The Best R&B Albums of the 1980s

1. Prince - Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign
March 31, 1987
Critic Score
100
6 reviews

2. Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel

Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel
June 20, 1988
Critic Score
100
1 review

3. Rick James - Street Songs

Rick James - Street Songs
April 7, 1981
Critic Score
100
1 review

4. Michael Jackson - Thriller

Michael Jackson - Thriller
November 30, 1982
Critic Score
94
6 reviews

5. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
June 25, 1984
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

7. Patrice Rushen - Straight from the Heart

Patrice Rushen - Straight from the Heart
April 14, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

8. Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One

Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One
April 10, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

9. Janet Jackson - Control

Janet Jackson - Control
February 2, 1986
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

10. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
February 14, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

11. Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi

Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
May 2, 1989
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

12. Prince - Lovesexy

Prince - Lovesexy
May 10, 1988
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

13. Quincy Jones - The Dude

Quincy Jones - The Dude
March 1, 1981
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

15. The Jacksons - Victory

The Jacksons - Victory
July 2, 1984
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

16. Stevie Wonder - In Square Circle

Stevie Wonder - In Square Circle
September 13, 1985
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

17. Stevie Wonder - Characters

Stevie Wonder - Characters
November 6, 1987
Critic Score
55
2 reviews

18. The Jacksons - 2300 Jackson Street

The Jacksons - 2300 Jackson Street
May 28, 1989
Critic Score
50
1 review

19. Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson
September 21, 1982
Critic Score
40
1 review

20. Janet Jackson - Dream Street

Janet Jackson - Dream Street
October 23, 1984
Critic Score
40
1 review
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