It’s certainly a feat when you’re one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. Since 1996, Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses both as a soloist and collaborator to music’s biggest stars — not limited to Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Kanye West and, of course, his wife Beyoncé.
In addition to his 13 studio albums, 24 Grammy awards and over 100 tracks that have landed on Billboard’s Hot 100, he launched Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 and talent management company Roc Nation in 2008, and bought and rebranded streaming service Tidal in 2015. As the first hip-hop artist to join Forbes’ billionaires club, he also has a strong investment portfolio with stakes in Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Uber, milk-alternative company Oatly and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, among several others. It would seem that Jay wouldn’t have as much time to commit to music considering his many entrepreneurial endeavors — but rapper continues making waves in the industry, and likely isn’t stopping any time soon.
To celebrate his well-earned success, Billboard has put together a list of Mr. Carter’s 30 biggest hits on the Hot 100. Check out the ranking below.
Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Songs are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above.
Jay-Z, "Girls, Girls, Girls"
Chart Peak: 17, Peak Date: Dec. 12, 2001
With “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Hova introduces the world to his female encounters “across the globe.” The second single off his sixth studio album The Blueprint sat on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks, peaking at 17. Listen here.
Usher feat. Jay-Z, "Hot Tottie"
Chart Peak: 21, Peak Date: Oct. 30, 2010
Usher taps King Hov for “Hot Tottie,” whose title is a variation of the cold-weather-favorite alcoholic beverage hot toddy. The track from the deluxe edition of Usher’s fourth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond, is the duo’s only collaboration to chart on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Otis Redding, "Otis"
Chart Peak: 12, Peak Date: Aug. 13, 2011
Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” is sampled throughout Jay and Ye’s track named after the legendary blues singer. Though not the duo’s first collaboration, “Otis” does hail from their first collaborative album Watch the Throne — and peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z, "Show Me What You Got"
Jay-Z reminds us of what he’s got in the first single off Kingdom Come, which dropped three years after his previous solo studio album. “Show Me What You Got” charted on the Hot 100 for 15 weeks, peaking at No. 8. Listen here.
Jay-Z and Linkin Park, "Numb / Encore"
Chart Peak: 20, Peak Date: Feb. 12, 2005
Rock and hip-hop intertwine for a mash-up of Jay-Z’s “Encore” and Linkin Park’s “Numb,” off their wholly mash-up collaboration EP Collision Course. Originally created for the new concert show “MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups,” the song became a crowd favorite, peaking at No. 20 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z, "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
Chart Peak: 15, Peak Date: Mar. 27, 1999
The hit Broadway musical Annie is to thank for the title and chorus of Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” — which became Jay-Z’s first Hot 100 top 20 as a soloist. Listen here.
Jay-Z and T.I. feat. Lil Wayne & Kanye West, "Swagga Like Us"
Chart Peak: 5, Peak Date: Sept. 27, 2008
“Swagga Like Us” is the first and only time to bring together four hip-hop hitmakers: Jay-Z, T.I., Lil Wayne and Kanye West. With an addictive chorus by M.I.A., the quadruplet earned a Grammy for their performance, as well as a top 10 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. UGK, "Big Pimpin'"
Chart Peak: 18, Peak Date: Jul. 8, 2000
With production from Timbaland, Jay-Z taps Southern duo UGK for his final single from Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Though “Big Pimpin'” never reached the Hot 100’s Top 10, it is a crowd favorite — and earned 20 total weeks on the chart. Listen here.(Video) Drake Passes JAY-Z for Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s Among Rappers | Billboard News
Jay-Z, "Change Clothes"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: Dec. 27, 2003
As the first single from Jay-Z’s The Black Album, “Change Clothes” became popular not only for Jay’s rhymes, but for The Neptunes’ production (and, of course, Pharrell’s distinguishable falsetto). “Change Clothes” became one of Jay’s more popular songs in the U.S. peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100 and proved that Mr. Carter was back. Listen here.
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, "Deja Vu"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: Aug. 12, 2006
“I just make the hits, like a factory,” claimed Jay alongside Ms. B. It was a song, as like their first collaboration, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” that foreshadowed their power couple takeover of just about everything, including our Hot 100 chart. Although it debuted at No. 44, “Deja Vu” peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Clique"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 12, Peak Date: 12, Peak Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Jay disappeared as quickly as he appeared on this track with Kanye West and Big Sean. The rhymes were fast: a combination of boasts and shout-outs accompanied by menacing production. “We top of the totem pole,” Jay confidently claimed. It’s true: “Clique” peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z, "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 11, Peak Date: Dec. 30, 2000
From its memorable hook (on point as always, Skateboard P) to Jay’s party-friendly rhymes, “I Just Wanna Love U” would eventually become a summertime jam (regardless of its October release). The first single from Jay’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Mr. Hudson, "Young Forever"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: May 15, 2010
A reworking of Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” was well-received when it dropped. Heavy radio coverage and strong digital downloads weren’t the only accomplishments the song would attain. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, and became Jay’s 17th top ten single. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule, "Can I Get A…"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 19, Peak Date: Jan. 16, 1999
Although “Can I Get A…” appeared on Jay’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life album, this song is commonly associated with the first Rush Hour movie and its respective soundtrack. The beat for “Can I Get A…” was great, and Amil and Ja’s guest appearances were the icing to Jay’s cake. The 1998 classic single peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100, becoming one of Jay’s most commercially successful singles at the time. Listen here.
