#7- Mary J. Blige “Be Without You”
MJB really is the MVP. She’s been around for ages and still manages to make hits that sound fresh and modern while sticking with her soul roots. You would think after major triumphs such as “You’re All I Need To Get By”, “Family Affair” and “Rainy Dayz”, Mary would run out of steam. But, instead, she released the mega-hit slow jam “Be Without You”.
“Be Without You” is sort of reminiscent of Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” (AKA the best song of 2005). Not only is it a mid-tempo ballad by an R&B diva, it also brought back one of the greatest voices of our generation. MJB’s voice is flawless on this song, elevating your run-of-the-mill love song into something spectacular, fresh and catchy. I haven’t been this much in love with any MJB song probably since “Family Affair” and am so happy she has finally reached the critical peak of her career.