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Top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Tracks of the 2010’s

Next month, the second decade of the 21st Century will have passed us by. From 2010 through to the end of 2019, there has been plenty of music from a plethora of musicians. Whilst new artists were discovered, others peaked and a select few have remained present throughout the whole 10 years. In this article, we will accumulate our Top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap tracks released between 2010-2019.

Of course, whilst access to music may not have changed much in this past decade, compared to previous decades such as 2000 – 2010, it has still played a pivotal role in the emergence of new music and the success of music. The streaming services of Apple Music and Spotify Music have vastly improved new artists reach, as well has the continuing rise of Youtube. Less and less of us are buying music physically or even digitally but now more and more of us are simply streaming music, which plays a huge part in chart positions nowadays.

Whilst chart positions and sales success play a part in a tracks position in this list, we did not determine a position solely on this. The change in streaming statistics that now affect charting positions (as previously mentioned before) being one of the reasons. A list of this magnitude is open to much debate and its subjectivity means that our own opinion’s, of course, played a factor. Lastly, it was important to recognise the longevity of a track and the affect it may have had on the artist’s career/the music scene or even society as a whole. To summarise, a mix of personal opinion, chart position, sales/streaming success, longevity and affect on the artist/s themselves is general consensus that we used to determine where a track would end up. With that being said and cleared up, below is the full list of Top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Tracks of the Decade…


100. Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana – Stay Schemin’ (2012 – Rich Forever)
Although it can be argued that any track that has been successful this past decade could feature at #100, it cannot be underestimated. The position of #100 sets a president for the rest of the list. It must go to a track that has really set the tone for the decade. Early in the 2010’s, Rick Ross really cemented himself as one of the biggest Rap artists in the industry. The release of his album Teflon Don brought us many tracks that we still fondly look back on. To be honest, many tracks could have been picked yet “Stay Schemin'” still stands strong amongst Rap hits today. Complex magazine had high praise of the song, naming it on their Best Songs of 2012, one of the top five Hip-Hop tracks of the year and included Drake’s feature as one of the best verses of 2012. The track still holds a place in Hip-Hop today with Rick Ross performing the track during his performance at the BET Awards earlier this year.
Peaked: #20
Highest Certificate: None

99. Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Too Hard (2018 – Drip Harder)
Lil Baby and Gunna really burst onto the global scene with their hit “Drip Too Hard” late last year. Relatively, still a new track, the song took 2018 by storm and although it gained no #1 position, it reached a total of nine countries top 100 Charts and peaked in the top 10 for Canada and American charts. The track sits lower than some may expect but let’s remember, as stated, the track is still relatively new in comparison to others on this list. The track has had success and whilst we feel it will stand the test of time and become a very strong hit from this decade, it could be deemed as a slight risk including this.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

98. August Alsina featuring Trinidad James – I Luv This Sh*t (2013 – Downtown: Life Under the Gun and Testimony)
August Alsina burst onto the scene with his Downtown mixtape. “I Luv This Sh*t” dropped on the mixtape initially and then was released as one of the bonus singles from his debut album Testimony. The tracks synth horns and heavy bassline compliment August’s smooth vocals to create a fantastic debut R&B club banger. The track caught the attention of R&B superstars Trey Songz and Chris Brown who jumped on a remix of the track that only brought it more attention. We decided to place the original in this list though as it was really the track that took August Alsina’s name to become the next big thing to come from the R&B world. Unfortunately, in recent times, due to health reasons he has taken a step abck from releasing or making music so we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Peaked: #15
Highest Certificate: None

97. J.Cole – Work Out (2011 – Cole World: The Sideline Story)
Another break out hit for another break out artist during the year of 2011. J. Cole was a fairly unknown entity on a global spectrum when “Work Out” was released. This gains an inclusion on this list for its pure master work on the production as it samples “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul and Kanye’s “Workout Plan”. The track went onto propell Cole into the Hip-Hop hierarchy and he has now gone on to become one of the scene’s smartest, meaningful and respected lyricist.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

96. Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale (2010 – Flockaveli)
Waka Flocka Flame was at the height of his career in the early 2010’s. The rapper dropped “Hard In Da Paint” amongst other tracks but one that stands out is “No Hands”. It went on to peak at #1 on Billboard’s US Hot Rap Songs and went Platinum 3x. It also gained an award for being the Best Club Banger at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011. Wale has continued to drop music and usually feature on many artists tracks, last year Waka Flocka Flame declared he is done with music and Roscoe Dash has been fairly unheard of since 2012. So, whilst these trio have not exactly taken the world by storm since, this song still gets a place in the Top 100.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

95. The Weeknd – Wicked Games (2013 – House of Balloons/Trilogy)
One of the break out hits from the Canadian singer. Circulating via his Youtube channel in 2011, the singer came to prominence through working with Drake. The track ended up featuring on Trilogy, his debut album, after it first appeared on his mixtape House of Balloons. The track has gone on to go 3x Platinum and has reached over 60 million views on the original upload on Youtube and over 160 million views via the music video on the Weeknd’s VEVO page.
Peaked: #10
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

The original upload of The Weeknd’s track “Wicked Games”

94 Jamie Foxx featuring Drake – Fall For Your Type (2011 – Best Night of My Life)
Whilst we are more used to Jamie Foxx being on the big screen for his performance in films and television, he has never been far from making a big track or two. The track was written by Drake and actually due to feature on one of his projects but he had other plans. Handing the song to Jamie Foxx, the track peaked at #1 in the charts and whilst it did not achieve any success in terms of sales certificates, it is a track that still feels fresh today.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: None

93. Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – Bandz Make A Dance (2012 – Stay Trippy)
Much like DJ Mustard in 2014/2015, MikeWiLLMadeIt was the highest in demand of the producers around. Juicy J called on Lil Wayne & newly named 2 Chainz for a feature. The track was received well and featured on both, the Washington Post and Complex’s Best Tracks of 2012 lists. The track is essentially a strip club anthem and a good one at that.
Peaked: #6
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

92. Migos featuring Drake – Versace (Remix) (2013 – Y.R.N)
Migo’s were known amongst the masses in Atlanta but much like a few of our previous entries, were fairly unknown on a worldwide scale. The track chucked their name into the ears of many music fans from far flung countries as it went viral, potentially due to Drake’s feature on the remix but regardless, the group held their own and continued to grow following the track. The track was voted in five different publications own variations of the list “Best Tracks of the 2013”.
Peaked: #31
Highest Certificate: 1x Gold (RIAA)

91. Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – Post To Be (2014 – Sex Playlist)
When we first listened to this track, we all had a split second moment of confusion, realisation and potential shock when Jhene Aiko sung that her man had “gotta eat the booty like groceries”. Whilst this decade has seen many stand out lyrics that, even if the song hasn’t been stand out itself, the one or two liner has. This is a perfect example of that. Whilst “Post To Be” is far from Omarion’s greatest, far from Chris Brown or Jhene Aiko’s best features…The song was a hit during 2014 and as previously stated, for Jhene’s Aiko’s strong statement, the song gets a place on this list.
Peaked: #1       
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

