ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014


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#8. Mary J. Blige – ‘The London Sessions’

It’s been over 20 years since the talented Mary J. Blige released her debut album and just like fine wine, she gets better with time. Previously noted as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, the legendary singer-songwriter took a different approach to her most recent album, The London Sessions.

While she technically delivered two full-length albums this year with the soundtrack to Will Packard’s Think Like A Man Too being her first, MJB tapped into an unheard area of interest when it came to her music catalog. Calling upon some of today’s hottest writers and producers out of the UK to assist in bringing her vision to life, Mary worked with Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, and more to bring us one of most interesting collaborations of the year.

With standout tracks such as “Whole Damn Year,” where she sings of a broken heart, and “When You’re Gone,” where she pleads for her love to come home, it’s incredible to see Mary’s ability to completely change her sound and still come out on top. While longevity is one of the many things that MJB can list on her résumé, another is creating one of the best albums that 2014 had to offer. – K.P.



  1. Whatever. 9 years ago

    uhm where is Guy Sebastian? Pretty crappy top 20 tbh.

  2. Worst top 20 ever. 9 years ago

    where my man Joe at? Bridges was dope!!

  3. rd1981 9 years ago

    I liked Mariah’s album as well. I’m still shocked that not to many people got to hear it. Dave Hollister and Johnny Gill and Dave Hollister’s albums were also pretty decent.

  4. mon88 9 years ago

    D’Angelo definitely had my favorite album last year.

    Chris Brown & August Alsina had some good albums too but that’s about it. I hope Badu and Soulchild come with some heat this year.

  5. bettie 9 years ago


  6. Gremlin 9 years ago

    JMSN had the best R&B album of the year.

  7. Quezin 9 years ago

    R. Kelly had the best R&B album of 2014. #BlackPanties

  8. Kristopher Webb 9 years ago

    Glad to see Rochelle Jordan on the list. Her album was so good! Tinashe definitely deserved to be in the top 5 as well. Another great album!

  9. TUG 9 years ago

    Sorry But SexPlayList is the thing Omarion did.

  10. filip 9 years ago

    what about keyshia cole – point of no return and ashanti – braveheart?

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