Producer: Dallas Austin

1995 was a great year for R&B music. Artists like TLC, Montell Jordan, Brandy and Monica were churning out hit records and becoming larger-than-life stars in the music industry. The best artists seemed to create something that drew on the heartstrings of fans and brought about a sense of nostalgia. "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)," produced by Dallas Austin, was just that record for Monica.

The song samples LL Cool J's 1993 record "Back Seat (Of My Jeep)," and was just the edge that Monica needed to make the song the first single from her debut album Miss Thang. Monica used the beat's slow charge to her advantage, as she calmly belted her way through chord after chord with ease. —Tannis Spencer

Inspiration: LL Cool J "Back Seat (of My Jeep)" (1993)

Producer: QD III, LL Cool J