The 10 Best Usher Songs Of All Time
10.02.2024 - 13:37
Steven J. Horowitz Senior Music Writer Usher has had a career filled with many sparkling moments, and yet this one feels like it outsizes them all.
After dazzling Las Vegas with his “My Way” residency for 100 shows, the singer didn’t stop to catch his breath—in fact, he braced for maximum impact, announcing the release of his ninth album “Coming Home” (his first in eight years), an upcoming North American tour and a coveted booking as the performer during the Super Bowl Halftime show, taking place on Feb. 11.
It makes sense, then, that Usher would play the biggest stage in the world at this point in his career—he’s done the work. Ever since debuting with his eponymous 1994 album at just 15 years old, he has repeatedly proven to be a chameleonic tour de force, whether it be traipsing genres across albums and stacking nine number-one Billboard Hot 100 hits to gracing the silver screen and building his portfolio as an entrepreneur.
With a discography that stretches across decades and timeless hits to his name, the 45-year-old has consistently proven that a legacy is only as strong as the talent and hard work behind it. And Usher has the track record to show for it.
Before he takes the biggest stage in the world, Variety takes a look back at his best singles, spanning the ballads to the bops. Usher planted his flag as an R&B scion with his eponymous debut and more mature, befitting follow-up “My Way,” but answered the call to pop superstardom with “U Remind Me,” the first single off of 2001’s “8701.” With its cartwheeling synths and swishy hi-hats, “U Remind Me” disproportionately leans on its chorus—after all, it repeats eight times throughout the song—but it doesn’t feel overbearing, instead creating a playground for
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