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Top R&B Songs of 1996

1995 <-1996-> 1997
    

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1.
10/1996
436

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
dance
2
R&B
2
UK
produced by David Foster
[LaFace 24200]
written by Diane Warren
2.
03/1996
361

2
US




4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Atlantic 84868]
written by Mark Morrison & Phil Chill
3.
04/1996
343

✫1
US
2
AC
6
dance
✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Columbia 78276]
written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri & Manuel Seal (as Manuel Seal Jr.)
4.
03/1996
342

2
US
30
AC
48
dance
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
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 Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
5.
12/1996
340

2
US
3
AC


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #406]
[Jive 42422]
written by R. Kelly
6.
03/1996
333

✫1
US
✫1
AC


41
R&B
5
UK
produced by David Foster
[550 Music/Epic 78237]
written by Diane Warren
7.
11/1996
322

2
US




✫1
R&B
5
UK
[from the movie Set If Off]
[EastWest 64231]
written by Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias, Marqueze Ethridge & Organized Noize
8.
05/1996
321

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
8
UK
[Ruthless 6335]
written by Bizzy Bone (as Bryon McCane II), Krayzie Bone (as Anthony Henderson), Layzie Bone (as Steven Howse) & Wish Bone (as Charles Scruggs)
9.
06/1996
321

✫1
US
9
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
7
UK
produced by Babyface
[LaFace 24160]
written by Babyface & Bryce Luvah (as Bryce Wilson)
10.
10/1996
299

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
9
UK
featuring Dr. Dre
[Interscope 97007]
written by Dr. Dre (as Andre Young), Chauncey Black (as Chauncey Hannibal), Teddy Riley, William Stewart, Queen Pen (as Lynise Walters), Richard Vick & Bill Withers
11.
04/1996
292

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
6
UK
featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #346]
charted as How Do U Want It / California Love in US Hot 100 charts
[Death Row 854652]
written by Joe Cocker, Woodrow Cunningham, Norman Durham, Mikel Hooks, Ronald Hudson, Chris Stainton, Larry Troutman, Roger (as Roger Troutman), J-Flexx (as James Anderson) & 2Pac (as Tupac Shakur)
12.
06/1996
277

2
US




✫1
R&B
39
UK
featuring Pretty Russ & Kut Klose
[Elektra 64282]
written by Keith Sweat, Eric McCaine & Kut Klose
13.
06/1996
265

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
17
UK
featuring K-Ci and JoJo
B side to California Love in the US ; charted as How Do U Want It / California Love in US Hot 100 charts
written by 2Pac (as Tupac Shakur), Johnny J (as Johnny Jackson), Bruce Fisher, Leon Ware, Stan Richardson (as Stanley Richardson) & Quincy Jones
14.
10/1996
256

3
US




✫1
R&B
30
UK
featuring Athena Cage
[Elektra 64245]
written by Keith Sweat & Fitzgerald Scott
15.
05/1996
249

8
US
8
AC


44
R&B
✫1
UK
16.
01/1996
248

7
US
6
AC


22
R&B
✫1
UK
[DreamWorks 59000]
written by George Michael
17.
07/1996
247

3
US




4
R&B
7
UK
featuring Terri & Monicasup
[Def Jam 575062]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith) & Al B. Sure!
18.
12/1996
216

4
US
2
AC


4
R&B
16
UK
produced by David Foster ; charted as I Believe in You and Me / Somebody Bigger Than You and I in US R&B charts
written by Sandy Linzer & David Wolfert
19.
01/1996
211

2
US




✫1
R&B
39
UK
produced by Babyface
[Arista 12957]
written by Babyface
20.
08/1996
210

3
US


30
dance
✫1
R&B
20
UK
21.
07/1996
210

5
US
✫1
AC


54
R&B
18
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1997]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1997]
[Reprise 17621]
written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy & Wayne Kirkpatrick
22.
04/1996
202

5
US




✫1
R&B
13
UK
[RCA 64516]
written by Allen Gordon (as Allstar), Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias, Tamara Johnson & Coko (as Cheryl Gamble)
23.
03/1996
195

4
US




✫1
R&B
23
UK
featuring Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley
[Jive 42373]
written by R. Kelly
24.
10/1996
193

