When Alicia Keys sings, her lyrics resonate soundly. From the youthfulness of songs heard on her seminal album, 'Songs in A Minor,' to the maturity expressed over the rhythms on 'The Element of Freedom,' the New York native has served up countless tracks with substance. The BoomBox celebrates the chanteuse's way with words with 15 of her best lyrics that speak for the ills and thrills of the heart.

The R&B beauty will perform songs off her famed first effort, 'Songs in A Minor,' during Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys, taking place at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 30. Tune in to the live stream of the intimate show here at 9PM EST.

15
"You give me butterflyz

Got me flying so high in the sky

I can't control the butterflyz"
'Butterflyz' (2001)
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Remember that first high school crush? Well, whether it's teeny bopper feelings or a mature fondness for the opposite sex, those butterflies never get old.

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14
"Even if it ain't all it seems

I got a pocketful of dreams

Baby, I'm from New York"
'Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down' (2009)
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Alicia Keys prides herself on keeping the faith, a quality she fires out in her lyrics. But, native New Yorker or not, this speaks to those never letting go of a goal.

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13
There's something special 'bout you

I must really like you

'Cause not a lotta guys are worth my time"
'You Don't Know My Name' (2003)
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Sometimes a lady just needs to make that first step. Out of character as it may be for some, the piano-playing singer proves that it's better to take a chance by putting all your cards on the table.

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12
"Still when I'm a mess

I still put on a vest

With an 'S' on my chest

Oh yes, I'm a Superwoman"
'Superwoman' (2007)
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Bold. Strong. Worry-free. That's what the ''As I Am' creator wants women to be. And these are the perfect words to repeat in the face of despair.

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11
"All I wanna know, baby

If what we had was good

How come you don't call me anymore"
'How Come You Don't Call Me' (2001)
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Picking up the phone multiple times to see if the Mr. or Ms. Right Now called is a universal fail most everyone can lay claim to. It's OK, no judgment here.

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10
"You and me together

Through the days and nights

I don't worry 'cause everything's gonna be alright"
'No One' (2007)
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When giving up just seems easier than sticking through the stress and the mess, Alicia reminds the masses that a good support system always helps.

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09
"I was wondering, maybe

Could I make you my baby

If we do the unthinkable, will it make us look crazy"
'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' (2009)
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Face it, we've all had thoughts of kicking it with a special someone yet were afraid to speak our mind. Thanks, Alicia, you've spoken for us, once again.

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08
"If you do the right thing, we can be together

I'm not easy, yeah, you gotta work for it"
'Put It In A Love Song' (2009)
Kevin Mazur, WireImage
Once again, the Grammy-winning singer gives men some insight into what they need to do to snag a good woman.

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07
"So tonight, I'm gonna find a way to make it without you"
'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart' (2009)
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Every broken heart is different, but who doesn't want to throw their fist in the air in triumph when they've finally "made it" without the person responsible for the aches and pains.

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06
"If you're worried, baby, you just gotta let it go

All your hustles ain't for nothing, you just gotta take it slow"
'Troubles' (2001)
Iris, WireImage
The feeling that all the hard work and dedication to something (or someone) goes unnoticed doesn't fall on deaf ears when this inspiring soul sister moves the down-trodden to keep going.

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05
"Oh, oh, I never felt this way

How do you give me so much pleasure?

And cause me so much pain"
'Fallin'' (2001)
Steve Grayson, WireImage
Cheers to Alicia Keys for putting into words that tugging feeling of loving vs. hating a irresistible relationship. But in the end, she makes the good seem to outweigh the bad.

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04
"I will keep your secrets

Just think of me as the pages in your diary"
'Diary' (2003)
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Eloquently put, Ms. Keys. The mind is sometimes clogged with thoughts begging to be let out and for those afraid to share what's on the brain, she reaffirms that, in confidence, secrets can be told.

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03
"I don't wanna forget the present is a gift

And I don't wanna take for granted the time you may have here with me"
'Like You'll Never See Me Again' (2007)
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Alicia Keys isn't the first artist to use that "present is a gift" line (see Common's 'Be' intro), yet she reminds us to value that special someone today, not tomorrow.

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02
"You will lose if you choose to refuse to put her first

She will and she can find a man who knows her worth"
'A Woman's Worth' (2001)
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These two lines the soulful songbird let loose should be front and center inside whichever handbook the male species looks to when referencing "how to deal with women."

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01
"Some people want it all

But I don't want nothing at all

If it ain't you, baby

If I ain't got you, baby"
'If I Aint Got You' (2003)
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Stacks of money, flashy cars or pricey jewels don't mean anything if there's no one to share the experience of obtaining it with. Plus, belting this out to a certain boo is sure to score points.

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