90. Bobby Shmurda – Hot Boy/Hot N***a (2014 – Shmurda She Wrote)
From one track that went viral to another track. Where as many tracks on this list do not tend to have too much of a known story behind it, “Hot Boy” is the complete opposite. Many artists gain notoriety through tracks or videos that go viral and whilst Bobby was similar in the sense that he went from unknown to global name over night, there was a slight difference in his story. After the release of “Hot Boy”, the social media platform Vine was at its peak and the song ended up being used in many of its short videos which helped it go even further into the viral stratosphere. Currently Bobby Shmurda is in prison after being arrested in conjunction with firearms offences and conspiracy to murder. Lyrics for “Hot Boy/Hot N****a” were not used in court though as they did not necessarily have a strong enough connection to a specific crime.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificates: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

89. Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne – Motivation (2011 – Here I Am)
A huge track for Kelly Rowland at the time, particularly as it featured a Lil Wayne that was at the peak of his powers. The track peaked at #1 and went 2x Platinum. It only does not sit higher due to a lack of major prominence within the R&B world anymore. The track succeeded and was massive for Rowland and the year of 2011, but the track itself is not held in the highest regard when it comes to R&B classics.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

88. Big Sean featuring Chris Brown – My Last (2011 – Finally Famous)
You might be getting the vibe that a lot of these lower listed tracks are due to them being the breakout hit for the artist. You would be correct. The first major hit for Big Sean. The track came from his debut album and the music video itself, highlighted his rise to Rap stardom. It might be easy to forget the song due to the success that Sean has gone on to achieve but let’s not forget it was placed in Billboard’s End of Year Charts for 2011. The track may not stand the test of time but in terms of it being a solid track and for the places it took Big Sean, it stands firm at the lower end of this list.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

87. French Montana featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Pop That (2012 – Excuse My French)
The track was released as the first single from French Montana’s debut album. Whilst we now know what French has gone on to achieve and make, this track really took the airwaves by storm in 2012. The chorus samples Uncle Luke’s track “I Wanna Rock”. Peaking at #2 and going Platinum, the song achieved great success throughout 2012 and into 2013.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

86. Jeremih featuring 50 Cent – Down On Me (2010 – All About You)
Jeremih had broken radio stations and radio sets alike with the release of his massive debut track “Birthday Sex” in the previous decade. The track was followed up by a few more charting successes. Arguably, the next big one was his “Down On Me” track featuring Rap veteran 50 Cent. Peaking at #1, the track went on to go 4x Platinum and reach 5 End of Year charts, including the Romanian Top 100.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

85. ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake – Tuesday (2014 – ILoveMakonnen)
Unknown to some, ILoveMakonnen actually dropped the original of the track, entitled “Club Goin’ UP on a Tuesday”. Drake jumped on the remix of the track and entitled it “Tuesday” instead. This sparked rumours that the Canadian artist was signed to Drake’s OVO label and, as it turned out, he was. The signing did not last long though as after a year or two, ILoveMakonnen became increasingly frustrated with the lack of his music being given the thumbs up. Shortly after, he left the label. Although we have not heard too much from him on a wide scale, this track really stood its own in 2014. Whether this be highlighting Drake’s ability to find a good track to jump on or his label’s success/lack of success rate with their artists…You decide.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

84. Drake – Find Your Love (2010 – Thank Me Later)
Nowhere near Drake’s strongest track but let’s not forget, this was released back in 2010 when Drake’s ball of dominance had only just started rolling. For the track to still make #84 is a statement in itself. A classic Drake track that is probably forgotten by many, actually went 3x Platinum and peaked at #1 on the US charts. It also featured on four of the American End of Year charts, as well as an Canadian one too.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

83. Bryson Tiller – Don’t (2015 – Trap Soul)
Bryson Tiller’s emergence as an R&B act came through the release of his debut single, “Don’t” from his debut studio album, Trap Soul. The track was initially released via Tiller’s Soundcloud account which then gained momentum and the track was then released via other streaming platforms, such as iTunes.
Peaked: #4
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

82. Ty Dolla $ign featuring DJ Mustard, Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd – Or Nah Remix (2014 – Beach House EP)
Whilst the original could have featured, we felt that the remix was the track that really took off. That is not discredit to either Ty or Wiz but The Weeknd verse in particular took the song to another level with his X-Rated lyrics. The bed screeching/rocking sound effect on the beat added an extra level too. Whilst many people may argue that the phrase “Or nah” was being used freely before the release of this track, others would say that Vines. Reggie Couz’s “OR NAH”, along with the track, really cemented these two words as a staple phrase to ask people whether they want to really do something. 
Peaked: #12
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

81. Tory Lanez – Say It (2015 – I Told You)
The first single from Tory’s debut album, it featured a sample from Brownstone’s 1994 hit “If You Love Me”. Although the track is a prominently R&B based track, it propelled Tory Lanez’s voice and sound into a fairly new area of R&B/Trap/Rap that was become dominant during 2015/2016 through himself, Bryson Tiller and others.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

80. Drake featuring The Weeknd – Crew Love (2012 – Take Care)
A strong track from Drake on an extremely strong album. This the first taste we got of The Weeknd on a major project. His House of Balloons mixtape was released earlier in the year but his Trilogy album was not released until a year after Take Care was released.
Peaked: #9
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

79. The Weeknd featuring Drake – The Zone (2012 – Trilogy)
This only beats “Crew Love” purely due to our own opinion. Both tracks were extremely hard to seperate but the pure melody and rawness of “The Zone” slightly tips it in favour of “Crew Love”. The Weeknd’s arrival birth an Alternative/Dark R&B sound that was really embodied by drugs, drink and sex. WHilst R&B had heard such before, they had not heard it to this scale. Alternative R&B is a genre that is incorporated itself as part of R&B but back in 2012, this was fairly unknown. “The Zone”, really did more for The Weeknd’s career than “Crew Love”. Whilst a feature on a huge Drake track will of course get people listening but let’s not forget that the feature on “Crew Love” was hardly a big one. The feature was of course a success but “The Zone” allows us to fully appreciate and listen to the Weeknd’s vocal ability. Whilst it lacked massively in terms of sales and accolades in comparison to “Crew Love” or “Wicked Games”, let alone other tracks, this is the early Weeknd and one of his best tracks that draw all of us into his music and sound.
Peaked: #50
Highest Certificate: None

78. Chris Brown – Don’t Judge Me (2013 – Fortune)
One of the most heartfelt songs from Chris Brown during his whole career. The song itself did not peak at #1, instead it peaked at #3 in the US and Platinum in the US whilst its highest finish was in Belgium at #2. It was rumoured the track was influenced by all of his trials and tribulations following his potential career ending assault on Rihanna back in 2009. The track follows an emotional stance in the music video as Chris Brown, playing an astronaut goes on a mission to save the planet that puts his own life at peril. The track is beautifully constructed track that really highlights Chris Brown’s emotional side and his talented vocals.
Peaked: #3
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

77. Usher – Climax (2012 – Looking 4 Myself)
This Usher track ended up being featured on 14 different publications versions of their own “Top Tracks of 2012”. The track is an elegant electrical R&B track. It will not go down as an Usher classic to be honest and whilst this is no “U Remind Me”, “U Don’t Have to Call”, “Confessions” or even “Caught Up”, it cannot be denied a spot on this list purely due to its success as a track throughout the whole year of 2012.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (ARIA)

76. Miguel – Adorn (2012 – Kaleidoscope Dream)
Miguel had been around for a couple of years prior to “Adorn” but this track really took off. The track went 3x Platinum in the US, 1x Platinum in Australia and Silver in the UK. It also featured on numerous end of year Charts for 2012 and 2013. Potentially due to Miguel’s stance in the R&B, the track will not be cemented as one of the top R&B tracks of the 2010’s but it cannot be slept on more than it is.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

