Mary J. Blige's Top Ten Greatest Hits

Mary J. Blige celebrated her 45th birthday on January 11, 2016

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Born January 11, 1971 in New York City, Mary J. Blige was named by Billboard magazine in 2010 as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. Beginning her solo career in 1992 under the direction of Uptown Records president Andre Harrell and A&R Director Sean "Puffy Combs, she has sold over 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide, and won nine Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Sting, U2, Elton John, George Michael, Maroon 5, Andrea Bocelli, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Common, Lil Wayne, T.I., Drake, and Trey Songz, 

Here is a list of "Mary J. Blige's Top Ten Greatest Hits."

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2005 - "Be Without You"

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On February 11, 2007, Mary J. Blige won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Be Without You" at the 49th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. She also won Best R&B Album for The Breakthrough. "Be Without You" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It was certified triple platinum, and was Blige's fifth number one single on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also won four Billboard Music Awards, including  R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year.

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1996 - "Not Gon' Cry"

Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige. M. Caulfield/WireImage

From the 1996 Waiting To Exhale soundtrack produced by Babyface, "Not Gon' Cry" by Mary J. Blige became her second platinum single, and her third number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "Not Gon' Cry" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and a Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Single Female.

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1995- "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" with Method Man

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Mary J. Blige and Method Man won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By." From his Tical album, the song was certified platinum and reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1993 - "Love No Limit"

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From Mary J. Blige's 1992 debut album, What's the 411?, "Love No Limit" became her first platinum single. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1992 - "Real Love"

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"Real Love" was the second single of Mary J. Blige's career, and it was her second consecutive number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart. From her 1992 debut album, What The 411?, the song received a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single Female,

06
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1992 - "You Remind Me"

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Mary J. Blige released her debut single, "You Remind Me," in 1992, and it became her first number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart. The song was also her first single to be certified gold.

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2001 - "Family Affair"

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From Mary J. Blige's 2001 No More Drama album, "Family Affair" became her first song to reach the top of both the Billboard R&B and Hot 100 charts. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Blige co-wrote the song which was produced by Dr. Dre.

08
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2006 - "Runaway Love" with Ludacris

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Mary J. Blige and Ludacris won a BET Award for Best Collaboration for "Runaway Love." From his Release Therapy CD, the song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the R&B chart. Blige and Ludacris performed the song with Earth, Wind & Fire at the 2007 Grammy Awards. 

09
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1997 - 'I Can Love You" featuring Lil Kim

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From Mary J. Blige's 1997 Share My World album, "I Can Love You" featuring Lil Kim peaked at number two on the Billboard R&B chart.

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2007 - "Just Fine"

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"Just Fine" earned three Billboard Music Awards, including Top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song. From Mary J. Blige's 2007 Growing Pains album, "Just Fine" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.