Various Artists

R&B Anthems [2013]

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Several songs on R&B Anthems are neither, but Rap & R&B Hits would be a less exciting title. This 57-song set, released through Sony in the U.K., skims the charts from the early '90s through the early 2010s. It reaches back for DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Summertime," A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum," Aaliyah's "Back & Forth," and Ginuwine's "Pony." Later smashes, like Amerie's "1 Thing," Miguel's "All I Want Is You," and Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight," bring the set closer to 2013, but it's heavier on selections from the '90s. Despite the unappealing packaging, this is a cheap -- budget-priced -- way to scoop up a lot of memorable hit singles.

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