Our top 10 Ginuwine songs list looks at the music catalog by an outstanding US-based R&B star illustrious for his charming crooning. Born in 1978, Ginuwine started his professional career at twenty-one years of age. The singer had started playing music in his teenage years, drawing inspiration from reputable musicians such as Michael Jackson and Prince. In the mid-’90s, Ginuwine made his name as a reputable R&B artist gaining a cult following over the next decade.
Ginuwine’s Career Beginnings and Breakthrough
Initially, Ginuwine started his music career as a member of the R&B/hip-hop collective Swing Mob. At Swing Mob, Ginuwine interacted with tons of reputable artists, including Missy Elliot, Timbaland, and Static Major. After Swing Mob disbanded in 1995, Ginuwine started his solo career.
His solo career beginnings were marked by the release of his debut LP Ginuwine…The Bachelor, in 1996. Ginuwine…The Bachelor catapulted Ginuwine to global success after charting in the US, UK, German, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Australia. The LP managed to rise to number twenty-six on the Billboard 200. Ginuwine…The Bachelor was later certified Platinum twice in the US and Gold in Canada.
The album is home to his debut single “Pony,” which has been lauded to be his breakthrough hit. Other best Ginuwine songs from the LP include “Tell Me Do U Wanna,” “I’ll Do Anything/I’m Sorry,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Holler.” Ginuwine proved to be more than a one-hit-wonder after making tons of reputable releases in LPs that followed. Over the years, the R&B singer retained his signature seductive crooning, which hooked more people to his amazing talent.
Ginuwine’s Album Releases over the Years
After the successful work by Timbaland in Ginuwine…The Bachelor, the R&B singer, was ready to have him produce his sophomore LP 100% Ginuwine. 100% Ginuwine was issued in 1999. While his debut LP was purely R&B-oriented, 100% Ginuwine saw Ginuwine incorporate a touch of retro-leaning neo-soul vibes.
100% Ginuwine was a success, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200. The album also rose to the second spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 100% Ginuwine matched the sales of Ginuwine’s debut LP, having it attain Platinum certification twice in the US. Some of the best Ginuwine songs from 100% Ginuwine include “So Anxious,” “None of Ur Friends Business,” “What’s So Different,” and “Same Ol’ G.”
Ginuwine was among the most consistent artists of his time. His third LP, The Life, issued in 2001, rose to the third spot on the Billboard 200. The Life managed the second position on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Its sales soared to over a million copies, leading to a Platinum certification by RIAA. The LP featured top R&B gems including “Differences,” “There It Is,” “Just Because,” and “Tribute to a Woman.”
In 2003, Ginuwine released his fourth LP, The Senior. The Senior catapulted Ginuwine to the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On the Billboard 200, the LP managed to rise to the sixth spot. Unlike Ginuwine’s three previous LPs, The Senior failed to make more than a million copies sales. With slightly over eight hundred and sixty thousand copies sold, The Senior was certified Gold. Some of the best Ginuwine songs from the LP include “Stingy,” “Hell Yeah,” “In Those Jeans,” and “Love You More.”
Ginuwine hit the studio in 2005, focusing on releasing his fifth LP, Back II da Basics. Back II da Basics saw Ginuwine collaborate with Jazze Pha, The Underdogs, Danja, Trackmasters, and Troy Oliver. “When We Make Love” and “I’m in Love” are some of the best Ginuwine songs from the LP. Back II da Basics managed number twelve on the Billboard 200.
In 2009, Ginuwine released his sixth LP entitled A Man’s Thoughts. A Man’s Thoughts saw Ginuwine add hip hop and soul elements to his usual R&B sound. Once more, Ginuwine reached the peak of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The LP also rose to the ninth spot on the Billboard 200. “Last Chance,” “Trouble,” and “Get Involved” are some of the musical gems from A Man’s Thoughts.
Ginuwine’s fame started dwindling owing to the new wave of pop culture. In 2011, he hit the studio in pursuit of rekindling his plummeting glory by recording a seventh LP, Elgin. Sadly, the LP didn’t create much buzz in the R&B scene compared to Ginuwine’s previous albums. Elgin only managed the seventh spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On the Billboard, the LP peaked at number thirty. “Body,” “Heaven,” and “What Could Have Been” are some of the best Ginuwine songs from Elgin.
