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Final Results! The Greatest Songs of the 90s!


Over the course of several weeks, thousands of SoulTrackers nominated and then voted on the Greatest Soul Songs of the 1990s. The results were a great selection of essential albums for Soul Music lovers. We hope you like it!  


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 Boyz II Men

Michael Jackson

 Whitney Houston 

Johnny Gill 


1 End of the Road - Boyz II Men 51%
2 Remember the Time- Michael Jackson 46%
3 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston 45%
4 My, My, My - Johnny Gill 45%
5 Sumthin' Sumthin' - Maxwell 43%
6 Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder) - Maxwell 39%
7 Waterfalls - TLC 39%
8 Whenever, Wherever, Whatever- Maxwell 39%
9 Body And Soul - Anita Baker 39%
10 Brown Sugar - D'Angelo 39%
11 Killing Me Softly - The Fugees 38%
12 Fortunate - Maxwell 38%
13 I Apologize - Anita Baker 38%
14 I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men 38%
15 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men 38%
16 Your Secret Love - Luther Vandross 38%
17 Anniversary - Tony! Toni! Tone! 37%
18 No Ordinary Love - Sade 37%
19 Can We Talk - Tevin Campbell 37%
20 I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly 36%
21 Power of Love/Love Power - Luther Vandross 36%
22 All Around The World - Lisa Stansfield 36%
23 Hold On - En Vogue 35%
24 I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston 35%
25 Real Love  - Mary J Blige 34%
26 Kiss of Life - Sade 34%
27 Your Body's Callin - R Kelly 34%
28 Til The Cops Come Knockin' - Maxwell 33%
29 Weak - SWV 33%
30 You Put a Move On My Heart - Quincy Jones feat. Tamia 33%
31 On & On - Erykah Badu 32%
32 What Kind of Man Would I Be - Mint Condition 32%
33 Breathe Again - Toni Braxton 31%
34 Exhale (Shoop Shoop) -  Whitney Houston 31%
35 Forever My Lady - Jodeci 31%
36 Practice What You Preach - Barry White 31%
37 Nobody's Suppose To Be Here - Deborah Cox 31%
38 Breakin' My Heart - Mint Condition 31%
39 How Can I Ease The Pain - Lisa Fischer 31%
40 I Love Your Smile - Shanice 31%
41 No Scrubs - TLC 30%
42 These Three Words - Stevie Wonder 30%
43 Get Here - Oleta Adams 30%
44 Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill 30%
45 This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan 30%
46 Another Sad Love Song - Toni Braxton 30%
47 Creep - TLC 30%
48 If You Love Me - Brownstone 30%
49 Not Gon' Cry  - Mary J Blige 30%
50 Untitled (How Does It Feel) - D'Angelo 30%
51 No Diggity - Blackstreet 29%
52 Ready or Not - After 7 29%
53 I Wanna Be Down - Brandy 29%
54 Let's Chill - Guy 29%
55 Can You Stop the Rain - Peabo Bryson 29%
56 Where I Wanna Be - Donell Jones 28%
57 The Sweetest Thing -The Fugees featuring Lauryn Hill 28%
58 Save The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams 28%
59 The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica 28%
60 Feels Good - Tony! Toni! Tone! 28%
61 Stay - Jodeci 28%
62 Song For Mama - Boyz II Men 27%
63 Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey 27%
64 Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe 27%
65 I'm Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston 27%
66 No More Rain (In This Cloud) - Angie Stone 27%
67 Motownphilly - Boyz II Men 27%
68 A Heart Is A House Of Love - The Dells 26%
69 Hey Mr DJ - Zhane 26%
70 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five 26%
71 This Is For The Lover In You - Babyface 26%
72 All The Things (Your Man Won't Do) - Joe 26%
73 Spend my life with you  - Eric Benet and Tamia 26%
74 The Best Things in Life Are Free - Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross 26%
75 Bag Lady - Erykah Badu 25%
76 One In A Million - Aaliyah 25%
77 Sweet Lady - Tyrese 25%
78 Who Can I Run To - Xscape 25%
79 I'm Ready - Tevin Campbell 25%
80 They Don't Know - Jon B 25%
81 When You've Been Blessed - Patti Labelle 25%
82 With You-Tony Terry 25%
83 If I Ever Fall In Love Again - Shai 24%
84 When Can I See You - Babyface 24%
85 Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men 24%
86 Kissing You - Keith Washington 24%
87 Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson 24%
88 Love's Taken Over - Chante Moore 24%
89 Tell Me - Groove Theory 24%
90 Emotions - Mariah Carey 24%
91 Kiss From A Rose - Seal 24%
92 Groove Thang - Zhane 23%
93 Soon As I Get Home -Faith Evans 23%
94 Don't Walk Away - Jade 23%
95 For You - Kenny Lattimore 23%
96 Black or White - Michael Jackson 23%
97 For The Cool In You - Babyface 23%
98 In My Bed - Dru Hill 23%
99 Missing You - Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan 23%
100 Sensitivity - Ralph Tresvant 23%


So what do you think of this poll? Leave your comments below!



Good list. I have to say

Good list. I have to say that I forgot how many good songs there were in the 90s.

