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Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You

Heartfelt and down-to-earth, If I Ain’t Got You is Alicia Keys second single from her sophomore album The Diary of Alicia Keys. Inspired by the tragic death of R&B Princess Aaliyah, Keys sings out her message of what really matters. She masterfully belts out the words perfectly accompanied by her piano. The result is a soulful almost desperate melody that conveys what she thinks life is about at the end of the day.

Grief-stricken Keys managed to create a beautifully written song which gives young audiences a lesson normally taken for granted. In the glamorous world of R&B, she stands out not only because of her incredible musical talent but also by her good intentions.

If I Ain’t Got You received positive reviews, after being released in 2004, it climbed the musical charts making it to #1 in the US R&B/Hip Hop Songs and #4 in the Billboard Hot 100.

The track has also endured through the years because it pushes the singer’s vocal prowess making it a favorite for cover performances in music talent shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent and the UK’s The X Factor. Still, after all these years, no one performs the song better than Alicia Keys.

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Blackstreet Ft. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen – No Diggity

The song that finally kicked that nasty Macarena off the Billboard Charts, No Diggity was a welcome liberator as far as the music industry is concerned. Too long has the masses been held captive by the tyrannical Macarena, that people rejoiced when Blackstreet gave a chill and cool track to bump and grind with.

Released in the midsummer of 1996, people just couldn’t get enough of No Diggity that it quickly rose up in the charts peaking at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canada’s RPM Dance Chart and #9 in the UK. Everyone were overjoyed when No Diggity finally took the #1 spot from Macarena in November 9, 1996.

And probably because of people just waking up from the Macarena slumber, No Diggity’s censored lyrics were easily forgiven and even relished. In 1998, the song was nominated for the Grammy’s Best R&B Song but lost to R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly. On the other hand, the track won Blackstreet a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.

The provocative beat and lyrics proved to be a dangerous mix as more than a decade later, No Diggity proves its enduring power by making it to the list of 100 Greatest Pop Songs for both Rolling Stones and MTV.