20 R&B/Pop Throwback Songs From the 1990s

by Intern Kendall
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(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CBGB)

It’s always fun to reminisce about school days, summer vacations, and clothes we use to wear that make us question our previous fashion choices.

But one topic that’s one of my faves to discuss is throwback songs.

Don’t get me wrong, today’s music is great, but there’s nothing like oldies, especially those of the ’90s.

The ’90s were full of great artists from TLC to Jodeci to my girl Lauryn Hill.

It was super duper hard to only choose 20 songs for an entire decade of incredible music, but here’s a list of R&B/Pop songs that were poppin’ in the 1990s.

Do you remember a song or two that’s not listed, but was your jam? Tell us in the Comment Section below!

We wanna know what you were jamming to in the ’90s.

Drumroll please…

1.) “Remember the Time” – Michael Jackson

Of course I have to put the King of Pop at the top. It wouldn’t be right if he was any other number.


2. ) “Waterfalls” – TLC

If you didn’t know all the words to this song, what were you doing with your life? All TLC had were bangers!


3.) “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan

There’s no way we could leave off Montell Jordan’s debut single. This song still gets me going when I play Dance Central 2.


4.) “Tyrone” – Erykah Badu

“On & On” and “Next Lifetime” were competitors for this spot, but “Tyrone” took the cake, of course.


5.) “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston recorded her version of “I Will Always Love You” for The Bodyguard film, and it was impossible not to love. Anything Whitney Houston did was remarkable. We will always love you, Whitney!


6.) “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” – Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill’s entire album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, should really be listed, but that would take up 14 spots on this list of 20 songs, so here’s one of everybody’s faves.


7.) “Love Like This” – Faith Evans

You might remember this song in Save the Last Dance when Sara and Derek were on the dance floor at Steps.


8.) “Where My Girls At?” – 702

This song was also featured in Save the Last Dance for Sara’s Julliard audition at the end of the movie.


9.) “You Make Me Wanna…” – Usher

Usher was blowing up the charts in the ’90s, and he’s still doing the same today. Remember when he sang this on Moesha?


10.) “Back at One” – Brian McKnight

When this song came out, every girl wanted her boo to sing this to her. Don’t try to deny it, ladies.


11.) “Just Kickin’ It” – Xscape

Go ahead…”kick off your shoes and relax your feet”…you know you want to.


12.) “One in a Million” – Aaliyah

Aaliyah’s voice was definitely one in a million. We will always miss her.


13.) “I Believe I Can Fly” – R. Kelly

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this song is … Space Jam! I LOVE that movie!


14.) “Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton

Of course Toni Braxton has to make the list.


15.) “Come and Talk To Me” – Jodeci

Of course Charlotte natives Jodeci had to make the list. I don’t know about y’all, but I still randomly burst out singing this song from 1992.


16.) “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox’s voice is just beautiful, of course I had to include her on the list.


17.) “Poison” – Bell Biv DeVoe

Just the thought of this song makes me wanna start dancing.


18.) “The Boy is Mine” – Brandy & Monica

This song was EVERYTHING when it was released in 1998. Brandy & Monica are great together, which is why I was so happy when they got together again in 2012 to record “It All Belongs To Me.”


19.) “Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child

DC had to let it be known that it is not cute to live off of your girl.


20.) “Not Gon’ Cry” – Mary J. Blige

You probably remember this song from Waiting to Exhale, right?


Of course the list could go on, but let’s salute these oldies, but goodies.

Don’t forget to tell us if we forgot a song in the Comment Section below.

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