Editors’ Notes It’s the battle that almost didn’t happen. A few meme-inspiring technical difficulties initially postponed one of the Verzuz series’ earliest, most heavily anticipated linkups, forcing the world to wait an extra two days from the battle’s original date to watch new jack swing inventor Teddy Riley take on the author of some of the most gentle and heartfelt R&B in the modern Black music canon, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Though Edmonds would get the jump on Riley in terms of their recording careers, both Riley and Edmonds had turns dominating Black radio as artist and producer: Riley served as the engine behind Guy and Blackstreet in the late ’80s and early ’90s, while Edmonds played in several groups in the ’80s—most notably the Antonio “L.A.” Reid collaboration The Deele—before embarking on a fruitful solo career. They’ve got songs that sound nothing like something the other could have made and then a fair amount of overlap in collaborative resumes, each having worked with Michael Jackson, among others. It’s not unlikely that you could call out the most notorious hits either has worked on, but you’d do well to remind yourself just how far their influence has reached by checking out the official Teddy Riley x Babyface Cheat Sheet playlist, curated by Apple Music host Lowkey.

SONG
ALBUM
Teddy's Jam
3:32
 
Every Time I Close My Eyes
4:56
 
Groove Me
4:33
 
Whip Appeal
5:31
 
Give U My Heart
5:01
 
I Like
4:49
 
Let's Chill
5:23
 
Soon As I Get Home
5:08
 
Piece of My Love
5:15
 
This Is for the Lover in You (feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels)
3:59
 
Before I Let You Go
4:59
 
Another Sad Love Song
5:01
 
Baby Be Mine (feat. David Roland Williams & Richard Iverson)
3:02
 
New Jack City
3:30
 
Rock Steady
4:03
 
Just Got Paid
5:31
 
Dial My Heart
4:24
 
My Prerogative
4:51
 
Can't Stop
4:07
 
Water Runs Dry
II
3:21
 
Wild Wild West
4:40
 
For the Cool In You
4:53
 
I Can Tell
3:10
 
My, My, My
5:21
 
Rump Shaker
5:12
 
Love Makes Things Happen
5:11
 
Make It Last Forever (with Jacci McGhee)
4:55
 
Every Little Step
3:57
 
Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)
3:46
 
You're Makin' Me High
4:27
 
I Get the Job Done
5:30
 
Change the World
3:54
 
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)
5:50
 
Diggin' On You
4:14
 
Now That We Found Love (feat. Aaron Hall)
4:17
 
In the Heat of the Moment
4:27
 
Something in Common
4:59
 
I'm Your Baby Tonight
4:59
 
How Deep Is Your Love
4:51
 
Sittin' Up In My Room (LP Version)
4:52
 
Yearning for Your Love
4:56
 
Never Gonna Let You Go
4:27
 
Is It Good to You
4:52
 
I'll Make Love to You
II
3:56
 
Is It Good to You (feat. Tammy Lucas)
4:17
 
Love Shoulda Brought You Home
4:58
 
Peaches & Cream
3:12
 
When Can I See You
3:49
 
Heaven Can Wait
4:49
 
5:58
 
I Want Her
6:00
 
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
3:24
 
Get Me Home (feat. Blackstreet)
3:49
 
Don't Be Cruel
6:48
 
Do Me Right
4:23
 
Comfortable (feat. Babyface)
4:25
 
Booti Call
4:26
 
Superwoman
5:47
 
House Keeper
4:33
 
Can We Talk
4:44
 
We Got Our Own Thang
3:52
 
There She Goes
4:31
 
Remember the Time
4:00
 
4:26
 
Make You Sweat
3:49
 
Best Thing I Never Had
4:13
 
A Song for Mama
5:03
 
Good Lovin'
4:31
 
We're Not Making Love No More
4:52
 
In the Closet
6:32
 
Not Gon' Cry
4:58
 
The City Is Mine (feat. Blackstreet)
4:02
 
Baby-Baby-Baby (Radio Edit)
3:58
 
5:39
 
Get Ready (Album Version)
4:20
 
Breathe Again
4:29
 
Don't Leave Me
5:11
 
We Belong Together
3:21
 
Liar
4:57
 
Red Light Special
5:03
 
Blood On the Dance Floor
4:14
 
Tender Lover
4:19
 
Tonight's the Night (feat. Tammy Lucas)
4:18
 
Rock Wit'cha
4:49
 
Tell Me You Love Me
3:07
 
Seven Whole Days
6:20
 
Why Me Baby?
5:27
 
Think About You
4:35
 
My First Night With You
5:28
 
Get Away
5:10
 
Humpin' Around
6:18
 
No Diggity (feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen)
5:04
 
End of the Road
5:49
 
4:26
 
Two Occasions
4:18
 

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