TBT: 20 Of The Best Love Songs From The Lost Age Of Soulful RnB
There’s no denying that the 90s was the golden age of RnB music.
Missy Elliot, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, Whitney Houston, TLC, Zhane, Color Me Badd, Aaliyah, The Fugees, and other talented artists saw to the rise of the genre, popularising it with upbeat and slow anthems that made listeners shuffle and also, put them in their feelings.
Other artists from all echelons and sub-genres including music heavyweights, Micheal and Janet Jackson moved in swiftly on RnB as it continued to blossom.
But one branch of Rnb that really stood out was the 90s love song.
These songs were worded with such lyrical aptness, every line brought back memories of the love you once had, the one you’ve and the one you’re yet to find.
Though blended in an amalgamation of influences from rock and hip-hop, it owned its identity; lyrically and musically.
Bending heavily towards ballad, these songs were made with less of bass and pump and more acoustic stirrings of the guitar and piano, giving them just the right amount of love and soul.
Music television channels, especially MTV and Chanell O favored balladry and romanticism in songs at that time.
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This blew up love songs and took its popularity to a new, unprecedented level. The 90s, musically, also influenced and paved the way for bands and artists of the future.
Although music has quite changed and reformed itself as the ages progressed as it should, we can’t help being nostalgic and reminisce on the good old times where songs made us see the world as all rainbows, flowers, and red wine.
Here are some of the 20 best from that era we put together.
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz 2 Men
I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
The Power of Love – Celine Dion
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf
Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton
Something About the Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
When a man loves a woman – Micheal Bolton
Everything I do – Bryan Adams
Kci and Jojo- All my life
Boys ll men – End of the road
Shape of My Heart – Backstreet Boys
Always and Forever – Luther Vandross
Kiss From a Rose – Seal
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
No Ordinary Love – Sade Adu
I Swear – All-4-One
Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & the Blowfish
You Make Me Wanna – Usher
Love Will Never Do Without You – Janet Jackson
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