Top Ten Best Jay-Z Songs


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The Top Ten

99 Problems
the guy who commented on run this town should listen to real jay z, not his new 'music'.. best song by far, infact every song on the black album
99 probs feat. lp iz d best song ever
Jay z is by far the best rapper alive, 99 Problems deserves this spot because Jay Z is awesome. This song has rekindle my love for hip hop and music
[Newest]99 problems not in top 5! Brooklyn go hard

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2Empire State of Mind
First song of Jay Z I heared and I loved it...
Love You New York...
Raise Your Hands For New York...
Labor Day Parade, rest in peace Bob Marley
Statue of Liberty, long live the World Trade
Long live the King yo, I'm from the Empire State of Jay-Z.
Epic.. That's for the empire city.. Nothing can match this one.. Add the video and that's the best rap sung collaboration ever
Great song with some a really amazing beat, and an excellent piano accompaniment. He had some very clever lines, and a catchy chorus. My personal favorite Jay-Z song.
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Eminem absolutely nails this song, Jay-Z is good on this too. Should be top of the list, very underrated song with great lyrics.
If everyone has heard this song it would by far be #1 just look it up you wont regret. Everyone looking at this comment would agree with me after I promise. Just do us all a favor and look it up. Best lyrics, outstanding beat and flow. Its just amazing and by far a complete classic 100%

Yeah, it's pretty high up on this list but I honestly think it deserves top 3, easily. The chorus is amazing and the lyrics are just unbelievably good. Call me dumb, but I think 99 Problems is overplayed/overrated. Same with Dirt Off Your Shoulder, but not as much. All I know is that I'm a renegade!
Eminem killed it. He is better than jay z in this song
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4Dead Presidents II
The the casual jay z fan. Looking for hooks and choruses (empire state of mind). This is hands down his best song. Not only a top ten jay z song, but a contender for top ten hip hop songs of all time.
Reasonable Doubt is his best album and Dead Presidents II is his best song everything about it is classic and will always be his best song
one of the best lyrical rap songs of all time
He spits his ass of on this hot joint. Dead Presidents II is by far his best Song. Some of his best rhymes. A dope and smooth flow. And awesome Lyrics. This is Old-School Jay-Z. This is the real Jay and not The Black Album.
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5N***** In Paris
Love this song this is the best song in the entire world I don't thin any other rapper can dominate this
Sick beat indeed, no bad rapping, even though I don't like Kanye a lot and don't feel offended but I think this collaboration album was just made to sell a lot and didn't fulfill my expectations. Jay is a trillion times better than Ye and you can hear that on this track, because he owns it. But it shouldn't be that high, not saying Hov fell off, but there are way better songs on this list to vote for.
Yea that is what it deserves it should be in no. 6 or 7 am not voting it hoping that it reaches no. Because it does not deserves no. 1 but it deserves to be in top 7 and am voting it so that it does goes lower in rank because some people vote nonsense songs SO PLEASE VOTE FOR IT GUYS!
[Newest]This song is more like hip hop, it's like gangsta
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6Dirt Off Your Shoulder
1. Dirt off Your Shoulder
2. Izzo
3. Big Pimpin'
4. Heart of the City
5. DOA
6. Hard Knock Life
7. Dead Presidents II
8. 22 Two's
9. Feelin It
10. Encore
Those are just some of the best in no order. He has tons more good songs. Now I have to keep typing because this thing says that I have not yet reached minimum quality. Now I still have to keep typing. This thing sucks. Now I still have to keep typing. And still I have to keep typing. When will this thing let me submit my response? What is going on here.
The beat on this just get's you moving as soon as the song starts it's pretty amazing. And Jay's lyrics are at the top of his game, no doubt one of his best songs of all time. So much better then Empire State of Mind...
Old school gotta have the ups over the new stuff. Show some respect guys... Dirt off
[Newest]Get... Get... That... That... Dirt off your Shoulder!
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7Hard Knock Life
I love this song it should be #1 heres my list-
#1-hard knock life
#2-can I get a (ft dmx & lil kim)
#4-99 problems
#5-girls, girls, girls
#6-crazy in love (ft beyonce)
#7-empire state of mind (ft aleshai keys)
#8-carter (ft. lil wayne
#10-dirt off ya shorder
Fist Jay-z song w/ meaning to it. He had some successful songs but this is what got him up there. Amazing rap with an even better chorus. Nothing tops this1
The most popular Jay-Z song of all time. It solidified his status as a popular artist and put him on the list as one of the greatest emcees of all time.


