There were a lot of male groups throughout the 90’s. It was arguably the best time for Male groups since the 60’s. I took a poll from a group of 8 people and this is what we came up with. I want you to think about all the groups back in that time and you tell me if you agree or disagree with my colleagues and me. The criteria are that the groups had to drop their first album in the 90’s.
5. Dru Hill make it’s breakthrough in 1996 with their first single “Tell Me”, which was featured on the soundtrack to the Whoopi Goldberg film Eddie, and was a Top 5 R&B hit. All four members took turns singing lead, with Sisqó making the biggest impression on audiences with his dancing style, and bleached-blond hair. The Sisqó-led and the album’s second single, “In My Bed”, was the group’s first Top 5 pop hit and first #1 R&B hit. Jazz took the lead on the third single, “Never Make a Promise”, which became a second #1 R&B hit. The album’s fourth and final single, “5 Steps”, which the group wrote themselves, did great on the charts as well. Enter the Dru hit the ground running with its lead single “How Deep is Your Love” and “These are the Times” the album went double platinum. After that album the group seems to split up and get back together with Sisqo earning solo success it made it hard for the group to have the same chemistry.
4. Jagged Edge Jagged Edge began their mainstream recording career with the single “The Way That You Talk”. They followed this in 1998 with the album, A Jagged Era which managed to go gold featuring the singles “I Gotta Be” and “The Way That You Talk”. “I Gotta Be” which was written by the twins, reached #11 on the R&B charts and #23 on the Hot 100. Best known for the Albums J.E. Heartbreak and Jagged Little Thrill which both went Platinum Jagged Edge is known for their baby making classics.
3. Blackstreet released their first single in 1993, titled “Baby Be Mine”, featuring Joseph Stonestreet on lead, produced by Teddy Riley, and written by Teddy Riley and Joseph Stonestreet. However, Stonestreet left the group shortly after the single was released (due to personal issues) and was replaced by Dave Hollister. Their debut album, Blackstreet, was a platinum-selling success, featuring the singles “Booti Call”, “Before I Let You Go”, and “Joy”, two of which were Top 40 hits. The follow-up, 1996’s Another Level was a breakthrough success due to the top single “No Diggity” (with Dr. Dre), which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with the Top 40 hit “Don’t Leave Me” which was a big hit in 1996. Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart. “No Diggity” is ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs.
2. Jodeci know for their rough hip hop image and sexual lyrics consists of two pairs of brothers from Hampton, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina: Cedric & Joel Hailey and Donald & Dalvin DeGrate, all respectively known by their stage names: K-Ci & JoJo, DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin. The group’s name is a combination of the names from all four members: Jo-Jo, DeGrate, and K-Ci.released their debut album Forever My Lady in 1991 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album produced five singles, three of which topped the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: “Forever My Lady”, “Stay”, and “Come and Talk to Me”, The Album went triple-platinum. In 1993, the group released its second studio album, Diary of a Mad Band, which peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album received a double-platinum certification by the RIAA, and spawned three singles: “Cry for You”, “Feenin'”, and “What About Us”. The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995) was the group’s third, as well as most successful, album. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It was Jodeci’s only album to chart outside of the United States, peaking at number four on the UK Albums Chart and appearing on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and the Dutch Mega Album Top 100. The Show, the After Party, the Hotel produced three singles, including “Freek’n You”, which charted within the top 15 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and was certified gold by the RIAA.The single also charted on the Australian and Dutch Singles Chart. Even through the group has not dropped since 1995 there music is still highly request. People would love to see this group back together but it probably will never happen at this point. I guess we could always dream.
1. Boyz II Men first album, Cooleyhighharmony, was released on Motown in 1991 and was produced by Michael Bivins. Boyz II Men’s first single, the Dallas Austin-produced “Motownphilly” featured a rap cameo by Michael Bivins that gives the story of how he met Boyz II Men. The second single was an a capella cover of a classic Motown tune, G.C. Cameron’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” from the 1975 film Cooley High, while “Uhh Ahh” served as the third single. Cooleyhighharmony achieved major success, eventually selling over nine million copies and winning the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1992 Grammy Awards. After releasing a Christmas compilation, Christmas Interpretations in 1993, Boyz II Men returned to the studio for their highly anticipated sophomore effort. In 1994, II was released. II sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone, becoming one of the best-selling albums ever released by an R&B group act, and one of the biggest albums of the decade. Boyz II Men finished with 9 Top-Ten singles and 4 Grammy Awards. Boyz II Men is one of the most successful Male R&B groups of all time.
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As I think about the groups that started in the 90’s I cannot really argue with your top 5 not sure I put Blackstreet in there. I probably would put 112 over them. You should do top 5 female R&B groups of the 90s or top male artist of the 90’s
Blackstreet should get an honorable mention. Include 112
Move Dru Hill down too and include Toni Tone Tony
Yeah Toni Tone Tony drop there first album in 1988 so they could not be included. I think no doubt they would have made the list. 112 barely missed the cut.