Monica – “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)”
It’s always been said that women are far more complicated than men and in 1995, 15-year-old Monica proved it right. Confirming that women are usually all over the place when it comes to their emotions, “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)” became one of the most memorable hits of the mid-90s. Co-written and produced by Dallas Austin, the track peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.
Brandy – “Sittin Up In My Room”
In 1995, Brandy Norwood made every girl in America know it was just fine to be infatuated with someone we want, but just can’t get. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” was recorded for the hit film Waiting to Exhale, which starred Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The record, which was written and produced by Babyface, was one out of five singles that the album spawned and reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It became Brandy’s most successful single on the Hot 100 up to that point.
Ginuwine – “Pony”
Jumping on the scene in 1996, Ginuwine and his baby hair took the world by storm with his debut single, “Pony.” Laced with extremely provocative lyrics, “Pony” quickly because the raunchiest song of the year with blatant expressions of a sexual encounter. It was written by Ginuwime with the late great Static Major and Timbaland – who also produced the record. The progressive production was quickly recognized for it’s unique sound in R&B at that time, helping to solidify Timbaland’s genius as one of the most exciting producers of the era.
Blackstreet – “No Diggity”
Throughout the ’90s Teddy Riley kept the hits coming, behind the boards and in front of the camera. With his second group Blackstreet, Riley found mega mainstream success thanks to “No Diggity,” the first single off their sophomore album Another Level. Between the double rap feature from Dr. Dre and Queen Pen, and the Bill Withers sample the record was a perfect example of R&B and Hip Hop’s juxtoposition. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B Singles, Dance, and Rhythmic charts, and earned the group a Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group’ in 1998.
Ghost Town DJs – “My Boo”
The Miami bass scene was an under-appreciated movement in the ’80s – ’90s that created a very special regional sound for southern Hip Hop and R&B. Although it was primarily influential to Rap, one of the most signature songs of the era was “My Boo,” which was released on the album So So Def Bass All- Stars under Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. While the group behind the track was Ghost Town DJ’s, the vocal on the song was sung by Virgo Williams. It peaked at No. 2 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, and No. 31 on the Hot 100.
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