In our latest top ten articles, we look at the ten best SWV songs of all time. SWV (Sisters With Voices) is an American R&B girl group comprising Coko, Lelee, and Taj. The group’s claim to fame came in 1992 after releasing the multi-platinum album, It’s About Time. The group has released several major hits, including the hit song “Right Here.” Their impressive discography features five albums, the latest one being, Still (2016). Here are the top ten SWV songs of all time.
10. Lose My Cool ft Redman
The song “Lose My Cool” is the number ten song on our list and has a video that was directed by GZA of Wu-Tang Clan. The song, which is contained in the album, Release Some Tension, didn’t chart on the US R&B Singles due to rules regarding album cuts. Redman complements the ladies well with some great rap in one of the great songs in the album.
9. Use Your Heart
The number nine song on our list was released on 30th July 1996 and is contained in SWV’s album, New Beginning. The song features a sample from B.T. Express song, “If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone),” which was written and produced by The Neptunes. The song remains to be a classic, with the ladies standing out with their amazing voices. The song has an amazing bridge that solidifies the smoothness of the song.
8. Can We ft Missy Elliott
The number eight song on our list sees SWV team up with Missy Elliott in a song that was produced by Timbaland. The song was originally released as a soundtrack for the 1997 film Booty Call. However, it was later included in the trio’s third studio album, Release Some Tension. Although the track was not available to the public as a cassette or CD single, the song received a lot of airplay across major urban radio stations in the US.
7. You’re Always On My Mind
Coming in at number seven is Cheryl (Coko)’s favorite song on SWV’s 1992 album, It’s About Time. Coke’s vocals in the song are absolutely amazing, and she clearly stands out in the songs. Although it wasn’t the biggest song on the album, “You’re Always On My Mind” has aged like fine wine and to this day, it is still widely played and regarded as an SWV masterpiece.
6. You’re the One
“You’re the One” is the lead single from SWV’s 1996 album, New Beginning. The song is widely regarded as one of SWV’s signature songs, and due to its massive initial sales and extended airplay on radio, it was a huge crossover success. The song has been sampled by EXO in their 2019 song, “Ya Ya Ya,” and was a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot R&B Singles. The song was also a top ten hit on the New Zealand Charts. The song has been certified gold by the RIAA and the RMNZ in New Zealand.
The number five song on our list of the top ten SWV songs has often had its lyrics interpreted wrongly, with many people thinking that the lyrics were talking about sexual activity. “Rain” was initially offered to Brandy, but she turned down the song, something that SWV claims made their lives easier. The song peaked at #25 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and its video featured Tyrese. The song was also sampled by Chingy in his hit song, “Pullin’ Me Back,” in which Tyrese sang the hook.
Something that I liked so much about SWV’s music videos was how amazing the ladies looked. “Anything” is the first song from their debut album, It’s About Time. The video of the song didn’t disappoint. The song was used as the soundtrack for the 1994 movie, Above the Rim. This resulted in the song’s shift from a slow ballad to a faster record that featured a sample of Wu-Tang Clan’s 1994 song, “C.R.E.A.M.” The song peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 78 on the year-end charts of the US Billboard in 1994.
3. I’m So Into You
The number three song on our list of the top ten SWV songs of all time is the hit song “I’m So Into You,” which is the second song from their 1992 album, It’s About Time. The song was an excellent single from the group with its poignant swing beat tune. The song features tight, soulful harmonies and excellent vocals from the ladies. The song was a critical and commercial success and was the group’s first top ten hit. The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA.
The number two song on our list of the top ten SWV songs is also one of their most famous songs. The song was originally written for Charlie Wilson and contains lyrics about a young person falling in love for the first time. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for two weeks. The song also came in at #72 on the 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All-Time by Billboard and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
1. Right Here
“Right Here” is arguably SWV’s greatest song and their most famous. The song uses a sample from Michael Jackson’s 1982 song “Human Nature.” The song was ranked #17 on Billboard’s list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time and was one of the most successful R&B songs of all time. Ted Riley remixed the song, and although SWV initially thought the song was a little boring, they did record, and as we know, the rest is history. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. The MJ instrumentals are magnificent, and the ladies’ vocals make this song one of the greatest R&B songs of all time.