21. Alicia Keys, "Fallin'" (2002)

"Fallin'" is one of the most honest love songs out there.

It's a kind of relationship gospel, if you'll permit me.

Keys recognizes that love isn't love all the time β€” sometimes you can't stand being around the person, but other times you simply can't stand being away.3

"Fallin'" is a song that you surrender to.

There's no point in putting up a fight.

It's sad, yes, but it's also ecstatic.

It's worth the fall.

β€” C.M.

Erykah Badu, "in Love with You" (2000)
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