Concluding our series of special articles on Alicia Keys, CinePOP has separated a short (and difficult) list of the ten best songs from one of the most important singers and songwriters of the 21st century – and one of the pioneers in several musical genres and sub-genres.
From “Fallin ‘” to “Time Machine,” check out our picks below and let us know which one is your favorite:
Album: Songs in A minor
Keys’ debut single is one of his hallmarks, mainly for stamping his beautiful voice, his passionate relationship with the piano and his adoration of R&B. Reaching the top of the Billboard 100, the song won no less than three Grammy statuettes, including Song of the Year.
IF I DON’T HAVE U
Album: Alicia Keys Diary
One of Alicia Keys’ most famous ballads is also one of her best narrative constructions. Inspired by the legendary Aaliyah, the song, which also received a Grammy Award, reflects on the superficiality of material things in relation to love and the people who will always be with us on our journey of self-discovery.
Album: As I am
Taking references from the early 2000s, “Go Ahead” did not become a promotional single for the “As I Am” album, but it deserves a special place on our list. The dynamic, dark atmosphere shows an appreciation for the musical sensuality of a story centered on a relationship marked by lies and their eventual discovery.
Album: As I am
From the intentional, raw failed vocals to its commercial appeal, “No One” is one of the best ballads ever produced on the contemporary scene. Revolving around others’ critiques of an almost unattainable love, the track became the most heard of 2008 and won two Grammy statuettes, including Best R&B Music.
TRYING TO SLEEP WITH A BROKEN HEART
Album: The Element of Freedom
“Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” puts Alicia on an astral journey down memory lane, clinging to the reverberation of the present and touched by the dissonance of synthesizers and extraordinary vocals. The simplicity of the verses is enhanced by the emphasis on the instruments and a timeless romantic story.
A BRAND NEW ME
Album: Girl on Fire
Beginning her socio-political empowerment journey, the performer has the poignant classical piano repertoire in her favor for “Brand New Me.” Exhibiting his artistic and creative maturity alongside Emeli Sandé, who would later become one of his frequent collaborators, the track serves as a denunciation of abusive professional and personal relationships – and how to beware of the narcissists who lurk in it. ‘shadow.
GIRL ON FIRE
Album: Girl on Fire
Exhilarating her moment as a mother and honoring the birth of her first child, Egypt, the title song of her 5th album is a special microcosm – and one of the most striking and powerful of her explosive career; Both the original version and the collaboration with Nicki Minaj explore elements of reaffirmation as mother, daughter, wife and artist – extending their legacy as an emancipatory hymn to this day.
Through poignant lyric (his best so far), his critiques of meritocracy and racial supremacism appear with passionate clarity in “Pawn It All.” One of the flagships of ‘HERE’, his sixth studio album, the song is led by pop-folk and R&B that accidentally or deliberately adorns 17th century English working-class songs – even making room for popular gospel transgressions.
In “Time Machine,” one of the best songs Alicia has written to date, we have the ethereal atmosphere of retro-funk bathed in a narrative that talks about the fleetingness of time and how we should be. enjoy now. Well-defined synthesizers and rhythms are an ode to the not-so-distant past and serve as the basis for flawless surrender.
PERFECT WAY TO DIE
“Perfect Way To Die”, easily one of the most powerful ballads of the past year and decades, is poignant and cruel, denouncing potential brutality and growing black genocide (summed up by the striking verse “at least be forever young, who chose the perfect way to die ”).
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