Keyshia Cole, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sade and more began trending on Twitter Monday morning (Sept. 6) as men on the app named their favorite tracks by female artists. Twitter user The Nostalgia Queen kicked off the conversation on Monday, tweeting, “** MEN & MEN ONLY ** Tell me a song by a woman you sing with your whole chest.”
Answers came in by the hundreds, causing female superstars like Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Fantasia and more to trend on the platform. As a happy consequence, Twitter also became flooded with flowers for the numerous pop, R&B and gospel queens.
“Aaliyah, Aretha [Franklin], Lauryn [Hill], Mariah [Carey] … I mean, there’s a whole list but I can NEVER resist Alicia [Keys],” one person tweeted in response. “She had me from day one & if I gotta choose just one it’s this,” they added, posting Keys’ 2003 track, “If I Ain’t Got You.”
Another person named “Free Yourself” by Fantasia as one of their favorites, writing, “I do a head back, fists clutched to my chest, full vocal blast, one leg kicked out performance.”
Another singing legend brought into the conversation was Anita Baker, whose music fans can now stream in good conscience. On Friday (Sept. 3), the 63-year-old star announced she finally gained ownership of her masters.
“All My Children Are Coming Home,” Baker tweeted alongside a photo of five of her albums. “...Impossible Things Happen... Every. Single. Day. Gratefully.”
Baker previously asked fans not to stream her music since she did not receive any of the revenue.
“Miraculously... I have out-lived ALL of my artist contracts,” the Rhythm of Love songstress tweeted back in March. “They no longer ‘own’ my name & likeness. And, by law... 30-year-old masters are to be returned to me. Unfortunately, they’re gonna make me fight [for] it. I’m prepared [to] do that.”
See the initial tweet that caused Baker’s and many other singers’ names to trend below, as well as male fans revealing their favorite songs by women.
** MEN & MEN ONLY **— The Nostalgia Queen ➐ (@Snow_Blacck) September 5, 2021
Tell me a song by a woman you sing with your whole chest.
Patti LaBelle - If Only You Knew— Macaroni Tony (@CVCaulNGE) September 6, 2021
Fantasia - Free Yourself
Tamia - Stranger In My House
Monica - Why I Love You So Much
Alicia Keys - If I Ain’t Got You
Heather Headley - I Wish I Wasn’t
Deborah Cox - Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here & We Can’t Be Friends
Keyshia Cole - Love
Keyshia Cole - Love— Aaron (@AaronTheEra) September 6, 2021
I'm out here like: "LOOOOOOOoooOooOoOOOooOveeeeEEEeEEEEEeeeEe!!!!!!!!" pic.twitter.com/X9WeF42m8T
Sade - “Cherish the Day” like my life depended on it pic.twitter.com/S1KU5eFrTy— Million $ Man Ted Dubiastic (@LStevenson3rd) September 6, 2021
With both my fists by my chests don't play with me. I sing this shit like I'm auditioning on idols— Call_Me_Lum (@Lord_Bae_Less) September 6, 2021
Aaliyah, Aretha, Lauryn, Mariah, Sade… I mean, there’s a whole list but I can NEVER resist Alicia. She had me from day one & if I gotta choose just one it’s this.https://t.co/Xx0PjenTN3— Mr. Gross (@lafayetteMrG) September 6, 2021
"Oooooooo heyyy, im tryingggg to decide, which way to goo, think I made a wrong turn back there somewhere." pic.twitter.com/GjtBu9lajx— Tanjiros Guardian (@Degraffrees) September 6, 2021
Toni Braxton: Just be a man about it— JasonFraud™️ (@_justConcur) September 6, 2021
“WHY YOU CALLING ME ON THE PHONE, WHY YOU NOT AT HOME ON TIME?????” pic.twitter.com/Wx8au9ulFK
With my WHOLE CHEST! It’s not pretty and I might ugly cry when doing it… pic.twitter.com/20hbVpDzJC— Ybhaten (@ybhaten) September 6, 2021
These entire albums with no shame. Judge me IDC lol music is life! pic.twitter.com/dzw9tkS5vy— Invader Len #MiXXXY (@simplyjonez) September 6, 2021
Listen... I don't play bout this woman here man... pic.twitter.com/NoaJgTldkI— the unAverage Over Thinker (@IceColdChiLLz) September 6, 2021