The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

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  • Mary J. Blige R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Prince R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Alicia Keys R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Frank Ocean R&B Debut Albums BET
  • D'Angelo R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Beyoncé R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Whitney Houston R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Erykah Badu R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Lauryn Hill R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Mariah Carey R&B Debut Albums BET
  • R. Kelly R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Jill Scott R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Sade R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Jodeci R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Donny Hathaway R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Monica R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Etta James R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Luther Vandross R&B Debut Albums BET
  • The Jackson 5 R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Diana Ross R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Minnie Riperton R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Teddy Pendergrass R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Earth, Wind & Fire R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Bill Withers R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Maxwell R&B Debut Albums BET
  • Frank Ocean, Donny Hathaway, Mary J. Blige

Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

Alicia Keys' hugely successful first album had a huge impact on an increasingly stagnant R&B world in 2001. Though her vocal and songwriting abilities improved significantly in the years ahead, her way-ahead-of-her-years emphasis on understated musicality and classic R&B traditions refreshed the genre and birthed a superstar.

(Photo: Courtesy J Records)

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