#8: Boyz II Men ‘I’ll Make Love to You’

As you can probably tell by now, this is not your mama's countdown. We're only three songs into the top 10, and already there's been a surprise, with undoubtedly more to come. And while we've dared to stay away from commercial hits as we picked our favorites, when it came down to it, we all agreed that today's entry, "I'll Make Love to You" by mega R&B group Boyz II Men, belonged in the top 10. The song, the first single from the group's sophomore release II, is a beautifully crafted ode to intentioned love-making, written by Babyface and delivered with passion and precision by Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris

Be clear: a song with such a straightforward message, especially back in 1994, could've easily died on the vine if placed in the wrong hands. However, the group, known for its clean-cut image and wholesomeness, took the 'Face lyrics to new heights, giving a grown and sexy play-by-play of bedroom antics without the raunch that might've doomed it. The song was a crossover phenomenon, sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts for a then-record fourteen weeks, replaced, ironically, by another of their songs, the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis penned "On Bended Knee." That marked only the second time in history that an artist replaced themselves (cross reference The Beatles) at the number one spot on the charts. That's history right there. And right here. So do like the song says: "pour the wine, light the fire..." and tell your mama 'n dem that the Boyz are here. Enjoy. 

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11 Responses

  1. All I have to say is "hell yes!" This song can't go no wrong.When I listen to it, I can't keep focus.

  2. THis was definitely the bomb song.

  3. I was so in love with BIIM...this is one of those songs that make you look off into the distance and just daydream...

  4. I was hanging in there with the top 100 countdown till now....if you're telling me boyz II men would chart higher then Al Green, I would laugh you out of the building. You had a good run soulbounce but this is borderline retarded. I hereby withdraw myself from this debacle, yeah I said it debacle. Somebody must be smoking some powerful crack over at soulbounce:)

  5. I like this song and all but I would have picked "End of the Road" instead and in the Top 25 not 10. But Alas it's not my coutdown and unlike Stoney I respect your opinion in the music you love as I hope you do mine.

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    Never liked this song much.. Loved and still love Boyz to men to the death. Clearly they are one of the best male R&B/Pop groups of all time. But this song was just TOO pop for me, Face really poured on the sugar and the productions was cheesy. It didn't have the soul of "End of the road" AND I always skipped it on the CD to get to "Trying Times", Bended Knee" and "Water Runs Dry" (A Babyface classic)...Face himself said the fellas hated the song and he seriously had to campaign just to get them to sing it...

  7. BIIM are cool and all, but I never liked this song.......At all
    "50 candles" is my ish though!

  8. @Mutada al sader the king : "Trying Times" -Yes that was the jam too

  9. uh hmmm no..whilst i repect your opinion. This is probaly the worst song on the album.

  10. I could not stand this song when it came out. It's ok now. Where is "End of the Road"? That song is a hundred times better than this. I never hear I'll make love to you on the radio, but I hear "End of the Road" every once in a while.

  11. Gawd i loath this corny...I guess I am not the making love sorta it's stuck in my head ...THNX!