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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top R&B Songs of 1997

1996 <-1997-> 1998


  

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I'll Be Missing You
1.
06/1997
442

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
featuring 112 & The Lox
based on "Every Breath You Take" by The Police [tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.]; fifth song in hot 100 history to debut at #1
[Bad Boy 79097]
written by Sting (as Gordon Sumner), Sauce Money (as Todd Gaither) & Faith Evans
Together Again
2.
12/1997
372

✫1
US


✫1
dance
8
R&B
4
UK
[Virgin 38623]
written by Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III), Terry Lewis & René Elizondo Jr.
Men in Black
3.
06/1997
358

✫1
US




9
R&B
✫1
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Terri McFaddin (as Theresa McFaddin), Patrice Rushen, Will Smith & Fred Washington
Honey
4.
09/1997
335

✫1
US


✫1
dance
2
R&B
3
UK
sixth song in hot 100 history to debut at #1
[Columbia 78648]
written by Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy, Stevie J, Q-Tip (The Ummah), Bobby Robinson, Stephen Hague, Ronald Larkins, Malcolm McLaren & Larry Price
You Make Me Wanna
5.
08/1997
329

2
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
written by Usher (as Usher Raymond) & Jermaine Dupri
Mo Money, Mo Problems
6.
08/1997
298

✫1
US




2
R&B
6
UK
featuring Puff Daddy & Mase
based upon "I'm Coming Out"
written by Bernard Edwards, Mase (as Mason Betha), Nile Rodgers, Stevie J (as Steven Jordan), Diddy (as Sean Combs) & The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace)
Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
7.
01/1997
297

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
19
UK
as Puff Daddy featuring Mase
written by Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), Stevie J (as Steven Jordan), Carlos Broady, Nashiem Myrick, Mase (as Mason Betha), Greg Prestopino, Matthew Wilder, Sylvia Robinson, Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover), Clifton Chase & Duke Bootee
Hypnotize
8.
04/1997
282

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
10
UK
written by Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), D-Dot (as Deric Angelettie), Ron Lawrence, The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Andy Armer & Randy Badazz Alpert
4 Seasons of Loneliness
9.
09/1997
270

✫1
US
30
AC


2
R&B
10
UK
[Motown 0684]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
No, No, No
10.
11/1997
258

3
US




✫1
R&B
5
UK
For You I Will
11.
03/1997
242

4
US
3
AC


2
R&B
27
UK
produced by David Foster
[Warner Sunset 87003]
written by Diane Warren
In My Bed
12.
01/1997
212

4
US




✫1
R&B
16
UK
[Island 85454]
written by Raphael Veudal Brown, Daryl Simmons & Ralph B. Stacy (as Ralph Stacy)
It's All About the Benjamins
13.
12/1997
210

2
US




7
R&B
18
UK
as Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious BIG, Lil Kim, The Lox, Dave Grohl, Perfect, Fuzzbubble & Rob Zombie
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
written by Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), Stephen Jacobs, Jadakiss (as Jason Phillips), Danny Styles, The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Kim Jones & D-Dot
Look into My Eyes
14.
06/1997
202

4
US




4
R&B
16
UK
[Ruthless 6344]
written by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & DJ U-Neek
Feel So Good
15.
11/1997
201

5
US




5
R&B
10
UK
[Bad Boy 79122]
written by Ronald Bell, G. Brown, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Robert Mickens (as Robert "Spike" Mickens), C. Smith, Dennis Thomas, Rafael Vigil & Ricky West (as Richard Westfield)
Hard to Say I'm Sorry
16.
02/1997
199

8
US
14
AC


20
R&B
7
UK
featuring Peter Cetera
[LaFace 24223]
written by Peter Cetera & David Foster
My Body
17.
11/1997
199

4
US




✫1
R&B
21
UK
[EastWest 64132]
written by Darrell Allamby, Link (as Lincoln Browder) & Antoinette Roberson
Every Time I Close My Eyes
18.
02/1997
198

6
US
17
AC


5
R&B
13
UK
featuring Mariah Carey
[Epic 78485]
written by Babyface
Not Tonight
19.
07/1997
197

6
US




3
R&B
11
UK
featuring Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy Elliott & Angie Martinez
[Undeas 98019]
written by Lil' Kim (as Kimberly Jones) & Jermaine Dupri
20.
08/1997
195

4
US




2
R&B
64
UK
featuring Trina & Tamara
[Warner 17327]
written by James Baker, Melvin Wilson (as Melvin Lee Wilson), Jeff Young, Tamara Powell, Curtis "Sauce" Wilson & Rochad Holiday
I'll Be
21.
02/1997
192

7
US




5
R&B
9
UK
featuring Jay-Z
[Violator 574028]
written by Foxy Brown (as Inga Marchand) & Jay-Z (as Sean Carter)
22.
05/1997
190

