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Best R&B Albums of 2012

Emeli Sande Frank Ocean Alicia Keys
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The long-standing argument about what is and isn’t R&B continued to be the topic of discussion in 2012, with artists opting for the dance floor instead of the bedroom. But there were a few standout albums that brought love and romance back to the genre.

The list includes stellar albums by Emeli Sande, Frank Ocean and Alicia Keys. We also didn’t forget about Elle Varner‘s debut LP or R. Kelly‘s throwback soul album. These albums might not quell the argument that R&B has lost its soul, but they were fun to listen to.

So without further ado, check out’s list of the 10 Best R&B Albums of 2012.

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