October 2011, Ginuwine released his eighth and last solo LP, A Ginuwine Christmas. This was his first Christmas LP, featuring several traditional Christmas holiday tracks such as “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.” Unfortunately, A Ginuwine Christmas failed to chart with its sales record even more dismal than Elgin’s.
Ginuwine’s Other Musical Pursuits
Later in 2013, Ginuwine released the LP Three Kings under the supergroup TGT. This was TGT’s debut and only LP. Three Kings topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200. The supergroup TGT had been formed in 2007 by Ginuwine and two of his friends- Tank and Tyrese.
TGT was a slightly eminent ensemble best known for its remix of Tank’s hit “Please Don’t Go.” Eventually, TGT was disbanded in 2015. While the supergroup failed to continue its musical pursuits, its only LP, Three Kings, received a Grammy nomination in 2014 for the Best R&B Album accolade. TGT was also nominated for the New Artist of the Year accolade in the 2013 Soul Train Awards and Best Group accolade in the 2014 BET Awards.
Ginuwine’s Accolades and Legacy
While he became one of the most lauded R&B stars, Ginuwine doesn’t have many accolades to show. However, his only major win was the Best R&B/Soul Male Album award for his LP 100% Ginuwine at the 2000 Soul Train Music Awards. Nevertheless, his solo career has seen him attract several nominations. “So Anxious” was nominated for the Best R&B/Soul Male Single accolade in the 2000 Soul Train Music Awards.
Ginuwine prides himself with three Favorite Male R&B Artist nominations by the American Music Awards. The R&B star was also nominated for a similar award (Best Male R&B Artist) at the 2003 BET Awards.
Despite not winning a lot of accolades, Ginuwine remains one of the most sought-after R&B stars of his times. His alluring, seductive performances saw him become a favorite R&B artist for many in the late 90s and early 2000s. Here we present the best Ginuwine songs of all time.
#10 – When We Make Love
Opening our top 10 Ginuwine songs is the dazzling romantic ballad “When We Make Love.” The song is featured on Ginuwine’s fifth LP, Back II da Basics. Cedric Solomon and Ernest Dixon have been credited for penning the lyrics to this song. “When We Make Love” is delivered in a slow tempo and affectionate vocals by Ginuwine.
The song finds the R&B singer guaranteeing that he will be the perfect guy for a lady. He promises to fulfill every intimacy need the lady craves. “When We Make Love” has been sampled, interpolated, and remixed by the self-proclaimed king of R&B, Jacquees. Ginuwine’s version managed position fifty-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
#9 – There It Is
“There It Is” is one of the best Ginuwine songs from the singer’s LP The Life. In this track, Ginuwine sings about how he toils to cater to his responsibilities and bills. Among his responsibilities is to maintain his lover’s opulent lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the lady doesn’t seem to appreciate how much effort Ginuwine has to invest just to see her bills and lifestyle kept in check. The song finds Ginuwine in a contemplative mood, wondering what extra he needs to do for this lady. “There It Is” managed position eighteen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song also made it to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number sixty-six.
#8 – Tell Me Do U Wanna
Our eighth track on the ten best Ginuwine songs is the breath-taking hit “Tell Me Do U Wanna.” “Tell Me Do U Wanna was penned by Ginuwine, Robert Reives, Timbaland, and producer Jimmy Douglass. The song is among the best releases by Ginuwine from his debut LP Ginuwine…The Bachelor was issued in 1996.
“Tell Me Do U Wanna” finds Ginuwine getting a little romantic aided by the seductive lyrics. The song’s hook points towards Ginuwine’s questions to a lady he wishes to go home with. Similar to “When We Make Love,” “Tell Me Do U Wanna” point at Ginuwine’s urge to fulfill the intimate desires of a lady he likes. “Tell Me Do U Wanna” peaked at number fifty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.
#7 – Last Chance
In 2009, Ginuwine released the LP, A Man’s Thoughts. A Man’s Thoughts featured some of the best Ginuwine songs, including our number seven track, “Last Chance.” “Last Chance” is a brilliant musical gem penned by Adonis Shropshire, Wayne Wells, and Bryan-Michael Cox. Producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael has also been lauded for his notable work with other R&B artists such as Mariah Carey, Usher, Toni Braxton, and Mary J. Blige.
