The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

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  • 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
  • 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

The Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

The best boy band of all time made a big splash with their 1969 bow, taking on Sly Stone-inspired funk-pop ("Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," Sly's own "Stand!") and angelic soul harmonies (Stevie's "My Cherie Amour") with equally precocious skill and feeling. It's a stunning debut even if you ignore their infectious classic "I Want You Back" (which you can't).

(Photo: Courtesy Motown Records)

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