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Welcome to Billboard R&B #1s: The Rate! In part one, we will be rating all of the songs that reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1990, 1991, and 1992, featuring ATRL favourites such as Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Tevin Campbell!

 

The Songs:

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1990

Babyface - "Tender Lover"

Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation"

Quincy Jones - "I'll Be Good To You"

Regina Belle - "Make It Like It Was"

Skyy - "Real Love"

Ruby Turner - "It's Gonna Be Alright"

Stacy Lattisaw - "Where Do We Go From Here"

Janet Jackson - "Escapade"

Quincy Jones - "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"

Lisa Stansfield - "All Around The World"

Troop - "Spread My Wings"

After 7 - "Ready Or Not"

Bell Biv DeVoe - "Poison"

Johnny Gill - "Rub You The Right Way"

En Vogue - "Hold On"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "The Blues"

Quincy Jones - "Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me)"

MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This"

Troop - "All I Do Is Think Of You"

Lisa Stansfield - "You Can't Deny It"

Johnny Gill - "My, My, My"

Keith Sweat - "Make You Sweat"

After 7 - "Can't Stop"

Mariah Carey - "Vision Of Love"

The Time - "Jerk Out"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Feels Good"

En Vogue - "Lies"

The Boys - "Crazy"

Prince - "Thieves In The Temple"

Pebbles - "Giving You The Benefit"

Samuelle - "So You Like What You See"

Mariah Carey - "Love Takes Time"

Bell Biv DeVoe -  "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"

Al B. Sure! - "Misunderstanding"

Whitney Houston - "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

Ralph Tresvant - "Sensitivity"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "It Never Rains (In Southern California)"

 

1991

Freddie Jackson - "Love Me Down"

Surface - "The First Time"

Pebbles - "Love Makes Things Happen"

En Vogue - "You Don't Have To Worry"

Keith Sweat - "I'll Give All My Love To You"

C+C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

Whitney Houston - "All The Man That I Need"

The Rude Boys - "Written All Over Your Face"

Hi-Five - "I Like The Way (Kissing Game)"

Freddie Jackson - "Do Me Again"

Johnny Gill - "Wrap My Body Tight"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Whatever You Want"

Christopher Williams - "I'm Dreamin'"

Phil Perry - "Call Me"

Teddy Pendergrass - "It Should've Been You"

Keith Washington - "Kissing You"

Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up"

Luther Vandross - "Power Of Love/Love Power"

Lisa Fischer - "How Can I Ease The Pain"
Damian Dame - "Exclusivity"

LeVert - "Baby I'm Ready"

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime"

Hi-Five - "I Can't Wait Another Minute"

Peabo Bryson - "Can You Stop The Rain"

BeBe & CeCe Winans - "Addictive Love"

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - "Let The Beat Hit 'Em"

Phyllis Hyman - "Don't Wanna Change The World"

Color Me Badd - "I Adore Mi Amor"

Vanessa Williams - "Running Back To You"

Karyn White - "Romantic"

Boyz II Men - "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"

Mariah Carey - "Emotions"

Jodeci - "Forever My Lady"

Tracie Spencer - "Tender Kisses"

The Rude Boys - "Are You Lonely For Me"

BeBe & CeCe Winans - "I'll Take You There"

Gerald Levert - "Private Line"

Shanice - "I Love Your Smile"

 

1992

Tevin Campbell - "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do"

Keith Sweat - "Keep It Comin'"

Jodeci - "Stay"

Boyz II Men - "Uhh Ahh"

Gerald Levert - "Baby Hold On To Me"

Michael Jackson - "Remember The Time"

Prince And The New Power Generation - "Diamonds And Pearls"

Vanessa Williams - "Save The Best For Last"

Glenn Jones - "Here I Go Again"

Aaron Hall - "Don't Be Afraid"

Lisa Stansfield - "All Woman"

En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"

Jodeci - "Come & Talk To Me"

R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Honey Love"

Michael Jackson - "In The Closet"

Lionel Richie - "Do It To Me"

Arrested Development - "Tennessee"

Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - "The Best Things In Life Are Free"

Mary J. Blige - "You Remind Me"

En Vogue - "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"

TLC - "Baby-Baby-Baby"

Boyz II Men - "End Of The Road"

Bobby Brown - "Humpin' Around"

R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)"

Tevin Campbell - "Alone With You"

Mary J. Blige - "Real Love"

Al B. Sure! - "Right Now"

Troop - "Sweet November"

Miki Howard - "Ain't Nobody Like You"

Chuckii Booker - "Games"

 

The Rules:

 

1. There is a total of 106 songs in this rate. You must score every song from 0 to 10. One lucky song can receive an 11 from you, and one lucky song can receive a 10.5 from you, if you so wish.

 

2. PM your scores to me. Don't post them in the thread!

 

3. Decimals of up to 2 places are allowed. This means I will allow a 9.5, a 9.25, but not a 9.358359392919758.

 

4. The deadline is midnight GMT on July 1st. There are a lot of songs, but that should be enough time to listen to everything and rate each song accordingly.

 

5. Commentaries are appreciated, but not compulsory. It's always nice to read why someone gave a 0 to a song, or why it got your 11, or why it got a 9 but not a 10.

 

6. No trolling! If I so much as even suspect you're trying to rig the rate, I will refuse to count your scores.

 

7. Have fun!

 

Spotify playlist

 

Not on Spotify:

Regina Belle - "Make It Like It Was" - Stacy Lattisaw - "Where Do We Go From Here" - Tony! Toni! Toné! - "The Blues"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Feels Good" - The Boys - "Crazy" - Tony! Toni! Toné! - "It Never Rains (In Southern California)"

The Rude Boys - "Written All Over Your Face" - Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Whatever You Want"

Hi-Five - "I Can't Wait Another Minute" - Vanessa Williams - "Running Back To You"

 

PM-friendly list:

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Babyface - "Tender Lover"

Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation"

Quincy Jones - "I'll Be Good To You"

Regina Belle - "Make It Like It Was"

Skyy - "Real Love"

Ruby Turner - "It's Gonna Be Alright"

Stacy Lattisaw - "Where Do We Go From Here"

Janet Jackson - "Escapade"

Quincy Jones - "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"

Lisa Stansfield - "All Around The World"

Troop - "Spread My Wings"

After 7 - "Ready Or Not"

Bell Biv DeVoe - "Poison"

Johnny Gill - "Rub You The Right Way"

En Vogue - "Hold On"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "The Blues"

Quincy Jones - "Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me)"

MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This"

Troop - "All I Do Is Think Of You"

Lisa Stansfield - "You Can't Deny It"

Johnny Gill - "My, My, My"

Keith Sweat - "Make You Sweat"

After 7 - "Can't Stop"

Mariah Carey - "Vision Of Love"

The Time - "Jerk Out"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Feels Good"

En Vogue - "Lies"

The Boys - "Crazy"

Prince - "Thieves In The Temple"

Pebbles - "Giving You The Benefit"

Samuelle - "So You Like What You See"

Mariah Carey - "Love Takes Time"

Bell Biv DeVoe -  "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"

Al B. Sure! - "Misunderstanding"

Whitney Houston - "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

Ralph Tresvant - "Sensitivity"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "It Never Rains (In Southern California)"

Freddie Jackson - "Love Me Down"

Surface - "The First Time"

Pebbles - "Love Makes Things Happen"

En Vogue - "You Don't Have To Worry"

Keith Sweat - "I'll Give All My Love To You"

C+C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

Whitney Houston - "All The Man That I Need"

The Rude Boys - "Written All Over Your Face"

Hi-Five - "I Like The Way (Kissing Game)"

Freddie Jackson - "Do Me Again"

Johnny Gill - "Wrap My Body Tight"

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Whatever You Want"

Christopher Williams - "I'm Dreamin'"

Phil Perry - "Call Me"

Teddy Pendergrass - "It Should've Been You"

Keith Washington - "Kissing You"

Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up"

Luther Vandross - "Power Of Love/Love Power"

