Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has not only had a successful career as a solo R&B artist with hits like “Every Time I Close My Eyes,” but also has an extensive list of producing/songwriting credits for numerous artists to his name.
Artists like Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, and Toni Braxton all scored number one hits thanks to Babyface, and that’s just scratching the surface. Babyface has written and produced over one hundred songs for the biggest names in music over his career, and today we’re taking a look at ten number one hits you probably didn’t realize he wrote!
#10. “End Of The Road” — Boyz II Men
It was Boyz II Men’s most successful single of their career and won two Grammy awards for Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal and Best R&B Song.
#9. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” — Whitney Houston
Featured as the lead single from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, this became the third song to debut at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart’s history.
#8. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” — Whitney Houston
Houston scored her eighth number one single thanks to Babyface with her title track from her album I’m Your Baby Tonight.
#7. “Every Little Step” — Bobby Brown
Houston’s ex, Bobby Brown, had major chart success reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts and peaking at No.3 on the Hot 100 charts with his hit “Every Little Step.”
#6.”You’re Making Me High” — Toni Braxton
Toni scored her first No.1 hit thanks to Babyface with her single “You’re Making Me High” from her second album Secrets in 1996.
#5. “Let It Flow” — Toni Braxton
Babyface wrote several songs for Toni Braxton, including this No.1 single also from the hit soundtrack for Waiting To Exhale.
#4. “Sittin’ Up Here In My Room” — Brandy
Another major single from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, this became Brandy’s most successful single of her career.
#3. “Change The World” — Eric Clapton
Though only peaking at No.5 on the Hot 100 charts, Eric Clapton’s melodic ballad “Change The World” spent 13 weeks at No.1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It was written for the 1996 film Phenomenon and won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (for the songwriters), as well as Best Male Pop Vocal performance.
#2. “Take A Bow” — Madonna
“Take A Bow” is Madonna’s longest-running No.1 single topping the charts for seven weeks straight. She also performed this hit with Babyface at the American Music Awards in 1995.
#1. “Not Gon’ Cry” — Mary J. Blige
Also featured on the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, Mary J. Blige’s hit peaked at No.1 on the R&B charts and No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum for selling over 1.5 million copies.