To get you in the mood for Bracket Madness, we hope you’ve been grooving (even the word grooving is a blast from the past) to sweet melodies by your favorite 90s artists. By now you should have dusted off those ancient CDs or cassette tapes of Boyz II Men and TLC to help you decide which artist should advance to the next round. On one end of the spectrum there’s the quartet turned trio, Boyz II Men that brought us the tear jerker “On Bended Knee.” On the opposite end is TLC that delivered “Waterfalls” flawlessly. There couldn’t be a harder choice, but there can only be one.
Boyz II Men’s ballad harmonies could just about make the hardest gangster tear up, or at least want to be in love. They syrupy sweet sounds of “One Sweet Day,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road” are only a few of the songs that contribute to their over 60 million records sold making them one of the most successful R&B groups of all time. “One Sweet Day” still holds the record for spending 16 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. Chart success aside, Boyz II Men made it cool to love a woman. How sweet was the sound of love, and surprisingly even a breakup didn’t sound so bad when it was coming from Boyz II Men.
TLC was badass. They put the “r” in rebel with sagging pants and condoms attached to their fly outfits. Before even getting to the music it must be acknowledged that TLC paved the way for the girl groups to follow. Without being
half naked scantily clad dressed, they were sexy. Matter of fact they were CrazySexyCool. Before they were crazy, sexy, cool they brought soul, funk, R&B and pop with their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip featuring “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “What About Your Friends,” and “Baby-Baby-Baby.” When “Creep” dropped from their aforementioned sophomore album it was clear these ladies had something special– 22 million copies sold special. TLC embodied the total package of a girl group. Girls worldwide wanted to imitate their style, everyone sung along to their music and each of them brought different attributes to the table. TLC were game changers in every sense of the definition.
Who’s it going to be? You decide. Voting for Round One closes Wednesday, August 8 at 4 p.m.
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