“Last Chance” finds the singer maximizing his efforts towards saving a fading relationship. The R&B star revealed that “Last Chance” pointed to the maturity he had fostered through his continuous personal growth over the years. “Last Chance” managed to rise to the third spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, “Last Chance” peaked at number sixty-three.
#6 – Stingy
Number six on our top 10 Ginuwine songs list is the raving hit “Stingy.” The song is yet another musical gem with a touch of Bryan-Michael Cox’s songwriting skills. Cox collaborated with Jason Perry and Johntá Austin in penning the lyrics to this ballad. “Stingy” is featured on Ginuwine’s LP, The Senior.
Initially, “Stingy” was penned and recorded for the soundtrack to the comedy-drama movie Barbershop, issued in 2002. The song finds Ginuwine showcasing his love for a woman he fell head over heels for. “Stingy” peaked at number seven on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. On the Billboard Hot 100, “Stingy” peaked at number thirty-three.
#5 – None of Ur Friends Business
100% Ginuwine is home to our number five track on our top 10 Ginuwine songs list, “None of Ur Friends Business.” “None of Ur Friends Business” was penned by Ginuwine and his then-producer Timbaland. The song finds Ginuwine crooning about how whatever he gets to do with his lover is none of the lady’s friends’ business.
Ginuwine wishes that the friends to the lady back off since all they do is bring jealousy and drama to their relationship. “None of Ur Friends Business” peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song also rose to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number forty-eight.
#4 – In Those Jeans
“In Those Jeans” is one of the best Ginuwine songs from the R&B singer’s LP, The Senior. Ginuwine and Harvey Hester penned the song. “In Those Jeans” is a splendid hit that alludes to the singer’s fantasy about a lady dressed in some fitting jeans.
The song is one of Ginuwine’s best-selling releases having it certified Gold by RIAA. “In Those Jeans” peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has been interpolated by TeeJay3k in “So Anxious” and “Early 2K” by Christ Brown featuring Tank.
#3 – So Anxious
The third track on our top 10 Ginuwine songs list is the phenomenal hit “So Anxious.” “So Anxious” was penned by Static Major and Benjamin Bush of the R&B/hip hop group Playa, in collaboration with Timbaland. The song is featured on Ginuwine’s 1999 LP 100% Ginuwine.
“So Anxious” finds the singer telling how he eagerly waited for his lover to answer his phone calls. His anticipation for the lady to answer his calls was motivated by his wish to get intimate with the lady. “So Anxious” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song made it to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number sixteen. Drake, August Alsina, and the Sunday Service Choir (a group led by Kanye West) have covered the hit “So Anxious.”
“Differences” is a rhythmic musical gem from Ginuwine’s third LP, The Life. This Gold-certified ballad was penned by Ginuwine and record producer Troy Oliver. Troy Oliver has also made his name both as a writer and producer to “I’m Real” and “Jenny from the Block” by Jennifer Lopez.
Ginuwine revealed that “Differences” came at one of his most troubling times. The singer had just lost both of his parents. However, this didn’t stop him from penning this wedding-oriented track. The song alludes to Ginuwine finally settling down after meeting his lifetime partner. “Differences” topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the highest-charting song by Ginuwine.
Number one on our top 10 Ginuwine songs list is the career-defining track “Pony.” The song was penned by Ginuwine, Timbaland, and Static Major. “Pony” marked Ginuwine’s solo career debut single. The song was also the breakthrough hit for Ginuwine as a singer and Timbaland as a record producer.
“Pony” is an unforgettable alluring slow R&B jam that brings the best of the singer’s romantic vibes. Ginuwine’s heartfelt vocals on this song saw him lauded as one of the best male best singers of the later ’90s in the R&B scene. “Pony” finds the singer offering a “horse ride” to his significant other.
This is metaphoric for the readiness of the singer to get intimate with his mistress. “Pony” was Ginuwine’s first number one track on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles chart and sixth on the Billboard Hot 100. “Pony” was featured in the 1997 comedy film Booty Call.
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