The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

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  • 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
  • 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

Prince, For You

Though his songwriting skills hadn't yet reached the heavenly, heathenous heights of his 1980s prime, Prince's 1978 debut introduced his emotive falsetto and expert multi-instrumental, multi-genre arrangements, giving a powerful glimpse of the purple revolution on the horizon.

(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros Records)

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