Lisa Fischer - "How Can I Ease The Pain"
Damian Dame - "Exclusivity"

LeVert - "Baby I'm Ready"

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime"

Hi-Five - "I Can't Wait Another Minute"

Peabo Bryson - "Can You Stop The Rain"

BeBe & CeCe Winans - "Addictive Love"

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - "Let The Beat Hit 'Em"

Phyllis Hyman - "Don't Wanna Change The World"

Color Me Badd - "I Adore Mi Amor"

Vanessa Williams - "Running Back To You"

Karyn White - "Romantic"

Boyz II Men - "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"

Mariah Carey - "Emotions"

Jodeci - "Forever My Lady"

Tracie Spencer - "Tender Kisses"

The Rude Boys - "Are You Lonely For Me"

BeBe & CeCe Winans - "I'll Take You There"

Gerald Levert - "Private Line"

Shanice - "I Love Your Smile"

Tevin Campbell - "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do"

Keith Sweat - "Keep It Comin'"

Jodeci - "Stay"

Boyz II Men - "Uhh Ahh"

Gerald Levert - "Baby Hold On To Me"

Michael Jackson - "Remember The Time"

Prince And The New Power Generation - "Diamonds And Pearls"

Vanessa Williams - "Save The Best For Last"

Glenn Jones - "Here I Go Again"

Aaron Hall - "Don't Be Afraid"

Lisa Stansfield - "All Woman"

En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"

Jodeci - "Come & Talk To Me"

R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Honey Love"

Michael Jackson - "In The Closet"

Lionel Richie - "Do It To Me"

Arrested Development - "Tennessee"

Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - "The Best Things In Life Are Free"

Mary J. Blige - "You Remind Me"

En Vogue - "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"

TLC - "Baby-Baby-Baby"

Boyz II Men - "End Of The Road"

Bobby Brown - "Humpin' Around"

R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)"

Tevin Campbell - "Alone With You"

Mary J. Blige - "Real Love"

Al B. Sure! - "Right Now"

Troop - "Sweet November"

Miki Howard - "Ain't Nobody Like You"

Chuckii Booker - "Games"

 

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Participants:

Ace Reject

Armani👑

conatus

dabunique

hooligan2011

jdmc218

MP2K

PrinceMichaelFan

Reverie

sparrowblue

Tom Vercetti

Ventitonic

 

Results:

105. The Boys - "Crazy" - 4.9167

104. Troop - "Sweet November" - 5.2375

103. Keith Sweat - "Make You Sweat" - 5.42083

102. Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill - "Where Do We Go From Here" - 5.45417