6
US




2
R&B
12
UK
25.
04/1996
192

3
US
3
AC


35
R&B
127
UK
[Elektra 64346]
written by Tracy Chapman
26.
09/1996
191

6
US




✫1
R&B
16
UK
[550 Music 78373]
written by Woody Cunningham, Dr. Dre, Norman Durham, Roger (as Roger Troutman) & 2Pac
27.
03/1996
186

5
US




24
R&B
13
UK
[Tommy Boy 7721]
written by Coolio (as Artis Ivey Jr.) & Adrian Sear
28.
03/1996
184

3
US




15
R&B
117
UK
written by Barry White, C.C. Orange (as C.C. Lemonhead), Jay McGowan (as Jay Ski McGowan) & Mike-Mike Phillips (as Michael John Phillips)
29.
02/1996
184

8
US
4
AC


7
R&B
12
UK
produced by Babyface
[Arista 12976]
written by Babyface, Whitney Houston & Michael Houston
30.
03/1996
181

8
US




6
R&B
8
UK
Everything Remains Raw charted as b side fom 6th april 1996 in US Hot 100 charts
[Elektra 64335]
written by Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith) & Galt MacDermot
31.
08/1996

Last Night by Az Yet

from Az Yet   Az Yet
168

9
US




✫1
R&B
21
UK
produced by Babyface
[LaFace 24181]
written by Babyface (as Kenny Edmonds) & Keith Andes
32.
07/1996
167

5
US




✫1
R&B


[Jive 42377]
written by R. Kelly
33.
12/1996
159

10
US
9
AC


44
R&B
13
UK
written by Steve Miller
34.
12/1996
158

12
US




✫1
R&B
6
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Interscope album cut]
written by Teddy Riley, Chauncey Black, Bink (as Roosevelt "Bink" Harrell), Karen Anderson & Bunny DeBarge
35.
11/1996
143

7
US




7
R&B


written by Chucky Thompson, Daron Jones, Heavy D, Slim (as Marvin Scandrick), Michael Keith, Q [Quinnes Parker] (as Quinnes Parker), Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
36.
141

7
US




3
R&B


[Rowdy 35072]
written by Daryl Simmons
37.
03/1996
141

10
US




3
R&B
39
UK
featuring Xscape
[Flavor Unit/EastWest 64302]
written by Jermaine Dupri, MC Lyte & Michael Jackson
38.
03/1996
132

9
US




7
R&B
15
UK
featuring LeShaun
[Def Jam 576120]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
39.
12/1996
126

46
US




27
R&B
✫1
UK
[Geffen 19410]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith) & David Wolinski (as Hawk Wolinski)
40.
09/1996
126

32
US




36
R&B
2
UK
featuring Adina Howard
[Interscope 97008]
written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
41.
04/1996
124

69
US




22
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 Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean & Pras (as Pras Michel)
42.
08/1996
123

11
US




✫1
R&B
21
UK
[Blackground 98067]
written by Missy Elliott & Timbaland (as Tim Mosley)
43.
12/1996
122

15
US
12
AC
3
dance
29
R&B
15
UK
written by Annie Lennox
44.
03/1996
121

10
US




2
R&B
21
UK
[EMI 58543]
written by D'Angelo & Raphael Saadiq
45.
11/1996
120

11
US




5
R&B
15
UK
featuring Missy Elliot and Puff Daddy
written by MC Lyte (as Lana Moore) & Rashad Smith
46.
04/1996
116

30
US


27
dance
10
R&B
4
UK
[Epic 78264]
written by Michael Jackson
47.
06/1996
116

38
US




58
R&B
2
UK
with Stephen Marley
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Vincent Ford & Bob Marley (uncredited)
48.
06/1996

Only You by 112

from 112   112
109

13
US




3
R&B


featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
[Bad Boy 79060]
written by Diddy (as Sean Combs), Stevie J (as Steven Jordan), Slim (as Marvin Scandrick), Q [Quinnes Parker], Michael Keith, Daron Jones, DJ Rogers & Harry Casey
49.
02/1996
108

17
US


✫1
dance
12
R&B
31
UK
[Arista 12950]
written by Vassal Benford & Larry Campbell
50.
02/1996
107

