DAR Music: The 7 Greatest Boyz II Men Singles

By @TrueGodImmortal

Boyz II Men is one of the greatest R&B groups ever and quite possibly the most successful male R&B group of all time. Arriving in the 90's, the group dominated the charts throughout the decade and made a name for themselves as R&B legends. While their albums were hugely successful, it would be the singles they released that would crown them as kings in the genre. With a number of top 10 hits and classics that many remember, the question is, what is their greatest single? Today, we take a look at the 7 greatest Boyz II Men singles. Let's get into it.

7. A Song For Mama (1997)

-If there is one combination that creates flawless music together, it would be Boyz II Men and Babyface. Boyz II Men bring to life the songs that are written and produced by Babyface in a way that not many others could do. This is true for their contribution to the Soul Food soundtrack, as this song was essentially the theme for the movie in many ways. They would utilize the single for their third album Evolution and of course, this became a certified hit on the charts, becoming the group's last single to reach top 10 on the pop charts. This is a Mother's Day anthem that still gets played every year.

6. Uhh Ahh (1991)

-In essence, this is a slow jam that is often forgotten when discussing the other massive singles in the group's career. The biggest reason for that might be due to the fact this song didn't make the same impact on the pop charts as their previous singles, but on the R&B charts, this single dominated and rightfully so. Written together by Michael Bivins and members of the group, this song features an iconic countdown at the beginning and gives you a New Jack Swing bedroom anthem that was different from the style harmony displayed on the ballads on the rest of their debut album.

5. MotownPhilly (1991)

-The debut single that had all of the New Jack Swing charm to it has to make the list and it just got edged out for the top 3. It was hard ranking these singles because they all have certain purposes, and while "MotownPhilly" is literally one of the only upbeat singles in the group's epic 90's run ("Thank You" is the other), it worked very well. With Dallas Austin producing and Michael Bivins assisting with the songwriting, there was no way that this wouldn't be a hit. If this comes on at a throwback party, it still can get people on the dance floor without question.

4. Water Runs Dry (1995)

-Boyz II Men is known for their ballads and softer songs, and well, this is one of the best of them. The group would of course get some production and songwriting assistance from Babyface and as always, the result was something special. With a smooth melody and impeccable harmony, the group delivers a song about making sure lovers do not let time pass them by and fix things before it gets too late. The song in essence is your standard R&B ballad but the harmony and the guitar riff carried it to a higher level.

3. On Bended Knee (1994)

-This list is heavily populated by Babyface written and produced songs, but this is one of the exceptions. This single is one of the most prized ballads in their catalog, with famed songwriters and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis handling the work on that end. The group delivers on the harmony and the hook is one of the catchiest of the 90's R&B ballads IMO. Honestly, of all the singles on this list, this might actually be my favorite, which speaks to how good this song is.

2. I'll Make Love To You (1994)

-It took a lot for me to put this at no. 2 instead of no. 1, but it was hard to argue against the no. 1 selection in terms of legacy. Now, don't get me wrong, this song has a legacy of its own and is one of the biggest singles in the history of music period. It stayed on the charts for 14 weeks at no. 1, which was a record until it was broken by another song that featured the group ("One Sweet Day"). The single would win a Grammy and is tied to the overall legacy of the group in a major way, even managing to get a top 20 ranking on Billboard's list of the All Time Top 100 songs. With the single being so successful, you might wonder who was behind the production and songwriting I'm sure. Your answer is in many of the other choices on this list: Babyface.

1. End Of The Road (1992)

-When you have a song that transcends the genre and has become the official anthem for anything coming to an end, it is hard to go against that. With Babyface (of course) and L.A. Reid handling the production and songwriting, the group delivers one of the greatest songs of all time. Everything from Mike talking in the intro to Nate and Wanya handling the vocals in the opening verse to the amazing harmony in the hook to the breakdown at the end, this song is honestly a work of art. I have gone on record to say that this is one of the 10 greatest songs of all time, and it is largely in put to being one of best put together tracks I've ever heard. This is the pinnacle of R&B greatness and Boyz II Men would be rewarded with this single hitting no. 1 on the charts for 13 weeks. 



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