Among the biggest-selling R&B groups of all time, TLC rode a blend of pop, hip-hop, and post-new jack swing R&B to superstardom during the '90s. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas appealed equally to pop and R&B audiences, blending catchy hooks and bouncy funk with a playful, confident attitude. Initially, their image was equal parts style and spirit. After their star-making second album, CrazySexyCool, the group fell into disarray and took years to record the follow-up, Fanmail. They returned more popular than ever, and the hits kept coming until 2002, the year Lopes was killed in a car accident. The extent of their influence on post-millennial pop is incalculable. ~ Steve Huey
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