#21 – Alicia Keys – “Fallin’” – (2001)

Here is proof that this list doesn’t just consist of my favorite songs from the 2000s (I mean, that’s part of it but not always the case). Why? Because I don’t really care for this song – never have. But I understand that it is great and that it signaled the arrival of a major talent (there was a small, unintentional, joke in that sentence which I’ll explain: the album this track was on is called Songs in A Minor and I said “a major”… nevermind). Anyway, this song blew a lot of people away because here’s this beautiful girl belting out these fantastic lyrics – and she’s rocking her own piano! So why don’t I like it? While I’ve softened to it over time, I think there is something deep down in me that resents this song because of its timing. It was right about this time that a shift occurred that music started moving away from its carefree 90s sound to a more serious one. When this popped up on TRL, it was all over for the 90s.


#14 – Jack White & Alicia Keys – “Another Way to Die” – (2008)

So we jump from the first Bond movie to one of the most recent, Quantum of Solace. The song starts with loads of distortion and then one of those signature Bond-style orchestra hits that I’ve always found rather annoying – but it lets you know where you are and what you’re listening to. This is the first Bond theme recorded as a duet and what an odd pairing it is. Originally it was to be Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, which sounds amazing. But Winehouse was in no shape to record when they needed her so Alicia Keys and Jack White were brought in instead. When I listen to this song, I wonder whether or not the two of them had even met in person before they made the music video. It certainly sounds like they were in different zip codes when they recorded this. The music is pretty awesome and the structure is pretty good. It’s just lacking something.