8
US




✫1
R&B
10
UK
produced by R. Kelly
[Big Beat 98026]
written by R. Kelly
Been Around the World
23.
11/1997
186

4
US




11
R&B
20
UK
as Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious BIG and Mase
B side to It's All About The Benjamins
written by David Bowie, Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Andy Morris, Diddy (as Sean Combs), Ron Lawrence, Mase (as Mason Betha), The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace) & D-Dot (as Deric Angelettie)
24.
12/1997
186

6
US




5
R&B
14
UK
[EastWest 64135]
written by Michael O. Johnson & Javelin Hall
Show Me Love
25.
11/1997
184

7
US




44
R&B
8
UK
[RCA 64970]
written by Max Martin & Robyn
I Don't Ever Want to See You Again
26.
11/1997
180

6
US




2
R&B
30
UK
written by Nathan Morris
Gotham City
27.
07/1997
176

9
US




9
R&B
9
UK
[Jive 42473]
written by R. Kelly
All Cried Out
28.
08/1997
169

4
US




9
R&B


featuring 112
co-produced by Mariah Carey
[Crave 78678]
written by Full Force
I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)
29.
03/1997
163

6
US




2
R&B


[RCA 64759]
written by Rome (as Jerome Woods) & Gerald Baillergeau
Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)
30.
11/1997
163

9
US




4
R&B
21
UK
[Columbia 78755]
written by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
31.
05/1997
162

7
US




33
R&B
26
UK
[R]
[RCA 64865]
written by Denniz Pop, Herbie Crichlow (as Herbert Crichlow), Max Martin & Robyn
A Song for Mama
32.
12/1997
157

7
US




✫1
R&B
34
UK
produced by Babyface
[Motown 0720]
written by Babyface
Never Make a Promise
33.
08/1997
155

7
US




✫1
R&B


[Island 572082]
written by Daryl Thomas
C U When U Get There
34.
07/1997
152

12
US




34
R&B
3
UK
featuring 40 Thevz
[Tommy Boy 7785]
written by Dominic Aldridge, Coolio, H. Straughter & M. Straughter
Dangerous
35.
12/1997
150

9
US




4
R&B
32
UK
[Elektra 64131]
written by Lawrence Dermer, Rashad Smith, Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith), Henry Stone & Freddy Stonewall
I Shot the Sheriff
36.
02/1997
149

20
US




16
R&B
2
UK
[Def Jam 573564]
written by Bob Marley & Warren G
37.
05/1997
138

42
US


10
dance
19
R&B
✫1
UK
[Epic 78007]
written by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
38.
03/1997
138

19
US
4
AC
✫1
dance
9
R&B
9
UK
[LaFace 24229]
written by R. Kelly, Soulshock (as Carsten Schack), Kenneth Karlin, Andrea Martin & Gloria Stewart
My Baby Daddy
39.
04/1997
132

10
US




3
R&B
153
UK
[Tony Mercedes 24221]
written by B-Rock, Maurice White & Al McKay
40.
01/1997
131

12
US




✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Kedar/Universal 56002]
written by Erykah Badu & Jaborn Jamal
Everything
41.
08/1997
121

24
US




5
R&B
6
UK
The One I Gave My Heart To
42.
10/1997
118

9
US


18
dance
8
R&B


[Blackground 98002]
written by Diane Warren
Cupid
43.
03/1997

Cupid by 112

from 112   112
114

13
US




2
R&B


[Bad Boy 79087]
written by Arnold Hennings, Daron Jones, Michael Keith, Q [Quinnes Parker], Slim (as Marvin Scandrick) & C. Stills
Whatever
44.
06/1997

Whatever by En Vogue

from EV3   EV3
110

16
US


5
dance
8
R&B
14
UK
produced by Babyface
[EastWest 64174]
written by Babyface, Giuliano Franco & Keith Andes
Got 'Til It's Gone
45.
09/1997
109

36
US


6
dance
3
R&B
6
UK
featuring Q Tip and Joni Mitchell
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III), Terry Lewis, René Elizondo Jr., Joni Mitchell & Kamaal Ibn Fare
Sock It 2 Me
46.
10/1997
108

12
US




4
R&B
33
UK
featuring Da Brat
[Gold Mind 64144]
written by Thom Bell, William Hart, Missy Elliott (as Melissa "Missy" Elliott), Da Brat (as Shawntae Harris) & Timbaland (as Tim Mosley)
47.
02/1997
106

10
US




3
R&B


[Biv 10/Motown 0612]
written by Donell Jones
Invisible Man
48.
07/1997
103

12
US
26
AC


38
R&B
66
UK
[Motown 860650]
written by Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein & Steve Kipner
Butterfly
49.
10/1997
99

16
US
11
AC
13
dance
27
R&B
22
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
charted as Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) in US dance charts
[Columbia album cut]
written by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff
50.
05/1997
97

