17) Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo – 2008
Ne-Yo knows his way around a slick RnB tune, writing near hundreds year on year. His best work is present on this, an album that showcases both his expert writing and impressive vocal skills.
Standout Track: Closer
16) Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna – 2007
With album opener Umbrella securing itself at the top of the UK charts for 10 weeks, its lucky that GGGB is so consistently great across all 12 of it’s tracks. Dance RnB at its most pure.
Standout Track: Umbrella (Feat. Jay-Z)
15) Late Registration – Kanye West – 2005
It may not have aged as well as any of his other albums, but Kanye‘s second album will be remembered for the classic singles it held within it’s complex and tightly produced narrative.
Standout Track: Diamonds From Sierra Leone
14) Love King – The-Dream – 2010
Though it could never live up to it’s predecessor, Love King takes Dream‘s style to the next level, featuring a much more grand and expansive take on the Radio Killa formula. Still no singles though…
Standout Track: Yamaha
13) Rokstarr – Taio Cruz – 2009
With 3 versions of this album now available, the one thing that remains is the sheer quality of each Pop/Dance track featured. The split between styles may be jarring, but every song is 5*.
Standout Track: Dirty Picture (Feat. Ke$ha)
12) Loose – Nelly Furtado – 2006
The moment Nelly met Timbaland will be seen as a historic moment in Pop history once you hear Loose. The same intriguing textures and themes seen in her other work, just with the slickest production possible.
Standout Track: Say It Right
11) Body Talk Pt 1 –Robyn – 2010
With Body Talk Pt 2 already making me rethink this album’s placement, these 8 tracks encompass everything that Robyn stands for; pure and brilliant pop without the drama.
Standout Track: Dancing On My Own