Various Artists

100 R&B Classics

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It is highly, highly debatable that all of the songs here belong on a compilation titled 100 R&B Classics, but the inclusions do add up to an exhaustive and representative survey of hit R&B (and, in some cases, rap) singles released from the early ‘90s through the late aughts. Among the songs that have held up well are Aaliyah’s “Back and Forth,” Donell Jones’ “You Know What’s Up,” Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” Alicia Keys’ “You Don’t Know My Name,” En Vogue’s “Hold On,” and actor Jason Mewes’ all-time fave, Silk’s “Freak Me.” A solid mix of ballads, midtempo material, and club tracks for a very low suggested retail price.

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