17. Anthony Hamilton "Charlene" (2003)
Album: Comin' From Where I'm From
Producer: Mark Batson
Although he was signed by Andre Harrell to Uptown Records in the '90s and sang backup for D'Angelo on his Voodoo tour, Anthony Hamilton first made his name nationally working on hooks with hip-hop performers, including "Why" for Jadakiss and "Po Folks" for Nappy Roots. Soon after, he released the album Comin From Where I'm From on So So Def.
The title track was successful, but it was "Charlene" that proved to be the singer's high water mark. An elegant ballad of devotion, the song peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100, helping to push his album to platinum status by December of the year it was released. The song received a Grammy nomination one year later.