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Top 25 Hip Hop and R&B Soundtracks of 90s and 2000s

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List of the Best R&B and Hip Hop Soundtracks

Hip Hop and R&B soundtracks, or soundtracks in general, have been part of movies for generations, but no era or generation can be compared to the classic albums that were produced and created throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s.  In this golden era of music, we were blessed to hear some of the greatest and most classical songs of all time.

Top 20 Hip Hop and R&B Soundtracks

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1. The Bodyguard

Released Date: 1992

Featured Artists: Whitney Houston

Top Songs: “I Will Always Love You,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Run To You,” and more.

Quick Facts: With Whitney Houston at the very top of music, being the number one artist in the world, The Bodyguard soundtrack became the best selling soundtrack of all-time.

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2. Waiting to Exhale

Released Date: 1995

Featured Artists: Whitney Houston, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, SWV, Brandy, Toni Braxton, Mary J Blige, and more.

Top Songs: Whitney Houston “Count on Me,” Whitney Houston “Exhale,” Brandy “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” Mary J Blige “Not Gon’ Cry,” and more.

Quick Facts: Accomplishments for this classic album had ranged from becoming seven times platinum to numerous award nominations, including 11 Grammy nominations, all while being one of the top charting albums of 1995.

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3. Space Jam

Released Date: 1996

Featured Artists: D’Angleo, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, R. Kelly, Seal, Coolio, Monica, Salt N Pepa, Chris Rock, Barry White, and more.

Top Songs: Seal “Fly Like an Eagle,” R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly,” Barry White and Chris Rock “Basketball Jones,” Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Coolio, LL Cool J “Hit Em,” and more.

Quick Facts: One of the top selling soundtracks of all-time as Michael Jordan’s Space Jam soundtrack was an international success, reaching the top of the charts and receiving gold and platinum certifications worldwide.

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4. Set It Off

Released Date: 1996

Featured Artists: En Vogue, Brandy, Queen Latifah, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Seal, Goodie Mob, and more.

Top Songs: Brandy “Missing You,” Bone Thugs “Days of Our Lives,” En Vogue “Don’t Let Go,” and more.

Quick Facts: The Set It Off soundtrack reached the Top 5 on the charts and became certified platinum. Though not the same number of accolades as other soundtracks, Set It Off is often viewed as the greatest soundtrack of all-time.

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5. Friday

Released Date: 1995

Featured Artists: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, The Isley Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Scarface, Cypress Hill, 2 Live Crew, Mack 10, and more.

Top Songs: Dr. Dre “Keep Their Heads Ringin’,” Ice Cube “Friday,” The Isley Brothers “Tryin To See Another Day,” Boosty Collins “You Got Me Wide Open,” 2 Live Crew “Hoochie Mama,” and more.

Quick Facts: The 2x platinum soundtrack that peaked number one on the charts was mixture of old-school legends, like Rick James and The Isley Brothers, and, at the time, the top new school artists of the rap game, like Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

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6. Boomerang

Released Date: 1992

Featured Artists: Babyface, Toni Braxton, TLC, Boyz II Men, Johnny Gill, A Tribe Called Quest, and more.

Top Songs: Boyz II Men “End of the Road,” Babyface and Toni Braxton “Give U My Heart,” Grace Jones “7 Day Weekend,” Toni Braxton “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” A Tribe Called Quest “Hot Sex,” and more.

Quick Facts: The Boomerang soundtrack was released through the LaFace record label, and primarily written and produced by LA Reid and Babyface.

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7. Above The Rim

Released Date: 1994

Featured Artists: 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Al B. Sure, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and more.

Top Songs: Warren G and Nate Dogg “Regulate,” 2Pac “Pain,” Lady of Rage and Snoop Dogg “AfroPuffs,” and more.

Quick Facts: One of the three Death Row’s soundtrack releases during their time dominating West Coast hip-hop, while also being one of Death Row’s top selling albums.

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8. Soul Food

Released Date: 1997

Featured Artists: Missy Elliot, Outkast, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, Total, Xscape, Blackstreet, En Vogue, and more.

Top Songs: Boyz II Men “A Song for Mama,” Total “What About Us,” Dru Hill “We’re Not Making Love No More,” and more.

Quick Facts: Mostly produced by Babyface, Soul Food would eventually become a 2x platinum selling soundtrack and was one of the top albums of 1997.

