List of Billboard number-one R&B albums of 1997

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B albums that reached number-one in 1997.

See also: 1997 in music, R&B number-one hits of 1997 (USA)

Issue Date Album Artist
January 4 The Preacher's Wife Soundtrack / Whitney Houston
January 11 The Preacher's Wife Soundtrack / Whitney Houston
January 18 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Makaveli
January 25 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Makaveli
February 1 Rhyme & Reason Soundtrack / Various artists
February 8 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Makaveli
February 15 Gridlock'd Soundtrack / Various artists
February 22 Gridlock'd Soundtrack / Various artists
March 1 Baduizm Erykah Badu
March 8 Baduizm Erykah Badu
March 15 Baduizm Erykah Badu
March 22 Baduizm Erykah Badu
March 29 The Untouchable Scarface
April 5 The Untouchable Scarface
April 12 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.
April 19 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.
April 26 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.
May 3 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.
May 10 Share My World Mary J. Blige
May 17 Share My World Mary J. Blige
May 24 Share My World Mary J. Blige
May 31 Share My World Mary J. Blige
June 7 I'm Bout It Soundtrack / Various artists
June 11 God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property
June 18 I'm Bout It Soundtrack / Various artists
June 25 Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan
July 5 God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property
July 12 God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property
July 19 God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property
July 28 God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property
August 2 Supa Dupa Fly Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
August 9 No Way Out Puff Daddy and the Family
August 16 The Art of War Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
August 23 No Way Out Puff Daddy and the Family
August 30 No Way Out Puff Daddy and the Family
September 6 No Way Out Puff Daddy and the Family
September 13 No Way Out Puff Daddy and the Family
September 20 Ghetto D Master P
September 27 Ghetto D Master P
October 2 One Day It'll All Make Sense Common
October 4 When Disaster Strikes Busta Rhymes
October 11 Evolution Boyz II Men
October 18 Soul Food Soundtrack / Various artists
October 25 Gang Related Soundtrack / Various artists
November 1 Gang Related Soundtrack / Various artists
November 8 The Firm: The Album The Firm feat. Nas, Foxy Brown, Nature and AZ
November 15 Harlem World Mase
November 22 The 18th Letter Rakim
November 29 Unpredictable Mystikal
December 6 Live Erykah Badu
December 13 R U Still Down? (Remember Me) 2Pac
December 20 R U Still Down? (Remember Me) 2Pac
December 27 Live Erykah Badu