21. Ledisi, “Alright”
Ledisi made her label debut on a Ella Fitzgerald tribute album, a sound and style of who’s she has channeled throughout her singing career.
22. Lina, “It’s Alright”
Lina made her debut with this jazzy, funk album, Stranger On Earth, which was named Pulse Magazine’s R&B Album Of The Year.
23. Lucy Pearl, “Dance Tonight”
Lucy Pearl was something of a soul and R&B supergroup, bringing together Raphael Saadiq, A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Dawn Robinson from En Vogue. The group turned out one album that included stand out tracks, “Dance Tonight,” “Don’t Mess With My Man,” and “You.”
24. Macy Gray, “Do Something”
Gray is probably most famous for the singles, “I Try” and “Sweet Baby” (featuring Badu), but it’s her debut single (“Do Something”) that’s arguably her best song.
25. Maxwell, “Fortunate”
This love song penned by R. Kelly came from Maxwell’s second album, Embrya, in 1999. In a year heavy with R&B hits, the song managed to be the number one R&B song.