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Toni Braxton is one of the greatest singers in R&B music. During the early 90s, she was considered to be the "first lady" of LaFace records. She was the first female artist to be signed on the label. Since 1992 Toni has produced several hits, six albums, and earned six Grammys. Her first two albums, Toni Braxton and Secrets, sold 20 millions records together. Outside of music she is a mother, television personality, spokesperson for autism, and a rising actress. Even though she experienced financial woes in her career, Toni always found a way to bounce back from her downfalls as an entertainer.
Here's the top ten hits from Toni Braxton that everyone enjoys listening to still in 2013. Some of the songs that are listed recognized Toni's beautiful voice and Babyface's songwriting skills. And as you can see, two heads are better than one sometimes when it comes to making music for listeners.
10. "Seven Whole Days" - This song is about a woman being fed up with a man's games and antics. It's not cool or attractive at all. In the song, Toni would rather be on her own instead of staying in a relationship that's falling apart. The romance was starting to fade in the song. Also, in the "Seven Whole Days" video Toni's sisters are her background singers.
9. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"- This song was on soundtrack for the movie Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. The theme of the song is a woman telling her man that if he loves her so much, he should've been home with her instead of running in the street. Furthermore, her man should be faithful and cater to her needs primarily. The message to the song is, "Love is a verb, act on it," because actions speak louder than words.
8. "You Mean the World to Me" - The song is about a man or a woman confessing their love to their partner. The lover wants their significant other to know that he's her everything, the air that she breathes, her heart, or her rock. "You Mean the World to Me," has been played in weddings due to the overall concept of the song.
7. "He Wasn't Man Enough"- "He Wasn't Man Enough," was from the album The Heat in 2000. 2000 was a great year for Toni because she came back with a massive hit after overcoming some challenges in her life, filing bankruptcy or problems with her record label. The song also received a Grammy award for Best Female R&B performance. The song is about a woman telling her ex's lover that she does not want her man because she already has her leftovers. Toni said in the song, "I already had your man," or "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me."
6. "How Many Ways?" - The video to the song stars actor Shemar Moore, and Toni is elated about loving and being with her man. She counts to ten to let him know she can love him in so many ways. In the song she says, "1,2 I love you, 3,4 so much more, 5,6 I can't get enough of this, 7, let me show that my love can you take you to heaven, 8,9,10 let's start all over again." It's like Toni never witnessed this everlasting love from someone because it's so hard to find.
5. "Another Sad Love Song" The song is about a particular love song that is so forlorn and full of sorrow. Eventually, its consumes all of your time because the song is in your head constantly. Toni blames her former lover because she's thinking about the song so much due to his irrational behaviors.
4. "Breathe Again" - Another deep slow ballad where Toni told her lover that if he ever leaves her side, she will be heartbroken. Furthermore, if her lover is not in her space, she won't be able to breathe without it. If anyone ever feels this way about their significant other, then they're hurt in a deep way. It must be something about their lover, whether it's their love for God, personality, good looks, charm, sex drive, or deep conversations to make them feel this way.
3. "You're Makin' Me High"- This song is from Toni's 1996 album Secrets. It was her first number one hit on the Hot 100. The song's concept was different for Toni because she wanted to be more sensual in her song. She was also 29 at the time, so she wanted to be more mature in her songs. But her biggest inspiration behind the song was her experimenting with marijuana. She said in the song, "Let's make a deal, you roll, I like, fly me into ecstasy, light my fire, roll a flame and take me away." She wrote the song with Babyface and Groove Theory former member, Bryce Wilson. But, in the song, Toni refers the guy to marijuana because of its side effects.
2. "Let It Flow" - This song is from Waiting to Exhale and written by Babyface. It's also featured on Toni's Secrets album. The song is about not letting a break up or an ex's deceit get in the way of your happiness. If you stay in this frame of mind, then you really don't understand the power of forgiveness and moving on in your life.
1. "Un-break my Heart"- This song is also from the Secrets album. Songwriter Diane Warren wrote the song for Toni and it's still her biggest hit to date. In the video, model Tyson plays Toni's boyfriend, and he dies in a motorcycle accident. Once Toni hears the news, she's heartbroken because the news was so disheartening to hear. She wants this man back in her life but life doesn't operate that way once someone dies. Also, this song is vital to listen to when someone just ended a relationship with someone as well.