I’ve finally put together my 90s Slow Jams list.  I’ve moved away from generalizations and have pared it down to the most nostalgic songs of my childhood.

When I was 10 years old and in the fifth grade, it finally occurred to me that I could listen to the radio on my own — and on MY stations, not my parents’ — and I ended up discovering the wonders of Jam’n 94.5.  I fell into hip-hop and listened to no other station.

The first CD I bought on my own was TLC’s CrazySexyCool; the second was Boyz II Men’s II.  To this day, R&B is still my favorite genre of music.

Here is my perfect playlist, plucked from my 1995 boombox that I listened to with my door closed and the bathroom radio that I sang along with for way-too-long shower sessions:

  1. Blackstreet — Before I Let You Go
  2. TLC — Red Light Special
  3. Brandy — I Wanna Be Down
  4. Usher — Nice & Slow
  5. Shai — If I Ever Fall in Love
  6. R. Kelly — You Remind Me of Something
  7. Boyz II Men — On Bended Knee
  8. Mary J. Blige — Everything
  9. Keith Sweat — Nobody
  10. Monica — Before You Walk Out of My Life
  11. New Edition — Still in Love
  12. R. Kelly — Bump ‘n Grind
  13. Babyface — Every Time I Close My Eyes
  14. Keith Sweat — Twisted
  15. TLC — Take Our Time