The Braxton Family Singles rate: Toni, Tamar, Traci, Trina and Towanda

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londonrain

Staff member
When will people ever learn?

With that iconic line, delivered in that growly alto, the career of Toni Michele Braxton was born.



A multiplatinum recording artist with a career spanning thirty years, Toni is the oldest of six children (in descending order of age, her siblings are Michael Braxton Jr., Traci Renee Braxton, Towanda Chloe Braxton, Trina Evette Braxton and Tamar Estine Braxton) born to Michael and Evelyn Braxton. The five daughters formed a band called The Braxtons, were signed to Arista Records in 1989 (when they ranged in age from 12 to 22) and released their debut single, Good Life, the year later.

The single bombed, but over the last thirty years Toni, Traci, Trina and Tamar have all forged solo careers. Toni is by far the most critically and commercially successful, with seven Grammy Awards (out of 13 nominations), seven American Music Awards (out of 11 nominations), as well as four gold-certified albums and three multi-platinum albums in the US. After the sisters and their mother appeared in their own reality show, Braxton Family Values, Tamar revived her failed solo career and now has three Grammy nominations to her name and a total of five albums, while Trina and Traci both launched their own solo careers (of which Traci's has resulted in two studio albums) and The Braxtons even reunited for a Christmas album.



("Who tryna sing my note?!")

I could have just run a Toni Braxton singles rate, but given how intertwined her career is with her sisters', it felt appropriate to include all five ladies in this rate.


Okay. What do I need to do?

Simply rate each of the songs on a scale from 0 to 10. I'll allow decimals, but keep it sensible. Nobody wants me to screw up the results because I accidentally put down 5.2642 instead of 5.6422.

You may award one song, and one song only, a score of 11. Choose wisely.

When you're done, send me a message (using the little envelope in the top right corner of your screen) that contains your scores for all the songs. There are no optional sections in this rate, so you must give a score to all of the songs.

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But @londonrain, Toni is the only one I've heard of!

Don't worry - Toni still has the lion's share of the songs in this rate, and Traci and Tamar both have quite similar music to Toni genre-wise (even though Tamar has a much higher range). Trina aims for the bops more, which should be PJ catnip anyway.

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Can I rate a version that isn't listed in the song list?

No. Unlike my previous rates, I'd like you to vote only for the versions listed. Part of the reason for this is because I wanted to honour Toni's US dance #1s, all of which are listed separately, and part of the reason is because this is a singles rate so I'd like the single edits to be the ones that get scored here.

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Do I have to include commentary?

Commentary is highly encouraged, but is not mandatory.

Sure, you can just send in a bunch of numbers, but it will make the elimination posts a lot more interesting if you tell us a bit more about why you gave the scores you did.

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When are my scores due?

Please send your scores to me by Sunday, March 29 April 5 at 23:59 Pacific time.

Happy scoring!

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londonrain

Staff member
SONGS TO RATE

THE BRAXTONS

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Good Life

So Many Ways
Only Love
The Boss (Kenlou Radio Mix)
Slow Flow

Every Day Is Christmas


TONI BRAXTON


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Give U My Heart (Babyface featuring Toni Braxton)


Love Shoulda Brought You Home
Another Sad Love Song
Breathe Again
Seven Whole Days
You Mean The World To Me
I Belong To You
I Belong To You (Rollerskate Radio Mix)
How Many Ways

You're Makin' Me High
Let It Flow
Un-Break My Heart
I Don't Want To
I Love Me Some Him
How Could An Angel Break My Heart (with Kenny G)

He Wasn't Man Enough
Just Be A Man About It (featuring Dr. Dre)
Spanish Guitar
Maybe (Radio Edit)
The Heat

Snowflakes Of Love
Christmas In Jamaica (featuring Shaggy)

Hit The Freeway (featuring Loon)
A Better Man

Baby You Can Do It (Baby featuring Toni Braxton)

Please
Trippin' (That's The Way Love Works)
Take This Ring
Suddenly
The Time Of Our Lives (with Il Divo)

