of the ’90s. If you caught yourself sitting around guaranteed you were out of your seat when this record came on. “Hey Mr. DJ” was the first single lifted from Zhané’s debut album, Pronounced Jah-Nay. The song peaked a No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. It features a rap verse from Rottin Razkals member Fam. Till this day, the single will have you out of your seat dancing and singing along.
Mary J. Blige – “Be Happy”
Mary’s sophomore album My Life was highly anticipated and she delivered right away with the hit lead single “Be Happy.” It was produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs with the Trackmasters, and contains a sample of “You’re So Good To Me” by Curtis Mayfield and a portion of “I Want You” by Marvin Gaye. The single reached No. 6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Aaliyah – “Back & Forth”
The beginning of one of the most iconic careers cut way too short. This will always be one of those records you get ready to before heading out with your girls on a Friday night. The R. Kelly written-and-produced record was released as the lead single from Aaliyah’s debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The single spent three weeks at No.1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Soul for Real – “Candy Rain”
The title track and lead single from Soul for Real’s debut album. Released in the late fall of ’94 on Uptown Records, it was produced by the Trackmasters and Heavy D, who appears on the remix. The single spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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