Nine years ago today, one of the most recognizable female groups of all-time were forever torn apart when Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died following a fatal vehicular crash in Honduras. Despite putting out a fourth studio album later that year (“3D”), TLC would never be the same.
Lopes’ death brought extra grief to R&B fans, which were still reeling from Aaliyah’s passing just eight months prior.
On this anniversary of Lisa Lopes’ death, I figured I’d throw up a Top 10 countdown of the best TLC songs. But that’s likely being done to death across the Internet today. So let’s re-tool and condense a bit.
Here are the Top 3 TLC songs that aren’t necessarily considered classics, but are great in their own right.
3) “Diggin’ On You”: On the “CrazySexyCool” album, tracks like “Waterfalls,” “Red Light Special,” and “Creep” get most of the love, but “Diggin’ On You” features a smooth beat with even smoother vocals. How can you not dig it?
2) “FanMail”: On this robotic-like track, Left Eye, Chilli, and T-Boz make it plain to their fans—we may be famous, we may sell millions of records, but we’re just like you. Like many tracks on the “FanMail” album, there’s a layer of positivity added. By song’s end, Left Eye offers up some words of wisdom: “Be me, do what I believe in/And be myself/And I suggest everyone do the same thing/Do what makes you feel comfortable/Do what makes you feel happy.”
1) “I’m Good at Being Bad”: TLC showed how raunchy they could be on this track. And at the same time, it was very much a female empowerment anthem. The song also featured Left Eye rapping about her desire to have sex–but only if a condom was involved.
When it came to great music with an even greater message, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (and TLC at large) were hard to beat.
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