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List: The Best of January – Top 12 Records

Best-of-January-2016

2016 has already shown to be impactful musically, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Setting the tone for what we predict will be a successful year for R&B, January has delivered some strong contenders for our end of year lists.

Inclusive of a highly anticipated return of Fantasia, the delivery of Tank’s sequel to Sex, Love & Pain, and new releases from some of our favorite new artists, if the state of R&B was ever in an emergency before, we’re convinced that it’s on it’s way out of the red.

While there were so many choices that made it hard for us to choose from, we’re confident in the choices that we made for this awesome month of music.

So, without any more teasing, jump into our “Best of January – Top 12 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: 16 Albums To Sweat In 2016

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2015 was truly an excellent year in music, and it may seem hard to top, but looking into 2016 we are remaining optimistic.  While last year saw the surprise comeback of music icon Janet Jackson, return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia and Jill Scott, along with a monster crossover by The Weeknd, there is plenty more to look forward to this year.

With R&B continuing to reach vast audiences of varying age groups, tastes and styles, there will be something for everyone once again in 2016.

An exciting class of newcomers, lead by the likes of Kehlani and Tory Lanez, bring some of the most anticipated debuts. Strong 2nd and 3rd albums are expected by some of the already established current stars like Tinashe and K. Michelle, while anticipated comebacks by veterans like Usher, Tweet, and the Queen Bey will surely top most fans sweat list.

Get a sneak peek into the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “16 Albums To Sweat in 2016” below!

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ThisIsRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

2015 was the best year in R&B since the ’90s … Go ahead, fight us on that…

Ok, maybe not exactly, but it was damn near close and we’ve been reveling in it all year long.  So, with 2016 upon us and the same question – Where did the year go? – we spent the last month of 2015 re-listening, debating, writing, enjoying, and celebrating all of the amazing albums that hit our desks from a very wide range of artists.

Great R&B ruled in it’s current arena, which is Urban AC radio and independent labels, but it also slowly began to slide back into the mainstream.  Veteran artists took strong stands for their beloved style, while young acts only born in the 90s just did what felt natural and real to them.  Truth and authenticity ruled as the overall theme, even when it came in the form of a 60s soul revivalist or dark R&B protagonist taking over pop radio.

With open arms we welcomed the return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sulllivan and Tamia, and saluted male R&B lotharios Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Raheem DeVaughn.  The legendary Janet Jackson surprised everyone and reminded us why she is Unbreakable.  Newcomer Bryson Tiller stole the underground king trophy, and Miguel reminded us to let our Wildhearts run free.

The only thing that might have made it better would have been if Maxwell got off the beach and finally gave us the oft-delayed follow-up to BLACKsummers’night.  Anyways, let’s toast to what’s to come in 2016, and flashback with us to 2015’s most notable albums with “The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015” below!

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List: The Best of November – Top 10 Records

Best-of-Nov-2015

Yes, yes we know…we’re a little late on getting you our best of list for the month of November, but with all the dope music to choose from we had a little trouble deciding who would make the cut. Or we’re just now waking up from our turkey coma… whichever scenario you want to believe.

As the year is almost to an end, it seems like everyone who’s anyone is trying to get that last round of good music to their fans. Whether it was through a new single, a mixtape, or an album, the month of November offered up some pretty great audio treats from some of your (and our) favorites. Whether it was the sounds of The Pied-Piper of R&B or the re-uniting of T-Pain & Plies, last month gave us turkey with a cool vibe on the side.

Looking for a way to stay warm? Grab some cocoa, press play, and turn up with the sounds of our “Best of November – Top 10 Records” list below!

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List: The Best of October – Top 12 Records

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Where has the year gone?! We’re already in the last two months of 2015 and it feels like we were literally just waiting on summer to hit! However, reality has set in and we’re well aware that it’s time for colder days, longer nights, and change of leaves for your delight. Along with all of those great things, R&B didn’t half-step when it came to what it offered up in October.

From the surprise re-emerging of Adele to the apologetic pleas of Chris Brown and Rick Ross, October delivered some pretty solid releases for us to cuddle up to. Others responsible for giving us what we needed this month were Ariana Grande, Keke Palmer, Miguel, and more.

So, while you binge on all of your younger relatives’ candy from this weekend’s Halloween festivities, get one last treat in with our “Best of October – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: Best of September – Top 10 Records

Best-of-Sept-2015

New month, same order of business! Yes, we’re talking about none other than our “Best of” list! While September always brings mixed emotions due to the seasons changing, that doesn’t mean it changes the way we feel about receiving some good ol’ R&B!

Although there were still a few bangers that made us wish Summer was still in place, the transition into Fall has been even easier with the low-key tunes that we’ve been blessed with this month. From the euphoric sounds of Naughty Boy and Beyoncé to the newest party anthem from Chris Brown, September’s round-up is here to add a little heat to your life one last time before the cool air blows in.

Turn up the dial, open up your windows, and get ready for our Best of September – Top 10 Records” below!

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List: The Best of August – Top 12 Records

Best-of-August-2015

As our last full month of summer came to a close, we now have to start saying goodbye to the hot days, short shorts, weekend day parties, and trips to the beach on a consistent basis. While this was something we’re definitely not looking forward to doing entirely, the good thing about the month of August is that it gave us some dope tunes to enjoy summer to just a little bit longer.

Whether it was the smooth sounds of Robin Thicke, or the positive tunes of Timbaland and V. Bozeman reminding us to just “Smile,” August brought us some of the best ways to segue into closing out the hottest season of the year.

So now that you know what you’re getting, dive right into our “Best of August – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: The Best of July – Top 15 Records

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It’s that time of year where parents are boggled down with back to school shopping, kids are living their last weeks of freedom, and the working world is dreading the increased traffic that comes along with school beginning. For us good people over at ThisisRnB though, it’s nothing more but another month of solid R&B.

Whether you were here for Janet and J. Cole’s steamy remix to “No Sleeep” or clutching your pearls at Keri Hilson’s raunchy lyrics to “Scream,” there’s no denying that July brought ThisIsRnB listeners some pretty lovable and sultry singles. Bringing along with it new tunes from Bridget Kelly, CeeLo Green, an official single from Tory Lanez, and a new project from Sevyn Streeter, July really gave us a surprising set of tracks from different avenues of R&B.

While we know we can’t please every single person with our lists, we’re hoping that you find enjoyment in this one.

So without further adieu, grab your wine cooler, open your windows and get ready to be rocking all night long with our “Best of July – Top 15 Records” below!

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