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Toni Braxton and Babyface, “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
Best track: “Hurt You”
Why it makes the list: Heartache has seldom come in such a smooth package. Even when Braxton and Babyface are singing about hating their significant others, the words arrive on gossamer wings, with the barbs coated in silk, even when Braxton wishes an STD on her cheating lover. But that doesn’t make them any less lethal. There’s a lushness to the love songs here that Robin Thicke can only dream of as both Braxton and Babyface coo at each other during the good times and wound each other during the bad.