Born in 1968 in south-central Los Angeles California, Montell Jordan’s childhood upbringing was within a Baptist household. As the son of parents who were deacons for the church, Jordan learned and played the piano since he was a small child. After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications from university in 1991, he made commercials for his employer, Williams Television Time. While there, Jordan sought to start a professional music career as a hip-hop artist who also specialized in the genres of R&B and soul.
From 1995 onward, Montell Jordan has realized his goal of becoming a successful American recording artist. So far, he has released seven studio albums and fourteen singles. His debut album, This Is How We Do It, was recorded and released on April 14, 1995. Since then, it has become certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His next three albums each became certified Gold. More… was recorded and released on August 27, 1996, followed by Let’s Ride on March 31, 1998, and Get It On…Tonite on November 9, 1999.
Top 10 Montell Jordan Songs
#10 – You Are (featuring Chris August)
On the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, “You Are” peaked at number eighteen in 2013. Originally released without an official association to a studio album, the single included the collaboration of Chris August to make this single an ideal feel-good song that is full of inspiration, from start to finish. It sounds like a cross between Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. The gospel-like approach associated with this song served as a good sum-up of Jordan’s Christian background, one which he has faithfully hung onto without fail.
#9 – Do You Remember (Once Upon a Time)
Starting off with a hint of Spanish guitar flair, the easy listening vocal performance provided by Montell Jordan mixes English and Spanish in a beautifully played-out song that reminisces of what was. Released in 2000 as the second song from his fourth studio album, Get It On…Tonite, the single became yet another successful hit for the vocal artist. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it peaked as high as number thirty-five. It also realized chart success overseas, namely on the Dutch Top 40 at number fifteen.
#8 – I Like (featuring Slick Rick)
From Montell Jordan’s second studio album, More…, the mixing of Slick Rick’s rapping style with Montell Jordan’s fluidic vocals made “I Like” a song that’s easy to get into its groove. This single is slow, rhythmic, and full of soul. Number eleven was the highest chart performance I Like achieved on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number twenty-eight.
#7 – What’s On Tonight
The opening piano performance serves as a sultry opening to the slow beat of “What’s On Tonight,” which transcends into an ideal song to play for a couple to enjoy a slow dance to. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, What’s On Tonight peaked at number seven. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted up to number twenty-one. It also became one of Montell Jordan’s five singles that would become certified Gold by the RIAA for having over 500,000 of its copies sold in the United States.
#6 – Falling
Certified Gold by the RIAA, “Falling” features a playful standoff between the piano and violin at the start of the single. Once Montell Jordan’s seductive vocal starts. the song changes to a soulful tempo. This hit comes from his second studio album, More…, which was released on August 27, 1996. The album also became certified Gold. On the charts, Falling peaked as high as number eight on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number eighteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked on New Zealand’s Official Music Chart at number fifteen.
#5 – I Can Do That
Starting off with a piano solo, then leading into a sultry performance that featured Montell Jordan’s seductive vocal performance, made “I Can Do That” become an easy favorite for adult contemporary music fans. Coming from the album, Let’s Ride, the RIAA-certified Gold song appeared on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at high as number four. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number fourteen.
#4 – Somethin’ 4 da Honeyz
The debut album, This Is How We Do It, was released on April 4, 1995, and featured the second single from it, “Somethin’ 4 da Honeyz.” The mix of rap and soul delivered a fun and rhythmic song that has Montell Jordan’s performance at its playful best. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it peaked at number eighteen, and on the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted at number twenty-one. The RIAA also certified the song Gold for having over 500,000 copies of it sold in the US.
#3 – Get It On Tonite
Michael Jordan’s soft, easy to listen to vocals makes “Get It On Tonite” a genuine classic in the R&B genre. The song features a sample from Claudja Barry’s 1976 single, Love for the Sake of Love, which contributes to the retro style that could easily have an uninformed listener assume Get It On Tonite might have been a 70s hit instead of the year it actually came out, which was 1999.
The album, Get It On…Tonite was Jordan’s fourth studio album, which was released after the hit song on November 9, 1999. Both the song and the album became certified Gold by the RIAA. The single held the number one spot for three solid weeks on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number four. Worldwide, Get It On Tonite charted within the top forty among most of the nations. It peaked as high as number three on the UK’s Hip Hop and R&B Singles Chart.
#2 – Let’s Ride (featuring Master P and Silkk the Shocker)
Seductive and full of rhythmic soul, 1998’s “Let’s Ride,” featured the mix of rap and R&B at its best through Master P, Silkk the Shocker, and Montell Jordan. For three sporadic weeks, the hit single topped the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked as high as number two. With the RIAA, “Let’s Ride,” also became certified Platinum for having over one million of its copies sold. The album, also titled Let’s Ride, was Jordan’s third studio album, which was released on March 31, 1998, and has since earned Gold certification by the RIAA.
#1 – This Is How We Do It
Gangsta at its best, and delivered in a manner only Montell Jordan can pull off with his vocal talent. Fun from start to finish, “This Is How We Do It” is a classic, urban mix of hip-hop and R&B music genres done right. In 1995, on the US Billboard Hot 100 and US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, the song became a number one hit and held that position for seven weeks.
It also became Platinum with the RIAA, as well as Silver with the UK’s British Phonographic Industry. The album, which shares the name of its lead track, also became certified Platinum with the RIAA, which served to be Jordan’s best-selling work so far. The success of both the single and the album wasn’t limited strictly to the North American audience. Globally, the song peaked as nigh as number five in New Zealand, and at number eight in Canada.
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