Singer Alicia Keys performs onstage at BET’s Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BET)
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14. “Teenage Love Affair”
“Teenage Love Affair” is an amazing song celebrating young love, and the School Daze inspired music video would make anyone reminisce about their college sweethearts.
“Unbreakable” was Alicia’s ode to black love and within her lyrics named notable couples like, Bill and Camille Cosby, Oprah and Stedman, and surprisingly Ike and Tina Turner. What’s love got to do with it?
12. “Love Me Like You’ll Never See Me Again”
Alicia Keys can make a sexy song without being raunchy or tasteless. “Love Me Like You’ll Never See Me Again” is an example of making beautiful music without compromising your integrity.
11. “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”
No one should ever let Alicia Keys sleep with a broken heart. This track about lost love shows a more vulnerable side of Alicia.
The fourth single off her second album,The Diary Of Alicia Keys, is a tale about treating your lover bad and the “Karma” that will follow. Only time will when bad karma catches up to you.
9. “Diary” ft. Tony! Toni! Tone!,
Featuring New Jack Swing legends, Tony! Toni! Tone!, “Diary” was a smooth track that focuses on the intimacy that lovers share. Intimacy that is so close, Alicia compares it to writing in her diary.
8. “My Boo” ft. Usher
In the mid 2000s, Usher reached out to Alicia Keys to sing about those indescribable feelings that can only be associated with your first love. The music video was equally dope, as we get to see through childhood photos that Usher and Alicia’s friendship goes back several years.
7. “A Woman’s Worth”
Back when Alicia Keys was rocking the Stevie Wonder braids, she dropped “A Woman’s Worth”, to show that material gifts will never make her stay in a relationship. It’s the small things like loyalty and compassion that will keep her around for the long haul.
6. “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” ft. Drake
Arguably, this may be Alicia’s sexiest song ever. Forbidden love is the topic of discussion when “Unthinkable” comes on and the message is loud and clear as we hear Alicia tell you she’s ready in the chorus.
5. “Empire State of Mind”
While Jay-Z’s “Empire State Of Mind” is the more famous version, Alicia Keys stand-alone homage to her hometown city is just as awe-inspiring.
4. “No One”
Coming off the success of her second album, Alicia took a few years off and in 2007 dropped this power ballad. “No One” was the perfect track to let her competition know she was back on the scene.
3. “You Don’t Know My Name”
Alicia Keys avoided the sophomore slump with her Kanye West produced single, “You Don’t Know My Name”, from The Diary Of Alicia Keys. In the music video. which featured Mos Def, Keys played a waitress who just wanted Mos to notice her. Thank God she called him at the end of the video.
2. “If I Ain’t Got You”
“If I Aint Got You” is easily one of Keys’ best cuts. It’s been covered on Glee. In an interview with Complex, Keys said “If I Aint Got You” was inspired by the death of the late R&B singer, Aaliyah.
Alicia Keys’ best song was her first breakout hit. Back in 2000, we were introduced to a woman with a different sound, a different look and a vibe all her own and now we’ve seen her evolve into a legend. Alicia Keys and “Fallin’” will forever go hand in hand.
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It goes without saying the Alicia Keys is one of the elite singer songwriters of this generation.
From power ballads, dance tracks, to female empowerment anthems, Keys’ versatility separates her from most of her competitors.
With Alicia Keys’ 6th album Girl On Fire dropping today, we decided to count down her greatest 15 songs.
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