Yesterday
Yesterday (featuring Trey Songz)
Hands Tied
Make My Heart

I Heart You

Hurt You (with Babyface)
Where Did We Go Wrong? (with Babyface)
Roller Coaster (with Babyface)

Deadwood
Long As I Live

You're Makin' Me High (T'empo Mix)
Un-Break My Heart (Classic Radio Mix)
Un-Break My Heart (Soul-Hex Anthem Radio Edit)
I Don't Want To (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit)
Spanish Guitar (HQ2 Radio Edit)
Coping (Disco Killerz Remix)


TRACI BRAXTON


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Last Call
Perfect Time

Moonlight (Kokayi featuring Traci Braxton)

Broken Things (featuring Toni, Towanda and Trina Braxton)
Lifeline


TRINA BRAXTON


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Party Or Go Home
Game Time


TAMAR BRAXTON

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Get None (featuring JD & Amil)
If You Don't Wanna Love Me

Love And War
The One
All The Way Home
Hot Sugar
Prettiest Girl
Pieces

She Can Have You

Let Me Know (featuring Future)
If I Don't Have You
Angels & Demons
Love It

My Man
Blind
The Makings of You
Wanna Love You Boy

Crazy Kind Of Love

THE BRAXTONS

Good Life
So Many Ways
Only Love
The Boss (Radio Edit)
Slow Flow
Every Day Is Christmas

TONI BRAXTON

Give U My Heart
Love Shoulda Brought You Home
Another Sad Love Song
Breathe Again
Seven Whole Days
You Mean The World To Me
I Belong To You
I Belong To You (Rollerskate Radio Mix)
How Many Ways
You're Makin' Me High
Let It Flow
Un-Break My Heart
I Don't Want To
I Love Me Some Him
How Could An Angel Break My Heart
He Wasn't Man Enough
Just Be A Man About It
Spanish Guitar
Maybe (Radio Edit)
The Heat
Snowflakes Of Love
Christmas In Jamaica
Hit The Freeway
A Better Man
Baby You Can Do It
Please
Trippin' (That's The Way Love Works)
Take This Ring
Suddenly
The Time Of Our Lives
Yesterday
Yesterday (featuring Trey Songz)
Hands Tied
Make My Heart
I Heart You
Hurt You
Where Did We Go Wrong?
Roller Coaster
Deadwood
Long As I Live
You're Makin' Me High (T'empo Mix)
Un-Break My Heart (Classic Radio Mix)
Un-Break My Heart (Soul-Hex Anthem Radio Edit)
I Don't Want To (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit)
Spanish Guitar (HQ2 Radio Edit)
Coping (Disco Killerz Remix)


TRACI BRAXTON

Last Call
Perfect Time
Moonlight
Broken Things
Lifeline

TRINA BRAXTON

Party Or Go Home
Game Time

TAMAR BRAXTON
Get None
If You Don't Wanna Love Me
Love And War
The One
All The Way Home
Hot Sugar
Prettiest Girl
Pieces
She Can Have You
Let Me Know
If I Don't Have You
Angels & Demons
Love It
My Man
Blind
The Makings of You
Wanna Love You Boy
Crazy Kind Of Love
 
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londonrain

Staff member
Here's our list of 27 voters for this rate. With each elimination I will be revealing the song's trajectory based on where it was at 6 voters in, 12 voters in, 18 voters in, 24 voters in and 27 voters in, so it's worth noting who's in each group below:

#1-6
londonrain
ComeOnGloria
pop3blow2
Sprockrooster
RainOnFire
berserkboi

#7-12
invertedbutterfly
Daniel_O
Maria
Ana Raquel
soratami
WowWowWowWow

#13-18
abael
Robsolete
Trouble in Paradise
Euphoria
Angeleyes
Damita Jo

#19-24
vague
Remorque
Epic Chocolat
Music Is Life
A&E
Holly Something

#25-27
japanbonustrack
Oleander
Butterfly​
 
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londonrain

Staff member
RESULTS
77. The Time Of Our Lives (Toni Braxton & Il Divo)
76. Christmas In Jamaica (Toni Braxton featuring Shaggy)
74. (tie) Snowflakes Of Love (Toni Braxton) / Baby You Can Do It (Baby featuring Toni Braxton)
73. Moonlight (Kokayi featuring Traci Braxton)
72. Prettiest Girl (Tamar Braxton)
71. Game Time (Trina Braxton)

69. (tie) Crazy Kind Of Love (Tamar Braxton) / Perfect Time (Traci Braxton)
68. She Can Have You (Tamar Braxton)
67. Where Did We Go Wrong? (Toni Braxton & Babyface)
66. Hot Sugar (Tamar Braxton)
65. Every Day Is Christmas (The Braxtons)
64. Wanna Love You Boy (Tamar Braxton)
63. My Man (Tamar Braxton)
62. Lifeline (Traci Braxton)
61. Last Call (Traci Braxton)

60. Pieces (Tamar Braxton)
59. The Makings Of You (Tamar Braxton)
58. Just Be A Man About It (Toni Braxton featuring Dr. Dre)
57. Blind (Tamar Braxton)
56. If I Don't Have You (Tamar Braxton)
55. Un-Break My Heart (Soul-Hex Anthem Radio Edit) (Toni Braxton)
54. Love It (Tamar Braxton)
53. Get None (Tamar Braxton featuring JD & Amil)
52. A Better Man (Toni Braxton)
51. I Don't Want To (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit) (Toni Braxton)

50. So Many Ways (The Braxtons)
49. Broken Things (Traci Braxton featuring Toni, Towanda and Trina Braxton)
48. Party Or Go Home (Trina Braxton)
47. If You Don't Wanna Love Me (Tamar Braxton)
46. Yesterday (Toni Braxton featuring Trey Songz)
45. Love Shoulda Brought You Home (Toni Braxton)
44. Only Love (The Braxtons)
43. Let Me Know (Tamar Braxton featuring Future)
42. Give U My Heart (Babyface featuring Toni Braxton)
41. Angels & Demons (Tamar Braxton)

40. Slow Flow (The Braxtons)
39. Roller Coaster (Toni Braxton & Babyface)
37. I Don't Want To / Maybe (Radio Mix) (Toni Braxton)
36. How Could An Angel Break My Heart (Toni Braxton with Kenny G)
35. Hands Tied (Toni Braxton)
34. I Belong To You (Toni Braxton)
33. Seven Whole Days (Toni Braxton)
32. Take This Ring (Toni Braxton)
31. How Many Ways (Toni Braxton)

29. You're Makin' Me High (T'empo Mix) / I Love Me Some Him (Toni Braxton)
28. Trippin' (That's The Way Love Works) (Toni Braxton)
27. Hurt You (Toni Braxton & Babyface)
26. Good Life (The Braxtons)
25. Make My Heart (Toni Braxton)
24. The Boss (Kenlou Radio Mix) (The Braxtons)
23. The Heat (Toni Braxton)
22. I Belong To You (Rollerskate Radio Mix) (Toni Braxton)
21. Suddenly (Toni Braxton)

20. Coping (Disco Killerz Remix) (Toni Braxton)
19. Spanish Guitar (HQ2 Radio Mix) (Toni Braxton)
18. Un-Break My Heart (Classic Radio Mix) (Toni Braxton)
17. You Mean The World To Me (Toni Braxton)
16. All The Way Home (Tamar Braxton)
15. I Heart You (Toni Braxton)
14. The One (Tamar Braxton)
13. Please (Toni Braxton)
12. Hit The Freeway (Toni Braxton featuring Loon)
11. Love And War (Tamar Braxton)

10. Let It Flow (Toni Braxton)
9. Another Sad Love Song (Toni Braxton)
8. Yesterday (Toni Braxton)
7. Spanish Guitar (Toni Braxton)
6. Deadwood (Toni Braxton)
5. Breathe Again (Toni Braxton)
4. You're Makin' Me High (Toni Braxton)
3. Long As I Live (Toni Braxton)
Top two: Un-Break My Heart / He Wasn't Man Enough (Toni Braxton)


RECAPS
The Braxtons
Traci Braxton
Trina Braxton
Tamar Braxton
Toni Braxton


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