Alicia Keys - "Fallin'"
Reached No. 1: August 18, 2001 Weeks at No. 1: Six
“Fallin'” hits you right in the feels. Even if you’re not an Alicia Keys fan, you can recognize that this is the work of a talented songwriter. It swept 2002, winning three Grammys, an MTV VMA, and was the 29th most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
With a mix of blues and gospel influences—and Keys’ staggering vocal ability—“Fallin'” was a phenomenal debut single. It introduced Alicia Keys to the world, but “Fallin” also introduced a whole generation of young people to the piano as a standalone instrument. The recitals were lit that winter.