The Roots Music Report's
Top R&B Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

1
Collapsed in Sunbeams
by: Arlo Parks

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Label: Transgressive
Sub Genre: R&B
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Gold-Diggers Sound
by: Leon Bridges

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Label: Columbia
Sub Genre: Soul
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WE ARE
by: Jon Batiste

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Label: Verve
Sub Genre: Soul
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Where Do We Go from Here
by: Dumpstaphunk

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Label: Mascot
Sub Genre: Funk
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5
Welcome 2 America
by: Prince

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Label: NPG
Sub Genre: Soul
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Have a Seat
by: Maggie Rose

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Label: Starstruck
Sub Genre: R&B
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When It's All Said and Done... Take Time
by: Giveon

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Label: Epic
Sub Genre: Soul
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8
Back of My Mind
by: H.E.R.

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Label: RCA
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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9
Back Home
by: Trey Songz

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Label: Atlantic
Sub Genre: Soul
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10
Missunderstood: the Diaries
by: Queen Naija

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Label: Capitol
Sub Genre: Soul
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11
The Wild Card
by: Ledisi

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Label: Listen Back
Sub Genre: Soul
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12
See Me
by: Leela James

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Label: BMG
Sub Genre: Soul
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13
Jam & Lewis, Vol. 1
by: Jam & Lewis

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Label: Flyte Tyme
Sub Genre: Soul
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14
Chilombo
by: Jhené Aiko

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Label: Def Jam
Sub Genre: Soul
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15
On Earth, and in Heaven
by: Robin Thicke

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Label: Lucky Music / EMPIRE
Sub Genre: Soul
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16
Deadpan Love
by: Cautious Clay

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Soul
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17
Love Always Wins
by: Kem

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Label: Motown
Sub Genre: Soul
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18
Moments in Between
by: Ruth B.

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Label: Downtown
Sub Genre: Soul
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19
What's Going on
by: Devon Gilfillian

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Label: Capitol
Sub Genre: R&B
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20
After Hours
by: The Weeknd

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Label: UMG
Sub Genre: Soul
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21
Hard Up
by: The Bamboos

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Label: Pacific Theatre
Sub Genre: Soul
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22
My People
by: Cha Wa

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Label: Single Lock
Sub Genre: Soul
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23
B7
by: Brandy

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Label: eOne
Sub Genre: Soul
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24
Blood on the Vinyl
by: Guordan Banks

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Label: Bank On It
Sub Genre: Soul
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25
All Love Everything
by: Aloe Blacc

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Label: BMG
Sub Genre: Soul
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26
Lianne La Havas
by: Lianne La Havas

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Label: Nonesuch
Sub Genre: Soul
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27
Spell My Name
by: Toni Braxton

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Label: Island
Sub Genre: Soul
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28
Blackbirds
by: Bettye LaVette

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Label: Verve
Sub Genre: Soul
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29
Nicollette
by: Nicollette Sullivan

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Label: For Artists
Sub Genre: R&B
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30
Still Standing by
by: McKinley James

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Label: Red Lodge
Sub Genre: R&B
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31
Freedom is Love
by: The Freedom Affair

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Label: Sunflower Soul
Sub Genre: Soul
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32
Rebirth
by: Ruff Endz

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Label: Chance
Sub Genre: Soul
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33
One on One
by: Paul Carrack

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Disco
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34
Dotted Line
by: Alex Lucero & Live Again

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Soul
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35
Made in Lagos: Deluxe Edition
by: WizKid

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Label: Starboy
Sub Genre: Soul
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36
TEMPORARY HIGHS in the VIOLET SKIES
by: Snoh Aalegra

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Label: Artium
Sub Genre: Soul
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37
- Ugh, Those Feels Again
by: Snoh Aalegra

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Label: Epic
Sub Genre: R&B
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38
50 Foot Woman
by: Hannah Williams

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Label: Record Kicks
Sub Genre: Funk
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Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
Sub Genre: Soul
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40
Wide Nose Full Lips
by: SuCh

