Unfortunately, 2009 was not a fantastic music year for me. I have found my fingertips reaching for the radio dial in my car to change the station more often than before. More frequently still, I have lugged my iPod with me en route, deciding to forgo the increasingly insufferable singles the local radio stations crank out. I have done some ‘crossing over’ of my own, exploring great artists in other genres to compensate for the lack of originality and substance in nouveau urban music.

The other night I hosted a pity party and mourned the loss of good music, complete with a pout and ice cream. The trigger of my ridiculousness was an ancient episode of Living Single. T-Boz, the Cool in Crazy Sexy Cool R&B super group TLC, sauntered on set in what appeared to be a guest feature. I smiled. Creep began to play, and before I realized it, I was singing along, immersing myself in the melody. It had been a long time since I lost myself in a mainstream R&B song. Truly there is no better feeling than being so engaged in music that you let go of inhibitions and sing at the top of your lungs behind the steering wheel or in the comfort of a steamy shower. For me, the moment ended much too soon. I was faced with the morning after realization that I would soon have to return to mundane modern R&B.

I miss the old days.

The 90’s era was the golden age for Hip Hop and R&B. Rhythm and Blues in particular dominated the charts with a surge of new talent that would become the foundation for contemporary R&B Soul as we know it. With the popularity of New Jack Swing, Hip Hop and R&B became inseparable. It was in this era that some of the best Hip Hop and R&B Soul material was released. Artists like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, TLC and Monica gave us mood music for the soundtrack of our lives.

The ladies at Clutch are here to help you slide into your time machine and get that old thing back. We have compiled a few of our favorite 90’s R&B songs for a playlist that’s sure to keep you reminiscing and your iPod rocking. Here’s to the good old days. Salud!

Maxwell – This Woman’s Work (1997)
Usher – You Make Me Wanna (1997)
SWV – Weak (1993)
Bel Biv Devoe – Poison (1990)
TLC – No Scrubs (1999)
Monica – Before You Walk Out Of My Life (1995)
Dru HIll – Never Make A Promise (1996)
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (1995)
Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes (1993)
Soul For Real – Candy Rain (1995)
K-Ci and Jojo – All My Life (1997)
Brandy – I Wanna Be Down (1994)
Aaliyah – Back & Forth (1994)
Jagged Edge – I Gotta Be (1998)
En Vogue – My Lovin’ (1992)
702 – Where My Girls At? (1999)
Ginuwine – Pony (1996)
Playa – Cheers 2 U (1998)
Erykah Badu – On & On (1996)
112 – Cupid (1996)
D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (1995)
Hi-Five She’s Playing Hard To Get (1994)
H Town – Knockin’ Da Boots (1993)
** Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (1992)

Clutchettes and Gents – what’s your favorite songs from the 90’s?

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