75. Nicki Minaj featuring Drake – Moment 4 Life (2012 – Pink Friday)
It cannot be disputed what Nicki Minaj has done for the female Rap game. She has accomplished so much since her emergence in 2009/2010. The music she has created may not be to everyone’s taste yet she has always strived to be the best rapper, not just the best female rapper. Whilst “Moment 4 Life” did not receive the same commercial success as some of her other tracks, it received a Grammy nomination and we feel it is one of our favourites of hers.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificates: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

74. Drake featuring Lil Wayne – The Motto (2012 – Take Care)
Classic Drake and Lil Wayne link up here. The 6x Platinum record is a track that highlights both Drake and Lil Wayne’s lyrical ability on a jumpy beat but more importantly, the track that birthed the phrase “Y.O.L.O”. Since then, no one could imagine it too never be in their selection of acronyms.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

73 Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj – Bottoms Up (2010 – Passion, Pain and Pleasure)
This is what Trey Songz is best at, creating a club R&B banger such as “Bottoms Up”. Back in 2010 when a Nicki Minaj feature was almost a certified stamp that the track was going to be a success. The track peaked at #1 and went 4x Platinum.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

72. 2 Chainz featuring Drake – No Lie (2012 – Based on a T.R.U Story)
The track was the lead single on the first album since (real name) Tauheed Epps changed from Tity Boy to 2 Chainz. The track went on to achieve a chart position of #1 and go 2x Platinum, as well as be named in Complex Magazine’s list of 50 Best Songs of 2012, being at postionined at number 17.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

71 Trey Songz – Na Na (2014 – Trigga) Kanye West – All Day
The track is again, similar to “Bottoms Up”, the staple of what Trey Songz is good at…R&B club bangers. The track holds a catchy hook that is not exactly hard to remember. The explicit version of the track again typifies Trey Songz tracks. Charting over 18 different charts in 8 different countries and going Platinum a total of two times, it does not go a miss on a club playlist.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

70. Ella Mai – Boo’d Up (2018 – Ready and Ella Mai)
This was a toss up between “Boo’d Up” and “Trip”. Whilst “Trip” is a successful song by itself, arguably, Jacquees’s controversial version created publicity for the track that may have not been there before. Again, controversially, we actually prefer Jacquees’s version of “Trip”. This leaves, “Boo’d Up” which had more of an affect on Ella Mai’s career. Coming as her first major single release, the track was extremely successful in America when people forget that the singer is actually British.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

69. DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross – I’m on One (2013 – We the Best Forever)
Although this is a solid song with a strong line up of features that would make you think this track did better than it actually did. The song peaked at #1 and achieved Gold certification but it did not feel right putting a song of this calibre lower than this. The track gained some more attention through the meme that was created of Drake in the music video.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 1x Gold (RIAA)

68. Tyga – Rack City (2012 – Careless World: Rise of the Last King)
A catchy track would still see success in a night club but in hindsight, it is far from Tyga’s best work to be honest. Nevertheless “Rack City” went 4x Platinum and charted in numerous countries. As well as the official remix, featuring Meek Mill, Wale, T.I., Young Jeezy and Fabolous, the track also gained other versions, freestyles and remixes from Gucci Mane and Tory Lanez.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

67. Frank Ocean – Thinking About You (2012 – Channel Orange)
“Swim Good” and “Novacane” have to get mentions here and in all honesty, they were very very close to getting a feature on this list but just missed out by a fraction. “Thinkin’ About You” really took off when it was released. The clever opening lines of “A tornado flew around my room before you came, excuse the mess it made, it usually doesn’t rain in Southern California” set a president for the rest of the song. Charting in six countries and reaching Platinum status in America, the magazine Rolling Stone, in their 50 best songs of 2012, named it at number 4.
Peaked: #7
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

66. Desiigner – Panda (2016 – New English)
The debut single from Desiigner, fuelled by high energy and strange ad-lib sound effects. The track was massive on a global scale. The track was remixed by a number of artists as well as featuring in numerous television programmes and films.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

65. Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz – 679 (2015 – Fetty Wap)
Fetty Wap burst onto the scene in 2015 and whilst many people were quick to notice his left eye condition, he was more importantly noticed for his talent on the microphone. Mixing rapping and singing in a melodic and addictive way. His voice on the tracks caught the attention of many. In extremely simple terms, “679” is essentially about having a good time and it makes sense when the influence for the song is Fetty’s birthday, 06/07/1991.
Peaked: #2

Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

64. Kanye West featuring Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique (2013 – Cruel Summer)
Whilst we wish that the introduction of this track was used throughout the track, “Clique” came during a period of time that Ye and Jay were making collaborative hits for the fun of it. Whilst many tracks beat “Clique” to higher positions, which speaks volumes when this track actually won a couple of awards.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

63. Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown – Show Me (2014 – My Own Lane)
The year of 2014 was really the year of DJ Mustard beats and Kid Ink. The beat includes a slight sample/interpretation of Robin S’s “Show Me Love” and is arguably one of Kid Ink’s biggest tracks to date due to notability. Whilst we have not heard of Kid Ink much lately, we can all agree that his hay day appeared to be in the summers of 2014 and 2015. Arguably, the track would not be what it is without the beat and Chris Brown’s vocals but nevertheless, the track gets a deserved place in this list.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

62. Rihanna – Pour It Up (2013 – Unapologetic)
Ultimately, it’s not the most imaginative track of Rihanna’s particularly as it is practically about spending money in a strip club and bragging about it. It did the numbers though with the song going 2x Platinum and peaking at #2 in the charts. It sits as high as this due to its longevity in the clubs.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

61. Drake & Future – Jumpman (2015 – What a Time to Be Alive)
Coming from their collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive, the catchy hook by Drake and bumping raven screeching beat from emerging (at the time) producer Metro Boomin’, really created a huge hit that still holds strong today amongst a scribe long list of hits from the pair of artists.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

60. Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail (2013 – Magna Carta Holy Grail)
The album is not available on Spotify, barely available on Youtube and we were tempted to include “f**kwitmeyouknowigotit” featuring Rick Ross but “Holy Grail” won a Grammy for for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration so could not be ignored. A mix of slow Pop/R&B singing from Justin Timberlake is mixed with a hard, raw and energetic beat that is met with, as expected, Jay-Z flowing lyrics. We just feel there are better songs that Jay took part in over the past decade than this track, these tracks did not reach the same commercial success. Regardless, its success speaks for itself and it is clearly some of Jay’s best work in this decade.
Peaked: #1 Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

59. Chris Brown & Tyga – Ayo (2015 – Fan of a Fan: The Album)
“Ayo” really made waves in 2015 and the ripples are still being felt in 2019. The track is still a huge hit in the clubs and is one of the top R&B/Rap party anthems of the decade. Surprisingly, the track peaked at #1 in the UK but nowhere else. The track went Platinum in multiple countries though and has cemented itself as one of Chris Brown & Tyga’s greatest track from an extensive list of collaborative work. The music video for the track highlights the theme of the track which is essentially, the pair flaunting off their financial gain. Inclusions from the French dance duo, Les Twins, and a few scenes that pay homage to Mase and P.Diddy’s music video for “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” creates a visually appealing watch compared to many music videos of the time.
Peaked: #1 Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

58. Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Paul McCartney – Four Five Seconds (2015 – Non Album Single)
Strange to think that this song did not even make an album but was just simply released as a single and it seems even stranger that a collaboration between Kanye West and Paul McCartney actually occurred. Turns out, it did and Paul McCartney’s guitar chords were actually sped up by Kanye for the track. The track surprisingly received no nominations at the Grammys yet achieved numerous chart positions around the globe and numerous Platinum certificates in numerous countries. Rihanna’s vocals really shine through on this track and she showcases her raw vocal ability that sets her above many singers, which is a vast comparison to her previous inclusion of “Pour It Up”.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)*
4x Platinum in Sweden but IFPI Sweden’s criteria for Platinum = lower sales

57. Beyonce – 7/11 (2014 – Beyoncé: Platinum Edition and More Only)
The track uses a lot more autotune than is usually expected from Beyonce but adapting to the climate of current music at the time, Beyonce managed to create an up-beat, R&B/Trap/Club track that really ticked the boxed.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 1x Platinum (RIAA)

56. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – Drunk In Love (2014 – Beyonce)
This track went on to be Beyonce’s highest charting song since her 2008 track “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”. The track, as with a lot of tracks on this list, gained numerous remixes from a number of artists. The official remix includes Kanye West but live and recorded versions were made by Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Sevyn Streeter.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

55. Travis Scott – Antidote (2014 – Rodeo)
DON’T YOU OPEN UP THAT WINDOW…DON’T YOU LET OUT THAT ANTIDOTE. You only have to Youtube “Travis Scott – Antidote live performance” to really witness how this track gets a concerts crowd going. The Travis Scott effect is a real thing and his performance skills and ability to create a track that will get people off their seat is a rare one. The track comes from his debut album Rodeo and although it was not really until his second studio album, previously mentioned, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight that some already classics shone through. With that said, Antidote cannot be disputed as one of Scott’s biggest tracks and biggest tracks of the decade.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

54. Travis Scott featuring Kendrick Lamar – Goosebumps (2015 – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight)
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is a masterpiece of Trap/Rap/R&B fusion that comes together perfectly and, as of yet, is the album that holds the majority of Travis Scott’s best work. “Goosebumps” is a slow build up to an energetic hook that Scott always aims for. The track peaked at #1 as well as going 5x Platinum.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

53. Post Malone – Fall Apart (2017 – Stoney)
We thought about putting “White Iverson” in here as it was essentially his entry onto the global stage. “Fall Apart” may not not his biggest track yet it really took Post Malone from a new age R&B/Trap singer to a real vocalist that would take the charts by storm.
Peaked: #50
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)*
6x Platinum in Canada (Music Canada) but the criteria = lower sales

52. Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Llif3 (2015 – Luv Is Rage 1.5 and Luv Is Rage 2)
Lil Uzi Vert’s most popular song to date, the dark “XO Tour Llif3” song eptimosises modern day Hip-Hop with the track taking less of a lyrical stance but more of a melodic stance.
Peaked: #5
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

51. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow (2011 – Rolling Papers)
Whilst some may not believe it, this was not actually Wiz Khalifa’s debut single from his debut album but in matter of fact, coming from his third studio album. The track, explained in an interview with HipHopDX.com, is focusing on Wiz talking about his yellow Dodge Challenger that has a black stripe down it. Slowly, in a year when the effect of social media was just really starting, the song took off online and generate a number of remixes. As previously stated, the tracks theme is regarding his Dodge Challenger but the music video dropped subtle hits at Wiz’s Pittsburgh influence. It turned into a way for musicians to shout out their favorite sports team. In remixes, “Purp & Yellow” by The Game, Snoop Dogg & YG that shout out LA Lakers and the “Green & Yellow” remix by Lil Wayne is aimed at the Green Bay Packers. The track was used in the Super Bowl final by both teams (which has never been done before), Pittsburgh Steelers using Wiz’s version and Green Bay using Wayne’s.
Peaked: #1 Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

50. Usher featuring Will.i.Am – O.M.G (2010 – )
The track made MTV, BET and Time’s #1 spot for their Best Songs of 2010. The song as a whole is nowhere near Usher’s best and is far from the classics of “Confessions”, “U Remind Me”, “U Don’t Have To Call” etc. but it cannot be disputed that this was a huge track in 2010 and the numbers speak for themselves. It currently (at time of writing) sits at #335 on Billboards All Time Record interactive list.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

49. Drake – Over (2010 – Thank Me Later)
It is a credit to Drake that songs from the early stages of his musical career, such as “Over” are still standing strong nearly 10 years later. A track that looks at this success and how his life has changed which seems strange now knowing how much more success he has had as an artist. Whether Drake knew or envisaged this future success, only he will know but more to the point, “Over” was a huge hit of 2010 with a roster of artists doing remixes and creating their own versions.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

48. Chris Brown featuring Drake – No Guidance (2019 – Indigo)
Right now, a lot of you will be thinking: ‘surely this has been misplaced?’ and this will probably be one of the most disagreed entries on this list…But bare with us on the explanation as to how and why this track is where it is. Understandably, not many tracks from 2019 will be featuring in this list just due to the nature that they have not had enough time to saturate in the music world and potentially gain the plaudits, certificates and awards that many of the other tracks on this list have had. Regardless, we cannot just use that as an excuse as to not include a track in this list. The track “No Guidance” is a big track for a number of different reasons. Firstly, the track itself has been created by two of the biggest artists of this decade in the R&B and Hip-Hop worlds. Drake was making a name for himself and breaking through in 2009/2010 and since then has gone on to become one of the biggest artists on the planet, let alone in the Urban music scene. Chris Brown has gone on a longer journey and more turbulent one at that but nevertheless, is massive in the R&B world. The two came to blows and had their fair share of beef in 2012/2014 and whilst many fans would hope for it, it did not seem likely that they would ever come together to create a track. Photos and rumours circulated that the duo had made up and were in the studio but nothing ever came to fruition. The track eventually came as one of the single’s from Chris Brown’s latest studio album Indigo. The song is a pure R&B anthem that highlights that two big artists in the same industry and same genre can come together to create magic. Furthermore, we have just found out (whilst in the process of writing this) that the track has been award three Soul Train Awards. Two of those being Song of the Year, beating the likes of “Talk” by Khalid, “Juice” by Lizzo and “Girls Need Love (Remix)” by Summer Walking featuring Drake, as well as Best Collaboration Performance. That is all before even mentioning Drake’s dancing in the music video…
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

47. Eminem – Rap God (2013 – The Marshall Mathers LP 2)
Holding the world record for the most words in one song with it boasting a total of 1,560 words and it still sticks to Em’s classic witty and controversial lyrics. Fan’s and critics alike may feel his work from the late 90’s, early 2000’s is his better work but the fact this track is Grammy nominated and may not be his best work, speaks huge volumes. Regardless, Eminem is still one of the greatest rappers the Hip-Hop and Rap scene has ever had the privilege to bare eyes and ears on.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

46. Big Sean featuring E.40 – I Don’t F*ck With You (2014 – Dark Sky Paradise)
The track did not do as well commercially as we initially thought. A hugely popular track for any individual going through a break up.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

