Alicia Keys' music has always been about a delicate balance of influences. She sits at her keyboard and conjures up sounds that blend the richness of classic soul and the grit of hip-hop. As part of our big Girl on Fire cover roll-out we asked her to pick the 25 albums.

It wasn't an easy task narrowing down Alicia's musical palette, but she came up with a list as funky and eclectic as you'd expect it to be—a little bit of soul, a little bit of rap, a touch of reggae and alternative too. Here they all are, presented in chronological order with commentary by Keys herself and full album streams courtesy of Spotify.

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