The 25 Best Posthumous Albums of All Time

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  • Michael Jackson
  • Jimi Hendrix, Live at the Fillmore East, Band of Gypsies, Buddy Miles Billy Cox, Wild Thing, Power of Soul, Machine Gun
  • Otis Redding, The Dock Bay
  • Selena, Dreaming of You
  • Big Pun, Yeeah Baby,  100%, Leatherface
  • Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company
  • Big L, The Big Picture, DJ Premier, Pete Rock
  • 2Pac, Better Dayz
  • Jimi Hendrix, First Rays of the Rising Sun,
  • 2 Pac, R U Still Down?
  • Marvin Gaye, Vulnerable
  • John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Cosmic Music, Pharoahe Sanders, Jimmy Harrison,
  • J. Dilla, The Shinning, Karriem Riggs, Won't Do, E=MC2
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers, Confrontation, Buffalo Soldier, Chant Down Babylon, Jump Nyahbinghi
  • Eazy-E, Str8 Off tha Streets of Muthaph--kin' Compton, Dr.Dre, Death Row,  Ice Cube, My Baby'z Mama
  • Otis Redding and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Otis Redding, The Immortal Otis Redding, Hard to Handle, I've Got Dreams to Remember
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Born Again, Dead Wrong
  • Pimp C, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Rap-A-Lot don J. Prince, Drake, Rick Ross
  • Otis Redding, Love Man, Direct Me
  • J. Dilla, Jay Stay Paid, Bun B, Black Thought, Pete Rock
  • Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi
  • Sam Cooke, Shake
  • 2Pac, Until the End of Time
  • 2Pac, Makaveli, The Don Killuminati: The 7-Day Theory, Hail Mary
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death

Born Again

It was five years ago when the King of Pop suffered an untimely death, but it seems like his legacy is stronger than ever with the 2014 release of Xscape, Michael Jackson's second posthumous album. The album, originally recorded in 1991 with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions, maintained MJ’s vocals while incorporating modern pop sounds by way of super producers Rodney Jerkins and Timbaland. It received many rave reviews, was compared to the likes of Thriller, and has so far sold 309,000 copies since its May 13 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In rememberance of MJ's legacy, we take a look at the best posthumous albums of all time. — Intro by Dominique Zonyeé, reporting by Alex Gale

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