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12 Hip-Hop & R&B Tracks That Stand The Test Of Time

Iconic legends Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston didn't just top Billboard's charts for a moment in time.  

Their music became a part of our story.  It became something that moved us not only in the moment but also became one of the motivating factors that drove others to follow in their musical footsteps.

These are just a few of the many Hip-Hop and R&B artists we think are timeless.  The music that these artists created continues to serve as an inspiration to musicians, writers, and producers now and in the future.

So we celebrate Black Music Month as our way of paying homage to those musicians who have shaped American pop culture and brought people, regardless of skin color, together.

The Whispers: "And The Beat Goes On" (1980)

The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On Official Video

And The Beat Goes On by the Whispers © 1979 Unidisc Music Group - Download Song: http://geni.us/15HM - Join our Facebook http://tinyurl.com/unidiscfacebook Follow on Twitter! http://twitter.com/UnidiscMusic

Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean" (1983) 

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Official Video)

"Billie Jean" was the first short film made for 'Thriller,' the biggest-selling album of all time. The short film for this No. 1 single, directed by Steve Barron, made history as the first video by a black artist to receive heavy rotation on MTV, and waslater ranked by the network as one of the 100 greatest music videos of all time.

Rockwell: "Somebody's Watching Me" (1984) 

Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me

Music video by Rockwell performing Somebody's Watching Me. (C) 2004 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Whitney Houston: "How Will I Know" (1986) 

Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

Whitney Houston's official music video for 'How Will I Know'. Click to listen to Whitney Houston on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/WhitneyHSpotify?IQid=WhitneyHHWI As featured on Whitney Houston.

Stevie Wonder: "Gotta Have You"(1991) 

Stevie Wonder "Gotta Have You" [Soul Train September 21, 1991]

Stevie Wonder "Gotta Have You" [Soul Train September 21, 1991] From the album "Jungle Fever" (Soundtrack) Disclaimer: No Copyright infringement intended. I own absolutely none of these videos. (Unless otherwise stated) Copyrights belong to their original owners. All musical videos posted on this channel is meant for entertainment purposes only.

The Notorious Big: "One More Chance" (1995)

The Notorious B.I.G. - "One More Chance"

"One More Chance/Stay With Me" by The Notorious B.I.G. From The Notorious B.I.G. single "One More Chance" (1995). Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/wrOuLv Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/IlTbOZ © 2007 WMG

R Kelly: "I Can't Sleep Baby" (1996) 

R. Kelly - I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)

R. Kelly's official music video for 'I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)'. Click to listen to R. Kelly on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/RKSpot?IQid=RKSB As featured on The Essential R. Kelly. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/RKTEiTunes?IQid=RKSB Google Play: http://smarturl.it/RKSBPlay?IQid=RKSB Amazon: http://smarturl.it/RKTEAm?IQid=RKSB More From R.

Brandy: "The Boy Is Mine" (1998)

Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine [HQ]

美國'90年代最夯的單曲之一,總共賣出超過2百萬張,雄據 Billboard Hot100單曲榜冠軍寶座長達13個星期!(並且是從第23名直接跳升冠軍,跳了22個名次也是史上少數記錄之一。) 同一首主打歌,分別收錄在兩位主唱各自的都是第二張專輯裡:Brandy-「Never Say Never」;Monica-「The Boy Is Mine」。 另外此MV,也在1998年MTV音樂Video大獎上被提名了「Video of the Year」與「Best R&B Video」兩項大獎。(前者就是輸給了 Madonna 大紅的 "Ray of Light"。) 這首歌靈感來自1982年Michael Jackson與Paul McCartney (披頭四主唱之一)兩位也同是流行樂天王合作的 "The Girl Is Mine",收錄在Michael 的傳世經典專輯「Thriller」。 by 盛夏壯年(Kumax) @ Facebook "The Boy Is Mine" is a song recorded by American R&B singers Brandy and Monica.

Nelly: "Hot In Herre" (2002)

Nelly - Hot In Herre

Music video by Nelly performing Hot In Herre. (C) 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Usher: "Yeah" feat. Lil Jon, Ludacris (2004) 

Usher - Yeah! ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris

Listen on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Usher_Sptfy?IQid=ytd.ushr.yea Buy Confessions: Amazon - http://smarturl.it/usher_conf_amzn?IQid=ytd.ushr.yea iTunes - http://smarturl.it/usher_conf_itunes?IQid=ytd.ushr.yea Google Play - http://smarturl.it/usher_conf_gplay?IQid=ytd.ushr.yea About Confessions: Confessions is Usher's fourth studio album, reased in 2004 by Arista Records. Confessions debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and has been certified diamond by the Recording IndustryAssociation of America (RIAA).

50 Cent: candy Shop feat. Olivia (2005) 

50 Cent - Candy Shop ft. Olivia

Music video by 50 Cent performing Candy Shop. (C) 2005 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records

Mary J. Blige: "Be Without You" (2006) 

Mary J. Blige - Be Without You

Music video by Mary J. Blige performing Be Without You. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 2,447,028. (C) 2005 Geffen Records

 

Sarah Francis is a half-Palestinian journalism junkie, a proud Charlotte, NC native with an oversized sweet tooth, and an active world traveler. Ask her where she's headed next. (@Sarah_Francis25)