Some people will recognize Tyrese Gibson because of his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious franchise. However, he embarked on a singing career before embarking on an acting career. After all, Gibson released his self-titled debut album in 1998. Meanwhile, he didn’t get his first starring role until Baby Boy in 2001. Gibson has continued releasing studio albums since the start of his career. Moreover, they have continued to see respectable numbers. For instance, Black Rose became Gibson’s first studio album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 in 2015.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Tyrese Gibson songs released so far:
“Legendary” is the product of Gibson’s team-up with CeeLo Green. It’s more sociopolitical than interested individuals might expect because it’s about racial inequality in the United States. That said, “Legendary” is also a part of the music that Gibson was inspired to make because of the COVID-19 shutdowns, which enabled him to bolster his relationship.
“Stay” is one of the three singles from Open Invitation in the early 2010s. The other two were “Too Easy” and “Nothing On You.” “Stay” was the highest-charting song from the studio album. It reached the number 26 position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which was higher than either “Too Easy” or “Nothing On You.” These numbers make it clear that “Stay” could connect with listeners. Something that remains true now.
Gibson released “One” in 2006. By that point, he had been releasing music for the better part of a decade. The song’s premise makes more sense in that context. Interested individuals should know this is a love song. Specifically, it sees the narrator proposing to his lover because he’s mature enough to settle down. The song’s name indicates he only needs one woman because he’s no longer interested in playing the field.
7. “Nobody Else”
“Nobody Else” comes from an early point in Gibson’s career. After all, it’s his debut single from his self-titled debut album, meaning it introduced him to the world. “Nobody Else” was a success in that regard. It wasn’t as well-received as its follow-up “Sweet Lady.” However, “Nobody Else” became number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. That means it built up a fair amount of momentum, thus contributing to the success of every single in its wake.
6. “Nothing On You”
As mentioned, “Nothing On You” was one of the three singles from Open Invitation. It charted lower than “Stay.” Indeed, it failed to match “Too Easy” in this regard. Despite this, “Nothing On You” has a certain timelessness. Thanks to that, it remains surprisingly enjoyable, so much so that it has aged well while its album-mates have lost some of their initial shine.
5. “What Am I Gonna Do”
Happiness doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with certainty. It’s perfectly possible for someone to feel a sense of bewilderment, even though they’re about as happy as they can be. That’s the situation described in “What Am I Gonna Do” from Gibson’s second studio album, 2000 Watts. The narrator has uncertainties about his relationship, even though he’s thrilled by it. Still, the song makes it easy to connect with what he feels.
“Lately” is another song from Gibson’s early career. It was the third of the three singles from his self-titled debut album. “Lately” wasn’t as successful as its two successors. Despite that, it managed a respectable number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999. Unsurprisingly, “Lately” is a love song. The neat thing about it is that its narrator admits that he hasn’t been as good about showing his feelings as he should be, thus giving the piece a sense of authenticity.
Black Rose topped the Billboard 200 when it came out. A sizable portion of the credit goes to “Shame,” which boasted background vocals from Jennifer Hudson. The song made a powerful impression in its year. For proof, consider its nomination for not one but two Grammys. Ultimately, “Shame” stopped at number 32 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. That’s enough to name it a success by any reasonable standard.
2. “Sweet Lady”
“Sweet Lady” would be the second of the three singles from Gibson’s self-titled debut album. It seems to have benefited from the success of “Nobody Else.” “Sweet Lady” rose to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Similarly, it peaked at the ninth spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Even now, “Sweet Lady” remains the second highest-charting of Gibson’s songs. Something that could stay true for the rest of his career because his other singles trail the top two by a considerable margin. Of course, the single wouldn’t have been able to rise so high without merit. It’s an excellent example of how artists sometimes nail things during their debut, thus resulting in a hit that holds up for years and years to come.
1. “How You Gonna Act Like That”
Gibson’s highest-charting song is the lead single “How You Gonna Act Like That” from I Wanna Go There in 2002. There was a noticeable dip in the rankings of his singles after “Sweet Lady.” They did well but didn’t even come close to breaking into the Top 10 on any chart. “How You Gonna Act Like That” broke that trend by reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. As a result, it is the undisputed champion when it comes to Gibson’s singles. Moreover, its YouTube video has the views to match.
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