Definitely best song by him
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8Big Pimpin'
I think best jay z tune go like this. All his old school tunes are better.

1. Big Pimpin'
2. Dirty off your shoulder
3. 99 problems
4. Hard knock life
= 5. Izzo
= 5. Encore

Big pimpin' is what you want on a hot day with a fat spliff.
Love this sick song, probably The best song I, be heard, but fairs It's a sick song roc on Jay z
BIG PIMPIN. This should be #1 because this one has flow which 99 problems/dirt off your shoulder doesn't.


This list is so wrong.
1. Big Pimpin'
2. Dead Presidents II
3. Renegade
4.99 Problems
5. Heart of the City
6. you Don't Know
7. Where I'm From
8. Can I Live
9. Public Service Announcement
10. Dirt Off Your Soldier
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9Young Forever
I love this song, makes me feel really reminiscent and happy. Always makes me raise my hands!
In my opinion, along with Song Cry this is one of Jay Z's most emotional songs. Sick verses and chorus from mr hudson. One of the best reflective rap songs
I'm not a huge fan of this album, but this songs brings people back to a time in their life when they didn't worry about finances, drama, or the troubles to come, but rather on enjoying the moment. The song put into perspective the shortness of life and how we enjoy it before it's over. Jay-Z doesn't have much flow but the remix is enough to draw me in
[Newest]Ϙ‘ this beats 99 problems
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10Numb / Encore
Numb encore is really great! I think this song is the best rap song ever, I love that! Linkin park is playing good, eminem, jay-z, dr. Dre is almost amazing song! I think this song must be first best songs
I guess this is one reason why Jay z got famous? He is one of the few famous rappers to rap into the rock/Alternate rock culture.
Amazing song!
The best collaboration of two songs I have ever heard! Jay-z was just fabulous and linkin park enhanced the song
Love numb/encore!
What a combination! Encore and Numb both are great. And when they came together... Is there anything more to say?
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The Contenders

D'Evils is truly one of the best hip-hop songs of all time. The subject matter, unlike what comment before me said, is about materialism and how money change a person and everything around it. Premo beat, as always, is perfect along with the samples. Jay-Z flow is on point and he makes it look effortless. And the thing that amazed me, the lyrics are one of the best I've heard. Almost all lines have multiple meanings, there's even quadruple-entendre. A lot of biblical reference, which showcase Hova cultural knowledge.

P. S: "Its One of the Best Songs here talks Jay bout Illuminati and he is possessed by Illuminati in the Chorus are Nas and snoop dogg its really cool it helps the song too to Be one of the best"
It's not Nas, it's Prodigy from the duo Mobb Deep.
D'evils! Insane beats and sampling by DJ Premier and a smooth as flow by Hova. Great subject matter of money and corruption as well.
Its One of the Best Songs here talks Jay bout Illuminati and he is possessed by Illuminati in the Chorus are Nas and snoop dogg its really cool it helps the song too to Be one of the best
Unquestionably one of the best hip hop songs ever.
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12Run This Town
If you think this is in jay's top twenty you are either ten years old is are stupid
Oh sorry I can't find Run this town because it isn't in the top 10.
This one becauz jay /z is 1 of the richest men on EARTH AND THIS song shows that
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13Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
WHAT! You people are nuts. N's in Paris 20 spots ahead of this? Probably the most beautiful, upbeat but at the same time mellow beat ever. Great sample by Kanye, great lyrics by Jay. I listened to this song for hours on end as my niece was being born. It's just... The best. The only one Id maybe put above it is Dead Presidents.
This song is one of my favourite and most played songs in my music collection along with 99 problems, encore, empire state of mind
Common people its a classic, 99 problems gets number 2, then like hard knock life, dirt off your shoulder and run this town
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14Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
This was a great song, so were the following, which most haven't heard of:
-my 1st song
-heart of he city
-moment of clarity
-all I need
-blueprint 2 (the title track)
most original song by hova on his best album
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15Holy Grail
No better way to put his emotions into life. I've heard him saying RAP IS POETRY. Words straight out of his heart. For those who have achieved everything but still lack the peace.
It's just a great rap and rnb combination. I like the song very much and of-course this song will bit top ten chart of Jay Z. Kudos to Jay-Z for such an awesome song.
Awesome song, it's quite new so will move up the poll
Justice baby... πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘just the best... And Justin Timberlake makes it incredibly best song
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This song so so underrated! This is song is excellent. How could this song be here. Come on guys! Wake uP!
People out there are you crazy this song has won a grammy and you aren't voting for this? Man it should be at no# 1 it has won a grammy vote for it or you are not human beings!
I guess I got mah swagger back... Jay+ ye... Legendary song with otis reeding's vocals
Agreed, underrated. Amazing song, amazing clip. No. 1 for me!
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This list is retarded, this is what it should look like:
1. Encore
2. Renegade
3. Dirt Off Your Shoulder
4. 99 Problems
5. Izzo or Big Pimpin
New Jay-Z is crap, the old stuff was much better, vote for the old songs people.
why did I have to put this up, best by far, #1 for sure


