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


D'Angelo Black Messiah Album

#1. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – ‘Black Messiah’

This was an interesting year. There were a lot of releases and so many solid albums, but nothing that completely stood out as the down right best across all characteristics. So, to be honest with you, when choosing our #1 album for this list (and there was a lot of back and forth) we decided that it was best to just go with the scenario “if you could only hear one R&B album from 2014, which did it have to be?!” And that’s how we got here… Sure the hype was huge, no it’s not incredible, yes it’s pretty damn good though, no we can’t understand every word D says, but yes it is the one album, that if you could only hear one (that would suck), it has to be this.

D’Angelo’s comeback after 14 years… We hope you didn’t expect the second coming… After his reemergence 2 years ago we kind of always knew that his new album would focus more on the musicality and instrumentation than the songs or vocals. Heavily funk and rock inspired Black Messiah is complex with layers and dimensions, but at it’s core it feels like a jam session, and it should be digested as such.

If you are looking for something more aligned with the days of Voodoo may we point you in the direction of the closing song “Another Life.” Otherwise you can just put this album on and let it cruise. – J.W.


  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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