Hot R&B Singles Review: 1995

Welcome back to another Hot R&B Singles Review. Let’s get started.


Baby-Brandy: This is another song from Brandy that’s just okay. It’s a 3/5.

Candy Rain-Soul For Real: Yeah, I never liked Candy Rain by Soul For Real. The singing ain’t that bad, but it’s still used for generic fluff that doesn’t rise above mediocrity. I honestly prefer the remix with Heavy D, which has a better beat. I give the original a 2/5.

This Is How We Do It-Montell Jordan: Now this is the jam right here. Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It is one of the ultimate bangers of the 90s. That beat slaps like crazy as it’s built around a Slick Rick sample. It’s about a house party in South Central LA where everyone’s having a good time and no drama occurs. I feel like you could play this and It Was A Good Day back-to-back since they revolve around a good day or night. Start your weekend off right with this one. I give This Is How We Do It a perfect 5/5.

Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)-Monica: This is the debut single from Monica and my feelings on her are almost the same as the one I have of Brandy where even though I’m not a huge fan of hers, I do like some of her music. The Brandy comparison is appropriate since both started their careers as teens and they were immensely successful in the mid-to-late 90s. Anyways, Don’t Take It Personal. It’s decent. Not great, but good. I like the production and Monica is a good singer. Although if you look at the lyrics, it’s about a girl going through her period.

Just one of them days
That a girl goes through
When I'm angry inside
Don't want to take it out on you
Just one of them days
Don't take it personal
I just wanna be all alone
And you think I treat you wrong
Don't take it personal
Baby, baby, baby, baby, don't take it personal

Yeah. I give this song a 3.5/5.

You Are Not Alone-Michael Jackson: Here’s the last Michael Jackson song to hit number one on the Hot 100, You Are Not Alone. It was also the first song in Hot 100 history to debut at number one. But this is another Michael song that isn’t one of my favorites. It’s a ballad with Michael is at his weakest vocally as he assures this girl that she isn’t alone. Also, it was written and produced by R. Kelly, who gave the song some of the sappiest production ever. This is far from one of the worst Michael Jackson songs, but he’s made better. I give it a 2/5.

Fantasy-Mariah Carey: Here’s the second song in Hot 100 history to debut at number one, Fantasy by Mariah Carey. This song is a goddamn classic. The production is bright and slamming and Mariah sounds like she’s having the time of her life, perfect for a summer playlist. All of that is thanks to how it flips Genius Of Love. Then again, every song that sampled Genius Of Love is better than Genius Of Love itself. The remix with Ol’ Dirty Bastard is equally as dope. I give this song a 5/5.

Who Can I Run To-Xscape: Meh. It’s a 2/5.

You Remind Me Of Something-R. Kelly: I said everything that I needed to be said about You Remind Me Of Something back in my Worst of ’96 list. The production’s weak and the premise is fucking stupid. R. Kelly is telling this girl that she reminds him of his Jeep. Seriously.

You remind me of my jeep, I want to ride it
Something like my sound, I want to pump it
Girl you look just like my cars, I want to wax it
And something like my bank account
I want to spend it, baby

It’s not just stupid, but it’s really unflattering as well with the way it objectifies the woman in question. This is one of R. Kelly’s worst songs and it should be remembered as the embarrassment that it is. I give it a 1/5.

Exhale (Shoop Shoop)-Whitney Houston: We end on Whitney Houston, who made Exhale (Shoop Shoop) for the soundtrack to Waiting To Exhale, a movie that she also starred in. It’s not a song that I love, but it’s alright. I’m not too crazy about the production, but Whitney still sounds great and I can get behind the idea of letting go and moving on. Overall, Exhale is okay and I would give it a 3/5.




This Is How We Do It


You Remind Me Of Something


Candy Rain

And those were the number one songs on the Hot R&B Singles chart of 1995. Next time, we’ll be looking at the number one Hot R&B Singles of 1996.



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4 thoughts on “Hot R&B Singles Review: 1995

  1. Baby is a fine enough song. Not something I’d go back to. I get some people would get bored by Candy Rain and the production is generic pop/R&B and the lyrics are cliched lovey dovey stuff, but I still enjoy the song, it’s well sung and catchy and it works as a pop song in my opinion. That being said their only other hit, “Every Little Thing I Do” is better and so is the remix. This Is How Do It to me is the quintessential 90’s jam and probably one of the best R&B party songs ever made. The performance to the production and the hook is all great and Montell really goes all out in this song and it’s a song that still holds up to this day. It’s a timeless classic that I’ll keep hearing over and over again. Too bad Montell never made another song as great as this again, but no other song he ever made was gonna top this one. Monica to me was an artist that was just okay. She could sing and was very talented, but like Brandy, while I do like some of her songs I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to all of them. They were more poppier R&B sensations and this particular song is just okay, but it’s not something that brings me back to listening to it, it simply just exists. You Are Not Alone is admittably one of MJ’s weakest hits. It’s a fine ballad, but still weaksauce by MJ’s standards. This also ended up being his final #1 in his entire lifetime. Too bad he went out with a generic ballad written by the disgusting human being known as R.Kelly. Next to Vision Of Love, Fantasy is far and away Mariah’s best song. It shows that Mariah is capable of making more than just ballads and generic pop songs and she can make party jams as well. The song bumps and still holds up very well to this day. And yes, it’s way better than Genius Of Love. Honestly, all of Xscape’s songs sound the same. They’re well sang, but at the end of the day, they’re boring to listen to. You Remind Me Of Something is easily R.Kelly’s worst song and it was also responsible for influencing that awful piece of audio feces known as Show Me by Kid Ink and Chris Brown (another shitty human being). Yeah, no thanks. Shoop to me is a song that simply exists. Whitney sings well, but the song doesn’t leave much of an impact to me and repeating Shoop ad nauseaum gets old. Overall, a meh year in R&B.

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  2. Baby was alright. Candy Rain was meh. This Is How We Do It is a really fun party jam that I still hear every now and then. Don’t Take It Personal is alright and I didn’t realize what is was about til looking at the lyrics now. Yeah You Are Not Alone I’ll admit is pretty weak compared to MJ’s great classics. But even then I still like it as a heartfelt ballad and MJ still gives a good vocal performance though that music video was pretty creepy. Fantasy is one of my favorite Mariah songs for how fun it sounds from the beat to Mariah’s singing. Mariah throughout most of the 90s could do no wrong. I pretty much enjoyed most of her 90s output. Who Can I Run To was meh. You Remind Me Of Something is admittedly pretty funny for me from the intro whispering to the chorus. Seriously, of all the cars in the world you’re comparing you’re girl to a Jeep! Aside from that, it sounds no different from your typical R&B song of the time. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) is alright but like You Are Not Alone it doesn’t hold up to Whitney’s great classics from the 80s and early 90s.

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  3. Thoughts on both Water Runs Dry by Boyz II Men and You Want This by Janet Jackson?


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