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The Best Erykah Badu Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 253 votes 114 voters 5.1k views5 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Erykah Badu is considered of the best female vocalists and one of the best neo soul artists. Since she's such an influential artist, let’s rank the best Erykah Badu albums, with the help of your votes. Influenced early in her teen years by ‘70s soul along with early hip hop from the ‘80s, Badu became one of the leaders of neo-soul along with contemporaries like Maxwell, Lauryn Hill, and D’Angelo after her debut, Baduizm (1997) went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts. She has since drawn comparisons to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Sade with Mama’s Gun (2000) and Worldwide Underground (2003).

This Erykah Badu discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Erykah Badu albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Erykah Badu singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Erykah Badu album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Erykah Badu album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.This list of popular Erykah Badu CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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  • Baduizm
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    1. Rimshot (Intro)
    2. On & On
    3. Appletree
    4. Otherside of the Game
    5. Sometimes (Mix #9)
    6. Next Lifetime
    7. Afro (Freestyle Skit)
    8. Certainly
    9. 4 Leaf Clover
    10. No Love
    11. Drama
    12. Sometimes...
    13. Certainly (Flipped It)
    14. Rimshot (Outro)

    • Release Date: 1997
    • Artist: Erykah Badu
    • Tracks: Appletree, Rimshot (intro), Certainly (Flipped It)
    • Label: Kedar Entertainment
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Hip hop music, Jazz, Contemporary R&B, Neo soul
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  • 1. Penitentiary Philosophy
    2. Didn't Cha Know?
    3. My Life
    4. ... & On
    5. Cleva
    6. Hey Sugah
    7. Booty
    8. Kiss Me on My Neck (Hesi)
    9. A.D. 2000
    10. Orange Moon
    11. In Love with You
    12. Bag Lady
    13. Time's a Wastin
    14. Green Eyes

    • Release Date: 2000
    • Artist: Erykah Badu
    • Producer: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Kerry Brothers, James Poyser, J Dilla, Carvin & Ivan
    • Tracks: My Life, Bag Lady, Orange Moon
    • Length (mins): 01:11:59
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Hip hop music, Jazz, Soul music
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  • New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
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    1. 20 Feet Tall
    2. Window Seat
    3. Agitation
    4. Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)
    5. Gone Baby, Don't Be Long
    6. Umm Hmm
    7. Love
    8. You Loving Me (Session)
    9. Fall in Love (Your Funeral)
    10. Incense
    11. Out My Mind, Just in Time

    • Release Date: 2010
    • Artist: Erykah Badu
    • Tracks: Incense, Out My Mind, Just in Time
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Neo soul, Funk
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  • New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
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    1. Amerykahn Promise
    2. The Healer
    3. Me
    4. My People
    5. Soldier
    6. The Cell
    7. Twinkle
    8. Master Teacher
    9. That Hump
    10. Telephone
    11. Honey

    • Release Date: 2008
    • Artist: Erykah Badu
    • Tracks: The Healer, Amerykahn Promise, My People
    • Genres (Music): Electronica, Hip hop music, Jazz, Soul music, Jazz fusion
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