101. R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" - 5.54167

100. Quincy Jones & Tevin Campbell - "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)" - 5.60833

99. Damian Dame - "Exclusivity" - 5.61667

98. Tony! Toni! Toné! - "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" - 5.65833

97. R. Kelly & Public Announcement - "Honey Love" - 5.675

96. Boyz II Men - "Uhh Ahh" - 5.70833

95. Bell Biv DeVoe - "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?" - 5.725

94. Gerald Levert - "Baby Hold On To Me" - 5.75417

93. Hi-Five - "I Can't Wait Another Minute" - 5.78333

92. Skyy - "Real Love" - 5.85

91. Gerald Levert - "Private Line" - 5.96667

90. The Rude Boys - "Are You Lonely For Me" - 5.99167

89. Phyllis Hyman - "Don't Wanna Change The World" - 5.99583

88. Regina Belle - "Make It Like It Was" - 6

87. Color Me Badd - "I Adore Mi Amor" - 6.0375

86. Aaron Hall - "Don't Be Afraid" - 6.08333

85. Freddie Jackson - "Do Me Again" - 6.12083

84. Al B. Sure! - "Right Now" - 6.125

83. Surface - "The First Time" - 6.14583

82. Al B. Sure! - "Missunderstanding" - 6.22667

81. Samuelle - "So You Like What You See" - 6.25

80. Freddie Jackson - "Love Me Down" - 6.29167

79. LeVert - "Baby I'm Ready" - 6.3

78. Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Feels Good" - 6.30833

77. The Time - "Jerk Out" - 6.31667

76. Johnny Gill - "Wrap My Body Tight" - 6.37917

75. Tevin Campbell - "Alone With You" - 6.46667

74. Christopher Williams - "I'm Dreamin'" - 6.48333

73. Pebbles - "Giving You The Benefit" - 6.5

72. Quincy Jones feat. Ray Charles & Chaka Khan - "I'll Be Good To You" - 6.52083

71. BeBe & CeCe Winans - "I'll Take You There" - 6.55583

70. Teddy Pendergrass - "It Should've Been You" - 6.5625

69. Johnny Gill - "Rub You The Right Way" - 6.625

68. Tony! Toni! Toné! - "The Blues" - 6.6375

67. En Vogue - "Lies" - 6.67917

66. Ruby Turner - "It's Gonna Be Alright" - 6.69167

65. Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Whatever You Want" - 6.80833

64. Peabo Bryson - "Can You Stop The Rain" - 6.8125

63. Tracie Spencer - "Tender Kisses" - 6.8125

62. Miki Howard - "Ain't Nobody Like You" - 6.83333

61. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - "Let The Beat Hit 'Em" - 6.85417

60. Glenn Jones - "Here I Go Again" - 6.8625

59. Troop - "All I Do Is Think Of You" - 6.86667

58. Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up" - 6.875

57. MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This" - 6.92083

56. Pebbles & Babyface - "Love Makes Things Happen" - 6.925

55. Chuckii Booker - "Games" - 6.94583

54. Keith Sweat - "I'll Give All My Love To You" - 6.94583

53. Jodeci - "Stay" - 6.95

52. The Rude Boys - "Written All Over Your Face" - 6.96667

51. Keith Washington - "Kissing You" - 7.00833

50. Keith Sweat - "Keep It Comin'" - 7.01667

49. En Vogue - "You Don't Have To Worry" - 7.05417

48. Phil Perry - "Call Me" - 7.05417

47. Quincy Jones feat. Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge & Barry White - "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" - 7.125

46. Tevin Campbell - "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" - 7.125

45. Lionel Richie - "Do It To Me" - 7.22917

44. Babyface - "Tender Lover" - 7.27917

43. En Vogue - "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" - 7.33333

42. Lisa Stansfield - "You Can't Deny It" - 7.39583

41. Arrested Development - "Tennessee" - 7.5

40. Troop - "Spread My Wings" - 7.51667

39. Luther Vandross - "Power Of Love/Love Power" - 7.52083

38. Lisa Stansfield - "All Woman" - 7.53333

37. Boyz II Men - "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" - 7.55

36. Karyn White - "Romantic" - 7.625

35. Bobby Brown - "Humpin' Around" - 7.64167

34. Johnny Gill - "My, My, My" - 7.77083

33. C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - 7.81667

32. Vanessa Williams - "Save The Best For Last" - 7.8625

31. After 7 - "Can't Stop" - 7.89167

30. Boyz II Men - "End Of The Road" - 7.90917

29. BeBe & CeCe Winans - "Addictive Love" - 7.94167

28. Prince - "Thieves In The Temple" - 7.94583

27. Michael Jackson - "In The Closet" - 7.95833

26. Vanessa Williams - "Running Back To You" - 8.025

25. Mary J. Blige - "You Remind Me" - 8.1625

24. Ralph Tresvant - "Sensitivity" - 8.225

23. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime" - 8.27083

22. Jodeci - "Forever My Lady" - 8.33333

21. Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - "The Best Things In Life Are Free" - 8.375

