Top 10 Alicia Keys Songs
Alicia Keys just recently released her fifth studio album, 'Girl on Fire.' The woman known for crafting anthems took it to the next level with the LP’s title track. A combination of empowering and inspiring, 'Girl on Fire' is one of those songs that will echo throughout history when referencing an awesome moment involving girl power. While that song became an instant classic, the New York City native has many more in her arsenal. We took ten of A. Keys’ hits from some of her most romantic to those about a woman scorned. Whether falling in love or falling out of it, this songstress wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it goes. Check out the top Alicia Keys songs below.
Alicia Keys has always had a keen understanding of love and can sum up the feeling, putting it into beautiful words. When she dropped 'Teenage Love Affair' in 2007, she captured that “butterflies” feeling we get when we’re young and in love. The song made you feel like you were back in your childhood days with your crush, just learning what it was like to fall head over heels. Only Alicia Keys can craft a song to make you feel like that.
The song that started it all. 'Fallin'' was just so heartfelt and full of soul. The world didn’t know what hit them when this song arrived. With Alicia Keys’ belts and love taps on the piano, the track was a refreshing approach to R&B music. Let’s not forget the video, where she's headed up North to visit her imprisoned love. Pretty deep stuff for an artist’s introduction. It was only the shape of things to come for A. Keys.
'Girl on Fire' is the singer's most recent contribution to music, and like most of her popular singles, it’s a total anthem. The song screams girl power and gives you an all-around good feeling. When U.S. Olympic champ Gabby Douglas came flipping on stage at this year’s MTV VMAs while Keys sang this song, the meaning behind 'Girl on Fire' really took form. And Nicki Minaj spitting fire on the remix caused an “inferno,” so to speak. Instant classic.
Another girl power anthem. 'Superwoman' was Keys’ dedication to women who can do it all. From mother to astronaut to First Lady, there are many different kinds of superwomen from all walks of life. One thing is for certain: Alicia Keys is definitely a superwoman. Her music, charities and now being a mother prove that with enough willpower, you can do it all. Think about that the next time you’re ever feeling unmotivated.
This song is idyllic for proposing to the one you love. With the hook saying, “If you ask me, I’m ready,” it’s a declaration of commitment. The chanteuse tells the one she adores that she has in fact fallen in love. It’s intense, romantic, and poignant -- all of the makings of a classic Alicia Keys song. When a couple sort through lists of tracks to dance to at their wedding, this song should be on that list.
While this song was adorable, the video was even better. Mos Def plays a businessman and Alicia Keys plays a waitress at a coffee shop on "39th and Lenox” in NYC. While that isn’t an actual corner in New York, the fictitious diner is home to a romantic encounter, where Keys and “Michael” (Mos Def) meet. She has a crush on him, gets his business card and calls him. It’s just too cute for words.
If you believe in karma, then this song has a big meaning for you. Alicia Keys took being scorned to the next level on this song. Her man is cheating on her, and instead of slashing his tires or throwing his things out a window, she's leaving it up to karma, which is more powerful that any revenge. The songstress sounds so angry as she sings, “What goes around, comes around. What goes up, must come down.”
This song is another gigantic declaration of love. After not hearing from Alicia Keys for a few years, she came back in 2007, with this dynamite gem. 'No One' has heavy bass, keys and Keys' beautiful voice. It was her traditional style, only kicked up a few notches as she praised the one she loved for being the only one to make her feel the way he does. It’s another song that could show up at a wedding.
“Just think of me as the pages in your diary,” Keys says on this classic. She creates a safe space in this song, saying she’ll keep any secret. While this one is obviously a love ode, it can also be for two close friends or two people who have a special bond where loyalty is the main ingredient in the relationship. In addition, the piano instrumental is an equally beautiful stand alone song, with the singer doing what she does best on the keys.
This song was co-written by Alicia Keys' best friend Erika Rose, and is another classic song empowering women. This time, though, Rose and Keys place a woman in the role of being lavished by a man. Why? Because she’s worth it. “'Cause a real man knows a real woman when he sees her,” she sings. “And a real woman knows a real man ain’t afraid to please her.” Remember this song, ladies, during your pursuit of finding Mr. Right.