Rap And Rock Collabo. Its One Out The 3 I Like. Run D. M. C. And Aerosmith & Weezer And Lil Wayne.


[Newest]Jay Z rocks... But with the gods The Linkin Park.. The best has become better
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The only diss song against Nas that is worth listening to.
But that beat (kayne west)
Greatest anti Nas song
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19On to the Next One
"Dont be mad at me but I'm on to the next one!"

I listen to this song when I workout it really pumps me up
To everyone who wants to talk about his old songs this is clearly for all of you stuck in the past we all gotta move on some time
this is one of the most indulging songs of jay on to the nest gotta be the best
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20Brooklyn's Finest
How is this not number one? Jay and Biggie going back and forth on Reasonable Doubt like that was just incredible. The lyrical content was incredible not to mention it actually has a great beat too. I can't believe that Empire State of Mind is #2 ahead of this
Man, these cats got no idea about Jay pre-Blueprint. SMH, Jay was in rare form on Reasonable doubt
Genius lyrics. Its all natural Jay-Z about his past. The beat in the song is fab too. Peeps need to listen to his older stuff more!
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21Song Cry
Its is the best jay z song I've ever heard. lyrics ar awesome99 problems don't deserve to be at th top
Here are top sons by jay
Song cry
Dirt off shoulder
Run this own
Don't know how this isn't at least in the top 10... Just Blaze did an incredible job when he created this instrumental and what better artist then Jay-Z to turn it into a classic! Vote people this deserve's at least top 10! Can't see it comin down my eyes SO I GOTTA MAKE THE SONG CRY!
This song can make a stone cry
Lyrics are superb. Jay z sang this song very beautifully its much more good song than empire state of mind n should be at no 3
I didn't think Jay could be emotional
Then I heard this...
No. 1
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22D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
Anti-mainstream masterpiece. Truly shows jay-z believes in quality music and talent
Brilliant, the song talks about current times and really shows jay-z's quality
Great song, great lyrics
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23Can I Live
This song symbolizes Jay-Z's most lyrically competent album, Reasonable Doubt. Reasonable Doubt is arguably the best hip hop album of all time. Can I live captures the themes of this album.
No doubt his best song, listened to it everyday for like 2 months and still enjoy it. It shows the hustler with class that jay-z is.
Best song off jay's best album. The verses are possibly the best in hip hop and the beat is addicting.
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24Where I'm From
Jay Z has many different types of songs, but he is arguably at his best when he reflects on his past life. In this song he does just that with stunning ability. Not a single line in this song is filler. " I'm from where the church is the flakiest, and people have been praying to god so long that they atheist. "
Jay-Z has the artistic ability to create many types of songs. But in this song he refers to his past life with such tremendous truth and skill I cannot say that any other song beats it.

P.S. do not vote unless you've listened to his older songs.
Should be top 5, one of the greatest "hood anthems" ever made, definitely under-rated in the popular Jay-Z music catalogue
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25No Church In the Wild
Good thing there's everything else in the wild
This song is the best and the best song I have ever listen to
Coolest rap of the decade
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26Feelin' It Listen to sample

27Can I Get A...
This song is just Amazing. From start to end you just wanna keep moving. This song is definitely one of my favorites now. With 99 Problems, and Dirt off your shoulder.
In my opinion the best Jay-Z song.


