Monday, January 8, 2018

Class of 1998: 20 R&B Albums That turn 20 this Year

This year in 2018 some of our favorite R&B Albums will be celebrating landmark anniversaries in what is considered one of the stronger year in music. From Lauryn Hill’s 5x Grammy Award winning breakout solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Brandy & Monica dominating the Billboard charts with their #1 duet hit “The Boy Is Mine” for 13 consecutive weeks. The year also ushered in several debuts from Destiny’s Child, Mya, Tyrese and Kelly Price.

Without further ado. Here are the top 20 R&B Albums turning 20 this year…

1 LAURYN HILL – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [Solo Debut]

Release Date: August 25
Record Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia
Singles: “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, “Everything Is Everything”
2 R. KELLY – R.

Release Date: November 10
Record Label: Jive
Singles: “I’m Your Angel”, “Half on a Baby”, “Home Alone”, “When a Woman’s Fed Up”, “Did You Ever Think”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy”
3 BRANDY – Never Say Never

Release Date: June 9
Record Label: Atlantic
Singles: “The Boy Is Mine”, “Top of the World”, “Have You Ever”, “Angel In Disguise”, “Almost Doesn’t Count”, “U Don’t Know Me (Like U Used To)”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, “Never Say Never”
4 WHITNEY HOUSTON – My Love Is Your Love

Release Date: November 17
Record Label: Arista
Singles: “When You Believe”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”, “My Love Is Your Love”, “I Learned from the Best”
5 MONICA – The Boy Is Mine

Release Date: July 14
Record Label: Arista
Singles: “The Boy Is Mine”, “The First Night”, “Angel of Mine”, “Inside”, “Street Symphony”
6 DRU HILL – Enter the Dru

Release Date: October 27
Record Label: Island
Singles: “How Deep Is Your Love”, “These Are the Times”, “Beauty”, “The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)”, “You Are Everything”
7 112 – Room 112

Release Date: October 27
Record Label: Bad Boy
Singles: “Love Me”, “Anywhere”, “Love You Like I Did”, “Your Letter”
8 MAXWELL – Embrya

Release Date: June 10
Record Label: Columbia
Singles: “Luxury: Cococure”, “Matrimony: Maybe You”
9 FAITH EVANS – Keep the Faith

Release Date: October 27
Record Label: Bad Boy
Singles: “Love Like This”, “All Night Long”, “Never Gonna Let You Go”, “Lately I”
10 KEITH SWEAT – Still In the Game

Release Date: September 22
Record Label: Elektra
Singles: “Come and Get with Me”, “I’m Not Ready”
11 KELLY PRICE – Soul of A Woman [Debut]
Release Date: June 23
Record Label: Island
Singles: “Friend of Mine (Remix)”, “Secret Love”, “Soul of a Woman”
12 TYRESE – Tyrese [Debut]

Release Date: September 29
Record Label: RCA
Singles: “Nobody Else”, “Lately”, “Sweet Lady”
13 XSCAPE – Traces of My Lipstick
Release Date: May 12
Record Label: Columbia
Singles: “Am I Dreamin”, “The Arms of the One Who Loves You”, “My Little Secret”, “Softest Place on Earth”
14 MYA – Mya [Debut]

Release Date: April 21
Record Label: Universal
Singles: “It’s All About Me”, “Movin’ On”, “My First Night With You”
15 DESTINY’S CHILD – Destiny’s Child [Debut]

Release Date: February 17
Record Label: Columbia
Singles: “No, No, No”, “With Me”
16 TAMIA – Tamia [Debut]

Release Date: April 14
Record Label: Qwest
Singles: “You Put A Move on My Heart”, “Imagination”, “So Into You”, “Loving You Still”
17 DEBORAH COX – One Wish

Release Date: September 15
Record Label: Arista
Singles: “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”, “It’s Over Now”, “We Can’t Be Friends”
18 MONIFAH – Mo’hogany

Release Date: August 25
Record Label: Uptown/Universal
Singles: “Touch It”, “Bad Girl”, “Suga Suga”
19 ARETHA FRANKLIN – A Rose Is Still a Rose

Release Date: March 23
Record Label: Arista
Singles: “A Rose Is Still a Rose”, “Here We Go Again”
20 TOTAL – Kima, Keisha & Pam

Release Date: October 27
Record Label: Bad Boy
Singles: “Trippin”, “Sitting Home”, “I Tried”


KENNY LATTIMORE – From the Soul of Man

Release Date: October 20
Record Label: Columbia
Singles: “Days Like This”, “If I Lose My Woman”, “Love Will Find a Way”

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