45. Jeremih featuring YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em (2014 – Late Nights)
After a period of disappearance from Jeremih’s part, he came back with his third studio album Late Nights. The album featured tracks featuring Ty Dolla $ign and J.Cole but the one that takes place on this chart is “Don’t Tell ‘Em”. The track brought Jeremih back to the charts as the R&B/Hip-Hop track that features YG was a huge club track that caught on with its catchy hook and infectious DJ Mustard beat that was so popular at the time.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

44. A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz – F**ckin’ Problems (2013 – Long.Live.ASAP)
As with a lot of songs in this list, they include some sort of lyrics that makes the song stand out. “F**ckin’ Problems” infectious hook from 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar’s “Giiirrl, I know you want this diiiihhhhhk” stood out and it remains A$AP’s biggest/most successful song to date. Even though none of the artists necessarily come with their strongest verses, Complex still placed it 21st on their list of the 50 Best Songs of 2012.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

43. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank) (2012 – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City)
Dropped during a period of time when Vine was hugely popular. The track was used in numerous Vine videos that went viral but that was not the sole reason that this song boasts a top 50 position. The track was one of the tracks that threw Kendrick Lamar into the Hip-Hop limelight.
Peaked: #3
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

42. The Weeknd – Earned It (2015 – Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The track was part of the Fifty Shades of Grey film and gained a Grammy for the Best R&B Performance that year. So eyebrows may be raised when you see that it only just made the top 50. The fact is, the song is part of a huge films soundtrack which already boosts its numbers whilst a large amount of songs on this list do not have that privilege. There is nothing taking away from this song as it really is a strong track from The Weeknd and deserves all of its accolades.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

41. Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – Mercy (2012 – Cruel Summer)
Although in terms of production, delivery and theme, “Mercy” does not differentiate too much to “Clique”, the difference is the commercial success of the songs. “Mercy” won a total of eight awards, peaked at #1 as well as going 4x Platinum. The track also gain remixes and versions of the track, including Chris Brown.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

40. Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane – Black Beatles (2016 – SremmLife 2)
As with many tracks on this list and any hit track, a catchy chorus/hook must be implemented, “Black Beatles” is no different. Whilst Rae Sremmurd are quite a way off cementing themselves as the black equivalent of the Beatles, the duo clearly wanted to highlight their appreciation for the rock-n-roll lifestyle and it ended up with them making one of the tracks of 2016. The social media challenge craze of 2016 was the The Mannequin Challenge saw the song gain more notoriety. The track was used as a backing track for the challenge where a group of people would film themselves in a room stood as still as they could, much like a mannequin…Weirdo’s.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

39 Rihanna B***h Better Have My Money (2015 – Non Album Single)
This track needs no explanation as the synopsis of the track is quite clearly in the title. A popular hype track that can be played during an actual event of someone owing someone else money or just at a house party/club…You choose.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

38. Drake – Fake Love (2017 – More Life)
In a review by Pitchfork magazine, they compared “Fake Love” to “Hotline Bling” and we can only agree. The track features an addictive bouncy R&B beat that is fairly upbeat, although the subject is quite negative regarding people showing Drake fake love. So with that being said, for it to gain the commercial success it did so soon after “Hotline Bling”’s releases yet again showcases Drake’s strong ability to know the formula for a successful record.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

37. Rihanna – Needed Me (2016 – Anti)
In 2016, DJ Mustard was still in high demand for production on tracks but there was a clear move away from the popular club themed beats that was used in a plethora of records during 2013/2014 and into 2015. This track, a slowed down R&B track that focuses on Rihanna’s cold hearted attitude to being with someone, stating that they needed to be with her more than her needing them. The R&B genre is usually filled with songs about the artists infatuation with someone or their sadness about a break up, but occasionally a song surrounding a different view on love comes through and “Needed Me” is one of them. A clever, well produced and smartly finessed track.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

36. Childish Gambino – Redbone (2016 – Awaken, My Love!)
The track did not initially succeed in the charts but a resurgence in the track, particularly after its feature in Jordan Peele’s 2017 film “Get Out”, ended it with gaining three Grammy nominations and in 2018, winning Best Traditional R&B Performance at the Grammys.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

35. Tory Lanez – Luv (2016 – I Told You)
Tory Lanez biggest follow up after “Say It”, the Canadian R&B/Trap singer. The track received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song in 2017 and gained a remix from Dancehall/R&B/Hip-Hop legend, Sean Paul.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

34. G-Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha – Me, Myself and I (2015 – When It’s Dark Out)
The first inclusion from G-Eazy on this list. Whilst many people seem to forget about G-Eazy, this track cannot be forgotten. The track that was going to be on Bebe Rexha’s debut album ended up going to G-Eazy after it fitted better with the piano chords, distorted beat, heavy vocals from Bebe and meaningful flowing lyrics from G-Eazy. Similar, in a way to Jay’s and Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” track where the vocalist creates a suspense atmosphere with a slow bridge that builds into a powerful hook.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

33. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (2014 – Fetty Wap)
Fetty Wap makes a second appearance in this list with his most successful track to date. The track was released before “679” and was the track that really announced himself to the R&B/Trap/Rap world. The track received two Grammy nominations and numerous artists remixes.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

32. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda (2014 – The Pinkprint)
Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” is sampled throughout and arguably gives the track its ‘stuck in your head’ vibe. Its an addictive and catchy track that Nicki Minaj is so widely known for. It is sad that this is the case because in our opinion “Moment 4 Life” is a much better track than this entry and the above entry yet, for some reason, commercially it did no where near as good as “Anaconda” and the next entry.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

31. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass (2011 – Pink Friday)
This Nicki Minaj track is bar far one of our least favourite tracks on this list. Whilst this is the case, we cannot deny it of a place on this list just due to that. It’s a song of its time and it really does reflect the style and sound of the time. The #1 and 8x Platinum in the US track is one of Nicki Minaj’s most successful and well known tracks. We also cannot deny that Nicki Minaj’s lyrical ability and talent as a fast spitter really shines through on this Pop/R&B/Rap infused track.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 8x Platinum (RIAA)

30. Drake featuring Majid Jordan – Hold On We’re Going Home (2013 – Nothing Was The Same)
If you aren’t a Drake fan then I can only imagine you probably stopped reading this list quite a while ago as his inclusions are a regular occurrence. Coming from his third studio album Nothing Was The Same, the track is a perfect example where it sees Drake slowly start to experiment with more sounds as “Hold On We’re Going Home” mixes R&B/Funk/Pop and Soul all into one. The track barely features R&B duo Majid Jordan but their backing vocals add an extra smooth layer on an already funky but smooth R&B party turn down song.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

29. Rihanna featuring Drake – What’s My Name? (2011 – Loud)
The track that came before “Take Care”, made a name for itself through the slightly corny and weird Drake lyrics alone: “The square root of sixty nine is eight something, right? ‘Cause I’ve been tryna work it out”. The track holds firm as an R&B/Hip-Hop duo classic, I mean, it’s not Jay-Z and Beyonce “Bonnie & Clyde ‘03” but nevertheless, during this decade, it was a track that really stood out as a playful, upbeat R&B song. 
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

28. French Montana featuring Swae Lee – Unforgettable (2017 – Jungle Rules)
The track of the summer 2017 as it took over the airwaves. One of the first times we have heard Swae Lee on a solo basis and it really paid off with his vocals on the hook standing out and arguably making the track what it is. Incorporating Dance Hall, R&B and Hip-Hop perfectly to create a perfect summer party song that can only be rivalled by a few Drake songs that may or may not appear later on.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

27. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar (2017 – Beerbongs & Bentleys)
Post Malone leaked a preview of “Rockstar” way before the release of the track. Whilst the video of this “leak” which is of Post in the studio, states it was uploaded back in August 2017, we are fairly sure this is a reupload and the original video was potentially up to a year before. Anyway, it was a long wait for we fully heard “Rockstar” and whilst it did not disappoint, some people may have felt that it did initially. The problem with artists leaking songs that they are playing in the studio is that when it is officially released, people expected that same sound system bass that they gained from that video but don’t get that from their headphones thus thinking the song sounds better in the preview. Nevertheless, the track did extremely well and became one of the songs of 2017. Being nominated for two Grammys that year, those being Record of the Year and Best Sung/Rap Performance in which neither were claimed by Malone. Regardless, the track, yet again highlights Post’s ability to go from heartfelt R&B ballads such as “Fall Apart” and “Better Now” (which does not get a mention due to us preferring “Fall Apart”, if you were wondering) to more Trap based R&B tracks such as”Rockstar”.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 8x Platinum (RIAA)

26. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One (2017 – Grateful)
By 2017, it was almost demanded/expected of DJ Khaled to create one of the tracks of the year. This track really took off before the summer of 2017 and this was during a summer that “Despacito” was released. Whilst two tracks that Justin Bieber featured on were fighting over top spot, unfortunately for Khaled, it was “Despacito” that took it. “Despacito” does not feature on this list due to its Reggaeton style, rather than R&B, “I’m The One” does. The track debuted at #1 spot which was a first for a number of the artists, including Khaled himself and Quavo.
Peaked: #1         
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

25. Future – Mask Off (2017 – Future)
Similar to Lil Uzi Vert and his “XO Tour Llif3” track, “Mask Off” is Future’s biggest single to date. The track became hugely popular with a couple of remixes, most notably from Joyner Lucas as well as a hilarious parody/cover version of the song that took the track to an extra level and numerous very talented violin covers that take the sound down a classical avenue.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

24. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga – Loyal (2014 – X)
The track actually has an East & West Coast versions with French Montana featuring on the East Coast and Too $Hort featuring on the West Coast version. In the end, the version with Tyga and Lil Wayne on it was the track that made the cut for Chris Brown’s sixth studio album X. Released during another controversial period of Chris Brown’s career as he was dealing with rehab and prison, the track it nevertheless did extremely well commercially.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)

23. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (2016 – 24K Magic)
First and foremost, we feel it is Bruno Mars’s strongest track to date with elements of R&B/Funk and Pop being infused all into one perfectly contrustred song and although it was released after “Uptown Funk”, it fits a lot better on this list than “Uptown Funk” would. “24K Magic” holds a lot of nostalgia in the song, in particular with the use of the electronic/synths and use of robotic backing vocals that are prominent in G-Funk and 90’s West Coast Hip-Hop (i.e. California Luv by 2Pac). The track received numerous Grammy nominations and was used as soundtracks for a couple of television promotions and programmes.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

22. Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 (2017 – Everybody)
The most important track title on this list by far. Logic aimed to steer away from the Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B tracks that focus on partying and going out but instead focus on a highly important issue of suicide. The title of the track is the number for the American National Suicide Prevention Line and holds high importance in today’s society when many conversations are being had regarding the impact of social media and the media in general. Regardless of how well this song did commercially and its Grammy nominations, which are deserved, the song deserves a place on this list purely based on it’s topic and title.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

21. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow (2017 – Invasion of Privacy)
The debut single from Cardi B who was arguably the first female rapper to actually challenge Nicki Minaj at being the head honcho in the female Rap game. Whilst earlier in this list, we explained that Nicki Minaj really set the bar and tone for females in the Rap game, as well as clearing a lot of paths for them in this generation, Cardi B has continued the path that has seen the likes of Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie come through. The track is a slow flowed yet high energy track that with its #1 position on the charts making Cardi the fifth female rapper in history to do so.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 9x Platinum (RIAA)

20. Chris Brown featuring Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne – Look At Me (2011 – F.A.M.E)
I can’t see how you can hate from outside the club? You can’t even get in…Legooooo. Hailing from his fourth studio album F.A.M.E that started seeing Brown take a trip down more electrical avenues of music that would be incorporated into his music helped by Diplo and Afrojack production on the track. Putting aside the diverse sound that Brown went for in this track and, similar to Drake, his ability to create new sounds in a (at the time) soon to be changing R&B genre, the track generated.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us Down (2013 – Heist)
From a track that was slowly moving away from the typical Hip-Hop/R&B sound back to a track that stuck to a typical Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B beat and feel. Macklemore actually first released/dropped this track on Youtube back in 2010/2010 and many people would be wrong in saying the track first dropped in 2013/2014. Not until the track gained some momentum online, particularly Youtube, that the track really took off in these latter years. The track gained a Grammy nominated, more for the music video but nevertheless it was nominated.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

18. Eminem featuring Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie (2010 – Recovery)
Nominated for 5 Grammy awards but unfortunately, not winning any of them, this Eminem and Rihanna duo tops the duo that she would have with Drake a year later or even the one that was to be had a year after that one. A song focusing on a relationship that breaks down and how rough some relationship break ups can really get. Some critics suggested that the song, from a Rihanna standpoint, was focused on her turbulus relationship with Chris Brown. Eminem delivers a more serious side to his music and moves away from the Slim Shady role that some fans are so used to hearing and seeing in the music charts. A deep song that really was unfortunate to not gain a Grammy win.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 12x Platinum (RIAA)

17. Drake – In My Feelings (2018 – Scorpion)
Now, back to just Drake…“In My Feelings” was one of the tracks of the summer in 2018 and one of the tracks of his latest studio album, Scorpion. Whilst it is not our favourite Drake project, it did indeed do bits on social media. The “In My Feelings”/The Shiggy Dance was a real craze that gave the track an extra platform to promote itself which is something that many of his earlier tracks, in the likes of 2010/2011 would not have had the delight to experience. The track is most notably catchy due to its hook where Drake ends up reeling up a bunch of female names and asking if they love him. Whether these particular females are fiction or not and if they are non-fiction, whether they’re from previous relationships Drake has had, we do not know and the internet already tried to work that one out.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

16. Drake featuring Rihanna – Take Care (2011 – Take Care)
Recently, Drake’s studio album Take Care turned 8 years old. The album is full of gems but none more so than his duet with Rihanna on the single, named after the album title, “Take Care”. The track is a pure R&B collaboration with both Rihanna and Drake opening up about past relationships experiences as well as opening up to someone new and takes quite a different path in comparison to their previous collaboration, which may or may not, find a place on this list. In hindsight, you can argue that this track is a very early example of Drake taking on different styles with the beat taking on an upbeat song as it includes instruments played by Britsh DJ, Jamie xx and his band The xx who are credited. The song also samples/covers “I’ll Take Care of You,” which was originally sung by American blues singer Bobby Bland in 1959.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

