24. THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI (2005)
Artist: Mariah Carey
Production: Jermaine Dupri, Mariah Carey, James “Big Jim: Wright, The Neptunes
Acclaim: Falsettos take a backseat on the chest-pounding revival project, empowered by Carey's pen game and inner MC.
Peak moment: Finger wagging at haters on “It's Like That” (“Them chickens is ash, and I'm lotion”).