The Top 10 RB and Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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A countdown of the top 10 RB and Hip Hop songs of all time. These are the songs that have defined the genre and have stood the test of time.

“In Da Club” – 50 Cent

50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was released in 2003 as the lead single from his debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” The song was an instant success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the most iconic songs in rap history.

“I Wanna Love You” – Akon

“I Wanna Love You” is a song by American singer and songwriter Akon, featuring singer Snoop Dogg. The song was released as the third and final single from his second studio album, Konvicted (2006). It peaked at number one in New Zealand and Australia, and reached the top ten in more than ten countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

“Lose Yourself” is a song by American rapper Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 film 8 Mile. The song was written by Eminem and produced by Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Released on October 28, 2002, “Lose Yourself” received acclaim from music critics, who praised the song’s intense lyrical delivery and production. “Lose Yourself” is considered one of Eminem’s best songs and has been ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

“Hotel Room Service” – Pitbull

This song was released in 2009 and instantly became a club anthem. It is still played regularly at clubs and parties around the world. The song is about a woman who Pitbull is trying to pick up in a hotel room. He uses a variety of pick up lines and eventually she gives in and they spend the night together.

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” – Soulja Boy

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” is a song by American rapper Soulja Boy Tell’em. It was released in 2007 as the lead single from his debut album, The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

“Yeah!” – Usher

“Yeah!” is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was released on January 27, 2004 as the lead single from his fourth studio album, Confessions (2004). The song features fellow American rapper Lil Jon and was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon. “Yeah!” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for twelve consecutive weeks, before being replaced by Usher’s own “Burn”.

“What’s Your Fantasy” – Ludacris

“What’s Your Fantasy” is a song by American rapper Ludacris, from his second album, Word of Mouf (2001). The song features vocals from Shawnna and was produced by Timbaland. It contains an interpolation of the hook “My Name Is Not Susan” by Whitney Houston from her 1990 single “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”. The single peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

“Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fifth studio album, 1989. The song was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. It is an uptempo dance-pop track considered to be a departure from Swift’s earlier country pop music style. “Shake It Off” is the sixth track on the album and served as the lead single. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 18, 2014, making it Swift’s second number-one single in the United States and the 22nd of her career. “Shake It Off” spent six weeks atop the chart and became Swift’s fifth chart topper in Australia and topped charts in Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa. The accompanying music video was directed by Mark Romanek and features Swift portraying numerous characters as she dances throughout New York Cityrr.

“Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj

Anaconda is a song by Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj, from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on August 4, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records as the second single from the album. The song was produced by Polow da Don and Jonatan “J.R.” Rotem. The song heavily samples “Baby Got Back” (1992) by Sir Mix-a-Lot. upon its release, Anaconda received mixed reviews from music critics; some praised the song for its fun nature, while others criticized it for its over sexuality and double entendres. Commercially, it peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Minaj’s highest charting single in the United Kingdom, surpassing “Super Bass”, which peaked at number three in 2011; as well as her first single to peak in Ireland.

“All I Do Is Win” – DJ Khaled

“All I Do Is Win” is a song by DJ Khaled, released as the first single from his 2010 album Victory. The song features rappers T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross. The single was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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