The 1998 R&B Albums Rate (Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Brandy and Monica): WINNER REVEALED!

Which of these artists' followups do you like the most?

  • Brandy - Full Moon

  • Monica - After The Storm

  • Lauryn Hill - MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

  • Whitney Houston - Just Whitney...


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londonrain

Staff member
Thanks, everyone!

This result really wasn't down to any one person, and The Boy Is Mine did so well - with a few more 11s and fewer 8s it would have caught up to It's Not Right But It's Okay - but let's not understate what It's Not Right But It's Okay achieved with that 9.887 average.

It's Not Right But It's Okay managed a total of 306.5 in a rate with 31 voters, which means if it had somehow collected a total of 3.5 more points from a few voters (it couldn't have collected them from any one voter, because nobody gave it less than an 8) it would have reached 310 points and actually had a perfect 10 average. The Boy Is Mine trailed behind with 300.25, but both songs were well ahead of the competition: My Love Is Your Love had only 286 points and Doo Wop (That Thing) had 284.5.

Since I didn't get a chance to post it in the final elimination post, here is the iconic video for our runner-up:



and, for the heck of it, here's the video for Brandy and Monica's only other song together, 2012's It All Belongs To Me:




And of course I had to include a gif that perfectly captures the feeling of seeing The Boy Is Mine coming so close to finally winning a rate and failing yet again:

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londonrain

Staff member
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Brandy - Never Say Never
Release date: June 9, 1998
Chart positions: #2 US, #2 US R&B, #19 UK
Certifications: 5x Platinum (US), Platinum (UK)
Album average: 7.467

Eliminations:
79. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
73. Truthfully
70. One Voice
66. Put That On Everything
59. Tomorrow
28. Top Of The World
27. Learn The Hard Way
26. Happy

24. Never Say Never
22. Have You Ever?
21. U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)
15. Angel In Disguise
12. Almost Doesn't Count
2. The Boy Is Mine

Highest scorers:
1. @berserkboi: 9.536 (overall ballot average: 9.479)
2. @HollyDunnSomething: 9.179 (overall ballot average: 8.177)
3. @Robsolete: 9.036 (overall ballot average: 8.139)
4. @vague: 8.929 (overall ballot average: 8.430)
5. @tylerc904: 8.643 (overall ballot average: 7.487)

Lowest scorers:
1. @playboy69: 5.143 (overall ballot average: 5.835)
2. @Ray: 5.393 (overall ballot average: 5.894)
3. @Mina: 5.571 (overall ballot average: 5.544)
4. @Aester: 5.964 (overall ballot average: 7.082)
4. @Empty Shoebox: 5.964 (overall ballot average: 5.665)


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Monica - The Boy Is Mine
Release date: July 14, 1998
Chart positions: #8 US, #2 US R&B, #52 UK
Certifications: 3x Platinum (US), Silver (UK)
Album average: 7.594

Eliminations:
71. I Keep It To Myself
67. Right Here Waiting
61. Ring Da Bell
56. Inside
44. For You I Will
41. Take Him Back
40. Misty Blue
33. 'Cross The Room
30. Gone Be Fine
13. Street Symphony
10. The First Night
9. Angel Of Mine
2. The Boy Is Mine

Highest scorers:
1. @berserkboi: 9.623 (overall ballot average: 9.479)
2. @londonrain: 8.615 (overall ballot average: 7.494)
2. @Robsolete: 8.615 (overall ballot average: 8.139)
4. @Sprockrooster: 8.538 (overall ballot average: 7.975)
5. @ohnostalgia: 8.462 (overall ballot average: 7.728)

Lowest scorers:
1. @playboy69: 5.308 (overall ballot average: 5.835)
2. @Ray: 6.154 (overall ballot average: 5.894)
3. @kermit_the_frog: 6.385 (overall ballot average: 7.013)
4. @GimmeWork: 6.615 (overall ballot average: 7.506)
4. @Mina: 6.615 (overall ballot average: 5.544)


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Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love
Release date: November 17, 1998
Chart positions: #13 US, #7 US R&B, #4 UK
Certifications: 4x Platinum (US), 3x Platinum (UK)
Album average: 7.792

Eliminations:
69. You'll Never Stand Alone
65. Oh Yes
63. I Was Made To Love Him
60. Until You Come Back
57. In My Business
39. Get It Back
29. I Bow Out
16. When You Believe
14. I Learned From The Best
11. If I Told You That
7. Heartbreak Hotel
3. My Love Is Your Love
1. It's Not Right But It's Okay

Highest scorers:
1. @berserkboi: 9.192 (overall ballot average: 9.479)
2. @Conan: 8.962 (overall ballot average: 7.342)
3. @soratami: 8.846 (overall ballot average: 7.354)
4. @ComeOnGloria: 8.731 (overall ballot average: 7.544)
5. @vague: 8.692 (overall ballot average: 8.430)

Lowest scorers:
1. @Ray: 5.846 (overall ballot average: 5.894)
2. @Mina: 6.077 (overall ballot average: 5.544)
3. @kermit_the_frog: 6.308 (overall ballot average: 7.013)
4. @Aester: 6.577 (overall ballot average: 7.082)
5. @Empty Shoebox: 6.653 (overall ballot average: 5.665)


Final standings for the four main albums:

1. My Love Is Your Love: 7.792
2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: 7.661
3. The Boy Is Mine: 7.594
4. Never Say Never: 7.467

The extras ended up with an overall average of 7.033.​
 
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