The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

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  • 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
  • Mary J. Blige R&B Debut Albums BET

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Though one could argue his 2011 "mixtape," Nostalgia, Ultra, was his true first album, Ocean's incredible studio debut, Channel Orange, not only inspired this list, but it's a worthy inclusion. With songs like "Thinkin Bout You" and "Pyramids," it's already safe to say that Frank's one of the best, most introspective, most innovative soul-music lyricists in years.


(Photo: Courtesy Island Def Jam Records)

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