Another year is coming to as close and with that, it’s time for reflection of the past year in music. For my first end of the year review post, I am giving y’all my top 25 R&B/Pop albums of 2016. Now, there is absolutely no way I could of gotten around to every project that dropped this year, forgive me. So therefore, just know there will be some omissions. But for the most part, I listened to all the major releases. Now when I say R&B and pop, in order for the album to qualify, it can not be a hip hop/rap/R&B hybrid album. So you wont find anything from Ty $, Tory Lanez, PND etc here. It can have elements but there definitely needs to be much more singing than rapping going on. So here we go counting down from 25 to 1.
25. dvsn-Sept. 5th
If you looking for some slow jams reminiscent of the 90s days, look no further than this duo out of the OVO camp.
It’s Maxwell. Legend. Moving on.
23. Dawn Richards-Redemption
The lone wolf standing from the Danity Kane quartet really showcases all our vocal and songwriting prowess on this one.
22. Usher-Hard II Love
Another album of hits for a newer generation to love.
21. Fantasia-“The Definition Of..”
Probably the most complete offering in her career.
20. Jamilia Woods-Heaven
If you dont know the name. Please get familiar. She can sang. And sing her ass off.
19. Majid Jordan-Majid Jordan
The soul behind Aubrey Graham.
Though short in presentation, this project reestablishes Lloyd as a major player potentially in the coming years.
No rust whatsoever in those vocal pipes
16. Nao-For All We Know
Another relative unknown bubbling on the R&B scene that will only continue to get bigger in the next year.
15. Tinashe-Night Ride
An album full of sexy.
14. JoJo-Mad Love
All grown up and that voice is as powerful as ever. I love me some Jojo
13. Lizzo-Coconut Oil
If you are unfamiliar, just go listen to the title track. Thank me later.
12. Fifth Harmony-7/27
Before the recent drama, the last legitimate female group left dropped a banger of an album.
11. Childish Gambino-Awaken, My Love
Gambino may be “labeled” as a hip hop artist, but this album was a straight mix of 70s-80s funk, R&B and pop. A must listen.
10. James Blake-The Colour In Anything
Mr. Blake with another one.
9. Anderson .Pakk-Malibu
Too many flawless sounding tracks on here to count.
8. BJ The Chicago Kid-In My Mind
The guy with the voice behind so many songs in the TDE camp, came with one memorable project.
7. The Dream-Love You To Death
After providing do many hits behind the scenes this year, Dream delivered one of the best projects of his career.
6. Bruno Mars- 24K Magic
Every time I turn this album I’m living in the late 80s-early 90s all over again.
5. NxWorries-Yes Lawd!
So I bet ya’ll didn’t know Anderson .Pakk dropped two projects this year. And this one with producer Knxwledge has sooo much flavor.
4. Solange-A Seat At The Table
Beyonce’s younger sister is officially no longer just that at all. She definitely is deserving of a seat at the forefront of the genre with this one. Lawd.
3. The Weeknd-Starboy
Didn’t pack the multiple hits of his previous album Beauty Behind The Madness, but he stays winning nonetheless on this one. The track “Reminder” is my current favorite song from this album.
My mind had Ri Ri’s latest album at number one but my heart couldn’t do it. That’s not to day she didn’t deliver the best album of her career to date though.
This album shut down everything when it dropped. The one liners that took over pop culture, the revamped songwriting, the production, presentation. It had it all. Took me several more listens to appreciate the greatness of this project. But I’m glad I finally did.
– Article Written by Ray Simpson –