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Mary J. Blige’s My Life, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul.

There are a host of classic R&B albums over the last several decades that have been absorbed into the consciousness of music fans everywhere. Across the broad spectrum of rhythm & blues, classic soul, funk, urban contemporary and neo-soul, some of the strongest artistic statements in the history of popular music have been recorded, released and dissected for generations.

But there are several brilliant R&B albums that have fallen by the wayside of pop culture.

So in the spirit of spreading the gospel of good music, here are the twenty most underrated R&B albums of all time…

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  • darkjivechicago

    nice selections (especially “Young Mod’s Forgotten Story” and “Triumph”). although i would argue that Sly’s “There’s a Riot Going On” is also underrated, especially up against records like the original “Greatest Hits” comp (which contains no tracks from that album). Also, I’d pencil in Rahsaan Patterson’s first album, or maybe add in “Leroy Hutson II” in lieu of “Let’s Do it Again” (although I love Mavis and Curtis).

  • Charles Davenport

    Good list but you forgot Teedra Moses, Complex Simplicity. Great call with Solange though ,her album was better than big sis.

  • Chris Webster

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  • Lefty 2 Gunz

    this is a Really good list bravo! …I really feel like Ray J’s “Raydiation” should be on here .. It is a really good Album but is slept on because he is Ray J and His Antics and Personal Life overshadowed his music… But that album is really good he had some great writesr, Nice beats, nice concepts like “Melody” a love song to music… and He sang the shit out A great majority of the songs ..