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Top 20 Male R&B Artists of 80s and 90s

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R&B Music of 1980s and 1990s

Best 80s R&B Male Singers and 90s R&B Male Artists

80s R&B male singers, along with 90s R&B male artists, are within the genre of Rhythm and Blues, which is music that keeps you in your feelings. With words that pierce through the walls that you have created to lock all that energy you see as negative out, and tunes that have you smiling and slow dancing with yourself in your sitting room with a glass of wine in your hand or with a love one.

Since its origin in the 1940s to 1950s, different artists have mastered the arts of blessing our souls with beautiful music, and since then there have been different R&B songs which had delved into the very core of our being.  That said, here is a list of the R&B music that easily rocked our world, way back in the 80s and 90s.

Top 20 80s R&B Male Singer / 90s R&B Male Artists:

1. Boyz II Men. Hit after hit, Boyz II Men would reign throughout the 1990s as their success was unstoppable after releasing five very successful albums during the 1990s.

2. Usher. From the album My Way to his other classic album of Confessions, Usher has had one of the most successful careers as a R&B artists.

3. New Edition. Their start in the beginning of the 1980s, which featured Bobby Brown, Michael Bivens and others, had multiple platinum selling records in the 1980s and 1990s.

4. R. Kelly. Despite all of the controversy, R.Kelly is probably the greatest selling male R&B artists of all-time with over 10 platinum selling albums and numerous number one hit singles.

5. Bobby Brown. His solo career was almost equally as successful as New Edition with two multi-platinum selling albums.

6. Keith Sweat. A very long career that consisted of successful chart making albums from the 1980s to the 2010s.

7. Ginuwine. With one of the biggest R&B hits, “Pony”, Ginuwine would arrive and continue his success during the 90s and 2000s.

8. Brian McKnight. Arriving on the scene during the early 90s, Brian McKnight quickly became a fan favorite throughout multiple decades.

9. Gerald Levert. With music talents running deep through his blood, since his father was part of the O’Jays, Gerald Levert would create his own separate career that became well acclaimed, from “Private Line” to “In My Songs”.

10. Jodeci. While being more for the grownups of the R&B fanbase, Jodeci would dominate the R&B group scene during the early 90s.

11. Tony! Toni! Toné!. Starting in the late 80s and ending a successful career in the late 90s, this trio, featuring Raphael Saadiq, would become known for singles like “Anniversary”.

12. Blackstreet. With super producer Teddy Riley, Blackstreet would become very successful during the 1990s, especially with the hit “No Diggity”.

13. Johnny Gill. Despite releasing music during the 1980s, not until the 1990s would Johnny Gill reach success with his Motown release, the self-titled Johnny Gill.

14. Joe. While his first album was “Everything”, not until the following two, “All That I Am” and “My Name is Joe”, did he receive recognition and true success within his career.

15. Bell Biv Devoe. One of the largest R&B acts of the early 1990s, especially with the classic album Poison.

16. Tevin Campbell. With a number of hits of under of his belts, it did not take long for Tevin to rise to stardom and to easily become a fan favorite.

17. Montell Jordan. Known for the hit single, “This Is How We Do It”, Jordan would continue to have success throughout the 90s, and somewhat during the early 2000s.

18. Jagged Edge. With the help of Jermaine Dupri and the So So Def imprint, this street meets classic melodies group of Jagged Edge grew quite a fan base during the late 90s and early 2000s.

19. 112. One of Bad Boys Records first R&B groups who were able to work with Notorious BIG and release classic songs like “Peaches and Cream”.

20. Guy. Another Teddy Riley creation with the help of the Hall brothers, this group had quite some success, especially during the late 80s with their albums of “Guy” and “The Future”.

Honorable Mention 90s R&B Male Artists / 80s R&B Male Singers

Al B Sure. Despite only having one truly successful album, “In Effect Mode”, he would continue to have chart topping hits throughout the relevancy of his career.

Color Me Badd. Known for their hit single from New Jack City, “I Wanna Sex You Up”, would release a classic debut album.

El Debarge. Not much success after his debut self-titled album, DeBarge would still be remember as one of the more popular artists of his time, preferably the late 80s to the early 90s.

TQ. Not nearly successful as other artists, but still was well respected and more known for collaborations with gangster rappers.

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