Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in the Bronx. Her debut album “What’s the 411?” hit the airwaves in 1992. From the first time I saw the video for “You Remind Me”, I was hooked. Mary J. Blige had something special that set her apart from the other female artists. Her songs were real.
Over the years, she has recorded many albums. The world has watched her grow and mature into the musical icon that she is today. Although, extremely hard to do, I have compiled a list of the top 10 songs by Mary J. Blige. The songs that I have picked reveal the many shades of Mary J. Blige.
“You Remind Me”
This song launched a new era in R&B music. “You Remind Me” was hip and sassy. The vocals were stylish and the music was crisp. I remember singing this song daily on the bleachers with my friends while we were waiting for school to begin. “You Remind Me” is a classic that sounds just as hot today.
Mary J. Blige further enthralled fans with “Real Love”. This song was more than mere words for me and many others. The blue print was laid for searching out the right guy. Mary J. Blige played the role of singer and big sister with the story the lyrics told in this classis song.
“Seven Days” tells the story of a relationship that suddenly develops between friends. It deals with the aftermath of the preceding week. Each day of the week and the relationship events are identified .This song takes a sincere look at what happens when certain lines of friendship are crossed. The lyrics are sincere and craftily sang.
“Not Gon’ Cry”
This is Mary J. Blige at her finest hour. “Not Gon’ Cry” tells the story of a woman left to deal with the break up of her marriage. The message is clear, You can survive anything. This song became an anthem for women everywhere. “Not Gon’ Cry” is a testament to the natural strength to survive and overcome obstacles that resides in every woman.
“Family Affair” proved that Mary J. Blige was a musical icon and that her music was here to stay. “Family Affair” became an instant success receiving much television , radio, and club playtime. The beats were so infectious that even Mr. Feather from Under Cover Brother couldn’t help dancing to them!
This song signals a change in Mary J. Blige. “Be Happy” let’s you inside her head as she explores what she really wants out of life. The answer, just to be happy. It shows that money and fame are not the most important things to strive for in life.
Once again, Mary J. Blige ,manages to show a vulnerable personal side. “My Life” manages to reveal Mary as a down to earth person with real life struggles. It shows her strength in overcoming personal obstacles and roadblocks. She implores all of us too take a look into her life. If everyone took the time to relate to others, a lot of the judgments would stop.
“You’re All I Need”
This ground breaking song features Method Man. The title of the song says it all. “You’re All I Need” is a hip-hop remake of the Motown classic sang by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The new version was extremely popular and was prominently featured in many advertisements and talent shows. Mary J Blige and Method Man captured all of the love of the original recording with hip-hop style.
“No More Drama”
This song reveals Mary J. Blige as a mature confident woman asserting that she was letting go of the drama in her life. There comes a time in your life when personal success means cleaning house and living for the right reasons. “No More Drama” was her affirmation of new life in song.”
“Be Without You”
Once again, Mary J. Blige transforms before our eyes. “Be Without You” combined the sassiness of “You Remind Me” with the sincerity of “Seven Days”. There is just something special about this song. Mary manages to remain strong while pledging her vulnerability. She maintains her greatness and as always, leaves the audience wanting more!