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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Top 100 R&B/Soul Albums of All Time


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These are the top 100 R&B/soul albums of all time as determined by Dave’s Music Database. This list was devised by compiling 22 R&B and/or soul-oriented best-of lists into an aggregate list. This list was then merged with the albums’ overall status in Dave’s Music Database to create this R&B/soul-specific list.

1. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
2. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
3. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
4. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
5. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
6. Prince Sign O’ the Times (1987)
7. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
8. James Brown Live at the Apollo (1963)
9. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
10. Curtis Mayfield Superfly (1972)



11. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
12. Otis Redding Otis Blue (1965)
13. Stevie Wonder Talking Book (1972)
14. TLC CrazySexyCool (1994)
15. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968)
16. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
17. Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way That I Love You (1967)
18. Erykah Badu Baduizm (1997)
19. Boyz II Men II (1994)
20. Michael Jackson Bad (1987)



21. Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On (1973)
22. Usher Confessions (2004)
23. The Bodyguard soundtrack (1992)
24. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
25. Janet Jackson Control (1986)
26. Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991)
27. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
28. Anita Baker Rapture (1986)
29. D’Angelo Brown Sugar (1995)
30. Prince 1999 (1982)



31. Toni Braxton Toni Braxton (1993)
32. Parliament Mothership Connection (1976)
33. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
34. Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (1969)
35. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
36. Beyonce Dangerously in Love (2003)
37. Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
38. Janet Jackson janet. (1993)
39. Al Green I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
40. Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel (1988)



41. Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
42. Earth, Wind & Fire That’s the Way of the World (1975)
43. Mary J. Blige What’s the 411? (1992)
44. TLC Fan Mail (1999)
45. Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (1990)
46. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
47. Mary J. Blige My Life (1994)
48. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
49. MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
50. Sade Diamond Life (1984)



51. Whitney Houston Whitney (1987)
52. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
53. Toni Braxton Secrets (1996)
54. Destiny’s Child The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)
55. Natalie Cole Unforgettable…With Love (1991)
56. En Vogue Funky Divas (1992)
57. Funkadelic Maggot Brain (1971)
58. Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. I (aka “Keep on Movin’”) (1989)
59. Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough (2005)
60. Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove (1978)



61. Al Green Call Me (1973)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
64. Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present & Future – Book I (1995)
65. R. Kelly R. (1998)
66. Terence Trent D’Arby Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987)
67. Mariah Carey Butterfly (1997)
68. R. Kelly 12 Play (1993)
69. Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
70. Curtis Mayfield Curtis (1970)



71. Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony (1991)
72. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)
73. Sade Best of (1994)
74. Bobby “Blue” Bland Two Steps from the Blues (1960)
75. Sly & the Family Stone Anthology/Greatest Hits (1973)
76. Prince Dirty Mind (1980)
77. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (19983)
78. 2pac All Eyez on Me (1996)
79. War The World Is a Ghetto (1972)
80. Sade Promise (1985)



81. Jill Scott Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000)
82. Al Green Let’s Stay Together (1972)
83. Maxwell Urban Hang Suite (1996)
84. John Legend Get Lifted (2004)
85. Prince Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
86. Destiny’s Child Survivor (2001)
87. Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear (1978)
88. Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope (1997)
89. Janet Jackson Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (1995)
90. Al Green Greatest Hits (1975)



91. Sly & the Family Stone Fresh (1973)
92. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (2005)
93. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
94. Sade Love Deluxe (1992)
95. 2pac Me Against the World (1995)
96. Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July (1980)
97. Beyonce B’Day (2006)
98. Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
99. George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen – The Best of (1998)
100. Waiting to Exhale soundtrack (1995)

4 comments:

  1. The Velvet Rope is too low :(

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  2. No Jagged Edge????????????

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    1. As noted, this list is an aggregate of 22 R&B-oriented best-of lists. The albums which made this list were determined completely objectively based on what made those lists. Sorry!

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    2. Well it seems like a pretty flawed process if Snoop Dogg and The Black Eyed Peas made the list.

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