Not only did we catch ourselves chest-bumping strangers because of Sheck Wes' raging ode to an NBA rookie, but we were also left entranced by the spellbinding ride of Travis Scott and Drake's three-part chart-topper. Don't sleep on the ladies either, because they were spinning off bangers while on the clock, too. Miami's City Girls kept the ladies engaged with twerk-worthy anthems, while Noname peppered a fistful of empowering gems to help women trek their way through Everyone made a splash, but only 20 songs truly had our hearts during this ultra-competitive year.
See which ones made the cut below. Migos had already mastered beats fit for the grimiest trap house in the Nawf, so it was a little surprising when they linked up with Pharrell to grab a decade-old beat that sounds straight out of Soul Train. No other producer-rapper pairing has chemistry quite like this right now, allowing both the freedom and comfort to be their best weirdo selves.
With only two albums under their Gucci belts, City Girls have already mastered how to make epic twerk paeans. Originally crafted as a single for the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album , Jay Rock also included this super-teaming as the centerpiece to his album Redemption.
What does any of this have to do with a song where Uzi takes pride in expensive timepieces and rudely suggests a prospective sexual partner should shower first? Maybe nothing. A motto that has the late Raiders owner Al Davis can look down upon from the heavens with a smile. But instead of keeping those original strings intact, producer Mally Mall accelerated it to head-twisting levels, transforming the sample into razor-sharp synths that only the brave would dare rage or twerk to.
At the ripe age of 41, Pusha T eviscerated the competition with the best year of his solo career. Tyga became the butt-end of jokes from online trolls following his high-profile breakup with teenage reality star Kylie Jenner in , as his rap career was also brought to a crossroads.
After an unsuccessful pivot with his attempted singing Kyoto album in February, Tyga returned to his strip-club roots. The D. Doman-produced earworm of a beat was so catchy, it even had the often grumpy Joe Budden singing.
In a time when women are not always given their proper credit, Murda Beatz adroitly sampled Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor" to help build a booming anthem centered around women's empowerment. A woman's superpowers should never be undermined, and thanks to Drizzy's "Nice For What," they were given an appropriate spotlight in at least one place in It's no secret that President Trump is public enemy No. Even her superstar husband has to take a back seat on the wild, trappy, alien rave of a track produced by frequent collaborator Pharrell as King Bey rips into the frenetic triplet flow that made Migos famous.
Haters really thought Cardi B would be a one-hit wonder after the success of her thunderous single "Bodak Yellow"? What'd you expect? This "hot tamale" loves "proving nas wrong. If was the year that Travis Scott finally arrived as a fully-formed superstar in his own right, then this is the song that put him over the edge. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement. Don't show again.