There's something about youthful expression that gets the public going—particularly in entertainment. Witnessing the preternatural talent child prodigies is as exciting as it gets and has resulted in some the best art the world has to fer. While children from all over the world have made their marks on culture and society, in America, the fixation on our youngest stars is a focused one, to say the least. In 2005, a young man named Chris Brown become the newest teen idol to captivate America with his self-titled debut album, which spawned hits like the No. 1 Hot 100 smash "Run It," and favorites "Excuse Me Miss" and "Say Goodbye."
Selling over two million copies in the United States, Chris Brown would announce the Virginia native as one R&B's hottest stars, with some predicting that he would become the next superstar male artist to carry the torch for the genre. However, making the transition from being a teenybopper to a budding sex symbol with the ability to evolve their sound, image, and style is easier said than done, with more than a few former teen idols faltering under the pressure. Although the stakes were high, when the smoke cleared, Chris Brown emerged victorious f the strength his sophomore album, Exclusive, which would prove him to be more than a flash in the pan, but the real deal.
Debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, Exclusive would feature stronger songwriting with more emotional depth than his those on his debut. The album would also duplicate the commercial and critical success its predecessor, earning double-platinum certification and garnering positive reviews. With a mix party-starters, pop ballads, and sensuous compositions that saw him rise to the occasion, Chris Brown evaded the sophomore slump a number artists endure, putting forth a body work that solidified his position as the prince r&b.
In celebration the 10th anniversary Chris Brown's sophomore release, we picked out the five best songs from Exclusive and ranked them in order. Did your favorite make the cut?