Mary J. Blige's 50 Best Songs

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1. "Real Love"

It's difficult to overestimate the impact of this undeniable classic, hip hop soul's founding document. The seemingly simple juxtaposition of Mary's massive voice and Audio Two's instantly recognizable "Top Billin'" drumbeat was nothing short of revolutionary. With that ground-breaking hybrid beat, a timeless hook and the introduction of Mary's favorite subject matter—her search for love—this song is not only Mary's best, it sums up her musical legacy perfectly.

(Photo: Courtesy Geffen Records)

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