41. Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
Sampling Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story,” American R&B new jack swing artist Montell Jordan taught us all a thing or two with “This Is How We Do It.” The number one hit stomped all the way to the top of the charts and stayed for seven weeks in the spring of 1995. And the diddy also was record label Def Jam’s first number one pop single in the U.S. - a process 10 years in the making. No one can really resist shaking it to this tune, even Reese Witherspoon in the 2012 film “This Means War.”
42. Color Me Badd I Wanna Sex You Up
A classic staple of any attraction, Color Me Badd’s 1991 single “I Wanna Sex You Up” hit the airwaves with it’s precise new jack swing, soundbites, and sampling. As one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 90s,” it went straight “to the heart tick tock” and made everyone want to not “stop” groovin’. With holding power and a certain lack of elegance, Oklahomaians Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters, and Kevin Thornton know how to make people swoon and get chicks.
43. Bell Biv Devoe Poison
The staple ultra popular dance song offering the sexes a New Jack Swing style fable warning men of women who toy with their affections is “Poison”. This song as strong as the venom that some women possess is one that few can resist dancing to. When it hit the airwaves during 1990, former members of New Edition Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe nailed the feeling that “bad” women evoke in men. Plus their smash made us want to dance.
44. Boyz II Men Motown Philly
If all gentlemen attended Cooleyhighharmony or at least opened up to the wisdom of Boyz II Men’s 1991 debut album, the world would be saved. The rap genius of new jack swing with a trio of Philly residents paired with writing chops of Michael Bivin got everyone dancin’. And singing. With powerful ballads and name dropping, Motown Philly gave a lot of love to the times and beyond to anyone who listened carefully.
45. Snow Informer
When a white Canadian man ventured into reggae 1992 the result was a number one hit that people still couldn’t rap. C’mon you know...sing with me: “INFORMER...blaghahdaohdhdeedodaaayyy...shake your boom boom dooownn..” Seven weeks at the top didn’t keep Mc Shan out of the slammer for assault charges just as his song reached its height. Needless, the time in prison did little for Snow’s career but the lyrics have kept us all guessing for twenty years.
46. Mr. Big Be With You
Big hair, big smiles, and big guitars melted the hearts of the masses during 1991 when Mr. Big Lean[ed] Into It. The heart throbbings of an adolescent Eric Martin assisted by the poetic songwriter David Grahame lent the tune the crafty ability to make everybody’s hearts sing. Nobody makes standing in line with a broken heart from your previous wrecked relationship so beautiful.
47. Us3 Cantaloop
Horns and the smooth “Diddi-diddi- bop” casts a spell as catchy as the jazzy rappers who sang it. In 1992, Londoners Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Kelly, Geoff Wilkinson, and producer Mel Simpson sampled Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island,” gave a nod to soloist Gerard Presencer, and shined Pee Wee Marquette’s spoken word mention of NYC’s Birdland Jazz Club. Though this mellow tune was a one hit wonder, it certified gold within two years and brought massive attention to all artists involved.
48. K’s Choice Not An Addict
Belgian brother and sister Sarah Bettens and Gert Bettens proved that a family who plays together stays together. When they belted “Not An Addict” during the mid 1990s, they shot to the top of most modern rock charts for everyone who’s “been there, done that, and gotten the t-shirt.” Addiction (to drugs, money, power, people, etc...) is no joke but the tune sums up how much worse denial and the inability to stop are.
49. Spice Girls Wannabe
When Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh, and Sporty hit the scene the whole world went wild. The hotties of the Spice Girls combined with the confusion of their lyrics (“If you wanna be my lover you gotta get with my friends) made some cringe. Others lapped it up like strippers to a pole. Or dogs to a dish of kibble. Oh wait...I shouldn’t have said that. Don’t tell the Girls but I’m soooo relieved they didn’t last long...
50. Crash Test Dummies Mmmm Mmmm Mmm Mmmm
Canadian folkers Crash Test Dummies were loved by many during the 90s. Except me. I hate this f**king song. When (or if) God Shuffled His Feet, in 1993 like this group’s c.d. implies, He forgot to knock this sacrilegious excuse for music to the curb. Many disagree with my opinion (it happens all the time) it certified platinum, gold, and silver throughout the universe. Weird Al Yankovic did “Mmmm Mmmm Mmm Mmmm” better.