Our top 10 Mya Songs list looks at a singer originally born as Mya Harrison on October 10, 1979. Mya was born into a musical family so it already seemed as if destiny had already designed it she would become one of America’s best-recognized performers. Between acting, dancing, singing, and songwriting, Mya has been one of the most impressive influences in the music industry in modern history. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mya’s earliest childhood memories revolve around dancing, mostly in ballet. All that dance training paid off, which led her to solo performances at the Kennedy Center, located in the American Nation’s capital city.
From Dancing to Singing
Mya’s interests focused more on developing a professional singing career, something of which her father took notice. Together, they shopped around with her demo tape in hopes to land her a recording contract. That diligence paid off as she would eventually sign up with Interscope Records as her first major record label. From the eight studio albums, three extended plays (EP), a mixed tape, plus seventeen soundtrack recordings, Mya has since been nominated for seventy awards in the entertainment industry where she has won twenty of them so far. Far from done, Mya’s impressive career in acting, dancing, and singing is still ongoing with the promise of more to come.
Top 10 Mya Songs
#10 – The Best of Me (featuring Jadakiss)
Mya’s second studio album, Fear of Flying, was released on April 25, 2000. The single, “The Best of Me,” served as a street-style performance where Mya and Jadakiss play off each other’s side of the musical story throughout the duration of the song. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, The Best of Me peaked at number fourteen. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted at number fifty. The very start of the song sends a bit of a disco-style throwback before the vocals get involved.
#9 – Movin’ On (featuring Silkk The Shocker)
Mya’s bouncy R&B performance made “Movin’ On” a fun song of a woman leaving an unfaithful relationship. Silkk the Shocker served as her support throughout the song as she tries to cope with her feelings. In 1998, and as the second single from her debut album, Mya, Movin’ On charted at number thirty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100. As for the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, it peaked at number four. It also made a chart appearance on New Zealand’s Singles Chart at number eleven.
#8 – My Love Is Like…Wo
Mya’s third studio album, Moodring, was released on June 26, 2003. The single, “My Love Is Like…Wo,” was, according to Mya, hard to record due to its self-love graphic content. The sultry self-awareness of personal soul connection performed with a mix of R&B and soft jazz can easily put this song into the category of sultry jazzy classics. The song peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number thirteen and at number seventeen on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
#7 – You Got Me, Part II
“You Got Me, Part II” was released in 2020 and was a non-charted single, that has no direct connection to any of Mya’s studio albums. From start to finish, Mya’s performance made this song a hypnotically sensual track that serves as a memorable trip into the 1990s easy listening R&B style. The subject of the song is focused on the narrator’s reluctant realization she’s falling in love with someone she had no intention of becoming romantically involved with. Sexy, sultry, and soulful, Mya’s vocal delivery is at her R&B best.
#6 – Free
From Mya’s second studio album, Fear of Flying, “Free” would realize chart success in 2001 as it peaked as high as number four on the Recording Industry Association of Australia (ARIA) and its music chart, as well as becoming certified platinum. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted at number forty-two, and on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart at number fifty-two. Critics commented on a similarity between Mya’s song to Janet Jackson’s Control, but the song’s overall tempo is more of a softer tempo that isn’t quite harsh as Mya’s vocal delivery comes across as more soulful rather than confrontational.
#5 – Take Me There (featuring Blackstreet, Mase, and Blinky Blink)
In 1998, The Rugrats Movie featured the single “Take Me There” as part of its soundtrack. The combined performance of Mya, Blackstreet, Mase, and Blinky Blink served as a highly appealing kid-friendly song loaded with pop-rap material that blended perfectly with the melodic R&B vocals Blackstreet is trademarked for. Take Me There is one of those sing-a-long songs that have appealed to more than just the kids. With the Recorded Music of New Zealand (RMNZ), the song became certified platinum, as well as earning the top spot on its music chart. On the US Billboard, Take Me There charted at number fourteen.
#4 – It’s All About Me (featuring Sisqo)
“It’s All About Me” was Mya’s debut single, which came from her self-titled debut album. The duet Mya performed with Sisqo offered a contemporary twist to the R&B song, which received mixed reactions from critics. Despite what they thought of it, the fans seemed to have no trouble enjoying the song, plus its message about mutual respect and equality in what’s supposed to be a loving relationship. It was certified gold by RIAA. On the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it peaked at number two. The US Billboard Hot 100 charted the song at number six.
#3 – Case of the Ex
Australia’s ARIA certified “Case of the Ex” as platinum after its 2000 release. Mya’s second studio album, Fear of Flying, was released on April 25, 2000, which has been Mya’s most commercially successful album to date. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Case of the Ex was also certified as silver by the UK’s British Phonographic Industry (BPI). On the US Billboard Hot 100, this fast-paced, drum-heavy song peaked at number two. Originally, the song was performed rap-style by Mya, but it was rearranged to better suit her mix of pop and R&B style. Cae of the Ex was the big breakthrough song for the singer as this earned her an even stronger recognition than her previous hit singles.
#2 – Ghetto Supastar (featuring Pras and Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
For 1998 the Warren Beatty film, Bulworth, “Ghetto Supastar” was the successful hit single released from the soundtrack, which featured the collaborated performance of Mya, Pras, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. It received a number of nominations from a variety of music industry awards and earned a win from 1998 by the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) for Best International Single. MOBO is an awards ceremony that hails out of the United Kingdom that awards performers, regardless of ethnic background, as recognition for delivering award-worthy music of black origin.
Among the European nations, Ghetto Supastar topped most of their charts, especially in the UK as it was number one on the UK Dance Singles Chart and on the UK Hip Hop and R&B Singles Chart. On the US Billboard, the song charted as high as number fifteen. Australia’s ARIA, Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), and the UK’s BPI each certified the single as platinum. The Dutch trade association of the music industry (NVMI) certified Ghetto Supastar as gold. Mya’s spin on the classic duet from Kenny Rogers’ and Dolly Parton’s Islands of the Stream throws in a soft, melodic delivery to an otherwise heavy-rap performance by Pras and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
#1 – Lady Marmalade (featuring Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Pink)
Not only is 2001’s “Lady Marmalade” the most recognized single associated with Mya, it has won her and her musical collaborators, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Pink, a multitude of nominations and wins within the music industry. Such awards include 2002’s Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, as well as the Teen Choice Awards in 2001 for Choice Song of the Summer. Globally, Lady Marmalade topped the Eurochart Hot 100 and the US Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number one in Australia, as well as among a number of other nations such as Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
As a single, it received platinum certification among the nations of Belgium, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. In Australia, Lady Marmalade was certified double platinum while certified silver in France. Originally recorded and released in 1974 by The Eleventh Hour, the song failed to chart. Patti LaBelle’s version, which was also released in 1974 catapulted the song into a number one hit. The 2001 version that was featured in the motion picture Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.
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