Measuring a song’s success is not about how many people dance to it at the club or how many cars are playing it at red lights. It’s about what Billboard has to say. Committed to marking the progression of music since 1940, Billboard marked its 55th anniversary by commemorating the biggest hits of all time. The inevitable underdog, Hip Hop definitely made its mark on the list. Here are a few highlights.
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans ft. 112: I’ll Be Missing You. We all need to mourn, especially when one’s Hip Hop’s most memorable soldiers falls. This is what this song meant to countless people while I spent 11 weeks in the number one spot on Billboard in 1997.
Coolio ft. L.V.: Gangsta’s Paradise. The lead song from the film, Dangerous Minds, Gangsta’s Paradise had to earn the liking first from Stevie Wonder before going on to reach the #1 position for three weeks in 1995.
Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland: Dilemma. This song broke several records back in 2002, not only because it spent 10 weeks at number one, but because this single replaced Nelly’s previous single, Hot in Herre, which held the number one spot for weeks.
Flo Rida ft T-Pain: Low. The song title hardly describes the success of this song. It spent 10 weeks at Number 1 in 2008.
Usher ft Ludacris & Lil Jon: Yeah!. It’s safe to say Usher owned 2004 with his Confessions era. This song spent 12 weeks at Number 1 and served as the lead track for the groundbreaking album.
Check the full list on Billboard.com: http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/2155531/the-hot-100-all-time-top-songs?list_page=9