15. The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (2016 – Starboy)
The Weeknd took a leaf out of Pharrell’s book when it comes to collaborations and called on Daft Punk to work with him. Daft Punk’s Dance sound is toned down but instead they bring out a similar funk sound that was in Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” hit. Whilst many may question why Pharrell’s hit does not feature in this list, we felt Pharrell’s track bordered too far into the world of Funk and less into the R&B one and more to the point, we preferred this song a lot more than Pharrell’s one. This track is a world away from The Weeknd’s dark energy and deep levels of Alternative R&B that we heard from the start of his career in his House of Balloons mixtape and debut album Trilogy.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 3x Platinum (RIAA)

14. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – See You Again (2015 – Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Nine Track Mind)
Hailing from the Fast and Furious 7 film as a tribute to the late Paul Walker who acted in the franchise film. The song was extremely successful commercially and was nominated for three Grammys and unfortunately did not win any of them. The track spent a total of 19 weeks in the Top 10 and went on to break Spotify streaming records for the most streams made in 24 hours on a music streaming platform as it racked up over 4 million streams in one day. A beautiful tribute to Paul Walker that matches similar tributes such as Puff Daddy (named at the time) and Faith Evans “I’ll Be Missing You” tribute to Biggie Smalls in the 90’s.  The music video is one of the most watched videos on Youtube with it having well over 4 billion views currently listed on the video posted to Wiz Khalifa’s Youtube channel.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 11x Platinum (RIAA)

13. Drake – Hotline Bling (2015 – Views)
As well as being one of the meme’s of the year, more importantly, “Hotline Bling” won two Grammys, as well as eight other awards at numerous Music Shows. Another track that Drake experimented varying sounds. Whilst it is not the most lyrical Drake track, it showcases his ability to create a catchy, infectious and melodic using his singing vocals. The music video gained huge viral attention due to the dance moves that Drake was making throughout. The beat samples Timmy Thomas’s 1972 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together” and throughout, includes what can only be described as a tennis ball hitting a racket type sound. As of September this year, the music video boasted a crazy total of over 1.5 billion views, making it one of the most viewed videos on Youtube.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 8x Platinum (RIAA)

12. Jay-Z & Kanye West – N****s In Paris (2011 – Watch the Throne)
Whilst “Otis” was a throwback to Old School Hip-Hop, “N****s In Paris” focused more on the current climate of Rap/Hip-Hop/Trap in 2011. The track is deemed more of a hype song and whilst their lyrics may not be up to the level of “Otis”, it cannot be denied that they are still bowling a strike on this track. The track, not available on Spotify, has a live performance of the track on Kanye West’s Youtube Channel which boasts over 200 million views. “I don’t even know what that means..” “No one knows what that means, but it’s provocative”….”No it’s not…” “GETS THE PEOPLE GOING….”. As with a lot of the tracks from Watch The Throne, “N****s in Paris” gained numerous remixes from other artists, most notably, Chris Brown & T-Pain creating their own version.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

11. Drake – Started From The Bottom (2013 – Nothing Was The Same)
You immediately think of Drake walking alongside a slow moving car when you think of this track. The track, similar to the previously mentioned “Motto”’s ‘YOLO’ phrase, gained a lot of meme’s after many people were seen quoting the song title as a means to state/celebrate they had achieved something…Some bigger than others.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

10. Rihanna featuring Drake – Work (2016 – Anti)
“Work” just makes you forget that “Take Care” and “What’s My Name?” even happened. This duet puts the two previous collaborations as mere dots on the horizon. “WOrk” was initially meant for PARTYNEXTDOOR and a preview of his version was leaked onto Youtube but it ended up becoming Rihanna’s. The R&B/Dancehall anthem holds an infectious and catchy hook that prevents a lot of people from not moving and gives them a heavy case of “vibe-itus”…Whilst we completely made that up, it cannot be denied that “WOrk” will be played from speakers on full volume for many hot summers to come.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

9. Tyga featuring Offset – Taste (2018 – Legendary)
The comeback of the century by far. Tyga had been written off by so many. Seen as the back up dancer to Chris Brown and . Tyga started the century so well and was a rising star in the Rap/Hip-Hop world. but he eventually fell short, which was slightly due to the speculation surrounding his personal life and relationships. The Californian rapper was slowly becoming a joke of the scene and not to be taken seriously. He seemed to sort out his hairline and before we knew it, the rapper had made the comeback of all comebacks. “Taste” dropped and became not only the song of the summer but the song of the year and beyond. It has cemented Tyga as one of the hottest and biggest artists in the Rap/Hip-Hop and everything he touches seems to turn to gold. He may be back to his early 2010’s best. The affect this song had on his career is second to now.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

8. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis (2011 – Watch the Throne)
Sampling Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”, Ye’ and Jay take it back to Old School Hip-Hop days with a back to back verse track and no chorus. The perfect sample of Otis Redding creates a repetitive yet memorable backing track and that is before even mentioning either of their lyrics. All artists see their craft as their sport and they want to be the best so all rappers, in a back to back type track, will want to top the other one. Whilst, they effortlessly work together on this track, you can tell that both of the lyricists want put their all into their lyrics and they did exactly that. Nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the Grammys in 2012, with the song taking home the former. 
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 2x Platinum (RIAA)

7. The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – Starboy (2016 – Starboy)
The second collaboration between The Weeknd and Daft Punk. It was difficult to top the previous collaboration but similar to Drake & Rihanna’s duets, it could be done and it was done. The “Starboy” track was the lead single from his album named after the same title and evidence that the Weeknd, in the four years since his debut album dropped, was attempting to move away from his Alternative/Dark R&B elements and move towards his Funk R&B sound that was more familiar with the likes of Bruno Mars. Whilst many fans may not be pleased with this due to the fact, his rise came due to the alnertive sound that he generated, you cannot blame any artist from developing and evolving. Furthermore, the track gained huge commercial success and truly highlights The Weeknd’s rise to become one of the biggest artists in the world behind the likes of Drake.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 7x Platinum (RIAA)

6. Drake – One Dance (2016 – Views)
One Dance, similar to “Taste” in 2018, took over the radio waves in 2016. The song was a clear indication that Drake was ready and happy to experiment with his sounds and test himself in other genres. An infusion of sounds made the track an absolute summer masterpiece. The Afro-Beats sound, including the feature from WizKid, infused with the UK House/Garage sound including with a sample of the UK Funky House song “Do You Mind” which was mixed with slick but smooth Drake vocals that complimented the mix of the track perfectly.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 8x Platinum (RIAA)

5. Drake – Nice For What (2018 – Scorpion)
Whilst “Nice For What” received a Grammy nominated, yet did not win, it debuted at #1 and topped his own track that was already placed there. The track gives an old school, late 90’s/early 2000’s feel too it with samples from Lauryn Hill’s 1998 track, “Ex-Factor”, as well as others. “Nice For What” became the first song to reach #1 in five non-consecutive weeks.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 5x Platinum (RIAA)

4. Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – Forever (2010 – Music Inspired by More Than a Game and Relapse: Refill)
“Like a sprained ankle, I ain’t nothin’ to play with”, whilst we may not of know it at the time, we do know now Drake. One track that finds some of Rap/Hip-Hop’s royalty and elite artists on one track collaborating, without the inclusion of DJ Khaled is a once in a blue moon type thing. These types of collaborations are rare but when they do occur, its usually a thing of beauty. We have a up and coming Drake that held his own on this track and three seasoned, developed and all round champions in the Rap/Hip-Hop scene that all attempt to take the top verse on this track. A sign that Drake was willing to put himself up against/work with the biggest names in Hip-Hop history was apparent and in addition, he was not going to hide away as he remained a key focal point of the track.. Around the time,of its release, much debate was held about who had the best verse and nearly 10 years later…It’s still hard to pick.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 6x Platinum (RIAA)