11
US




2
R&B
34
UK
[Island 854530]
written by Joe, Joshua Thompson & Michele Williams
51.
09/1996
103

17
US




2
R&B
38
UK
[Perspective 587558]
written by Vassal Benford
52.
05/1996

Kissin' You by Total

from Total   Total
103

12
US




6
R&B
29
UK
53.
05/1996
102

14
US




4
R&B
26
UK
featuring Foxy Brown
[Def Jam 854620]
written by Scot Alexander, Rodney Cravens (as Rodney Browning), Greg Kolanek, George Pendergast & J.R. Richards
54.
02/1996
101

24
US


35
dance
5
R&B
12
UK
[RCA 64492]
written by Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris
55.
05/1996
96

22
US


10
dance
4
R&B
20
UK
[MCA 55123]
written by Dalvin DeGrate, K-Ci (as K-Ci Hailey) & JoJo (as JoJo Hailey)
56.
03/1996
90

30
US




21
R&B
8
UK
[live]
[American 17441]
written by DJ Kool (as John Bowman), Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas Davis) & Biz Markie (as Marcel Hall)
57.
11/1996
90

22
US




18
R&B
12
UK
featuring R. Kelly
(remix only)
[Columbia 78409]
written by R. Kelly, Nas, Tone & Poke
58.
06/1996
89

20
US




34
R&B
15
UK
featuring Shaggy
[Virgin 38550]
written by Gary Benson, Maxi Priest (as Max Elliott), Robert Livingston, Shaun Pizzonia, Shaggy (as Orville Burrell), Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper & Lewie Steinberg
59.
08/1996

Why by 3T

from Brotherhood   Brotherhood
88







71
R&B
2
UK
featuring Michael Jackson
written by Babyface (as Kenneth Edmonds)
60.
08/1996
88

18
US




5
R&B
30
UK
[Island 854660]
written by Stanley Brown, Myron & Alex Cantrall
61.
07/1996
85

12
US




5
R&B


[LaFace 24177]
written by André 3000 (as André Benjamin) & Big Boi (as Antwan André Patton)
62.
11/1996
84

25
US


2
dance
✫1
R&B


[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[album cut]
written by Missy Elliott & Timbaland (as Tim Mosley)
63.
07/1996
83

13
US




18
R&B


[So So Def 78358]
written by Carl Mo (as Carlton Mahone Jr.) & Rodney Terry
64.
11/1996
82





6
dance
95
R&B
4
UK
[from the movie Set It Off]
written by Carolyn Franklin & Sonny Saunders
65.
02/1996
80

17
US




4
R&B
63
UK
featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
[Undeas/Big Beat 98087]
written by Junior M.A.F.I.A. & Clark Kent
66.
06/1996
78

28
US




11
R&B
24
UK
featuring Slick Rick
[Def Jam/RAL 575046]
written by Montell Jordan & Ricky Waters
67.
11/1996
77

31
US




10
R&B
11
UK
as The Artist formerly known as Prince
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[NPG album cut]
written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed
68.
11/1996
76

91
US




50
R&B
4
UK
[Epic 78012]
written by Michael Jackson
69.
11/1996
74

18
US




9
R&B
45
UK
featuring Puff Daddy
written by Lil' Kim (as Kimberly Jones) & Stevie J (as Steven Jordan)
70.
04/1996
72

39
US
5
AC


17
R&B
17
UK
[Mercury 852857]
written by Lionel Richie, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris) & Terry Lewis
71.
05/1996
71

21
US




69
R&B


produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Giant 17654]
written by Elliot Wolff & Stacey Piersa
72.
05/1996
69

18
US




10
R&B


[Universal 56008]
written by Stanley Brown, Myron & Alex Cantrall (as Alex "Cat" Cantrall)
73.
11/1996
68

42
US




10
R&B
11
UK
featuring BLACKstreet
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[Def Jam album cut]
written by Sam Barnes & Foxy Brown (as Inga Marchand)
74.
10/1996
68

18
US




8
R&B


[Def Jam/RAL 575648]
written by Montell Jordan
75.
08/1996
67

22
US




6
R&B


[RCA 64607]
written by Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams
76.
03/1996
66

