Heavy D & The Boyz's Top 10 Billboard Hits

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5. "Gyrlz, They Love Me" (No. 12, 1990)

It may not been as big on the Billboard charts as the other two "Big Tyme" singles, but "Gyrlz, They Love Me" cemented Heavy D as the "overweight lover" by showcasing the rapper dropping a string of smooth come-ons to his female target. Gotta love that saxophone breakdown, too.

4. "We Got Our Own Thang" (No. 10, 1989)

Another hit from 1989's "Big Tyme," "We Got Our Own Thang" gave Heavy D & the Boyz's a Top 10 hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The track may have been perfect for radio, but the song's music video -- featuring Hev busting dance moves with the best of 'em -- helped establish the rapper as an instantly recognizable (and likable) personality.

3. "Somebody For Me" (No. 8, 1989)

As one of the hits on Heavy D & the Boyz's breakout album "Big Tyme," "Somebody For Me" helped introduce Heavy D's combination of featherweight rhymes and pop hooks to the mainstream. Looking back, Heavy D's promotion of monogamy -- "A relationship! A commitment! Something to live for!" he crows -- was fairly groundbreaking for mainstream hip-hop.

2. "Now That We Found Love" (No. 5, 1991)

Arguably his most recognizable and long-lasting single, Heavy D's "Now That We Found Love" was assisted by an indelible hook by Aaron Hall and a music video that features a dance crew rocking a deserted alley while sporting some candy-colored, in-retrospect-ridiculous rain coats.

1. "Got Me Waiting" (No. 3, 1994)

A silky-smooth single from Heavy D & the Boyz's 1994 full-length "Nuttin' But Love," "Got Me Waiting" showcases Hev's laid-back flow even as he's professing, "I want to know cause if I don't, it's going to haunt me/Yo, word up -- you got me thinking you want me." Heavy D's biggest Billboard hit is perhaps his most well-rounded single -- and a defining piece of the artist's legacy.