List of Billboard number-one rap singles of the 2000s

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50 Cent was named the number-one Rap Songs artist of the 2000s by Billboard.

Hot Rap Songs is a record chart published by the music industry magazine Billboard which ranks the most popular hip hop songs in the United States. Introduced by the magazine as the Hot Rap Singles chart in March 1989,[1] the chart was initially based solely on reports from a panel of selected record stores of weekly singles sales.[2][3] The first song to reach number one on Hot Rap Singles during the 2000s was "Hot Boyz" by Missy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip, which spent a record 18 weeks atop the chart from December 1999 to March 2000.[4][5][6]

As a response to the music industry's move away from physical retail-available singles in the late 1990s, Billboard revamped the chart from a sales-based chart to an airplay-based chart in 2002.[2][7] Named Hot Rap Tracks, the new chart's rankings were based on each track's estimated audience, as monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems from a panel of 134 radio stations.[7] Speaking of the changes, Billboard stated that the new chart "more accurately reflects rap's most popular acts."[7] The first number-one song to benefit from the changes was "I Need a Girl (Part One)" by P. Diddy featuring Usher and Loon, which rose from number twenty to the top spot the week the changes took effect.[7][8]

By the end of the 2000s, 89 singles had topped the Rap Songs chart, with the final number-one hit being "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys.[9] "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, which originally topped the chart for 10 weeks from November 2004 to January 2005,[10][11] was the number-one single on the Billboard decade-end Rap Songs chart.[12] The top Rap Songs artist of the 2000s was 50 Cent,[13] who attained seven number-one singles during the decade—"In da Club", "21 Questions", "Magic Stick", "P.I.M.P.", "Candy Shop", "Hate It or Love It" and "Just a Lil Bit"—and tied with Bow Wow and Kanye West for the most number-one singles for any artist during this period.[14]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
Year-end number-one song Billboard year-end number-one single
Decade-end number-one song Billboard decade-end number-one single
Return of a single to number one
Contents
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Single Artist Reached number one Weeks at
number one
Ref.
"Hot Boyz" dagger[15] Elliott, MissyMissy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip November 27, 1999 18 [4][5]
"Whistle While You Twurk" Ying Yang Twins April 1, 2000 2 [5]
"Wobble Wobble" 504 Boyz April 15, 2000 6 [5]
"Country Grammar (Hot Shit)" Nelly May 27, 2000 4 [5]
"Flamboyant" Big L June 24, 2000 3 [5]
"Callin' Me" Lil Zane featuring 112 July 15, 2000 5 [5]
"Bounce with Me" Lil' Bow Wow featuring Xscape August 19, 2000 2 [5]
"Callin' Me" ↑ Lil Zane featuring 112 September 2, 2000 1 [5]
"Bounce with Me" ↑ Lil' Bow Wow featuring Xscape September 9, 2000 7 [5]
"Move Somethin'" Kweli, TalibTalib Kweli and Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) October 28, 2000 1 [5]
"It's OK" Calhoun, SlimmSlimm Calhoun featuring André 3000 November 4, 2000 2 [5]
"Souljas" Master P November 18, 2000 1 [5]
"Baby If You're Ready" Doggy's Angels featuring LaToiya November 25, 2000 8 [5][16]
"Oh No" Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch featuring Nate Dogg January 20, 2001 1 [16]
"Baby If You're Ready" ↑ Doggy's Angels featuring LaToiya January 27, 2001 1 [16]
"Ms. Jackson" Outkast February 3, 2001 3 [16]
"It Wasn't Me" Shaggy featuring Ducent, Ricardo "Rikrok"Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent February 24, 2001 2 [16]
"Bow Wow (That's My Name)" Lil' Bow Wow March 10, 2001 4 [16]
"What Would You Do?" City High April 7, 2001 6 [16]
"My Baby" dagger[17] Lil' Romeo May 19, 2001 10 [16]
"Purple Hills" D12 July 28, 2001 3 [16]
"My Projects" Coo Coo Cal August 18, 2001 4 [16]
"Raise Up" Petey Pablo September 15, 2001 10 [16]
"Dansin wit Wolvez" Strik 9ine November 24, 2001 6 [16]
"Round and Round" Jonell featuring Method Man January 5, 2002 8 [8][16]
"Lights, Camera, Action!" Mr. Cheeks March 2, 2002 8 [8]
"Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing)" Naughty by Nature featuring 3LW April 27, 2002 5 [8]
"Ballin' Boy" No Good June 1, 2002 1 [8]
"I Need a Girl (Part One)" P. Diddy featuring Usher and Loon June 8, 2002 1 [8]
"Oh Boy" / "The ROC (Just Fire)" Cam'ron featuring Santana, JuelzJuelz Santana /
Cam'ron featuring Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek
June 15, 2002 4 [8]
"Hot in Herre" dagger[18] Nelly July 13, 2002 6 [8]
"Dilemma" Nelly featuring Rowland, KellyKelly Rowland August 24, 2002 10 [8]
"Work It" Elliott, MissyMissy Elliott November 2, 2002 12 [8][19]
"Air Force Ones" Nelly featuring Kyjuan, Ali and Murphy Lee January 25, 2003 2 [19]
"In da Club" dagger[20] 50 Cent February 8, 2003 12 [19]
"21 Questions" 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg May 3, 2003 7 [19]
"Magic Stick" Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent June 21, 2003 5 [19]
"Right Thurr" Chingy July 26, 2003 4 [19]
"P.I.M.P." 50 Cent August 23, 2003 2 [19]
"Get Low" Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins September 6, 2003 2 [19]
"Shake Ya Tailfeather" Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee September 20, 2003 3 [19]
"Get Low" ↑ Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins October 11, 2003 1 [19]
"Damn!" YoungBloodz featuring Lil Jon October 18, 2003 1 [19]
"Stand Up" Ludacris featuring Shawnna October 25, 2003 8 [19]
