In honor of R&B star D’Angelo celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday (Feb. 11), Billboard is taking a look at some of his biggest hits and career highlights. The singer has charted eight titles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, three albums on the Billboard 200, and numerous entries on R&B/Hip-Hop tallies.
D’Angelo’s highest-charting Hot 100 hit, “Lady,” stands as his lone top 10, having hit No. 10 on March 30, 1996. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for best male R&B vocal performance. The single is from his also Grammy-nominated debut album, Brown Sugar, which reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200, as well as No. 4 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Sugar additionally yielded Hot 100 hits in the title track (No. 27, August 1995), “Cruisin’ ” (No. 53, December 1995), and “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine” (No. 74, December 1996).
After a four-year break, D’Angelo returned with his sophomore album, Voodoo, which debuted at No. 1 on the Feb. 12, 2000-dated Billboard 200, where it reigned for two weeks. The LP ruled Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for four weeks. Its biggest single, “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” hit No. 25 on the Hot 100 and dominated the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for six weeks (his sole leader on the list). Both the album and single won Grammy awards in 2001, for best R&B album and best male R&B vocal performance, respectively.
Known for his lengthy sabbaticals, D’Angelo’s next LP did not arrive until December 2014. Black Messiah debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The record also earned him two Grammy wins, for best R&B album and best R&B song, for the single “Really Love,” which peaked at No. 4 on Adult R&B Songs in May 2015.
D’Angelo’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits
1. “Lady” (No. 10 peak, March 30, 1996)
2. “Brown Sugar” (No. 27, Aug. 19, 1995)
3. “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (No. 25, Feb. 19, 2000)
4. “Cruisin’ ” (No. 53, Dec. 2, 1995)
5. “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine” (No. 74, Oct. 12, 1996)
D’Angelo’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Feb. 18, 2017, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.