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With their 1992 debut, It's About Time, SWV scored a string of Top Ten R&B hits that established them as one of the most popular R&B groups of the '90s. SWV (their name is an acronym for Sisters with Voices) is comprised of three school friends: Coko (born Cheryl Gamble), Taj (born Tamara Johnson), and Lelee (born Leanne Lyons). All three vocalists sang in church as children, which is where they learned how to harmonize. A demo tape the group assembled caught the attention of producer Teddy Riley, a member of Guy and the father of new jack swing. Prior to SWV, Riley helped establish the careers of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. Riley's luck didn't wear out with SWV -- he helped the group craft their debut, It's About Time, which went double platinum within its first year of release. The release of It's About Time was preceded by "Right Here" in the fall of 1992. The single reached number 13 on the R&B chart, but it was the number two hit, "I'm So Into You," that established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. It was followed by two number one R&B singles in a row: "Weak" and "Right Here/Human Nature," a remix of their first single that featured samples of Michael Jackson's hit "Human Nature." "Weak" also hit number one on the pop chart, while "Right Here/Human Nature" reached number two. One other Top Ten R&B hit from It's About Time, "Always on My Mind," followed late in 1993. "Anything," SWV's contribution to the soundtrack for Above the Rim, became a Top Ten R&B hit in the spring of 1994. Also in the spring of 1994, SWV released The Remixes, which went gold by the end of the year. In the summer of 1995, the trio lent vocal harmonies to Blackstreet's Top 40 R&B hit "Tonight's the Night." In 1996, SWV returned with New Beginning, which was preceded by the number one R&B hit "You're the One." Release Some Tension followed in 1997, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. The following decade, SWV got back together -- in 2005 -- with plans to record an album, but nothing materialized until they signed a contract with Mass Appeal and issued the 2012 set I Missed Us, a smart update of the group's earlier output. It debuted at number six on the R&B chart and led to SWV Reunited, a reality television series that lasted two seasons on WE TV. Still, the trio's fifth proper album, was released in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
SWV

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    12 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    6 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    2 songs

Albums by
SWV

Top Songs by
SWV

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Weak
  3.   Right Here
  4.   I'm So Into You
  5.   Rain
  6.   You're the One
  7.   Give Love on Christmas Day
  8.   O Holy Night
  9.   Anything
  10.   Can We
  11.   You're Always on My Mind
  12.   Downtown
  13.   All Night Long
  14.   That's What I Need
  15.   Fine Time
  16.   I Wanna Be Where You Are
  17.   This Christmas
  18.   My Favorite Things
  19.   Silver Bells
  20.   White Christmas
  21.   Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)
  22.   Someone
  23.   Lose My Cool
  24.   Gettin' Funky by Snoop Dogg
  25.   Ain't No Man
  26.   Use Your Heart
  27.   I'm So in Love
  28.   It's About Time
  29.   MCE (Man Crush Everyday)
  30.   Intro
  31.   Love Like This
  32.   Co-Sign
  33.   Love Unconditionally
  34.   When U Cry
  35.   If Only You Knew
  36.   Better Than I
  37.   On & On
  38.   Leaving You Alone
  39.   Right Here/Human Nature
  40.   What We Gone Do
  41.   Still
  42.   When This Feeling
  43.   Someone featuring Puff Daddy
  44.   Silent Night
  45.   '96 Anthem: You're the One
  46.   Release Some Tension by Foxy Brown
  47.   You Are My Love by Herb Middleton
  48.   Love Is So Amazin'
  49.   Give It to Me
  50.   The Best Years
  51.   Do Ya by Brianna Perry
  52.   All About You
  53.   Surprise Me
  54.   Tell Me How You Want It
  55.   Where Is the Love
  56.   What's It Gonna Be
  57.   Let's Make Music
  58.   On Tonight
  59.   Keep You Home
  60.   Show Off
  61.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  62.   The Christmas Song
  63.   Can't Cope by Sisters with Voices
  64.   Mystery
  65.   It's All About U
  66.   Whatcha Need
  67.   That's What I'm Here For
  68.   Coming Home
  69.   Miss You
  70.   When Love Didn't Hurt
  71.   Love Song
  72.   Co-Sign
  73.   Use Me
  74.   Time to Go
  75.   I Missed Us
  76.   Here for You
  77.   Come and Get Some