The List: '90s R&B singers who should (and shouldn't) make a comeback

Erica Thompson
Lauryn Hill

In this week's P.M.-Dawn column, I wrote about my experience at an "Aaliyah, Brandy and Monica" tribute show at Lincoln Cafe. The night reminded me of all the great R&B music from the 1990s. So, we thought we'd compile a list of artists in that genre who should make a comeback, as well as those who should probably just keep performing their old hits.

Lauryn Hill

Let's get this out of the way. I'm on the fence. Yes, Hill is deservedly at goddess-level status in the music world, but her questionable behavior and her sporadic, convoluted new material make me nervous. But if I can wait 14 years for a D'Angelo masterpiece, I can wait on Hill … right?

Tevin Campbell

With a new single, "Safer on the Ground," Campbell is hopefully on his way to a successful comeback. Who still doesn't love listening to "I'm Ready" or re-watching his guest appearance on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"?

En Vogue

I'd love to see another reunion from arguably the most skilled girl-group of the decade. Original members only, please.


If you look past the one-handed cartwheels, silver hair and obsession with thongs, you'll find one of the best male vocalists of the '90s, IMHO. Although his 2015 album didn't chart, I think the dragon still has some fire left inside.


I like TLC as much as the next person, but without Left Eye, who died in 2002, some of the magic is gone.

New Edition/Bell Biv DeVoe/Bobby Brown/Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant

The guys from New Edition rose to fame in the 1980s but continued to have myriad projects in the 1990s. These days you're likely to see the near-50-year-olds still performing "Candy Girl" and "Mr. Telephone Man," so I think the well of creativity has run dry.

Dionne Farris

I remember trying my best to belt out her part on "Tennessee" by Arrested Development, singing along to "I Know" in 1995 and debating the hopelessness of a "penny with a hole in it" as I listened to her song on the "Love Jones" soundtrack. Farris, where are you??

Al B. Sure!/Christopher Williams

As a kid, I thought they were the same person. As an adult, I couldn't recall any of their songs without using Google. Probably not a good sign.


These ladies provided the soundtrack to my life in elementary and junior high school. I'd love it if the original members gave it another shot. Hey, T.I., stop preventing "Tiny" from singing.

Tony! Toni! Toné!

I'm doing the Running Man right now thinking about a return of the brilliant Raphael Saadiq and company.