Jay-Z, "Excuse Me Miss"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: Apr. 12, 2003
Another Jay and Neptunes hit, “Excuse Me Miss” contrasted significantly from the rapper’s previous work. The R&B-tinged production and Jay’s mature lyrical content, was much different than other women-based songs such as “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “I Just Wanna Love U.” Jay-Z’s growth worked in his favor: “Excuse Me Miss” peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z, "I'll Be"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 7, Peak Date: Apr. 12, 1997(Video) J a y Z Greatest Hits ~ Best Songs Music Hits Collection Top 10 Pop Artists of All Time
It was a great pairing: Foxy Brown, one of the best female rappers at the time, and Jay-Z, the man who would eventually become a hip-hop mogul. “I’ll Be” became a huge hit, peaking at No. 7 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Jay-Z, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 8, Peak Date: Oct. 20, 2001
“That’s the anthem, get your damn hands up!” “Izzo” was Jay’s song of triumph — its powerful production and memorable hook celebrating Jay and his accomplishments. The song has become one of Jay’s most popular singles, as well as a success on the Hot 100 charts, peaking at No. 8. Listen here.
R. Kelly feat. Jay-Z, "Fiesta (Remix)"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 6, Peak Date: Jun. 23, 2001
Jay-Z joins for a remix of R. Kelly’s track “Fiesta” — adding a slow-dance-esque production and his trademark bars. The song spent five weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart, and peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, "Drunk In Love"
Hot 100 Peak: No. 2, Peak Date: Feb. 15, 2014
In 2015, Bey and Jay earned Grammys for best R&B song and best R&B performance for their sensual and empowering collaboration “Drunk in Love.” The song, which some interpret as the husband/wife duo’s follow-up to their 2003 smash “Crazy in Love,” spent nearly half a year on theHot 100.Listen here.
Jay-Z, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 5, Peak Date: April 10, 2004
“Dirt Off Your Shoulder” became an anthem in 2004. It was the answer to any “negative” situation: failed a test? Brush your shoulders off. Spent too much money at the club? Brush your shoulders off. Being attacked by a rival candidate for the U.S. presidency? Brush your shoulders off (Kudos, President Obama). “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” became one of Jay’s biggest singles to date, peaking at No. 5 on the Hot 100. Listen here.
Pharrell Williams feat. Jay-Z, "Frontin'"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 5, Peak Date: Sept. 20, 2003
Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z’s professional bromance dates back to 2006, from when working together on Hov’s The Dynasty: ROC La Familia lead single, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).” As like “I Just Wanna Love U,” “Frontin'” is yet another hit the duo pocketed. “Frontin'” was the 34th biggest selling single of 2003 in the U.S. Listen here.
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z, "Heartbreaker"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (two weeks), Peak Date: Oct. 9, 1999
Jay-Z’s playful guest verse is the cherry on top of Mariah Carey’s addictive Rainbow lead single. The duo’s hit, which was built around a sample from Stacy Lattisaw’s “Attack of the Name Game,” claimed the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weeks. Listen here.
Kanye West and Jay-Z, "Ni**as in Paris"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 5, Peak Date: Jan. 7, 2012
“Ni**as in Paris” is the most hard-hitting song on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, Watch the Throne. Therefore it’s no surprise the Hit-Boy-produced song, which The Throne performed consecutively during their tour, more times with each stop, peaked in the top 5 tier on the Hot 100 chart. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé, "03' Bonnie & Clyde"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: Dec. 28, 2002
“You ready B? Let’s go get ’em,” Jay-Z kicks off his first collaborative hit with his now wife, Beyoncé. “03 Bonnie & Clyde” is proof that the couple has been unstoppable from jump. Coincidentally, The Blueprint 2 hit was the first song that Kanye West produced for his close friend. Ye delivered a hit, built around Tupac’s “Me & My Girlfriend,” after Hov called him up and asked for the “best beat you ever made.” Listen here.(Video) What Happened To Lisa Stansfield? | Why She Hated Being Referred To As a Blue-Eyed Soul Singer
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: Oct. 3, 2009
Who better to step back into the music scene with after a six-year hiatus than with Jay-Z? The rapper spits his signature luxury rhymes on Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience comeback hit. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West, "Run This Town"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 2, Peak Date: Oct. 3, 2009
The star power on the second single off The Blueprint 3, turned the song into one of two of Jay-z’s top five hits as a lead artist. Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail"
Chart Peak: 4, Peak Date: Sept. 21, 2013
Post Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, this time Jay taps Justin for “Holy Grail” off the rapper’s his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The duo’s second collaboration in less than a year peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100, and earned a whopping 27 total weeks on the chart. Listen here.
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, "Umbrella"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (seven weeks), Peak Date: June 9, 2007
Rihanna introduced her bad ass side with her boss man, Jay-Z, by her side. The Good Girl Gone Bad lead single, produced by The-Dream, earned both Jay-Z and Rihanna another No. 1 hit. “Umbrella” was Rihanna’s 2nd No. 1, following “SOS” (2006), and Jay-Z’s third, following “Heartbreaker” (1999) and “Crazy In Love” (2003). Listen here.
Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (five weeks), Peak Date: Nov. 28, 2009
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys turned an ode to their city into a national anthem. Their duet not only topped the top spot for five consecutive weeks but earned Jay-Z his only No. 1 as a lead artist. Listen here.
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (eight weeks), Peak Date: July 12, 2003
We dare you to not “aw” at the fact that Jay-Z’s top Hot 100 No. 1 is a collaborative song with Beyoncé. The power couple has been taking over the charts since “03′ Bonnie & Clyde,” their first collaborative hit. “Crazy In Love” topped the Hot 100 chart for eight consecutive weeks. Listen here.
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