Here's something everyone should know about Mariah Carey: She's very proud of writing her own lyrics. You might think, "Please. Diane Warren comes in, writes a verse, and picks up that check before noon," but no. No one but Mariah could write her own lyrics, and after reviewing the lyrical content of her breezy, R&B-heavy new album "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse," you will agree she is basically the Ira Gershwin of her generation.

I was barely able to confine the best lyrics to a top ten, but I think I've succeeded. Here are 10 pearls of wisdom from the not-that-elusive-if-you-really-think-about-it chanteuse.

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10. "The Art of Letting Go"

"Letting go ain't easy... It's just exceedingly hurtful."

9. "The Art of Letting Go" again.

"I'm making a statement / of my own opinion / Just a brief little reminder / to help myself remember / I no longer live in your dominion." 

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8. "It's a Wrap" (with Mary J. Blige)

"I should clock you right in your forehead." 

7. "The Art of Letting Go" one last time, I swear.

"Go to Mimi on your contacts / Press delete."

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6. "#Beautiful"

"You're beautiful / And your mind is... f*cking beautiful." 

5. "Money"

“Money, this, that, the other / Don’t mean nothing other than jets on holidays/ And chefs with hollandaise."

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4. "Betcha Gon' Know" (feat. R Kelly)

"I'm going about 100 miles per hour / Laughing out of anger / But it don't strike me as funny."

3. "Betcha Gon' Know" 

R. Kelly: "I'm standing there butt naked / With nothing but a sheet on / Then she come down with nothing but a robe on / And that's when I put my damn clothes on / And got the f*ck up outta there."

 

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2. "Dedicated" (feat. Nas)

Nas: “We don’t wish today’s game was old again / we just wish it wasn’t filled with draconian, babylonian phony-men.”

1. "Supernatural," featuring vocals by Mariah's daughter Monroe.

Monroe: "I'm a chanteuse!"

Mariah: "I know you are, dahhhhling."

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