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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #24 Mariah Carey “We Belong Together”Posted by Nathan S. on 11/18/09 | Filed under Features, Best of the 2000s, Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is easily the biggest selling female artist of the decade...actually, she's the biggest selling artist of the decade period (only The Beatles have more number one hits) and "We Belong Together" was the biggest hit of the decade for the future Mrs. Cannon. Coming off her smash album "The Emancipation of Mimi", "We Belong Together" was penned by hitmakers Jermaine Dupri and Johnta Austin and topped the U.S. charts for an astounding 14 non-consecutive weeks. So yeah, it was kind of a big deal.
Making a list of the top 25 songs of the decade that didn't include Mariah would be like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly. In a decade that saw the lines between hip-hop and r&b blur, no one combined the two quite like Mariah. I mean, she even went so far as to marry the host of "Wild 'n Out". The point is, because of her diva ways and very public personal life Mariah may not get a lot of respect from serious music fans, but she's the most successful artist of the decade, bar none, and we have to give credit where credit is due.
In terms of this specific song, there was a lot of debate over whether "We Belong Together" or "Shake It Off" should be Mariah's contribution to the list. (Side note: At one point "We Belong Together" was the number one song in the country, and "Shake It Off" was number two. Now that's chart domination). Anyway, after much discussion we decided that not only was "We Belong Together" the more commercially successful song, but in many ways it was more iconic. From the softly winding yet strong production to Mariah's always astounding vocals, including a few high notes that only dogs and dolphins could hear, if you were looking for one track to truly represent who Mariah is as an artist, it has to be this one. So let's all just pretend like "Glitter" never happened and take a moment to bask in the glory that is Mariah Carey.
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