Nice job putting in Will

Nice job putting in Will Downing, Quincy Jones and a few others I didn't expect

Going to be pretty

Going to be pretty interesting to see how this one ends...

The 90s were filled with so many good music memories@

ain't nothing like a lil soul


LOOKING AT THESE GREAT SONGS, ONE MUST SAY - THE NINETIES REALLY WAS A SOULFUL ERA. Lots of great musicians with great songs. Hey, Joe did'nt feature anywhere -Very Soulful Guy No? But contrary to what some say, the nineties had Great Soul Music Lots of It Too!!

Hey Chris, I'm a little

Hey Chris,
I'm a little disappointed in the final 200 songs to be voted on in this poll.
Where did all these songs come from? When I reviewed the lists of what people sent in, many, a lot, of the songs on the list of 200 were not sent in. Many of these songs now appear on the final list of 100. It puzzles me and makes me wonder who made up this list of the Greatest Songs of the 90s? Out of what I saw nominated, only about 35% on are the list at all. Of the 35 or so songs that I nominated, I only see a few made it to the final list. These are supposed to be the "Greatest Songs" of a decade. Many of the songs on the list barely made radio play and a lot didn't even chart.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the songs on the list of 100 are not good, but again where did they come from?

Good question. We had

Good question. We had around 750 songs nominated. Some were posted on the site, but hundreds came in individual emails we received. So only maybe 30% of the ones we received made it to the final 200. We tried to get some of the biggest songs in, but also tried to get a good representation of a lot of artists (so, do we put in a 5th Maxwell single or get in one by Brand New Heavies?). And even with all that, we missed some great songs that didn't get nominated (e.g., "Deep Waters" by Incognito). But every song that made the 200 was nominated at least once. And, of course, what you see in the top 100 is purely based on the votes we've received so far. Hope this helps!

Chris, Thanks for your reply

Thanks for your reply and I appreciate it. I know that picking the "Greatest Songs" of a decade is hard to do, but the poll is about the greatest songs, not a representation of great artists. I am amazed that 750 songs were nominated, but were not listed for everyone to see. Having been a DJ on California pop radio for over 10 years during the 90s, a lot of Soul songs crossed over and received much air play, but I don't see a lot of them on the list. Agreed that the 90s produced many great artists, but not great songs. So, all in all, I have to agree that what is being hailed as the "greatest songs" is just that. Thanks for doing a great job of picking what will represent the greatest songs of the 90s.
Oh, I'm still a fan of Soul Tracks. You and your staff do an outstanding job and do remember that it is appreciated. THANKS!

PS Forgot to mention that I

Forgot to mention that I have a collection of well over 10,000 CDs, not to mention 45s, LPs, cassettes and reel to reel tapes, I have just about all the songs on your lists of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. I just finished making a compilation of the 60s and have started on the 70s.

Of all the Mariah Carey

Of all the Mariah Carey songs what happened to
'vision of love'What happened to Whitney Houston 'it's not right but it's ok' and Faith Evans 'never let you go'.

I have to agree with

I have to agree with surban54. I'm quite disappointed with this list. It seems as though some of the songs that were nominated were not even verified that they were released in the 90's. LL Cool J - I Need Love? Really!?!? That was released in 1987!! Keith Sweat - I Want Her and Make it Last Forever? Again, both of these were released in the 80's!!! And how is Make It Last Forever on the list of the Greatest Songs of the 80's and 90's!?!? Practice what you preached wasn't released in the 90's either. Although, I realize that a lot of songs were submitted and appreciate your efforts in compiling this list, it would be better appreciated if the songs were at least released during that decade.

Good catch on the Keith

Good catch on the Keith Sweat. We tried to verify dates on the hundreds of nominations that came in, but must've missed a few. But "Practice What You Preach" was 1994, so that's in there.

Thank you for taking time

Thank you for taking time out to respond. I stand corrected. My source for Practice what you Preach was incorrect. I do realize that it's difficult to verify all the songs submitted so I'm not dismissing your effort. I truly enjoy the site and reviewing and reminiscing of the songs of the past. Thanks!

Miss Deborah Chicago,

Miss Deborah
Chicago, IL

Great list. All the songs were smooth and soulful. I love Michael Jackson, but the song "Black or White", more pop than soul, other than that one, still an excellent list.

U.N.V. I am So In Love With

U.N.V. I am So In Love With You. - It seems this was missed by all of us. - Truly one of the most soulful songs of all time. Ps. Practice What You Preach is in the 1990'S - I personally nominated that track. Also, Soul Music must give a good message - 'All that I am" by Joe had a good message. "The Things your man won't do"? I ain't no preacher, but that message sounds like danger, no?

THE WHISPERS??? The Greatest Omission by all of us - Shame on Us - Chocolate Girl, Iam gonna make you my Wife, etc. That Album had many Classics!!!

It doesn't surprise me about

It doesn't surprise me about Boyz II Men - they dominated the early 90's! Congrats to them!

Awesome list. How many of

Awesome list. How many of these songs were written by Babyface? And why has he virtually disappeared?

Awesome list. How many of

Awesome list. How many of these songs were written by Babyface? And why has he virtually disappeared?