List of Billboard number-one rap songs of the 2010s

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Drake currently holds the record for the most number-one hits on the Billboard rap chart.

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's methodology has undergone various changes throughout its history. Initially based on sales of physical retail singles, Billboard later revamped Hot Rap Singles into the airplay-based Hot Rap Tracks chart in March 2002.[2][3] Rankings were based on each track's estimated audience, as monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems from a panel of 134 radio stations.[3] The first song to top the chart in the 2010s was "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, which spent nine weeks at number one from November 2009 to January 2010.[4][5] With his 2012 single "Make Me Proud", his eleventh single to top the chart, Drake broke the record for the most Hot Rap Songs number-one hits, previously held by Diddy; as of September 2012, Drake has attained 14 chart-toppers in total.[6][7] As of the issue for the week ending July 12, 2014, 34 songs have topped the Hot Rap Songs chart during the 2010s; the current number-one song is "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX.[8]

In October 2012, Billboard once again altered the chart's methodology to include digital download sales and streaming data.[9] Under the new methodology, the Rap Songs chart became a distillation of the main Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which according to the magazine "highlight[s] the differences between pure R&B and rap titles in the overall, wide-ranging R&B/hip-hop field."[9] "Gangnam Style" by South Korean rapper Psy was the first number-one song to benefit from these changes, ascending from number 20 to the top spot on the chart dated October 20, 2012.[9] The changes were met with controversy, with critics arguing that the new chart failed to take into account R&B and rap music's traditionally African-American demographic.[10][11] Psy's climb to number one in particular was also criticized, with Ebro Darden, program director of New York City radio station WQHT, arguing: "Trust me when I tell you hip-hop does not consider Psy rap. Billboard has pull, but they cannot make people who live hip-hop believe Psy is rap."[12] In response, Billboard chart director Bill Werde defended the changes as a necessary means of reflecting consumer tastes on genre charts.[12] In a 25th anniversary listing of the top 100 songs in the history of Hot Rap Songs based on chart performance, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 2013 15-week number-one single "Thrift Shop" was ranked at number one,[13][14] thanks in part to the new methodology.[15]

Number-one songs[edit]

Key
daggerBillboard year-end number-one song
– Return of a song to number one
Contents
← 2000s • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014
Song Artist Reached number one Weeks at
number one
Ref.
"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys November 21, 2009 9 [4][5]
"BedRock" Young Money featuring Lloyd January 23, 2010 9 [5]
"Say Something" Timbaland featuring Drake March 27, 2010 4 [5]
"Nothin' on You" dagger[16] B.o.B featuring Mars, BrunoBruno Mars April 24, 2010 7 [5]
"Over" Drake June 12, 2010 4 [5]
"Your Love" Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj July 10, 2010 8 [5]
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna September 4, 2010 8 [5]
"Fancy" Drake featuring T.I. and Swizz Beatz October 30, 2010 1 [5]
"Right Above It" Lil Wayne featuring Drake November 6, 2010 5 [5]
"No Hands" Waka Flocka Flame featuring Wale and Dash, RoscoeRoscoe Dash December 11, 2010 2 [5]
"Aston Martin Music" Ross, RickRick Ross featuring Drake and Michele, ChrisetteChrisette Michele December 25, 2010 3 [5][17]
"No Hands" ↑ Waka Flocka Flame featuring Wale and Dash, RoscoeRoscoe Dash January 15, 2011 3 [17]
"Black and Yellow" Khalifa, WizWiz Khalifa February 5, 2011 2 [17]
"Moment 4 Life" Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj featuring Drake February 19, 2011 9 [17]
"Look at Me Now" dagger[18] Brown, ChrisChris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Rhymes, BustaBusta Rhymes April 23, 2011 10 [17]
"My Last" Big Sean featuring Brown, ChrisChris Brown July 2, 2011 2 [17]
"I'm on One" DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Ross, RickRick Ross and Lil Wayne July 16, 2011 13 [17]
"Headlines" Drake October 15, 2011 7 [17]
"Niggas in Paris" Jay-Z and West, KanyeKanye West December 3, 2011 10 [7][17]
"Make Me Proud" Drake featuring Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj February 11, 2012 1 [7]
"Motto, TheThe Motto" dagger[19] Drake featuring Lil Wayne February 18, 2012 14 [7]
"Drank in My Cup" Bangz, KirkoKirko Bangz May 26, 2012 4 [7]
"Cashin' Out" Cash Out June 23, 2012 2 [7]
"Mercy" West, KanyeKanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz July 7, 2012 9 [7]
"No Lie" 2 Chainz featuring Drake September 8, 2012 6 [7]
"Gangnam Style" Psy October 20, 2012 8 [7]
"I Cry" Flo Rida December 15, 2012 3 [7]
"Gangnam Style" ↑ Psy January 12, 2013 1 [20]
"Thrift Shop" dagger[21] Macklemore and Lewis, RyanRyan Lewis featuring Wanz January 19, 2013 15 [20]
"Can't Hold Us" Macklemore and Lewis, RyanRyan Lewis featuring Dalton, RayRay Dalton May 4, 2013 14 [20]
"Holy Grail" Jay-Z featuring Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake August 10, 2013 5 [20]
"Berzerk" Eminem September 14, 2013 1 [20]
"Holy Grail" ↑ Jay-Z featuring Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake September 21, 2013 6 [20]
"Rap God" Eminem November 2, 2013 1 [20]
"Holy Grail" ↑ Jay-Z featuring Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake November 9, 2013 1 [20]
"Monster, TheThe Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna November 16, 2013 9 [8][20]
"Timber" Pitbull featuring Kesha January 18, 2014 15 [8]
"Fancy" Azalea, IggyIggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX May 4, 2014 11 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keyes 2004, p. 102.
  2. ^ "Rap Chart Changes From Sales To Airplay". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 114 (23): 10. June 8, 2002. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard Unveils New Rap Chart". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Rap Songs – 2009 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Rap Songs – 2010 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (February 3, 2012). "Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Rap Songs – 2012 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Rap Songs – 2014 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Pietroluongo, Silvio (October 11, 2012). "Taylor Swift, Rihanna & PSY Buoyed by Billboard Chart Changes". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Drake, David (October 12, 2012). "Billboard Makes Major Changes to Genre-Specific Charts". Complex (Complex Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Soderberg, Daniel (October 23, 2012). "How Did PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Become the No. 1 Rap Song in the Country?". Spin (Spin Media). Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b McKinley, James, Jr. (October 26, 2012). "Changes to Charts by Billboard Draw Fire". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ramirez, Erika (March 4, 2014). "Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs (30–21)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 10. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ramirez, Erika (March 4, 2014). "Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs (10–1)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 10. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Soderberg, Daniel (March 12, 2014). "Billboard's Hot Rap Songs of All Time List: A Baffling Nerd Out". Spin (Spin Media). Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rap Songs: 2010 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Rap Songs – 2011 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rap Songs: 2011 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Rap Songs: 2012 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Rap Songs – 2013 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Rap Songs: 2013 (Year-End)". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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