So, after all the love and hype that New Edition and its six members received this week by way of a made-for-TV BET miniseries about their lives and careers, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a new album (Three Stripes) by offshoot group Bell Biv DeVoe that just dropped today, January 27, djrobblog decided to pay tribute with a special countdown…a djroblist of their 50 Greatest Jams!
These are the tunes that djrobblog believes are the 50 greatest by either New Edition, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant or Bell Biv DeVoe, in order from the 50th to the best, based on the typical criteria: chart performance, quality, critical acclaim, popularity, influence and endurance…and a bit of opinion.
To be eligible, the songs had to be recorded by New Edition or any one of its members (after being part of the group). That last part means that Johnny Gill’s recordings before he was a member of N.E. (i.e., before 1987) don’t qualify.
Also, a song didn’t have to be released as a single to make this list. Very popular album cuts are eligible. That’s an exception that usually doesn’t exist for djroblists, but one I felt I should make for this one given some of the great tunes that otherwise wouldn’t have made it.
But enough with all the formalities…who and what will be #1? Is it a New Edition tune? Or maybe it’s one by BBD, or Ralph or Johnny or Bobby.
There’s only one way to find out: strap yourself in, sit back and get ready for a whirlwind ride with this special tribute to New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown – a comprehensive countdown of their 50 Greatest Jams…together and apart!
And to hear their tunes via my special Spotify playlist, click here.
Oh, btw, BBD’s new album is ?! Check out the video for the first single “I’m Betta” right here: