1. ‘Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg’ (1991)
Released in 1991, TLC’s debut single is a catchy slab of New Jack Swing that broke the group on both sides of the Atlantic. Edgy and self-confident, it’s a statement of sexual agency that still sounds fresh today: when these ladies get the horn, they sure as hell aren’t going to hide it. As if to prove the point, Left Eye appears in the video with a condom stretched over her left spectacle lens.