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The Best R&B Albums of the 1980s

1.

Prince - Sign "O" the Times
March 31, 1987
Critic Score
100
7 reviews

2.

Keith Sweat - Make It Last Forever
November 24, 1987
Critic Score
100
1 review

3.

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

4.

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

5.

Michael Jackson - Thriller
January 23, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

6.

Michael Jackson - Human Nature
July 3, 1983
Critic Score
100
1 review

7.

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

9.

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

10.

Janet Jackson - Control
February 2, 1986
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

11.

Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
February 14, 1985
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

12.

Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
October 1, 1984
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

13.

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

14.

Babyface - Tender Lover
July 23, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

15.

Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One
April 10, 1989
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

16.

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

17.

Michael Jackson - Bad
September 7, 1987
Critic Score
83
1 review

18.

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

19.

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

21.

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

22.

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

23.

Bobby Brown - King of Stage
December 11, 1986
Critic Score
60
1 review

24.

Diana Ross - Swept Away
September 13, 1984
Critic Score
60
1 review

25.

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