【歌單】40首1996年R&B金曲


一如既往,流暢的R&B樂曲跟動人情歌充斥1996年,本年度重點有:

  1. 不少優質電影原聲帶紛紛搶攻市場,如:《夕陽公園》(Sunset Park)、《辣姐妹》(Set It Off)、《隨身變》(The Nutty Professor)、《終極高校》(High School High)、《愛恨一線間》(A Thin Line Between Love & Hate)、《怪物奇兵》(Space Jam)、《笑槍走火》(Don't Be a Menace)、《瘋狂總教練》(Eddie)、《冤家路窄》(Bulletproof)、《精靈也瘋狂》(Kazaam)等,尤其《夢醒時分》(Waiting to Exhale)狂賣五百萬張表現最突出。

  2. 5月11日,四位現今仍活躍的男歌手初次打進節奏藍調單曲榜:凱斯(Case)、唐尼爾瓊斯(Donell Jones)、肯尼拉提莫(Kenny Lattimore)及麥斯威爾(Maxwell)。值得一提,凱斯選唱史提夫汪達(Stevie Wonder)之〈Knocks Me Off My Feet〉作為第二主打(同年泰文坎貝爾 (Tevin Campbell)和路瑟范德魯斯(Luther Vandross)亦推出各自詮釋版本),成功打響名號,而受史提夫汪達啟蒙的麥斯威爾更被拿來與前輩相提並論。

  3. 美聲姐妹合唱團(SWV)之〈Use Your Heart〉成績不俗(流行榜No. 22、節奏藍調榜No. 6),讓負責譜寫本曲、由菲瑞威廉斯(Pharrell Williams)與Chad Hugo組成、身為New Jack Swing開山祖師泰迪瑞利(Teddy Riley)徒弟的海王星(The Neptunes)初嚐走紅滋味。

  4. 曾和菲瑞威廉斯共處同個創作團隊的提姆巴蘭(Timbaland),1994年幫喬戴西合唱團(Jodeci)、Sista製作,然而1996年攜手蜜西艾略特(Missy Elliott)操刀艾莉亞(Aaliyah)專輯《One in a Million》才攀上顛峰,以〈If Your Girl Only Knew〉攻頂節奏藍調單曲榜,隨後再憑吉納文(Ginuwine)的〈Pony〉奪下第一,可謂無往不利。

  5. 越來越多節奏藍調作品融入嘻哈或其他元素,純種R&B勢力逐步減弱,因此入榜的R&B歌曲數量下滑,從1990年的350首降至240首。

 01. Ginuwine - "Pony" [500 Music, 9/7]
 02. Aaliyah - "One in a Million" [Blackground, 11/16]
 03. Aaliyah - "If Your Girl Only Knew" [Blackground, 8/31]
 04. Blackstreet - "No Diggity" [Interscope, 10/12]
 05. D'Angelo - "Lady" [EMI, 3/2]
 06. Ghost Town DJs - "My Boo" [So So Def, 7/6]
 07. 702 - "Steelo" [Biv 10, 9/14]
 08. Horace Brown - "One for the Money" [Motown, 3/30]
 09. Toni Braxton - "You're Makin' Me High" [LaFace, 6/8]
 10. Keith Sweat - "Twisted" [Elektra, 6/22]

 11. Maxwell - "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" [Columbia, 8/17]
 12. Dru Hill - "Tell Me" [Island, 8/24]
 13. SWV - "Use Your Heart" [RCA, 8/17]
 14. New Edition - "Hit Me Off" [MCA, 8/31]
 15. 112 - "Only You" [Bad Boy, 6/1]
 16. Xscape - "Can't Hang" [So So Def, 4/6]
 17. Blackstreet - "Don't Leave Me" [Interscope, 12/14]
 18. Keith Sweat - "Nobody" [Elektra, 10/5]
 19. R. Kelly - "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" [Jive, 3/2]
 20. Fugees - "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [Ruffhouse, 3/2]

 21. SWV - "You're the One" [RCA, 4/20]
 22. Mint Condition - "What Kind of Man Would I Be" [Perspective, 9/7]
 23. Mary J. Blige - "Not Gon' Cry" [Arista, 1/27]
 24. Monica - "Ain't Nobody" [Rowdy, 6/15]
 25. Michael Jackson - "They Don't Care About Us" [Epic, 6/8]
 26. Gina Thompson - "The Things That You Do" [Mercury, 7/6]
 27. Az Yet - "Last Night" [LaFace, 8/24]
 28. Case - "Touch Me Tease Me" [Def Jam, 5/11]
 29. Total - "Kissin' You" [Bad Boy, 5/4]
 30. 112 - "Come See Me" [Bad Boy, 11/9]

 31. Jodeci - "Get on Up" [MCA, 5/18]
 32. Total - "Do You Think About Us?" [Bad Boy, 10/26]
 33. Groove Theory - "Keep Tryin'" [Epic, 2/10]
 34. En Vogue - "Don't Let Go (Love)" [EastWest, 11/9]
 35. D'Angelo - "Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine" [EMI, 7/13]
 36. Me'Shell Ndegeocello - "Who Is He and What Is He to You" [Maverick, 10/19]
 37. Mista - "Blackberry Molasses" [EastWest, 6/29]
 38. Alfonzo Hunter - "Just the Way" [EMI, 9/21]
 39. R. Kelly - "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" [Jive, 7/13]
 40. Montell Jordan - "I Like" [Def Jam, 6/29]






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