“What Was I Listening To?!” Music That Just Didn’t Hold Up Over The Years

September 23, 2013 ‐ By Renay Alize


We always laud the ’90’s and early 2000s as a time for great music. When we turn on the radio today, we realize they just don’t do it like they used to. And that’s true, that decade and the first few years of the new millennium provided us with some great music. And though there were songs and groups we used to swear by back in the day, if we listen again, we’ll realize that these songs just don’t do it for us these days. I have a theory that because the ’90’s was full of real vocalists, we didn’t mind the balance of musicians who had subpar vocals but made up for it in star quality. Here are the artists we really thought had something, only to listen now and realize they just don’t do it for us anymore.

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  • Chels Kae

    Umm yeah.. I still bump Spice Girls, on a regular basis. Have you listened to “2 Becomes 1”?. That song will never get old..

  • Nathalie Jürgen

    b2k for life

  • sarahnicolejane

    Sooooooo reading this list, I realized the writer is not old enough to write about songs in the 90s. Moodring was Mya’s last relevant album and it wasn’t even that relevant. Were you in elementary school when “It’s all about me” came out? Jagged edge can’t be mentioned without talking about the song that put them on the map: Gotta be. Speaking of 90s music- how can you even have this list without mentioning Shai, Troop, Jade…I never comment but somebody who was above 10 yrs old in the 90s needs to rewrite this list. No offense, but this list was offensive to the adults who actually were of age in the 90s. #justsayin And I’m not trying to be brutal like some of the other commentators…This is just a fact. Perhaps they could be nicer about stating it, but you aren’t qualified to write this list. The topic was very interesting though.

    • Guest

      Now that is the truth!!

    • Tiffani Keaton

      Have to agree with you…I saw Jagged Edge last year in cleveland and they vocals is ON POINT..

  • Staph

    R&B is a hard genre to succeed in, it is bundled with Hip Hop. Not only do R&B singers have to compete with other R&B singers for top spots but against rappers too! This list is erroneous on so many levels, especially the Jagged Edge entry — the radio played their music last weekend and it still sounded better than 99% of all current male singers. They didn’t need to constantly talk about sex to slang CD’s. They actually talked about grown man issues but I digress….

  • CBD

    I still listen to Total, Jagged Edge, Ashanti, 702 and Mya, they can be currently found on my mp3 player as of now. J.E. Heartbreak is still a banger to this day. This list is so wrong, if I think about the current music acts, they are not known for vocals, including Beyonce, very few like Emeli Sande, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Adele, etc are vocalist. The current music will not hold the test of time, very few I will be listening to even a month, year or 5 years from now.

  • It’s Me!

    I was with you until you got to Jagged Edge. You probably only remember the slow songs because they sound soo damn good singing them, but they had PLENTY of banging uptempo songs! Even my 8 year old daughter loves their music and she wasn’t even around in their hey-day…give them credit.

  • danx3

    ashanti never bleached her skin or wore dry blonde wigs….. maybe thats why she never really took off

  • Chas

    I’m so glad i’m not the only person who cannot listen to Jagged Edge

  • bluekissess

    Based on these comments MN “done shook the table” ( in my kitchen Michelle voice) with jagged edge. Smh that’s one group I can listen to.

  • Missme

    I guess I’m the only one who thought Jagged Edge were subpar at best, but I’m in the era of the early 90s with Boys II Men and Jodeci so…

  • bigdede

    Don’t understand this list. Jagged Edge from real? Also you included 702? Those girls can sing and I still listen to them. Now even back then in the 90’s everyone said JLo couldn’t sing, that Ashanti wasn’t a great vocalist and said Baby too much. No one thought B2K were great singers. Total never had great vocals, just like Spice Girls, only one of the members could actually sing. This is nothing new. People were saying this back in the 90’s. Now Blaque was good. Bring it on to me was a great song.

