Album: The Score

Back when The Fugees were still together and becoming iconic figures in music, their final album The Score was highly influential because it married two sides of the sonic spectrum: reggae and hip-hop. Without songs like “Fu-Gee-La,” you wouldn’t see an explosion of artists sampling reggae tunes or collaborating with the genre’s sought-after talent years later. “Fu-Gee-La” is the perfect fusion of both worlds—Salaam Remi’s bouncy production, Lauryn Hill’s lyrical dexterity, and Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel’s reggae-tinged flows all in one. To top it off, Hill interpolates Teena Marie’s “Ooo La La La” into an earworm hook that’s irresistible. When you think of this album, it’s “Killing me Softly,” “Ready or Not” and “Fu-Gee-La” that get mentioned as favorites almost every time. With the album celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, “Fu-Gee-La” is hands down an undisputed classic that sounds just as refreshing today.—Eric Diep