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The Best Contemporary R&B Albums of All Time

1.

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

2.

Michael Jackson - Thriller
November 30, 1982
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

3.

Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
July 10, 2012
Critic Score
91
39 reviews

4.

SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
September 18, 2020
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

5.

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
38 reviews

6.

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
90
9 reviews

7.

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Critic Score
88
31 reviews

8.

Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
April 17, 2019
Critic Score
87
6 reviews

9.

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

10.

SAULT - Nine
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

11.

PinkPantheress - to hell with it
October 15, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

12.

Bilal - A Love Surreal
February 26, 2013
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

13.

Laura Mvula - Pink Noise
July 2, 2021
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

14.

Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

15.

Kali Uchis - Isolation
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

16.

Aaliyah - Aaliyah
July 7, 2001
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

17.

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
September 10, 2013
Critic Score
83
38 reviews

18.

Ray BLK - Access Denied
October 1, 2021
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

19.

Jill Scott - Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1
July 18, 2000
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

20.

Beyoncé - Beyoncé
December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

21.

Mary J. Blige - Mary
August 17, 1999
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

22.

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
34 reviews

23.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

24.

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
October 27, 2006
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

25.

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
29 reviews
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