American R&B band Mint Condition has been making soulful music since the 1980s. Their sound mix includes R&B, soul, funk, new jack swing, neo-soul, rock, and jazz. The band has released several studio albums, with their most recent, E-Life, released in 2014. They have not only been nominated for four Grammy Awards but also featured in many movies and T.V. shows. They continue to tour throughout the United States to keep in touch with their fans, making them a great band. Here are the ten best Mint Condition songs of all time.
10. Nobody Does It Betta (1993)
“Nobody Does It Betta” is the lead single from Mint Condition’s second album, From the Mint Factory. The song was written by the band’s lead singer, Stokley Williams, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song reached number one on the R&B charts and six on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about a man telling a woman that nobody can love her better than he can.
9. What You Bring to the Party (1998)
“What You Bring to the Party” is the first single from Mint Condition’s most excellent hits album, The Collection: 1991-1998. The song was written by the band’s lead singer, Stokley Williams, and was produced by the band’s drummer, Ricky Kinchen. The song reached number one on the Billboard Adult R&B charts and twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about a man telling a woman that she brings joy to his life and that he wants her to be with him forever.
8. 10 Million Strong (1993)
“10 Million Strong” is a song by American R&B band Mint Condition. The band’s members wrote and produced the music and were released as the fourth and final single from their debut album, From the Mint Factory. The song peaked at number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number fourteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It is about the strength of African Americans.
7. Can’t Get Away (2011)
Can’t Get Away is a hauntingly beautiful ballad off Mint Condition’s album 7… The song features lead singer Stokley Williams’s powerful and passionate vocals, layered over soulful production and a gospel choir. The song tells the story of a man struggling to let go of past love and is seemingly unable to move on. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2012. It was also voted one of The 10 Best Soul Ballads of All-Time by SoulBounce.
6. Not My Daddy (2011)
Not My Daddy is a song from Mint Condition’s seventh studio album 7… The album was released in 2011, and this song is the only track that features R&B singer Kelly Price. The song is about a woman in a relationship with a man who is not her father, but she loves him anyway. The music starts with a soft piano melody, and then Kelly Price comes in singing the first verse. Her vocals are smooth and sexy. The song then builds up with the band and drums coming in, and Stokley Williams starts singing the chorus. He has a powerful voice that brings the music to life.
5. If You Love Me (1999)
If You Love Me is a ballad off Mint Condition’s fifth studio album, Life’s Aquarium. The song peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart. Critics praised the song for its lyrics and melodies. Allmusic’s Bradley Torreano wrote that the song was “one of the album’s most beautiful moments.” Rapper Kanye West sampled the song on his music, Hey Mama, from his 2005 album Late Registration.
4. You Don’t Have To Hurt No More (1997)
Mint Condition’s 3rd album, Definition of a Band, was released in 1996 and featured the hit song “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More” was written by band members Stokley Williams and Homer O’Dell and was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song is a smooth ballad with emotive lyrics about a relationship on the rocks. The song was a big hit on radio and MTV, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More” features Stokley Williams as a man dealing with a problematic relationship.
3. Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) (1992)
Breakin’ My Heart was the second single from R&B group Mint Condition’s debut album, Meant to Be Mint. The song was their breakout hit, reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a mainstay on urban radio in the early 1990s. The song’s lyrics are about a man in love with a woman who does not reciprocate his feelings.
2. U Send Me Swingin’ (1994)
U Send Me Swingin’ is the second single from Mint Condition’s second album, Painted Windows. The song reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is a classic example of Mint Condition’s sound, which combines soul, funk, and new jack swing. The song’s lyrics are about a man trying to convince a woman to be intimate with him. It describes the physical and emotional attraction between the two people.
1. What Kind of Man Would I Be (1996)
The song was written by group members Stokley Williams, Ricky Kinchen, Homer O’Dell, and Jeffrey Allen. The opening track from their 1996 album, “From the Mint Condition.” The song reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart and thirty-eight on the “Billboard” Hot 100. The song is about a man in an abusive relationship who wonders what kind of man he would be if he left his partner. The lyrics are powerful, and the message is clear, making this one of the best songs from Mint Condition.
These are the ten best Mint Condition songs of all time. Each of these songs showcases the group’s smooth R&B sound and ability to craft catchy melodies and lyrics. If you’re a fan of R&B or simply looking for some good music to listen to, then these songs are worth checking out.