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9. 8 Mile

Released Date: 2002

Featured Artists: Eminem, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nas, Xzibit, and more.

Top Songs: Eminem “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent “Wanksta”, Eminem “8 Mile”

Quick Facts: One of the last critically acclaimed hip hop soundtracks, 8 Mile reached the top of the charts in over 20 countries.

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10. Dr. Doolittle

Released Date: 1998

Featured Artists: Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Timbaland, Twista, Montell Jordan, and more.

Top Songs: Ginuwine “Same Ol G,” Aaliyah “Are You That Somebody,” and more.

Quick Facts: Hit producer Timbaland had much to do with the production on the soundtrack, which eventually sold over two million copies.

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11. Life

Released Date: 1999

Featured Artists: Destiny Childs, The Isley Brothers, K-Ci & JoJo, Mya, Maxwell, Brian McKnight, Wyclef Jean, Juvenile, Ja Rule, and more.

Top Songs: Maxwell “Fortunate,” K-Ci and JoJo “Life,” and more.

Quick Facts: The Life soundtrack became certified platinum and reached the top 5 of the charts with R&B singer R. Kelly having much to do with the production on the album.

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12. Belly

Released Date: 1998

Featured Artists: DMX, Nas, Method Man, Jay-Z, Noreaga, Mya, Ja Rule, D’Angelo, Rakim, and more.

Top Songs: D’Angelo “Devil’s Pie,” DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man, and Ja Rule  “Grand Finale,” and more.

Quick Facts: Possibly the top Hip Hop and R&B soundtrack of the late 1990s, Belly’s soundtrack reached number one of the charts and sold almost one million copies.

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13. Sunset Park

Released Date: 1996

Featured Artists: 2Pac, Aaliyah, Mobb Deep, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, MC Lyte, Tha Dogg Pound, Queen Latifah, ONYX, and more.

Top Songs: Mobb Deep “Back at You,” MC Lyte and Xscape “Keep On, Keepin’ On,” ONYX “Thangz Changed,” and more.

Quick Facts: A classic hip hop soundtrack, with over a million sold, Sunset Park was the number one album in the country after its release.

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14. Blue Streak

Released Date: 1999

Featured Artists: Jay-Z, Hot Boys, Keith Sweat, Raekwon, Foxy Brown, Tyrese, Kelly Price, and more.

Top Songs: Jay-Z “Girl’s Best Friend,” Tyrese and Heavy D “Criminal Mind,” So Plush and Ja Rule “Damn (Should’ve Treated U Right),” Hot Boys “Rock Ice,” and more.

Quick Facts: One of the few Hip Hop and R&B soundtracks that had multiple singles to reach the charts. Blue Streak also had an all-star lineup of producers, Swizz Beatz, Mannie Fresh, Jermaine Dupri, and Stevie J.

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15. Poetic Justice

Released Date: 1993

Featured Artists: 2Pac, TLC, Babyface, Usher, Tony! Toni! Toné!, and more.

Top Songs: Mista Grimm “Indo Smoke,” TLC “Get It Up” by TLC, Usher “Call Me a Mack,” and more.

Quick Facts: Though a star-studded cast of artists and producers, like Dr. Dre, Dallas Austin, and others, Poetic Justice was not as acclaimed as other hip hop and R&B soundtracks and only became gold certified.

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16. New Jack City

Released Date: 1991

Featured Artists: Ice-T, Guy, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, 2 Live Crew, and more.

Top Songs: Troop “Living for the City,” Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up,” and more.

Quick Facts: A soundtrack that somewhat kickstarted the era of the R&B soundtracks and Hip Hop soundtracks during the 1990s, while peaking to the top of the charts.

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17. Don’t Be a Menace

Released Date: 1996

Featured Artists: Jodeci, Lil Kim, UGK, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, R.Kelly, Erick Sermon, Suga T, Doug E. Fresh, Shock G, Lost Boyz, and more.

Top Songs: Lost Boyz “Renee,” Mona Lisa “Can’t Be Wasting My Time,” UGK and Keith Murray “Live Wires Connect,” Joe “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do),” and more.

