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R and B ….or RnB Early days …

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During the early 1990s, Boyz II Men, the most successful RnB male vocal group of all time, re-popularized classic soul-inspired vocal harmonies along with Michael Jackson with his 1991 album Dangerous, are prominent examples of the genre attracting mainstream attention. Several similar groups (such as Shai, Soul for Real, Az Yet, All-4-One, and Dru Hill) followed in their footsteps.

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In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men, Babyface and similar artists, other RnB artists from this same period began adding even more of a hip hop sound inspired by East Coast backing tracks, resulting in hip hop soul. Hip hop soul artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, R. Kelly, Monica, Brandy, Ginuwine, Usher and Aaliyah introduced hip hop slang, suggestive or explicitly sexual lyrics, style, and attitude to R&B music as well as a gospel feel.

During the mid 1990s, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, girl groups TLC and SWV and Boyz II Men brought contemporary RnB to the mainstream. Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. (1993), sold over ten million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts which became the longest-running number-one hit in Hot 100 history.


Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in the mid nineties that sold over ten million copies, earning them diamond RIAA certification. Other top-selling RnB artists from this era included Vanessa L. Williams, Toni Braxton, Ginuwine, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Monica, Mya, Aaliyah, Usher and R. Kelly, plus groups En Vogue, BLACKstreet, Salt-N-Pepa, SWV, Jodeci/K-Ci & JoJo and Destiny's Child.

In the late 1990s, neo soul (which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend) developed, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. Artists such as Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between R&B and hip hop by recording both styles.

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Sounddiffusion DJs R and B , RnB Top 20

Nick Blach r and b fan Top 20 RnB Records compiled by Nick Blach

1Montell Jordon This Is How We Do It
2R Kelly Bump N Grind
3Ne-Yo So Sick 
4Akon Dangerous
5Beyonce Sweet Dreams
6Estelle American Boy
7Rihanna Hate That I Love You
8Kevin Lyttle Turn Me On
9Jay Z 99 Problems
10AmiraMy Desire
11Shola Ama Imagine
12Flo Rida ft T-Pain Low
13Justin Timberlake Cry Me A River
14Alicia Keys No One
15Usher You Remind Me
16Ja Rule ft Ashanti Always On Time
17Wiley Wearing My Rolex
18Nelly FurtadoPromiscuous
19Timbaland & Kerri Wilson/DOE The Way I Are
20Dr Dre ft Snoop DoggStill D.R.E

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