3. Drake – God’s Plan (2018 – Scorpion)
Won a Grammy for Best Rap song in 2019, “God’s Plan” and broke records as it became the second song in Hot 100’s whole history to achieve over 100 million weekly streams. The track was only topped by Drake’s own track “Nice For What”. The music video that accompanied the track, similar to Hotline Bling, gained a lot of viral attention. Whilst “Hotline Bling” gained attention for Drake’s dancing and meme creation, “God’s Plan” created attention for a totally different reason. During the video, Drake is seen giving out cash gifts and cheques to residents in Miami. At the beginning of the video, it states that the whole budget ($996,631.90) had been given away during filming. The video also boats over 1 billion views on Youtube.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 11x Platinum (RIAA)

2. Kendrick Lamar – Humble (2017 – Damn)
One of the breakout acts this side of 2010. The lyrical ability of Kendrick Lamar is near on untouchable by most artists and can only be compared by a few. Lamar finds himself in the upper echelon category when it comes to categorising everyone’s favorite rappers. “Humble”‘s three Grammy wins speaks for itself.
Peaked: #1
Highest Certificate: 8x Platinum (RIAA)

1. Kanye West featuring Rihanna – All Of The Lights (2010 – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)
A pure musical masterpiece. It is rare that a piece of music can be described as cinematic without it even necessarily having any visuals. Produced by Kanye himself with the help of Bhasker. The backing vocals includes 14 different artists that range from Alicia Keys, The Dream, John Legend too Drake and Elton John. At the 54th Grammys the track won two awards with it taking Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It was nominated for Song of the Year but lost out on this award to Adele’s track “Rolling In The Deep”. Maybe if Ye had stormed the stage, things could have been different? Unlikely, Adele would of told him where to go. Released way back in 2010, “All Of The Lights” still feels fresh to the ear today, as if it was only released last month. With that being said, it seems very surprising that it never achieved a #1 spot. This may, in a counterargument, make the fact it achieve two Grammys, a feature in commercials as recent as this year that bit more impressive.
Peaked: #2
Highest Certificate: 4x Platinum (RIAA)


So, there we have it, as our very own Top 100 list of the best/biggest/most impactful/most appreciated R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap songs of the decade 2010-2019 comes to a close, we have to look back and summarise. There was one artist in particular, if you had not already noticed that featured a lot more than others. Whether it be as a featured artist or as a solo artist, Drake’s print in this past decade has been impossible to miss. The emergence of Drake in the early part of this decade to then go on and become one of, if not, the heavyweight of the Hip-Hop world right now is something magical. Developing from a punchline and witty metaphorical rapper that was clearly nurtured by Lil Wayne, to hold his own amongst the most elite artists in music history. Whilst we cannot echo word for word Billboard’s rumoured opinion that Drake is listed as the artist of the decade as the list incorporates a lot of other artists from other genres but we will state that Drake is the R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the decade for sure. Mentions go to The Weeknd, who rose through at the back end of the previous decade and has grown from a Alternative/Dark underground R&B star to an all-round R&B/Soul/Funk superstar. 

As mentioned in our introduction, a list of this magnitude is open to much debate. Whilst we may not have included a choice or two that you some of you may have included, we do hope that we have produced a well rounded list of tracks that only has taken into account sales/certificates but also the longevity of the track and the impact it had on fans/critics, society, the music scene and the artist themselves. During the list, we bared in mind that there would be songs that we may have to exclude. Below we have created an ‘Honourable Mentions’ list. which includes some of the track we were going to include but ultimately had to leave out with a slight explanation as to why. If you feel that there is a track that we have not listed or mentioned should have been then drop a comment in the box below and let us know.


Honorable Mentions:

Here are the tracks that so nearly made the cut…

Fetty Wap featuring Monty – My Way (2015 – Fetty Wap)
Well, whilst we are wondering where Fetty Wap has actually got too, 2015/2016 were his years. “My Way” did well in charts and sales but we struggled to place it in this list over other tracks and with the huge success of his “Trap Queen” track, we felt it was really difficult to top that.

DJ Khaled featuring Jeremih, Chris Brown, August Alsina and Future – Hold You Down (2014 – I Change A Lot)
Another DJ Khaled hit that also gained more prominence through a meme. This time, instead of Drake, the meme was on Khaled himself. Asking his music video girlfriend to say his name multiple times really caught on and went viral. The clip ended up showcasing DJ Khaled’s enthusiastic yet strange behaviour.

Chris Brown & Tyga featuring Schoolboy Q – B*****s N Marijuana (2015 – Fan of a Fan: The Album)
The inclusion of this track in our honourable mentions list was more done to our personal preferences. Chris Brown & Tyga’s superiority as one of the strongest collaborations in Rap and R&B has never been more apparent and falls into a similar bracket of “Ayo”. Whilst it did not do as well as “Ayo” in terms of charting and sales, it’s still a well rounded club banger. “Ayo”‘s success may have played a part in this track not doing as well as expected.

Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up (2012 – Fortune) and Chris Brown – Yeah 3x / Beautiful People (2011 – F.A.M.E)
All of these tracks could of featured but let’s be honest, they are all borderline R&B at best, with the tracks taking on more of a Dance/Techno vibe. Chris Brown’s versatility really shine’s through on these tracks but it just did not feel right to include them on this list.

YC featuring Future – Racks (2011 – Got Racks)
We already know the reaction to this. How? Bare with this. So, whilst YC and Future have had very contrasting careers, the song is arguably before its time. Dropping in 2011 when Future’s take on Trap/Rap had yet to fully take off, “Racks” was arguably the take off of Future’s career. Whilst he may have been known amongst a few on the underground, Future wrote “Racks” and became his first worldwide hit. The track itself went Gold and peaked in Top 10 of the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and US Hot Rap Songs on Billboard. We just could not see how it would beat other tracks in our main list due to the track being fairly unknown in comparison.

Pharrell – Happy (2013 – Girl and Despicable Me 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The success of “Happy” cannot be disputed, nor can how annoying it got after a while. A track that enjoys so much success can get slightly annoying to people after a while and sadly, “Happy” was one of those examples. Whilst that is not the reason it did not make the cut for this list, we can’t lie that it may have had a subconscious effect (just messin’). The simply answer is that the track is more Pop based rather than R&B. I mean, we cannot really compare this track to the Weeknd’s Motion Picture Soundtrack song for Fifty Shades of Grey due to the theme of both films being extremely different. Nevertheless, much like the argument for “Earned It”’s place being so low, this track would have received a lot more plaudits and attention due to being a soundtrack song. If we were talking about early 2000’s Pharrell then many of his tracks or involvement in tracks, such as Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” and “Signs” (Neptunes produced it) would make the list. We felt it would be unfair if we did not mention it though just due to how big the track has been during this decade. 

Drake – Best I Ever Had (2009 – So Far Gone) and Young Money featuring Lloyd – BedRock (2009 – We Are Young Money)
Whilst making the list, we made the mistake of including both of these tracks. It was not until some doubt and double checking that we realised that both tracks entered the airwaves in 2009. Unfortunately, this is why these two tracks got no inclusion if anyone wondered.


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