DAR Music: The 7 Greatest Jodeci Singles

By @TrueGodImmortal

Jodeci is one of the greatest R&B groups of all time without question. Arriving in the game during the New Jack Swing era, the foursome would etch their legacy with a rugged image yet smooth ballads and love songs, as well as bedroom anthems. With their first two albums Forever My Lady and Diary Of A Mad Band, Jodeci set themselves on the path for R&B greatness. Over their tenure in the genre, they would release a ton of classic singles, and today, that's what we are here to discuss. Which Jodeci singles were the greatest? Well, we take a look at their 7 greatest singles and rank them. What makes no. 1? Read on and find out. Let's get into it.

7. Cry For You (1993)

-When we look back at Jodeci, one of the strongest singles and top songs in this catalog remains "Cry For You". Released as the first lead single from their sophomore album Diary Of A Mad Band, this Devante Swing production is a ballad of epic proportions. The song would see success, managing to hit the no. 1 spot on the Hot R&B Singles and top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was well deserved. This is one of the softer ballads for Jodeci, as some of their other singles teeter on the line between sexual and asking for forgiveness. This is a bit more on the softer side, from the lyrics "it's been an hour since you've been gone" to the actual title, but it all works very well. "Cry For You" is a legendary Jodeci song and as a single, it's one of their strongest efforts, thus it makes the list. We'll ignore the video with them singing in the desert however. 

6. Love U 4 Life (1995)

-I've always felt that this song was extremely underrated in the Jodeci catalog. As the second single from The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, this was truly one of the timeless gems that made the group so legendary. The production was perfect, the verses were flawless, and the hook? The hook takes the song to an entirely different level. If this song had performed better on the charts, I might have put it in the top 5 because it's one of my personal favorite Jodeci songs ever (honestly my 3rd favorite), and the infectious nature of the melody and harmony always draws in the listener. While their third album isn't seen as a classic compared to their first two, this single is one reminder of how great that project was in reality.

5. Freek'n You (1995)

-One of the more raunchy singles from the group, this track is probably more famous for the remix featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. The original however is still a classic in its own right, but I'll include both the original and remix in this selection as they both have different impacts. For me, I prefer the original as the harmony within the hook and the verses flow smoother over that production. This song was a big hit, cracking the Billboard Hot 100 (reaching no. 14) and being certified gold. It was the first single off their third album and a perfect way to lead into The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, which is underrated in its own right. "Freek'n You" is a true classic and easily one of the top 5 Jodeci singles.

4. Stay (1991)

-In terms of 90's R&B, this might be one of the essential ballads of the decade. As the opening keyboard hits and Devante begins speaking to open the song, JoJo then starts the track off with perfect vocals. There's a New Jack Swing vibe to this track, and the way the melody flows is executed flawlessly, as the group sings to their ladies and let them know they need to work things out. The harmony on the hook is probably the best it had ever been in the group's career and if you ever needed a song to play to a woman to let her know you want her back or don't want her to leave, this is the one. Jodeci was definitely famous for making anthems and this track is an anthem for a few different situations, but most of all, it sets the mood. Plus, I challenge you not to sing along to every word. I doubt you'll win that one. That's how infectious the entire song is.

3. Feenin (1993)

-So, two things: one, the woman who this song is sung about, I never want to meet. Two, this video is actually a classic video. The second single from Diary Of A Mad Band is one of my favorite tracks from the group, and it managed to hit no. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts and cracked no. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video would feature appearances from Snoop Dogg, Treach, and be directed by Hype Williams. The song itself is a smooth ballad that is centered around sex, as the group sings to the lady of their choice about their "addiction" to what she does and her body. K-Ci kicks off the song with the infamous lyrics "take my money.... my house and my car... for one hit of you, you can have it all", and it continues from there. All in all, "Feenin" is a classic and a top 3 Jodeci single period.

2. Forever My Lady (1991)

-The single that took this group to true superstardom and altered their career forever. The title track for their debut album. This song holds a special place for me because it was my actual first time hearing Jodeci. Sure, this was actually the second single from their first album, but it was the song that broke the group through the mainstream. Co-produced and written by Al B. Sure, this song is the epitome of New Jack Swing smoothness, as the track floats from each measure to the next, backed by the harmonic vocals of K-Ci, who carries the song. While this would be the song that made the group much more popular and give them success (it reached no. 1 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart), this doesn't top my list for their greatest single. It's close, but the no. 1 selection... well, let's take a look.

1. Come And Talk To Me (1991)

-You might not agree. That's fine. You'll get over it. The fourth single from their debut Forever My Lady, this track actually has a smooth yet upbeat vibe to it, and it is top tier in the Jodeci catalog.
From the production to the lyrics, all the way down to the harmony on the hook, this is the apex of Jodeci. This is peak Jodeci. This song would become the third straight no. 1 R&B hit for the group, and this one would nearly crack the top 10 on the Billboard 100, becoming the first Jodeci single to get that close at the time. It was the biggest hit from their debut and rightfully so. Everything about this song just works, and honestly, I consider this to be a top 10 single in 90's R&B period, possibly top 5. This is not only the best Jodeci single, but "Come And Talk To Me" is the greatest Jodeci song period. In my opinion, of course.



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