#11 Silly Ho
Only TLC could pull off a record called “Silly Ho” with such pitch perfect attitude. Combining that with their trademark blunt lyricism and Dallas Austin’s kinetic beat, this was the perfect introduction to the futuristic wave they were riding with FanMail as well as an anthem that resonates just as loudly today.
As versatile as TLC could be with their style and sound, their sonic switch-ups might have been jarring at times but the message in the music was always present. This pop-rocker from 3D was criminally overlooked when it was released back in 2003 but the plea to be loved in spite of the baggage, issues and damage from life is still one of their most relatable records ever.
#9 Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg
The new jack swinging groove, the in-your-face lyrics and the holy trifecta of T-Boz’s husky croon, Left Eye’s animated rhymes and Chilli’s soft and sweet vocals – and the video bursting at the seams with attitude – were the perfect introduction and representation of TLC.
As blunt and tough as TLC could be, their softer side was just as smooth and “Baby-Baby-Baby” hit upon a sweet spot that hinted at how musically versatile a group they would be.
#7 Red Light Special
TLC were always grown but “Red Light Special” was their first heavy dose of something grown and sexy that, along with reversing typical gender roles in the video, revealed yet another layer to their artistry while giving the mid-90s one of its most classic baby making jams.
If ever there was doubt before, “Unpretty” solidified TLC’s status as cultural icons by bringing a timely message to the masses with a slick Pop arrangement and an undeniable hook that continues to resonate and inspire down tot his day.
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