Guess the RnB song of the 2000s: A playlist for the nostalgic
If you were born in the 90s, you are part of at least one of the following teams: ex-fans of pop punk and nude metal, fans of bands like Linkin Park or Evanescence, electronic pop aficionados, Eurodance and French Touch victims or, of course, urban-music experts, crying over the old-style R'n'B from 20 years ago ...
We have to say that decade was blessed by the Gods in terms of music, and you could guess what kind of music teenagers were listening to, just by looking at their clothes: skateboarders in Vans, fluokids with mohawk - ah, the short-lived fashion of tektonik! - or fans of Lacoste visors and streetwear brands like Kappa.
SongTrivia may awaken some old schoolyard rivalries, but it is through love songs and rhythm'n'blues divas that we decided to look over our teenage years… Let's go down memory lane together
R’n’B Divas: a real vocal vibrato for our musical quiz
When we think of those famous "vibratos", we immediately have in mind the R’n’B divas, who impressed us with their vocal technique. Their mentor of the previous generation, of course, was Mariah Carey who, in 1995, turned to R’n’B with her album Daydream. She also entered the 2000s with tracks of pure urban pop like “We Belong Together” or “Touch My Body”.
But what would the 2000s be without Beyoncé and Rihanna? They are for sure, the two voices of R'n'B which had the most impact over the entire following decade, with never-ending hits, such as “Crazy In Love” and “Umbrella”. Not to mention the fact that Beyoncé had already been a massive star with her group: the Destiny’s Child and songs like “Survivor”, released in 2001.
It would be a bit too simplistic to summarize the 2000s only with these two artists... So many singers have had an impact on this generation. We cannot forget Jennifer Lopez's hits like “Love Don't Cost a Thing” or “Jenny From The Block”, but we also danced to “Trick Me” by Kelis or “Shut Up” by the Black Eyed Peas, led by the charismatic Fergie. Not to mention other very strong voices like Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige or Christina Aguilera, who wiggled in a wrestling ring in the clip "Dirty". And this is only a very small overview of what we can find in a musical quiz special “R'n'B hits 2000" ...
Male voices for a loving R’n’B quiz!
We often associate R’n’B of that era with great female singers, while rap - a little more macho! - was rather the prerogative of men. But let's not forget all the "R’n’B crooners" that the 2000s offered us! Yes ladies, at that time, the singers also knew how to be romantic and use their voice to seduce...
Among them, we all remember Usher or Justin Timberlake. The first became famous with successful love songs like “U Remind Me”, then hit the clubs with “Yeah!” On another hand, the second one made a hit on his break up with Britney Spears, “Cry Me A River”, then he built a reputation with seductive songs with sensual swings such as “SexyBack” or “Rock Your Body”.
Juts go online or dig into your childhood memories, and you will have no trouble finding other popular R’n’B singers: “Walking Away” by Craig David, “Let Me Love You” by Mario, “With You” by Chris Brown, “So Sick” by Ne-Yo or even R. Kelly… Remember? Now you know what to do to charm your guests!
Boys & Girls: emblematic duets for your R’n’B musical quiz
As we mentioned earlier, many male artists stick to rap and didn't get too close to the mushy feelings of R’n’B love songs. They did, however, contribute a lot to the success of some R’n’B hits. Not only by writing or sometimes composing them for other singers but also by inviting themselves to feature in their songs.
With "Crazy in Love", "Umbrella" or "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys, Jay-Z is the perfect example. Often, and even if it was a bit cliché, the rapper took the place of the somewhat beefy flirt, who tried to seduce the girl. We remember Nelly with Kelly Rowland, ex-Destiny’s Child, in “Dilemma”, or Ja Rule with J.Lo in “I’m Real”.
Other duets were a bit out of the ordinary, like Estelle's very soulful "American Boy" with Kanye West or the colorful "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani and Akon. Anyway, all left a lasting footprint in the industry, and this R'n'B tradition can be a fun way to integrate role playing into your game: for example, girls against boys, like Christina Aguilera in “Can't Hold Us Down”… An original way to reinvent the R'n'B duet!
A bit of cardio during your “Guess the song” party with some stylish choreographies!
Melodies and instrumentation made those songs classics o of the 2000s, but we should not overlook an important feature: the choreographies!
Often performed in unbelievable futuristic settings, sometimes even with CGI, these dance moves showcased the artists' multiple talents. Some memorable videos should give you dance step ideas for your musical quiz: “1, 2 Step” by Ciara and Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez and her cane in “Get Right”, “1 Thing” with Amerie and of course, “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé – which was also parodied by Justin Timberlake!
Let us have a thought for someone who was considered the R’n’B princess, also an excellent dancer, Aaliyah ... R.I.P.
To conclude we can see that: this famous R’n’B sound is difficult to find since 2010 but at the beginning of the millennium, it was absolutely everywhere! You will therefore have no trouble building your playlist for a “Guess the song” special R’n’B 2000!