For the cool in you: the best of Babyface


A response to Alfred’s post, this might be the fastest I’ve thrown an ordered list together; it helps that I already had a 73-track ‘Face mix in my iTunes. As producers, I’d rank Quincy Jones and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis ahead of Babyface, but as a songwriter, I’m not sure there’s anyone more consistent — or his equal — over the past 30 years. And while he’s written great songs for both women and men, he has a certain gift for writing for female singers, both lyrically and musically: just think of the bulk of Toni Braxton’s career, or the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, good God. And Alfred’s right about 2014’s Love, Marriage & Divorce, which I increasingly think may be the best album of this decade.

  1. Damian Dame, “Right Down To It” (1991)
  2. Babyface, “For the Cool in You (Quiet Storm Vocal Mix)” (1993)
  3. Bobby Brown, “On Our Own” (1989)
  4. TLC, “Red Light Special” (1994)
  5. Toni Braxton, “Seven Whole Days” (1993)
  6. Whitney Houston, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (1995)
  7. Toni Braxton & Babyface, “Hurt You” (2014)
  8. Mary J. Blige, “Not Gon’ Cry” (1995)
  9. After 7, “Ready or Not” (1989)
  10. Bobby Brown, “Roni” (1988)
  11. Babyface, “Whip Appeal (The Ultimate Whip)” (1989)
  12. Karyn White, “Superwoman” (1988)
  13. Johnny Gill, “Fairweather Friend” (1990)
  14. The Mac Band featuring the MacCampbell Brothers, “Roses Are Red” (1988)
  15. Pebbles, “Giving You the Benefit” (1990)
  16. Johnny Gill, “My, My, My” (1990)
  17. TLC, “Diggin’ on You (L.A.’s Live Edit)” (1995)
  18. Aretha Franklin, “Willing to Forgive” (1994)
  19. Toni Braxton, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” (1993)
  20. After 7, “Heat of the Moment” (1989)
  21. Karyn White (duet with Babyface), “Love Saw It” (1988)
  22. Whitney Houston, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)
  23. Tevin Campbell, “Always In My Heart” (1993)
  24. Tevin Campbell, “Can We Talk” (1993)
  25. The Deele, “Two Occasions” (1987)

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