'Gonorrhea' (feat. Drake)
The often-outrageous Lil Wayne lives up to his reputation by naming a song after an STD and unleashing a series of insults with the help of Young Money colleague Drake: "I don't want your gonorrhea...I wish I never met ya, I wouldn't wanna be ya." Lil Wayne released 'I Am Not a Human Being' in September while serving out an eight-month prison term.
'Miss Me' (feat. Lil Wayne)
Drizzy and Weezy converse about the difficulties of finding romance on 'Miss Me.' Drake raps, "I could never love her, cause to her I'm just a rapper / And soon she'll have met another," before jokingly proposing marriage to Nicki Minaj. The third single from Drake's debut 'Thank Me Later,' 'Miss Me' got to No. 2 on the Rap Songs tally.
'My Chick Bad' Feat. Nicki Minaj
This song's much-heralded guest spot from female rapper Nicki Minaj helps Ludacris' 2010 album 'Battle of the Sexes' truly live up to its name. If you're going to measure the best hip-hop song of 2010 by how silly your face looks when you try to recreate the vocals from the chorus, then you've already got your winner.
Drake is a two-time winner on our chart, with the first single from his 2010 album 'Thank Me Later.' 'Over' eloquently sums up recent changes in Drake's life as a result of his new-found fame: "I know way too many people here right now that I didn't know last year." He better get used to it!
'No Love' (feat. Lil Wayne)
Eminem continues his run of hits in 2010 with 'No Love,' the third release from 'Recovery.' Utilizing an unlikely sample from Haddaway's 1993 dance hit 'What is Love,' best known for its appearance in the Roxbury guys sketches from 'Saturday Night Live.' 'No Love' finds Em and Lil Wayne dissing their competition and telling off everyone who stopped believing in them.
'Aston Martin Music' (Feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele)
The Source magazine's Man of the Year comes in at No. 5 on our list of the Top Hip-Hop Songs of 2010 with a track referencing the Aston Martin luxury sports car. The Rick Ross song 'Aston Martin Music' creates a smooth R&B vibe reminiscent of LL Cool J's seminal hip-hop ballad 'I Need Love' and even contains a lyrical interpolation of that song.
'No Hands' (Feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale)
Atlanta rapper and Gucci Mane protégé Waka Flocka Flame earned the biggest hit of his young career with 'No Hands,' a chart-topper featuring Roscoe Dash singing the chorus and Wale providing a guest verse. Produced by rising Memphis producer Drumma Boy, 'No Hands' is the one mainstream track on the rapper's hard-edged debut 'Flockaveli.'
The lead single from Slim Shady's 2010 album 'Recovery' finds the rapper back on solid ground after years of drug addiction and self-doubt. Based on the reaction to this single and the album's record-setting chart debut, it's safe to say Eminem was one of the hottest hip-hop artists of 2010.
'Right Above It' (Feat. Drake)
"You know you at the top when only Heaven's right above it," Lil Wayne boasts on 'Right Above It,' another collaboration with Drake. The song has an anthemic feeling, with horns and programmed strings that augment the song's victorious lyrical theme. The first single from 'I Am Not a Human Being,' 'Right Above It' debuted in the Top 10.
'Love The Way You Lie' (Feat. Rihanna)
No artist writes about the topic of dysfunctional relationships with as much passion and imagination as Eminem. 'Love the Way You Lie' features a guest spot from Rihanna, whose personal experience with the subject gives the song another layer of realism. The track earned near-universal acclaim and stands as our top hip-hop song of 2010.