The Bottom Line
90s Soul: Number 1's, is a collection of R&B songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Some of the songs you'll definitely want to reacquaint yourself with, like old friends you haven't seen in a long while. Among those tracks are BLACKstreet's "No Diggity," which features both Dr. Dre and the now missing-in-action Queen Pen; and Brian McKnight's bona fide classic, "Anytime."
- Brian McKnight's "Anytime."
- Montell Jordan's party starter "This is How We Do It."
- Bobby Brown's tacky "Humpin' Around."
- A forgettable tune by the long-forgotten Pebbles.
- 1990s Soul.
- Retro R&B-Pop.
- Forgotten hits.
Guide Review - Various artists - '90s Soul Number 1's'
There are two things about this compilation that are really interesting: one is the song selection: some songs were chosen despite there being arguably better-known alternatives.
For example, Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You," is included, even though the group's "End of the Road" was their first No. 1 hit in the '90s. Another example is how Dru Hill's "Never Make a Promise," (which sounds fairly corny by today's standards) made the album instead of the phenominal "Wild, Wild West," the 1999 No. 1 hit that Dru Hill recorded with rapper-actor Will Smith.
The second really interesting thing about the album is how unlike a lot of modern-day R&B, there's no strong hip-hop influence in many of these songs. Some of these tracks represent the last days before rap outdistanced R&B as urban America's favorite music genre. And because of that, 90s Soul: Number 1's serves as a fitting testimony to the end of an era in music.
90s Soul: Number 1's Tracklisting:
- "I Love Your Smile," Shanice
- "Stay," Jodeci
- "I'll Make Love To You," Boyz II Men
- "This Is How We Do It," Montell Jordan
- "No Diggity," BLACKStreet
- "Never Make A Promise," Dru Hill
- "Anytime," Brian McKnight
- "Humpin' Around," Bobby Brown
- "Giving You The Benefit," Pebbles
- "Do It To Me," Lionel Richie
- "Save The Best For Last," Vanessa Williams
- "Hit Me Off," New Edition
- "Don't Be Afraid," Aaron Hall
- "It Never Rains (In Southern California)," Tony! Toni! Tone!
- "Candy Rain," Soul For Real
- "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)," James Ingram, Quincy Jones, El DeBarge, Barry White, Al B! Sure