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Label: Arc Sai
Sub Genre: Soul
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41
Memories of
by: Kaz Hawkins

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Soul
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42
APART
by: Allen Stone

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Label: ATO
Sub Genre: Soul
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43
Private Space
by: Durand Jones & The Indications

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Label: Dead Oceans
Sub Genre: Soul
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44
What's Going on
by: Devon Gilfillian

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Label: Capitol
Sub Genre: R&B
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45
Natural Born Hustler
by: Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal

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Label: Color Red
Sub Genre: Soul
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46
A Muse in Her Feelings
by: dvsn

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Label: OVO Sound
Sub Genre: Soul
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47
It is What It is
by: Thundercat

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Label: Brainfeeder
Sub Genre: Soul
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48
Promised Land
by: The Allergies

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Label: Jalapeno
Sub Genre: Soul
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49
The Devonns
by: The Devonns

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Label: Record Kicks
Sub Genre: Motown
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50
El Alimento
by: Cimafunk

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Label: Terapia
Sub Genre: Funk
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51
Avalanche
by: Julian Taylor Band

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Label: Gypsy Soul
Sub Genre: Soul
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52
Working Man Blues
by: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

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Label: Sunset Blvd
Sub Genre: R&B
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53
Canopy
by: Daniel Fears

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: R&B
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54
Hot Pink
by: Doja Cat

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Label: Kemosabe
Sub Genre: Soul
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55
Love and Hate in a Different Time
by: Gabriels

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Label: Atlas Artists
Sub Genre: Soul
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56
Grateful
by: Elise LeGrow

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Label: Awesome Music
Sub Genre: R&B
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57
Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo
by: Maceo Parker

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Label: Mascot
Sub Genre: Soul
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58
Baby, I'm Hollywood!
by: Judith Hill

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Label: Regime Music Group
Sub Genre: R&B
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59
Three Little Words
by: Dominique Fils-Aime

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Label: Ensoul
Sub Genre: R&B
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60
The Album
by: Teyana Taylor

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Label: Def Jam
Sub Genre: Soul
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61
Step Up
by: Tower of Power

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Label: Artistry Music
Sub Genre: R&B
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62
Jeb Loy (feat. Cold Diamond & Mink)
by: Jeb Loy Nichols

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Label: Timmion
Sub Genre: R&B
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63
The Power of the One
by: Bootsy Collins

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Label: Sweetwater Sounds
Sub Genre: Funk
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64
DEACON
by: serpentwithfeet

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Label: Secretly Canadian
Sub Genre: R&B
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65
Crying for Hope
by: George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners

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Label: Mascot
Sub Genre: Funk
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66
Further
by: Dwight & Nicole

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: R&B
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67
Bigger Love
by: John Legend

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Label: Columbia
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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68
Rise Above
by: Tomar and the Fcs

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Label: Splice
Sub Genre: Soul
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69
Another Side
by: Leo Nocentelli

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Label: Light In The Attic
Sub Genre: Soul
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70
Death or Devotion
by: The Motet

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Label: The Motet
Sub Genre: Funk
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71
Berlin Sessions
by: Brownout

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Label: Fat Beats
Sub Genre: Funk
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72
It's Only Us
by: Monophonics

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Label: Colemine
Sub Genre: Soul
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73
This Joy
by: Resistance Revival Chorus

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Label: Righteous Babe
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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74
KIWANUKA
by: Michael Kiwanuka

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Label: Interscope
Sub Genre: Soul
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75
The Alien Coast
by: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Label: ATO
Sub Genre: Soul
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76
Live at Sun Studio
by: The Movers & Shakers

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: R&B
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77
Are You Ready
by: Leela James

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Label: Entertainment One
Sub Genre: Soul
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78
Canoga Madness
by: Mestizo Beat

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Label: California Soul Music
Sub Genre: Funk
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79
Over It
by: Summer Walker