21
US




5
R&B
16
UK
[Jive 42450]
written by Joe (as Joe Thomas) & Jolyon Skinner
We're Not Making Love No More
51.
12/1997
90

13
US




2
R&B


co-produced by Babyface
written by Babyface (as Kenneth Edmonds)
Up Jumps da Boogie
52.
07/1997
88

12
US




4
R&B


featuring Aaliyah & Missy Elliott
written by Timbaland (as Tim Mosley), Magoo (as Melvin Barcliff), Missy Elliott & Rod Temperton
53.
09/1997
88

17
US




4
R&B
36
UK
featuring Mase
[Mercury 574760]
written by Mase (as Mason Betha), J. Brown, Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), Stevie J (as Steven Jordan), Ron Lawrence, Brian McKnight & Kelly Price
Smile
54.
06/1997
87

12
US




4
R&B


featuring 2 Pac & Johnny P
[Rap-A-Lot/Noo Trybe 38581]
written by Mike Dean, Scarface (as Brad Jordan) & 2Pac
55.
07/1997
86

19
US




5
R&B
34
UK
featuring Puff Daddy
[RCA 64926]
written by Diddy (as Sean Combs), J-Dub (as Jeffrey Walker), Jeremy Graham, Harve Pierre, R. Price, The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), DJ Premier (as Christopher E. Martin) & Too $hort (as Todd Shaw)
Love Is All We Need
56.
03/1997
85

43
US


✫1
dance
5
R&B
15
UK
featuring Nas
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[MCA album cut]
written by Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Jam (as Jimmy Jam Harris), Rick James & Terry Lewis
Da' Dip
57.
01/1997
82

15
US




16
R&B


[Power 0112]
written by Freak Nasty
What About Us
58.
08/1997
81

16
US




4
R&B


[LaFace 24272]
written by Timbaland (as Tim Mosley) & Missy Elliott
59.
09/1997
80

16
US




4
R&B


[Arista 13407]
written by Lance Alexander, Arkeida Clowers, R.L. (as R.L. Huggar), Darren Lighty & Tony Tolbert
Alright
60.
05/1997
79

78
US


7
dance
84
R&B
6
UK
[Work 78703]
written by Jay Kay (as Jason Kay)
61.
06/1997
78

26
US




7
R&B
21
UK
[MCA 55346]
written by K-Ci (as Cedric Hailey), JoJo (as Joel Hailey) & Gerald Baillergeau
62.
03/1997
77







71
R&B
3
UK
featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & John Forté
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras (as Pras Michael), Stig Anderson, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Q-Tip (as Kamaal Fareed), John Forté, Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith), Phife Dawg (as Malik Taylor) & Chip Taylor (as James Voight)
63.
05/1997
76

39
US


38
dance
6
R&B
12
UK
[MJJ Music 78496]
written by Gerald Baillergeau, Nicci Gilbert (as Nichole Gilbert) & Victor Merritt
64.
08/1997
73

58
US




17
R&B
7
UK
featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard & Slash
[Interscope 95011]
written by Clifton Chase, Duke Bootee (as Edward Fletcher), Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover), Chauncey Black (as Chauncey Hannibal), Teddy Riley, Markell Riley & Sylvia Robinson
65.
07/1997
71

38
US


8
dance
68
R&B
17
UK
[Work 78596]
written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
66.
03/1997
71

18
US




5
R&B


written by Tony Dofat, Heavy D & McGruff (as Herbert Brown)
67.
07/1997
68







19
R&B
5
UK
written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
Ghetto Love
68.
02/1997
68

16
US




11
R&B


featuring T-Boz
[So So Def 78527]
written by Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat (as Shawntae Harris), El DeBarge, Chuck D, Hank Shocklee, Benjamin Wright & Tionne W
69.
08/1997
67

23
US




10
R&B


produced by Babyface [from the movie Soul Food]
[LaFace 24264]
written by Babyface
Piece of My Heart
70.
07/1997
67

72
US




57
R&B
7
UK
featuring Marsha
[Virgin 38601]
written by Jerry Ragovoy & Bert Russell (as Bert Berns)
Smokin' Me Out
71.
05/1997
66

35
US




20
R&B
14
UK
featuring Ronald Isley
[Def Jam 571024]
written by The Isley Brothers & Warren G (as Warren Griffin)
Phenomenon
72.
11/1997
66

55
US




16
R&B
9
UK
[Def Jam 568081]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith) & Diddy (as Sean Combs)
73.
05/1997
64

22
US




5
R&B


[Mercury 574382]
written by Raphael Saadiq, D'wayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley, George Archie & DJ Quik (as David Blake)
What's on Tonight
74.
02/1997
64

