Jaheim has, over the years, rightly earned the nickname, ‘thug of R&B’ due to his fashion sense. The R&B singer from New Brunswick, New Jersey preferred a gangster look that didn’t quite match up with his smooth voice which was often compared to that of Luther Vandross. The singer was brought up in the ghetto and he therefore used the term ghetto in his first three albums. His debut album Ghetto Love (2001) and his second studio album Still Ghetto (2002) are considered to be R&B classics. Both albums are platinum certified with the second album containing the singles, “Put That Woman First” and “Fabolous.” Jaheim released his third album, Ghetto Classics in 2006. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200,becoming his first album to debut in top position on the chart. In the course of his career, Jaheim has released seven studio albums and sold over 5 million records globally. He has also received three Grammy Award nominations and despite his short career at the pinnacle of R&B music, he is still loved by many for his soulful love songs. Check out our list of the top ten Jaheim songs of all time.
10. I’ve Changed ft Keyshia Cole
Coming in at number ten in our list ofbthe top ten is his collaboration with Keyshia Cole. The dynamic duet is contained in Jaheim’s fourth studio album, The Makings of a Man. In this song, Jaheim shows us his softer persona in one of his most refreshing songs ever. Keyshia Cole’s vocals complement Jaheim’s and you can feel that both artists sing from their heart hence making the song great.
9. Age Ain’t a Factor
The number nine song is a single from Jaheim’s 2013 studio album, Appreciation Day. In the song, he pays tribute to often under-appreciated older women who are still beautiful even in their old age. The song’s music video features the likes of Vivica A .Fox, Cynthia Bailey and LisaRaye McCoy.
“Backtight” is one of the standout songs from Jaheim’s 2002 album, Still Ghetto. In the song, Jaheim shows his vulnerability as he accepts his wrongdoings in the relationship and says that he will roll up his sleeves and go back to his lover. The track features vocals from Jaheim’s frequent collaborator Balewa Muhammad and what a great song it is.
7. Anything ft. Next
Following the success of the track, “Just In Case,” this track was the one that solidified Jaheim’s status as an R&B star that everyone should take note of. Jaheim showed how versatile he could be and that he could make timeless love songs. The track was co-written by RL and featured Next. “Anything” is the third song from Jaheim’s debut studio album, “Ghetto Love.”
6. Ain’t Leaving Without You
The number six song on our list of the top ten Jaheim songs of all time was the lead single from his Grammy-nominated album, Another Round. The album was produced by Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature and featured a sample of the song “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” by De La Soul. The sample seamlessly mashes with Jaheim’s velvet voice, proving that he can make a good song alongside a hip-hop artist.
The number five song on our list is quite unique and should have received more plaudits than it did. “Fabulous” is the first song from Jaheim’s sophomore album Still Ghetto. In the song, Jaheim describes how life in the ghetto is like without demeaning the people who live there in any way. The song is beautiful, and the message is brilliant.
4. Finding My Way Back
This song was written by a young Miguel and produced by Carvin & Ivan. The song is contained in Jaheim’s 2010 album, Another Round. The song features some smooth vocals from Jaheim, and the lyrics are so smooth. The song is beautiful, and the slow beats are amazing. The timeless song earned Jaheim two Grammy Award nominations and is up there among his greatest songs of all time.
3. Just In Case
The number three song on our list of the greatest Jaheim songs is credited to have been his breakout single. “Just In Case” is contained in Jaheim’s debut album Ghetto Love. The song truly put Jaheim on the map with powerful vocals and deep lyrics that many people loved. This song is totally a classic, and it is incredible how Jaheim never gets so much credit for how good he was at his peak. With a voice like R.Kelly’s, many people would probably argue that this song should have appeared in the top spot.
2. My Place ft Nelly
Coming in at number two is the song “My Place,” which sees Jaheim team up with Nelly in a song where Nelly talks about inviting a girl over to her house. Jaheim joins in with his soulful vocals in the chorus of the catchy song. The song also features backing vocals from Kim Johnson and samples three songs, namely: “I Like It” by DeBarge, “Come Go With Me” by Teddy Pendergrass, and Labelle’s “Isn’t It a Shame.” The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.
1. Put That Woman First
The number one song on our countdown of the top ten Jaheim songs is this soulful song that talks about the importance of valuing your woman and putting her first. The song remains to be Jaheim’s highest-charting song on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track samples the song “I Forgot to be Your Lover” by William Bell, and it is undoubtedly Jaheim’s best song.