The Best Hip Hop Songs of 2008

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A look at the best hip hop songs of 2008.


It’s been a great year for hip hop music. A lot of new artists have emerged and established themselves in the industry, and a number of established artists have continued to produce great music. 2008 has been a year of change in the hip hop industry, with a number of established artists changing their style or moving in new directions.

There have been many great hip hop songs released in 2008, and it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. However, here are 10 of the best hip hop songs of 2008:

1. “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne: This is one of the biggest hits of the year, and it’s not surprising that it’s by one of the biggest names in hip hop. Lil Wayne’s catchy tune and infectious vocals make “Lollipop” one of the best hip hop songs of 2008.

2. “A Milli” by Lil Wayne: Another great track from Lil Wayne, “A Milli” is a high-energy song with a great beat that will get you moving. Lil Wayne shows off his lyrical prowess on this track, making it one of the best hip hop songs of 2008.

3. “Put On” by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West: This collaboration between two of rap’s biggest stars is one of the best hip hop songs of 2008. Young Jeezy’s smooth flow and Kanye West’s signature style come together perfectly on this track, making it an instant classic.

4. “Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna: This catchy dance track from R&B singer Rihanna became an instant hit when it was released in 2008. The combination of Rihanna’s great vocals and a catchy beat make “Don’t Stop The Music” one of the best hip hop songs of 2008.

5. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis: This ballad from British singer Leona Lewis was originally written for Beyonce, but when she passed on it, Leona Lewis recorded it herself and turned it into a huge hit. The combination of Leona Lewis’ powerful vocals and an emotional lyrics make “Bleeding Love�� one of the best hip hop songs of 2008.

6. “No One�� by Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys returned to her R&B roots with this ballad about heartbreak and loss. The combination of Alicia Keys’ soulful voice and emotional lyrics make “No One�� one of the best hip hop songs of 2008.

7 . “Live Your Life�� by T.I.: This motivational anthem from TIP reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and won TIP a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The combination of TIP’S uplifting lyrics and a catchy beat make “Live Your Life�� one of the best hip hop songs

Best Hip Hop Songs of 2008

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than ten years since we first heard some of these songs. In 2008, the hip hop world was booming and there were so many great songs released. We’ve compiled a list of the best hip hop songs of 2008. Take a trip down memory lane with us and enjoy these songs all over again.

Lil Wayne- A Milli

“A Milli” is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne. The track was produced by Bangladesh, who also co-wrote it along with Wayne. It was released on December 31, 2007, as the lead single from Wayne’s sixth studio album, Tha Carter III (2008). The single peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song’s title is a reference to Wayne’s something-per-show fee: “a million dollars per show”. In the chorus of the song, Wayne brags about drug dealing, having multiple girlfriends, and his successful career in music. The song was met with universal acclaim from music critics upon release and is widely considered to be one of the best hip hop songs of all time.

Kanye West- Heartless

“Heartless” is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released on November 4, 2008 digitally as the second single from his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. “Heartless” is one of West’s most successful singles, becoming his second song to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and also reaching number one in Canada and New Zealand.

T.I. ft. Rihanna- Live Your Life

The song debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in its fifth week, becoming T.I.’s fourth US number-one single, Rihanna’s third and Jay-Z’s second. The song remained atop the Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks, becoming both T.I.’s and Rihanna’s longest-running US number one single to date as well as Rihanna’s longest overall stay atop the Hot 100. “Live Your Life” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also topped several other US airplay charts.

Jay-Z- Run This Town

“Run This Town” is a song by American rapper Jay-Z. The song also features American rapper Kanye West and Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on August 9, 2009, as the lead single from Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3 (2009). “Run This Town” received mixed reviews from music critics. Many praised what each member of the trio brought to the track, whilst others thought that Kanye West and Jay-Z overshadowed Rihanna’s contribution. In the United States, “Run This Town” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and serves as a tribute to New York City following the September 11 attacks in 2001.
The single’s success in the United States helped “Run This Town” become a top 40 hit in over ten countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Drake- Forever

Drake- Forever was released in 2009 and was, at the time, the lead single off of Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later.” The song features Lil Wayne and Eminem and is one of the best hip hop songs of 2008. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA.


Hip hop fans rejoice! We have compiled a list of what we believe to be the best hip hop songs of 2008. We looked at album sales, critical acclaim, and chart performance to create this list. If you think we missed any, please let us know in the comments.

And without further ado, here are the 10 best hip hop songs of 2008:

1) “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne
2) “A Milli” by Lil Wayne
3) “Get Ya Mind Right” by Juelz Santana
4) “I Luv It” by Young Jeezy
5) “Put On” by Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West
6) “Welcome to the Jungle” by 50 Cent
7) “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West
8) “I Wanna Rock” by Snoop Dogg
9) “Sexy Can I” by Ray J feat. Yung Berg
10) “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em

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