Quick Facts: The Don’t Be a Menace soundtrack consisted of top producers, like RZA, Erick Sermon, R. Kelly, Havoc of Mobb Deep, and Clark Kent, and as mentioned above, numerous top rappers and R&B artists. Eventually, Don’t Be Menace became one of the top albums of 1996, eventually reaching gold status.

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18. Baby Boy

Released Date: 2001

Featured Artists: Snoop Dogg, Tyrese, Three 6 Mafia, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Devin The Dude, and more.

Top Songs: Three 6 Mafia “Baby Mama,” Snoop Dogg and Tyrese “Just a Baby Boy,” and more.

Quick Facts: The Baby Boy soundtrack was mixture of old school 70s hits and new school hip-hop and R&B hits of some of the top artists of the 2000s.

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19. The Wood

Released Date: 1999

Featured Artists: Oukast, DMX, Blackstreet, Hot Boys, UGK, The Roots, R. Kelly, Joe, Too $hort, and more.

Top Songs: Joe “I Wanna Know,” Marc Dorsey “Crave,” Mystikal and Outkast “Neck Uv Da Woods,” and more.

Quick Facts: From reaching the top of the charts to selling over 500,000 records, The Wood soundtrack was an instant success, featuring top artists and producers like Swizz Beatz, Teddy Riley, and Organized Noize.

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20. Juice

Released Date: 1991

Featured Artists: Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Too $hort, Cypress Hill, Salt N Peppa, Naughty by Nature, and more.

Top Songs: Naughty by Nature “Uptown Anthem,” Rakim “Juice,” and more.

Quick Facts: Over 500,000 copies sold, Juice was among the top Hip-Hop and R&B albums of the early 1990s following its release.

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21. Rush Hour

Released Date: 1998

Featured Artists: Jay-Z, Dru Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Ja Rule, Too $hort, Cam’ron, Jon B., Montell Jordan, and more.

Top Songs:  Dru Hill and Redman “How Deep Is Your Love,”Jay-Z “Can I Get A…,” and more.

Quick Facts: With the great success of the film, the Rush Hour soundtrack also saw much international and global success.

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22. Love & Basketball

Released Date: 2000

Featured Artists: Master P and No Limit Soldiers, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs N Harmony,  Eightball & MJG, Ol Dirty Bastard, Montell Jordan, UGK, and Mack 10

Top Songs: Meshell Ndegeocello “Fool of Me,” Bilal “Soul Sista,” Angie Stone “Holding Back the Years,” Lucy Pearl “Dance Tonight,” and more.

Quick Facts: One of the top all-time R&B soundtracks, though only twelve songs, Love & Basketball was a perfect match of R&B, neo-soul, and old school music.

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23. I Got the Hook-Up

Released Date: 1998

Featured Artists: Master P and No Limit Soldiers, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs N Harmony,  Eightball & MJG, Ol Dirty Bastard, Montell Jordan, UGK, and Mack 10.

Top Songs: Master P “I Got the Hook-Up,” Master P and Bone Thugs N Harmony “Hook It Up,” Ice Cube “Ghetto Vet,” Soulja Slim “From What I Was Told,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mystikal “Who Rock This,” and more.

Quick Facts: Peaked number 3 on the Billboard charts, this album is arguably No Limit’s best soundtrack and compilation album, released during the time when No Limit was on top of the music industry.

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24. How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Released Date: 1998

Featured Artists: Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Shaggy, Mary J Blige, K-Ci & JoJo, Wyclef Jean, Big Pun, Beenie Man, and more.

Top Songs: Soul II Soul “Free Again,” Boyz II Men “Your Home Is in My Heart,” Janet Jackson and Shaggy “Luv Me, Luv Me,” and more.

Quick Facts: The soundtrack for How Stella Got Her Groove Back was a combination of rhythm and blues and dancehall and reggae music, leaving the album among the top pure R&B soundtracks.

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25. How To Be A Player

Released Date: 1997

Featured Artists: 2Pac, Master P, DMX, Foxy Brown, Dru Hill, Cam’Ron, Ja Rule, 8Ball & MJG, EPMD, Suga Free, and more.

Top Songs: Junior M.A.F.I.A., Mase, and Cam’ron “Young Casanovas,” Foxy Brown and Dru Hill “Big Bad Mamma,” and more.

Quick Facts: Certified gold, the How To Be a Player soundtrack peaked to the top ten of Billboards Top 200.




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The above list is not in any specific order.

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