R. Kelly's 12 Play had Your Body's Callin', Bump n' Grind, and It Seems Like You're Ready
TLC's CrazySexyCool had Creep, Red Light Special, and Waterfalls.
Those two immediately come to mind. Great shout out to Sweat though. I love those songs. Make It Last Forever is my favorite ever from him. I'll keep myself from mentioning Mariah Carey because I guess she's more of a pop star than R&B star.
You're taking it to 3 though, which changes the discussion! I agree, TLC and R had a better top 3 right there, because Keith's "Just a Touch" was good but not great. Shit, TLC had like 5 of them, I loved Diggin' on You.
Others definitely had a better top 3, 4, 5.......and you guys have named some good contenders for "top 2". But I'm sticking with Keith, Twisted/Nobody were and still are "IT" to me.
And yeah, Make it Last Forever was an incredible song, and that was also a very good album. Keith's run from 1987-1997(from debut album to the LSG album) was really, really good.
And as for Mariah.....yeah I definitely considered her "pop" and not R&B for most of the 90's. I think Butterfly was the shift to R&B, and after that she pretty much made R&B music IMO. Breakdown with Bone Thugs.....that still goes to me.
And that Next - Too Close up above....great song too. It makes me look back at how many hits Kay Gee produced, for a cat who is almost NEVER mentioned now as one of the great producers of that era. But beyond all of the obvious Naughty By Nature hits, he had some big R&B hits too with "Too Close" and "Wifey" for Next, Hey DJ for Zhane, some of those Jaheim joints. He quietly made a lot of hits over a good 10 year span in both hip hop and R&B.