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Label: Interscope
Sub Genre: Soul
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80
An Ode to Escapism
by: Ghost Funk Orchestra

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Label: Colemine
Sub Genre: R&B
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81
The Lightness of Love
by: Alvin Garrett

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Label: Hill Entertainment
Sub Genre: R&B
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82
What a Time to Be in Love
by: Raheem DeVaughn

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Label: Sono
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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83
3.15.20
by: Childish Gambino

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Label: RCA
Sub Genre: Soul
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84
That Rock 'n' Roll Rhythm!
by: Tammi Savoy & The Chris Casello Combo

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Label: Swelltune
Sub Genre: R&B
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85
Broke-Down Deluxe
by: Andy Eppler

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Label: Velvet Syntax
Sub Genre: R&B
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86
Dear Fats, I Love You
by: Davell Crawford

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Soul
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87
Travelogue - Blues Traveler Classics
by: Blues Traveler

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Label: A&M/UME
Sub Genre: R&B
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88
The Song Garden
by: Will Downing

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Label: Sophisticated Soul
Sub Genre: R&B
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89
Friend Goals
by: Tank and the Bangas

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Label: Verve Forecast
Sub Genre: Soul
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90
ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
by: BROCKHAMPTON

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Label: RCA
Sub Genre: R&B
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91
Music Life
by: Mia Doi Todd

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Label: City Zen
Sub Genre: Soul
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92
Nqaba Yam
by: Zahara

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Label: Warner
Sub Genre: R&B
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93
We're New Again: a Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
by: Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven

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Label: XL Recordings
Sub Genre: Soul
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94
Groove & Good Times
by: Raphael Wressnig and Igor Prado

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Label: ZYX
Sub Genre: Funk
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95
The Lion King: the Gift
by: Beyoncé

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Label: Sony
Sub Genre: R&B
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96
If You Feel
by: Xavier Omär

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Label: RCA
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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97
Play Nice
by: Cass Clayton

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: R&B
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98
Live in London
by: Mavis Staples

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Label: Anti
Sub Genre: Soul
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99
Come over (feat. Popcaan) - Single
by: Jorja Smith

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Label: FAMM
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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100
American Griots
by: Louis York

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Label: Weirdo Workshop
Sub Genre: Soul
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101
In My Right Mind
by: Cyrus DeShield

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Label: Paynesville
Sub Genre: R&B
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102
Dur&
by: Durand Bernarr

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Label: DSING
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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103
Heaux Tales
by: Jazmine Sullivan

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Label: RCA
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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104
Excuse My Baggage
by: Miranda Rae

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Label: DNAAO
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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105
We Get by
by: Mavis Staples

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Label: Anti
Sub Genre: Soul
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106
Love & Conflict
by: Martha Wash

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Label: Purple Rose
Sub Genre: Funk
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107
American Love Call
by: Durand Jones & The Indications

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Label: Dead Oceans
Sub Genre: Soul
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108
The Hang
by: Redtenbacher's Funkestra

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Label: RSB
Sub Genre: Funk
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109
ICONOLOGY - EP
by: Missy Elliott

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Label: Atlantic
Sub Genre: R&B
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110
KIKI
by: Kiana Ledé

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Label: Republic
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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111
Introspection
by: Angela Munoz

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Label: Linear Labs
Sub Genre: R&B
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112
One World
by: Billy Ocean

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Label: Legacy
Sub Genre: R&B
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113
Love Absolute
by: Vivian Green

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Label: SoNo
Sub Genre: Soul
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114
Hits That Stick Like Grits
by: The Shindellas

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Label: Weirdo Workshop
Sub Genre: Neo-Soul
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115
Atmosphere
by: New Orleans Nightcrawlers

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Label: Self-Release
Sub Genre: Soul
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116
The World is Still Chaos, but I Feel Better
by: L'Orange

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Label: Mellow Music Group
Sub Genre: R&B
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Mother Sauce
by: Hot Mustard

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Label: Color Red
Sub Genre: R&B
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