R&B/Soul is one of the most prolific music genres in the world,having gained popularity in the US, it eventually spread throughout the world like wildfire, igniting people's passions in and out of the bedroom.
Here's a list of 10 R&B albums any fan worth their note should know:
1.Songs In A Minor-Alicia Keys (2001)
The image of a young Alicia Keys rocking her braids with her hands all over a classical piano is one that most people will never forget that easily. Alicia started working on the album at the tender age of 14,with elements of soul,jazz,hip hop and blues dominating the album. The album was released on the 5th of June 2001 and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart made up the duo that was known as Floetry,which came all the way from the UK. The classic album cover of the duo sitting on a bench at a bus stop with the red telephone booth in the background is one of the most iconic album covers of all time. The album spawned hit singles such as Say Yes,Gettin' Late and Floetic.
3.Never Say Never-Brandy (1998)
This is one album that gave R&B fans one crazy fun ride with the release of the highly popular single, The Boy Is Mine featuring Monica.The album was a sophomore album by Brandy and was released on the 4th of June 1998. Another classic hit single that came from this album would have to be (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.
Fourth studio album by Usher,released on the 23rd of March 2004,this award sweeping album addressed the singer's most personal relationships with hit singles like Caught Up,Burn and the Alicia Keys assisted single My Boo. The album went on to fetch the Best Contemporary R&B Album award at the Grammy's.
5.The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill-Lauryn Hill (1998)
Hailed as one of the best R&B/Soul albums of all time,this album was the singer's debut and only studio album and was released on the 25th of August 1998 and spawned hit singles such as Everything Is Everything and Doo Wop(That Thing). In 2021,the album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA)
6.Secrets-Toni Braxton (1996)
This is the second album by Toni Braxton and was released on the 18th of June 1996. It has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been certified octuple platinum(8×) by the RIAA. It spawned the hit international single Un-break My Heart,which remains the most successful song by the singer.
Michael Eugene Archer better known as D'Angelo is considered one of the leading men of the sub genre neo soul. The single,Untitled (How Does It Feel) from the album Voodoo,portrayed the singer as some sort of sex symbol,which led to female fans in particular, yelling at him to take his clothes off while performing on stage. The singer went on to cancel some shows and was reportedly angry and frustrated at the fact that fans seemed to care more about what he looked like naked than they did about his music. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
8.Urban Hang Suite-Maxwell (1996)
The album was released on the 2nd of April 1996 and has given us hit singles like Ascension and Sumthin' Sumthin'. It was hailed as one of the best R&B/Soul albums of the 1990's and has contributed towards shaping the neo soul sub genre. It has sold over 12 million copies in the USA.
9.Baduizm-Erykah Badu (1997)
An award winning combination of poetry,jazz and soul,this masterpiece is indeed in a class of its own. This debut album by Erykah Badu was released on the 11th of February 1997,and has spawned hits like On&On,Next Lifetime and Appletree. It won Best R&B Award at the 40th Grammy Awards.
10.Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol.1-Jill Scott (2000)
This debut album by Miss Jilly from Philly was released on the 18th of July 2000 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Singles such as Gettin' In The Way, A Long Walk and He Loves Me helped propel this masterpiece to legendary status.
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