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Slow jams: The 25 greatest R&B songs from the '90s

Yardbarker Logo By Mya Singleton of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 26: Every so often, music industry executives, artists and fans will say, "R&B is dead" and then questions start to emerge, comparing today's R&B to its counterpart in the past. Where are the love ballads? Why don't men plead for their love while singing in the rain anymore? Who are the powerhouse singers of today? However, it's not so much that R&B has completely disappeared into a musical abyss but rather that the genre has changed over time. One of the best eras of R&B music is arguably the '90s. During that decade, music fans were gifted with a surplus of groups with distinct styles, the emergence of subgenres such as New Jack Swing and neo soul and classic songs being crafted by producers and songwriters such as Babyface, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to name a few. Although the R&B sound has changed over the last 30 years, the '90s sound is still sampled and appreciated by today's rising stars. In honor of one of music's most timeless eras, here's a list of 25 of the greatest R&B songs of the '90s.

The 25 greatest R&B songs of the '90s

Every so often, music industry executives, artists and fans will say, "R&B is dead" and then questions start to emerge, comparing today's R&B to its counterpart in the past. Where are the love ballads? Why don't men plead for their love while singing in the rain anymore? Who are the powerhouse singers of today? However, it's not so much that R&B has completely disappeared into a musical abyss but rather that the genre has changed over time. One of the best eras of R&B music is arguably the '90s. 

During that decade, music fans were gifted with a surplus of groups with distinct styles, the emergence of subgenres such as New Jack Swing and neo soul and classic songs being crafted by producers and songwriters such as Babyface, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to name a few. Although the R&B sound has changed over the last 30 years, the '90s sound is still sampled and appreciated by today's rising stars. In honor of one of music's most timeless eras, here's a list of 25 of the greatest R&B songs of the '90s.

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