21
US




7
R&B


[Def Jam 574032]
written by Montell Jordan & DeVante Swing
75.
03/1997
64

76
US




50
R&B
7
UK
[Atlantic 84038]
written by Mark Morrison
Big Bad Mamma
76.
08/1997
64

53
US




10
R&B
12
UK
featuring Dru Hill
[Violator 571441]
written by Foxy Brown (as Inga Marchand) & Jay-Z (as Shawn Carter)
Head Over Heels
77.
03/1997
62

35
US




17
R&B
18
UK
featuring Nas
[Crave 78522]
written by Sam Barnes (as Samuel Barnes), Mariah Carey, Nas (as Nasir Jones), MC Shan (as Shawn Moltke), Jean-Claude Oliver (as Jean-Claude "Poke" Oliver) & M. Williams
Too Gone, Too Long
78.
09/1997
61

33
US




25
R&B
20
UK
[EastWest 64150]
written by Diane Warren
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
79.
07/1997
61

51
US




4
R&B
16
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[Gold Mind 64144]
written by Don Bryant (as Donald Bryant), Missy Elliott, Bernard Miller, Timbaland (as Tim Mosley) & Ann Peebles
We Trying to Stay Alive
80.
06/1997
60

45
US




14
R&B
13
UK
as Wyclef Jean & The Refugee Allstars
based upon "stayin' alive - beegees"
[Ruffhouse 78602]
written by John Forté, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Wyclef Jean (as Nelust Jean), Pras (as Samuel Michel) & Robinson
I Can Love You
81.
07/1997
60

28
US




2
R&B


featuring Lil Kim
[MCA 55362]
written by Mary J. Blige, LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, Rodney Jerkins, Lil' Kim (as Kimberly Jones), Carlos Broady & Nashiem Myrick
How Come, How Long
82.
06/1997
59

47
US




45
R&B
10
UK
featuring Stevie Wonder
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Epic album cut]
written by Babyface & Stevie Wonder
83.
04/1997
57

88
US


24
dance
20
R&B
11
UK
[Delicious Vinyl 4009]
written by Jan Kincaid & Siedah Garrett
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
84.
06/1997
57

74
US


✫1
dance
38
R&B
25
UK
[Arista 13346]
written by Barry White
85.
03/1997
55

25
US




17
R&B


[EastWest 64206]
written by Keith Crouch, Glenn McKinney & Roy Pennon (as Roy Dog Pennon)
86.
03/1997
55

39
US




9
R&B
22
UK
written by Renée Neufville, Kay Gee (as Kier Gist), Darren Lighty, Valerie Simpson & Nickolas Ashford (as Nick Ashford)
87.
05/1997
54

61
US




2
R&B
18
UK
as Refugee Camp All-Stars featuring Lauryn Hill
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Lauryn Hill
88.
12/1997
53

59
US




20
R&B
17
UK
featuring Pras
Puff Daddy remix [R]
written by Sting
I Miss My Homies
89.
09/1997
53

25
US




16
R&B


featuring Pimp C, the Shocker, Mo B. Dick, O'Dell, Sons of Funk and Mercedes
[No Limit 53290]
written by Master P, Pimp C & Silkk the Shocker (as The Shocker)
Tell Me Do U Wanna
90.
03/1997
53

55
US




14
R&B
16
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Jim Douglass, Ginuwine (as Elgin Lumpkin), Timbaland (as Tim Mosley) & Robert Reives
91.
03/1997
51

33
US




6
R&B


[Columbia 78456]
written by Kenny Lerum
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See
92.
08/1997
49







2
R&B
16
UK
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Elektra album cut]
written by Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.)
If I Could Teach the World
93.
10/1997
49

27
US




20
R&B


[Ruthless 6344]
written by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & DJ U-Neek
Next Lifetime
94.
03/1997
48

61
US




✫1
R&B
30
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Kedar/Universal album cut]
written by Erykah Badu & Tracy Scott
95.
07/1997
48

34
US




11
R&B
58
UK
featuring Billy Lawrence
[Violator 64171]
written by Rampage (as Roger McNair), Billy Lawrence, Rashad Smith, Armando Colon, Galen Underwood & Bertram Reed
96.
10/1997
48

27
US




58
R&B


[Reprise 17408]
written by Rico Luna, Frank Pangelinan & Jacob Ceniceros
Going Back to Cali
97.
12/1997
47

26
US




31
R&B


B side to Sky's The Limit
written by Easy Mo Bee (as Osten Harvey), The Notorious B.I.G. & Roger (as Roger Troutman)
Can We
98.
04/1997
46

75
US




31
R&B
18
UK
[Jive 42445]
written by Missy Elliott & Timbaland (as Timothy Mosley)
99.
08/1997
46

31
US




10
R&B


[RCA 64874]
written by Rome (as Jerome Woods) & Victor Merritt
100.
06/1997
45

56
US


✫1
dance
22
R&B



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