20. After 7 - "Ready Or Not" - 8.575

19. Prince And The New Power Generation - "Diamonds And Pearls" - 8.58333

18. Lisa Fischer - "How Can I Ease The Pain" - 8.72917

17. Whitney Houston - "All The Man That I Need" - 8.7625

16. Jodeci - "Come & Talk To Me" - 8.83333

15. Mariah Carey - "Love Takes Time" - 8.95833

14. Bell Biv DeVoe - "Poison" - 9

13. Hi-Five - "I Like The Way (Kissing Game)" - 9.01667

12. Whitney Houston - "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - 9.08083

11. Lisa Stansfield - "All Around The World" - 9.20833

10. Janet Jackson - "Escapade" - 9.27083

9. Shanice - "I Love Your Smile" - 9.29167

8. En Vogue - "Hold On" - 9.32917

7. Michael Jackson - "Remember The TIme" - 9.38333

6. Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation" - 9.41667

5. TLC - "Baby-Baby-Baby" - 9.44583

4. En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" - 9.45

3. Mariah Carey - "Emotions" - 9.541672. Mariah Carey - "Vision Of Love" - 9.54167

1. Mary J. Blige - "Real Love" - 9.83333

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Just now, Tom Vercetti said:

so many songs but i'll try to do this.  

Thanks!

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I will definitely participate 

Give me ample time tho father

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4 minutes ago, Tom Vercetti said:

so many songs but i'll try to do this.  

this

 

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Lisa Stansfield - "All Around The World"

expect to see this masterpiece in the top 10 AT LEAST :jonny5:  

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WIG theres so many amazing songs in here

we love talent :jonny: 

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1 minute ago, Ventitonic said:

I will definitely participate 

Give me ample time tho father

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1 minute ago, Auburn said:

this

 

expect to see this masterpiece in the top 10 AT LEAST :jonny5:  

The deadline is provisionally in two months' time because of how many songs there are, but if people need a little longer, I wholeheartedly understand.

 

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I'll be doing this!!! Be great to hear a lot of these songs over again.

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1 minute ago, jdmc218 said:

I'll be doing this!!! Be great to hear a lot of these songs over again.

Knew I could count on you. :heart2:

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count me in. haven't heard some songs in years so it'll be fun to rediscover :jonny5:

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Just now, sparrowblue said:

count me in. haven't heard some songs in years so it'll be fun to rediscover :jonny5:

Looking forward to your ballot, babe!

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Whew, interesting. I'll do this

 

Uhh Ahh for the win

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4 minutes ago, Crescendolls. said:

Whew, interesting. I'll do this

 

Uhh Ahh for the win

 

Just now, Orpheus said:

Please add me to any tags to remind me to do this.

 

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1 hour ago, Bloomers said:

I'll try and do this. 

 

This looks fun.

 

54 minutes ago, Reverie said:

Love it

 

53 minutes ago, Clueless said:

I'm down

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Participating, however my averages will probably be disrespectful. 

 

The early 90s in general is like the most meh period the past 35 years. Too much run-of-the-mill AC ballads with no face, and the trends from that time aged the absolute worst.

 

I also think my 11 will actually probably be one of the least R&B songs included lol.

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1 hour ago, iHype. said:

Participating, however my averages will probably be disrespectful. 

 

The early 90s in general is like the most meh period the past 35 years. Too much run-of-the-mill AC ballads with no face, and the trends from that time aged the absolute worst.

 

I also think my 11 will actually probably be one of the least R&B songs included lol.

We can scrap - as Bruno has proven, people LOVE New Jack Swing how dare you. Take off your shoes and let's go.

 

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oof-a! 

 

i'll participate. 

 

I need En Vogue and SWV to snatch a bit!

 

EDIT: Oh, Weak was released in 1993... Mess

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I see The Queen of Freestyle '''Lisa Lisa''

 

 

 

These young kids don't know these R&B jams

 

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7 minutes ago, Bey_Rihstan said:

oof-a! 

 

i'll participate. 

 

I need En Vogue and SWV to snatch a bit!

 

EDIT: Oh, Weak was released in 1993... Mess

Glad to have you on the winning team sis!

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1 hour ago, iHype. said:

Participating, however my averages will probably be disrespectful. 

 

The early 90s in general is like the most meh period the past 35 years. Too much run-of-the-mill AC ballads with no face, and the trends from that time aged the absolute worst.

 

I also think my 11 will actually probably be one of the least R&B songs included lol.

 

Sus this last decade has been a disaster for R&B.

 

Then again yall love SZA and Miguel

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