  • chocolatcupcake

    Spice Girls were tight! Fall back, Miss Alize…

  • Nicki

    Total sound awful! You all are so wrong for pulling that out the crates! Ha that should have stayed buried. I can’t stop laughing. Sometimes you all are as evil as media takeout! LOL

  • JTerry

    The fact that Jagged Edge is on this list takes away all credibility of the rest of it for me.

  • Candace La’Chelle Johnson

    All of jagged edge music started to sound the same after a while like walked outta heaven good luck charm etc it sounded repetitive

  • You done lost it. Mya’s Moodring is STILL a banger and relevant. I revived that album 2 years ago and was impressed that it could help boost my self-confidence.

  • Uhh

    Every group/singer you listed made better songs than anything out right now and I don’t really like J Lo and Ashanti.

    • Mia

      Cosign! Every word

  • mnvm

    Who ever wrote this list was wayyyyyy off

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    wish i could slap the author for saying that stuff about jagged edge! so many babies was made to their music.

    • Mia

      And those babies are now those crazy az teens we all hate, so maybe JE does belong on the list!

      • YesIdid

        LOOOOLL *Dead*

  • A_Tay

    Lol this list is everything! Anatomy 1 on 1 is the only song I still listen to on that Mya album! I used to love Ashanti but cant get into her new music. I also have to admit that I used to drool over J Boog but B2K doesnt have the same affect it used to. I know its not right but thats the reason I cant take Omarion serious with MMG today. And I Still Love You is the only 702 song I still listen to. I was 14 when that first Beyonce CD came out, I didnt appreciate the music on there then like I do now

  • Lala

    I disagree with most of this list. It’s the songs of today that won’t stand the test of time. Anytime I hear most of the songs on this list I feel nostalgic. There is nothing like a good throwback.

  • IllyPhilly

    I still rock out to all these folks.

  • enlightenment

    I agree that Ashanti’s “baby” song is not that great, but I got a soft-spot for the girl. I loved Ashanti—even with her so-so vocals. And everyone else on the list made some bumpin’ tracks too. Yes MN, none of them could sustain their careers for one reason or another—but ALL good things must come to an end right?

    • LadiesNight

      “Baby” is one of Ashanti’s BEST songs. I rather listen to Ashanti than Beyonce any day.

      • nolimit_soldier

        I’m a dude and I agree

  • SouthernBelle

    The only person who belong on this list is J.Lo. I can’t get over how your parents named you
    “Renay Alize”. You need to make a top 10 list of why your parents named you that ghetto name “Renay Alize”. What kind of name is “Renay Alize”??You’re indeed a hoodrat.

    • enlightenment

      Lmao. That’s mean, but I laughed. I’m going to hell. *shrug*

    • KandisWig


    • Renay Alize

      Don’t fret it’s a pseudonym.

      • LaLaWorld

        @renayalize:disqus stfu,hoodrat. learn how to spell while you’re at it,project rat.

      • Ms_Sunshine9898

        her comment was helluv funny but pay it no mind, your list was fine lol

  • mdoubs

    Who said R&B songs had to be fast?? JE does not belong on that list!!! I still listen to their music today! they are still better that some of the non sense artists we have to listen to nowadays. urgh…!

  • Lilly

    Jagged Edge? Come on! They are soooo talented. In my opinion, the vocals, lyrics and production (all done by the group themselves) are top notch. As far as fast paced songs go: The Way That You Talk, Lace You, Keys to the Range, I Got It, Tryna Be Your Man, So Amazing and Baby. And even though many songs are slow in tempo, they aren’t necessarily sad: I Gotta Be, What You Tryin’ to Do, Good Luck Charm, Without You, Visions, In Private, Get This, Hopefully. Obviously, I’m still a super fan.

    • mdoubs

      Lilly I am with you 100%!!! JE is an R&B group not a POP, RAP, ROCK group!!! MN messed up this one. smh…

    • Yeah Renay wrong for Jagged Edge. Everyone else I agree with.

    • Mia

      Loool, I played all those songs tah death!