Usher's best album: '8701' or 'Confessions'? | The Tylt
Usher's iconic "8701" dropped on Aug. 7, 2001, and his fans celebrated the album's 16th anniversary. "8701" is a multi-platinum success and a milestone in Usher's career. He was already an R&B crooner after the success of his last LP "My Way," but "8701" cemented Usher as a pop superstar. Many would agree that "Confessions" topped "8701;" "Confessions" is regarded as Usher's magnum opus and certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. Which LP is Usher's best? 🎤
Usher's best album: '8701' or 'Confessions'?
"8701" features hit songs "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad," marking the second and third time Usher topped the Billboard Hot 100. ("Nice & Slow" from "My Way" is his first single to have topped the chart in 1998.) "U Remind Me" not only became a pop hit but is widely regarded as the 2001 Song of the Summer. Plus, the single won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002.
Below are some notable lyrics to "U Remind Me," per Genius.
🎶 You remind me of a girl, that I once knew. See her face whenever I, I look at you. You won't believe all of the things she put me through. This is why I just can't get with you.🎶
Watch the music video below.
But Usher scored even more chart-topping hits with "Confessions," including "Yeah," "Burn," "Confessions Part II," and "My Boo." The title track was the third song in a string of consecutive #1 hits to reach the Billboard Hot 100. "Confessions Part II" replaced "Burn" atop the Hot 100, continuing Usher's reign over 2004. The song is regarded as one of Usher's most personal hits, where he details his past infidelity (presumably, with Chilli of TLC).
Below are some significant lyrics to "Confessions Part II," also thanks to Genius.
🎶T hese are my confessions. Just when I thought I said all I could say. My chick on the side said she got one on the way. These are my confessions. Man, I'm throwed and I don't know what to do. I guess I gotta give part two of my confessions. If I'm gonna tell it, then I gotta tell it all. Damn near cried when I got that phone call. I'm so throwed, I don't know what to do. But to give you part two of my confessions.🎶
Check out the music video below.
"8701" came after "My Way," continuing Usher's rise as a crossover pop superstar. But "8701" is also significant to Usher's future success on "Confessions." It was on "8701" where Usher also got personal and established himself in mainstream pop music. Simply put, "Confessions" wouldn't exist if it wasn't for "8701."
Listen to Usher's iconic "8701" below via Spotify.
"Confessions" is considered Usher's magnum opus. The LP is his most personal album ever, and waxing about personal flaws, love and relationship drama was key to Usher's success. The album sold more than 1 million copies in its first week and "Confessions" went on to selling more than 10 million copies in the United States—achieving Diamond certification from Recording Industry Association of America.
Listen to Usher's groundbreaking "Confessions" below via Spotify.