Producer: Alicia Keys
Album: Songs in A Minor
Fresh off her high school graduation and a record deal with Columbia Records, then-teenaged Alicia Keys kicked off what would undoubtedly become a great career with her debut release, Songs in A Minor. The album performed exceptionally well, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart, won five Grammy awards, and earned her comparisons to R&B/soul greats such as Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill.
The debut single from that album was the wise-beyond-her-years, self-produced record, "Fallin.'" The single became a massive hit—speaking on the ins and outs of relationships with a gospel vibe and powerful vocals from Keys. "Fallin'" is still one of Alicia's best-known tracks. The record itself won the highly-coveted Grammy for "Song of the Year." It's crazy to think that the song was just the beginning of what would become a career filled with success for Keys.