24
US




8
R&B
44
UK
77.
11/1996
66

30
US




5
R&B
33
UK
featuring DJ Quik
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
b side to Thinking of You
[album cut]
written by DJ Quik (as David Blake) & Raphael Saadiq
78.
06/1996
65

53
US




17
R&B
12
UK
featuring Lauryn Hill
[Columbia 78327]
written by Nas (as Nasir Jones), Jean-Claude Olivier, Kurtis Blow (as Kurtis Walker) & Sam Barnes (as Samuel Barnes)
79.
09/1996
62

52
US




5
R&B
14
UK
[Epic/LV 78400]
written by Luther Vandross & Reed Vertelney
80.
08/1996
60

26
US
6
AC


22
R&B


produced by Babyface
[Arista 13213]
written by Babyface
81.
09/1996
58

21
US




19
R&B


[Lench Mob 53227]
written by Diddy (as Sean "Puffy" Combs) & Faith Evans
82.
03/1996
58

62
US




14
R&B
12
UK
[Motown 0512]
written by Horace Brown, Kevin Deane, Robert Graham, Easy Mo Bee (as Osten Harvey) & Craig Mack
83.
08/1996
57

25
US
30
AC


10
R&B


[EastWest 64262]
written by Gordon Chambers & Barry Eastmond
84.
05/1996
57

22
US




15
R&B


featuring Twista
[Rap-A-Lot 38559]
written by AK 47, Belo Zero & N.A.R.D.
85.
09/1996

Steelo by 702

from No Doubt   No Doubt
55

32
US




12
R&B
41
UK
[Biv 10 0530]
written by Chad Elliott, Missy Elliott (as Melissa "Missy" Elliott), George Pearson & Sting (as Gordon Sumner)
86.
06/1996
53

29
US




47
R&B
34
UK
[Tommy Boy 7731]
written by Coolio (as Artis Ivey) & Fred Lewis
87.
08/1996
51

36
US




8
R&B
39
UK
written by Maxwell (as Musze) & Itaal Shur
88.
02/1996
49

33
US
4
AC


71
R&B


[ZTT 17708]
written by Seal
89.
01/1996
48

35
US


6
dance
63
R&B
93
UK
as DJ Juanito pres. Lina Santiago
[Universal 56004]
written by Maxwell (as Musze) & Itaal Shur
90.
05/1996
47

32
US




11
R&B


co-written and co-produced by Heavy D
[Universal 56001]
written by Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard & Jack Irons
91.
11/1996
47







50
R&B
8
UK
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Warner Sunset album cut]
written by Coolio (as Artis Ivey Jr.), Method Man (as Clifford Smith), LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith III), B-Real (as Louis Freese), Jean-Claude Olivier, Sam Barnes (as Samuel Barnes) & Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.)
92.
10/1996
47

42
US




45
R&B
21
UK
[from the movie High School High]
[Big Beat 98055]
written by Freddie Mercury
93.
01/1996
45

108
US




52
R&B
11
UK
featuring Grand Puba
[Virgin 38529]
written by Shaggy (as Orville Burrell), Robert Livingston, Grand Puba (as Maxwell Dixon) & Bob Marley
94.
11/1996

Come See Me by 112

from 112   112
45

33
US




15
R&B


featuring Mr. Cheeks
[Bad Boy 79073]
written by Bob Robinson, Diddy (as Sean Combs) & Tim Kelley
95.
10/1996
45

82
US




67
R&B
12
UK
[Critique 15608]
written by Wayne Hector, Ali Tennant (as Lorne Tennant), Brian Powell & Subway Soopa Stringz
96.
07/1996
44

41
US
30
AC


42
R&B
27
UK
[LaFace 24175]
written by Tony Rich
97.
09/1996
43

39
US




11
R&B
37
UK
[US chart position is for Hot 100 Airplay charts]
[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[EastWest 64206]
written by Bizzy Bone (as Bryon McCane), Krayzie Bone (as Anthony Henderson), Layzie Bone (as Steven Howse) & Wish Bone (as Charles Scruggs)
98.
02/1996
43

37
US




6
R&B


99.
06/1996
42

30
US
14
AC


83
R&B


[Hollywood 64011]
written by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
100.
06/1996
42







7
R&B
14
UK
written by R. Kelly

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