10 Best Hip Hop Songs 2009
The 10 best hip-hop songs from 2009 were not only popular in in the rap genre, but also mainstream. Hip-hop's push to mainstream popularity hit an all time high in 2009 with the help of these artists. These 10 hip-hop songs reached commercial and critical success in 2009 that helped push these artists careers to an even higher height.
- "Right Round" by Flo-Rida. This 2009 hip-hop song is based on the Dead Or Alive's 1985 UK #1 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)." Pop artist Ke$ha sings the hook. One of the best hip-hop songs of 2009 because on the Hot 100 Songs 2009 end of year Billboard chart it was the highest charting rap song at #6.
- "Dead and Gone" by T.I. The 2009 hip-hop song was features and was co-produced by Justin Timberlake. Even though this hip-hop song was released in 2008, it charted and gained popularity in 2009. On the end of year Hot 100 songs for 2009, "Dead and Gone" ended at #12, making it one of the most listened to songs that year.
- "Run This Town" by Jay-Z. Jay-Z released this 2009 song as the official lead single from his eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3." Rihanna sings the hook, and hip-hop artist Kanye West provides a rap verse. This was the first time Jay-Z had a UK #1 with one of his own records rather than being a guest on somebody else's.
- "Best I Ever Had" by Drake. The first single off Drake's third mixtape "So Far Gone" is one of the best hip-hop songs from 2009 because it went platinum. It samples Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds 1975 song, "Fallin' In Love." In its ninth week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, this reached the #1 position. This was the quickest progression to the top by a debuting artist, since 2001.
- "On Fire" by Lil Wayne. This 2009 hip-hop song borrows Amy Holland's "She's on Fire" from Giorgio Morodor's soundtrack for the 1983 movie, "Scarface." This popular song was produced by Miami production duo Cool & Dre. One of the best hip-hop songs in 2009 because it was Lil Wayne's third single off his seventh studio album "Rebirth" which is gold in the US.
- "Crack a Bottle" by Eminem. Selling 418,000 digital copies, this hip-hop song set a new record for opening week download sales. One of the best hip-hop songs of 2009 because it also features respected and popular rap artists Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. "Crack a Bottle" is off Eminem's 2009 album "Relapse."
- "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z. This 2009 hip-hop track details Jay-Z's rise from the ghetto to the high life, comparing himself to other famous New Yorkers such as Frank Sinatra and Robert de Niro. This hip-hop song features New Yorker Alicia Keys singing the hook. It samples "Love on a Two Way Street" by American '60s soul group The Moments.
- "Forever" by Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem. The critics thought this was one of the best hip-hop songs of 2009 because the rappers (minus Kanye West) performed it at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The hip-hop song was produced by Drake's "Best I Ever Had" and "Uptown" beatmaker Boi-1da. It reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
- "Money to Blow" by Birdman. This popular song reached #2 on the US Rap and R&B charts in 2009. Released in 2009 on the album "Pricele$$" this hip-hop song features Drake and Lil Wayne. Not only was Lil Wayne featured on this hip-hop song, he was also the co-executive produced for "Pricele$$."
- "Make Her Say" by Kid Cudi. This 2009 hip-hop song is off Cudi's album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day." One of the best songs of 2009 because it also features the popular and talented rappers Kanye West and Common. Sampling Lady GaGa's international smash hit "Poker Face," this hip-hop song was co-written by Kanye West.