VH1 counts down the ’40 Greatest RnB Songs of the 90s’…Do you agree?

1990s R&B collage VH1 music

VH1, the network king of countdown shows…and controversial reality TV (have you heard about the petition to boycott “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta”?)…is back with hot new countdown salute to 90s R&B music that airs tomorrow, June 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

SPOILER ALERT!!!  I’m going to post the songs #30 to 40 in the countdown at the end of this blog.

from VH1’s press release:

It’s time to pull out your cassette and CD collection of 1990’s chart-toppers including Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige and Aaliyah. VH1 will countdown the R&B songs that changed pop culture forever. Celebrities, music journalists and the artists themselves will provide commentary as VH1 guides viewers through the golden decade of R&B. Talent scheduled to appear on the special include: Usher, Boyz II Men, SWV, Keith Sweat and many more.

Get ready for a trip down memory lane as VH1 breaks down what “rhythm and blues” is really all about. Viewers will finally understand what “No Diggity” really means, if it is really wrong to “Bump ‘N Grind” and if chasing “Waterfalls” was really that bad of an idea.

VH1’s “40 Greatest R&B Songs of the ‘90s” is executive produced by Jeff Olde, Shelly Tatro, Bernie Kaminski and Karla Hidalgo for VH1.

VH1’s Top 40 R&B Songs of the ’90s

Songs #30 – 40 were revealed exclusively to Entertainment Weekly.

40. Humpin’ Around Bobby Brown
39. Hold On En Vogue
38. Don’t Walk Away Jade
37. I Love Your Smile Shanice
36. Motown Philly Boyz II Men
35. Twisted Keith Sweat
34. I Miss You Aaron Hall
33. Where My Girls At? 702
32. Rub You The Right Way Johnny Gill
31. Tha Crossroads Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
30. Pony Ginuwine

I’ll come back and fill in the rest of the list once the show airs, and they’ve all been revealed.  In the meantime, who else would you like to see make the list?

From what I see above, Aaron Hall’s “I Miss You” is a song I haven’t heard in forever and stirs up some emotion for me.  Aaron Hall, as a solo artist and with the all male group Guy, made some great R&B music back in the day.  I, personally, expect songs from artists like Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Usher, R. Kelly, Tevin Campbell, Maxwell, Sounds of Blackness (a long shot…i know), Dru Hill, Shai, D’Angelo and X-Scape (shoo! I need to make my own list, LOL!) make the cut.

UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2012. Here’s the rest of the countdown…

29. Feels Good Tony! Toni! Toné!
28. Love Like This Faith Evans
27. Freak Me Silk
26. All My Life K-Ci & JoJo
25. Been Around The World Lisa Stansfield
24. I’m Every Woman Whitney Houston
23. Come And Talk To Me Jodeci
22. No Scrubs TLC
21. Do Me Right Guy
20. Fantasy Mariah Carey
19. You Make Me Wanna Usher
18. I’m So Into You SWV
17. No Diggity Blackstreet
16. Not Gon Cry Mary J. Blige
15. Back At One Brian McKnight
14. Bump And Grind R. Kelly
13. The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica
12. I Wanna Sex You Up Color Me Badd
11. My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It En Vogue
10. End Of The Road Boyz II Men
9. Are You That Somebody? Aaliyah
8. Real Love Mary J. Blige
7. This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
6. Waterfalls TLC
5. I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
4. That’s The Way Love Goes Janet Jackson
3. I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
2. One Sweet Day Mariah Carey ft. Boyz II Men
1. Poison Bell Biv Devoe

Now that I’ve seen the show…

I 100% completely disagree with “Poison” as the #1 song!  When I think of artists whose music defined the entire 90s decade, I think of Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Usher, TLC.  I get that new jack swing style of music was unique to 90s, but still…

As I mentioned earlier, where was Shai, X-Scape, Dru Hill, and by golly D’Angelo?!!  There were definitely some misses that could’ve bumped others on the top 40.  Like I could’ve passed on Bone Thugz, Lisa Stansfield, and Montell Jordan.

Congrats to Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue, and R. Kelly who all made the list twice.


  1. First, I don’t watch Love and Hip Hop which is what people should do if they want to boycott the show. If millions are tuning in – the show will continue, but that is only my logic. Be it far from my ego to think I am right.
    Anyway, I do like the VH1 countdown shows (also those shows on the decades and that black stuff one. . .haha). I want to see this one and I do hope that they stick to R&B and not sneak in some other genre. Oh wait, isn’t Bones Thugs and Harmony rap. Ah well, I just jammed my way down the ten you listed.
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