Monday, January 4, 2021

Class of 1996: Top 20 R&B Albums turning 25 this Year

1996 was a great and pivotal moment for R&B music. It was a turning point for the genre which ushered in the futuristic Hip Hop and R&B production of Timbaland & Missy Elliott. Neo Soul was booming. Male & Female groups were still thriving. With that said, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of some of the most iconic and landmark albums of our time. From Maxwell, Ginuwine, Dru Hill, Kenny Lattimore releasing their impressive debuts to the return of New Edition for the first time as a sextet. Here are the Top 20 R&B Albums turning 25 this year plus noteworthy honorable mentions.

20 DONELL JONES - My Heart
Release Date: June 4
Label: LaFace
Singles: "In the Hood", "Knocks Me Off My Feet", "You Should Know"

19 MINT CONDITION - Definition of a Band
Release Date: September 24
Label: Perspective
Singles: "What Kind of Man Would I Be", "You Don't Have to Hurt No More", "Let Me Be the One"

18 702 - No Doubt
Release Date: October 8
Label: Biv 10/Motown
Singles: "Steelo", "Get It Together", "All I Want", "No Doubt"

17 KENNY LATTIMORE - Kenny Lattimore
Release Date: May 14
Label: Columbia
Singles: "Never Too Busy", "Just What It Takes", "For You"

16 AZ YET - Az Yet
Release Date: April 30
Label: LaFace
Singles: "Last Night", "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"

15 TOTAL - Total
Release Date: January 30
Label: Bad Boy
Singles: "Can't You See", "No One Else", "Kissin' You", "Do You Think About Us?"

Release Date: January 16
Label: LaFace
Singles: "Nobody Knows", "Like a Woman", "Leavin'"

13 SWV - New Beginning
Release Date: April 23
Label: RCA
Singles: "You're the One", "Use Your Heart", "It's All About U"

12 112 - 112
Release Date: August 27
Label: Bad Boy
Singles: "Only You (Bad Boy Mix)", "Come See Me", "Cupid"

11 WHITNEY HOUSTON - The Preacher's Wife (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release Date: November 26
Label: Arista
Singles: "I Believe In You And Me", "Step by Step", "My Heart Is Calling"

10 DRU HILL - Dru Hill
Release Date: November 19
Label: Island
Singles: "Tell Me", "In My Bed", "Never Make a Promise", "5 Steps"

09 PRINCE - Emancipation
Release Date: November 29
Label: NPG/EMI
Singles: "Betcha by Golly Wow!", "The Holy River"

08 BABYFACE - The Day
Release Date: October 29
Label: Epic
Singles: "This Is For the Lover In You", "Every Time I Close My Eyes", "How Come, How Long"

07 NEW EDITION - Home Again
Release Date: September 15
Label: MCA
Singles: "Hit Me Off", "I'm Still In Love with You", "You Don't Have to Worry"

06 GINUWINE - GINUWINE... The Bachelor
Release Date: October 8
Label: 550 Music/Epic
Singles: "Pony", "Tell Me Do U Wanna", "When Doves Cry", "I'll Do Anything"

05 AALIYAH - One In A Million
Release Date: August 27
Label: Blackground/Atlantic
Singles: "If Your Girl Only Knew", "One In a Million", "4 Page Letter", "Hot Like Fire", "The One I Gave My Heart To"

04 MAXWELL - Urban Hang Suite
Release Date: April 2
Label: Columbia
Singles: "Til' the Cops Come Knockin'", "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)", "Sumthin' Sumthin'", "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)"

03 KEITH SWEAT - Keith Sweat
Release Date: June 25
Label: Elektra
Singles: "Twisted", "Nobody", "Come With Me", "Just a Touch"

02 BLACKSTREET - Another Level
Release Date: September 10
Label: Interscope
Singles: "No Diggity", "Don't Leave Me", "Fix"

01 TONI BRAXTON - Secrets
Release Date: June 18
Label: LaFace
Singles: "You're Makin' Me High", "Un-Break My Heart", "I Don't Want To", "How Could an Angel Break My Heart"


MARK MORRISON - Return of the Mack
LUTHER VANDROSS - Your Secret Love
TONY! TONI! TONÉ! - House of Music
THE ISLEY BROTHERS - Mission to Please
CASE - Case
TEVIN CAMPBELL - Back to the World
ERIC BENÉT - True to Self
MONIFAH - Moods... Moments
HORACE BROWN - Horace Brown
GINA THOMPSON - Nobody Does It Better
ME'SHELL NDEGÉOCELLO - Peace Beyond Passion
MISTA - Mista
MONA LISA - 11-20-79

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