TLC Snags the #1 Spot on the U.S. Singles Chart With Waterfalls

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On this day July 8, 1995, TLC started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Waterfalls.” The elaborate music video for the song was extended a million-dollar budget. The video won four MTV Video Music Awards and Video of the Year. TLC was the first African-American act to receive the trophy.

TLC consists of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. They achieved much success with their blend of R&B, hip-hop, and pop music.

TLC released their debut album, “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip,” in 1992, which spawned several hit singles, including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” and “Baby-Baby-Baby.” However, it was their second album, “CrazySexyCool” (1994), that brought them mainstream success. The album included chart-topping hits like “Waterfalls,” “Creep,” and “Red Light Special.” “CrazySexyCool” remains one of their most successful albums ever made.

Tragically, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away in a car accident, but T-Boz and Chilli continued to carry on as a duo. They released their fourth studio album, “3D,” in 2002, which was dedicated to Lopes. TLC has also reunited for various performances and tours over the years.

TLC’s impact on the R&B genre and popular culture is untouched. They were known for their empowering and relatable lyrics, unique fashion sense, and laid back, cool style. TLC is, and will always remain one of the most successful and influential girl groups of all time.