Mary J. Blige's 50 Best Songs

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11. "Deep Inside"

With an eye on expanding beyond her "urban" roots, 1999's Mary mined pop classicists like Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder and even the master of the form, Elton John himself. Here she sampled his seminal "Bennie and the Jets," but the husky vocals and the lyrics' familiar search for acceptance, are undeniably "just plain ol' Mary."

(Photo: Courtesy Geffen Records)

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