"The Way You Move" Outkast featuring Brown, SleepySleepy Brown December 20, 2003 5 [10][19]
"Slow Jamz" Twista featuring West, KanyeKanye West and Foxx, JamieJamie Foxx January 24, 2004 7 [10]
"One Call Away" Chingy featuring J-Weav March 13, 2004 3 [10]
"Tipsy" J-Kwon April 3, 2004 5 [10]
"Overnight Celebrity" Twista May 8, 2004 8 [10]
"Slow Motion" Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim July 3, 2004 6 [10]
"Lean Back" dagger[21] Terror Squad August 14, 2004 12 [10]
"Drop It Like It's Hot" double-dagger[12] Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell November 6, 2004 10 [10][11]
"Lovers and Friends" dagger[22] Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Usher and Ludacris January 15, 2005 8 [11]
"Candy Shop" 50 Cent featuring Olivia March 12, 2005 6 [11]
"Hate It or Love It" Game, TheThe Game featuring 50 Cent April 23, 2005 4 [11]
"Just a Lil Bit" 50 Cent May 21, 2005 9 [11]
"Let Me Hold You" Bow Wow featuring Omarion July 23, 2005 7 [11]
"Like You" Bow Wow featuring Ciara September 10, 2005 4 [11]
"Gold Digger" West, KanyeKanye West featuring Foxx, JamieJamie Foxx October 8, 2005 5 [11]
"Soul Survivor" Young Jeezy featuring Akon November 5, 2005 6 [11]
"I Think They Like Me" Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow December 17, 2005 2 [11]
"Grillz" Nelly featuring Wall, PaulPaul Wall, Ali and Gipp December 31, 2005 10 [11][23]
"Lean wit It, Rock wit It" Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Lil Peanut and Charlay March 11, 2006 7 [23]
"What You Know" T.I. April 29, 2006 6 [23]
"It's Goin' Down" dagger[24] Yung Joc June 10, 2006 9 [23]
"Shoulder Lean" Young Dro featuring T.I. August 12, 2006 3 [23]
"Pullin' Me Back" Chingy featuring Tyrese September 2, 2006 6 [23]
"Money Maker" Ludacris featuring Pharrell October 14, 2006 7 [23]
"Shortie Like Mine" Bow Wow featuring Brown, ChrisChris Brown and Austin, JohntáJohntá Austin October 2, 2006 7 [23][25]
"We Fly High" Jones, JimJim Jones January 20, 2007 3 [25]
"Runaway Love" Ludacris featuring Blige, Mary J.Mary J. Blige February 10, 2007 5 [25]
"This Is Why I'm Hot" Mims March 17, 2007 7 [25]
"I'm a Flirt" Kelly, R.R. Kelly featuring T.I. and T-Pain or Bow Wow featuring R. Kelly[a] May 5, 2007 5 [25]
"Party Like a Rockstar" Shop Boyz June 9, 2007 7 [25]
"Make Me Better" dagger[27] Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo July 28, 2007 6 [25]
"Shawty" Plies featuring T-Pain September 8, 2007 3 [25]
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy September 29, 2007 5 [25]
"Good Life" West, KanyeKanye West featuring T-Pain November 3, 2007 9 [25]
"Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain January 5, 2008 11 [28]
"Independent" Webbie featuring Lil Phat and Lil Boosie March 22, 2008 4 [28]
"Lollipop" dagger[29] Lil Wayne featuring Static Major April 19, 2008 14 [28]
"Milli, AA Milli" Lil Wayne July 26, 2008 7 [28]
"Put On" Young Jeezy featuring West, KanyeKanye West September 13, 2008 1 [28]
"Whatever You Like" T.I. September 20, 2008 10 [28]
"Live Your Life" T.I. featuring Rihanna November 29, 2008 10 [9][28]
"Heartless" West, KanyeKanye West February 7, 2009 5 [9]
"Dead and Gone" T.I. featuring Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake March 14, 2009 4 [9]
"Kiss Me Thru the Phone" Soulja Boy featuring Sammie April 11, 2009 2 [9]
"Dead and Gone" ↑ T.I. featuring Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake April 25, 2009 4 [9]
"Kiss Me Thru the Phone" ↑ Soulja Boy featuring Sammie May 23, 2009 2 [9]
"Boom Boom Pow" Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas June 6, 2009 1 [9]
"Best I Ever Had" dagger[30] Drake June 13, 2009 15 [9]
"Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and West, KanyeKanye West September 26, 2009 7 [9]
"Forever" Drake featuring West, KanyeKanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem November 14, 2009 1 [9]
"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys November 21, 2009 9 [9][31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The original version of "I'm a Flirt" was recorded by Bow Wow featuring R. Kelly, and a remix was recorded by Kelly featuring T.I. and T-Pain. Due to their similar characteristics, plays for both versions were totaled under one chart listing.[26]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Rossi, Terri (March 25, 1989). "Interloper On Rap Chart". Billboard (BPI Communications) 101 (12). 
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  15. ^ "The Year In Music 2000: Hot Rap Singles". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 112 (52): 58. December 30, 2000. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
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  18. ^ "The Year in Music 2002: Hot Rap Tracks". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 114 (52): 52. December 28, 2002. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Year In Music & Touring: Hot Rap Tracks". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 116 (52): 60. December 25, 2004. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ "2005 Billboard Music Awards Winners". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
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  26. ^ Paoletta, Mike (March 3, 2007). Inside Track. Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). p. 70. 
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  28. ^ a b c d e f g "Rap Songs – 2008 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Rap Songs: 2008 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Rap Songs: 2009 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Rap Songs – 2010 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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