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28Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)
Makes you bob your head, solid lyrics. Underrated. One of my favorites.
Jay-Z is the best rapper in the game, back in the day and still now. Roc Boys (And the Winner Is) is a classic song with a nice music video. And the best flow I'v ever heard Jay-Z Rap.
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29U Don't Know
Art! Classic song one of the best rap song it shouldn't be 40, just listen to it. it should be much higher on the list than bluprint 3 songs, its even better than dead president 2, JUST LISTEN TO IT
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30Can't Knock the Hustle
Way to much of his new music is at the top of the list. People need to go back and listen to Reasonable doubt and The Blueprint
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32Lost One
This song is so REAL, just JAY speaking from the heart. You can't beat it.
Lost one, lose some to win some... The song is deep period
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33Never Change
Never change for me it my favourate track in my life, it makes me cry all the time. Here is my top 10, never change, real as it gets, song cry, take over, Lucifer, blueprit 2. Lost one, excuse me and its like that.
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It is a very fine song, it deserves to be in the top ten. Please vote for it and if you have not heard it then you have not heard real jay z so please listen
Black Album And anything Before Black Album, After that All Of Jays Music just seems Watered Down
One of the finest Hip Hop Songs I have ever listened to, and barely heard of.
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35Dead Presidents
How can this one not in the top 10!? What?! Old Jigga>>>>>>>New Jay-Z crap
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36Moment of Clarity
This song deserves to be number 1 hands down
This should be number one
People should give a try to this song, amazing.
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37What More Can I Say
Best song ever. He poured his heart out into this track.
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38Public Service Announcement
Classic Jay - Allow me to reintroduce myself... My name is HOV!
How is this song so far down the list?! The lyrics and music perfect and have a old school vibe to them which you never hear now. This is by far one of his best songs if not his best, and I personally wouldn't class the music he has done on watch the throne to be on the list.
How can this be so far down on the list?! My personal favourite but that aside, the production, delivery, one liners, short but sweet nature of this song along with the speeches make it epic. Goosebumps every time that beat drops!
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39N**** What, N**** Who Listen to sample

40Intro - Dynasty Listen to sample

4122 Two's Listen to sample

42Regrets Listen to sample

43I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me) Listen to sample

44Show Me What You Got
This is the song that got me into Jay-Z. Are there some other songs that I now prefer? Probably, but I will never forget the one that started it all for me.
Uplifting melody, amazing jazzy flow, seriously clever lyrics. Top 10 Jay Z for sure.
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45Money, Cash, Hoes Listen to sample

46Girls, Girls, Girls Listen to sample

47I Just Wanna Love You Listen to sample

48Off That Listen to sample

49Lucky Me Listen to sample

It seems people don't listen to good music jay z and kanye went ham on this track should be top 10
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51Jigga What, Jigga Who
Sickest Flow Ever That He Did.


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52Guns and Roses Listen to sample

53Who Gon Stop Me Listen to sample

54Supa Ugly

55Blue Magic Listen to sample

56Brooklyn We Go Hard

57Bonnie and Clyde '03 Listen to sample

58Excuse Me Miss Listen to sample

59Already Home Listen to sample

60Meet the Parents Listen to sample

61Hovi Baby Listen to sample

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63Change Clothes Listen to sample

64Welcome to the Jungle Listen to sample

65Gotta Have It
Can't hep but nod along to this, one of the best songs on Watch the Throne.
One of the best songs of Jay Z. Kanye West and JayZ just Rock the song. One of their best song together. Guys Just Listen to it once and you will love it for sure!
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6603' Bonnie & Clyde
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend
Good song I like it because I like beyonce
Why so low down definitely should be top 5
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67Where Have You Been? Listen to sample

68It's Like That
I honestly can't even believe this song wasn't even mentioned yet, if you guys have not heard it yet you really need too cause its incredible. I love so many jay z songs and have studied them all and this one is still my favorite. Best beat and hook and lyrics of course are great too
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69Tom Ford Listen to sample

Hell of a song to wright for his daughter

71Say Hello Listen to sample

72I Love the Dough
Incredibly underrated and forgotten it should be higher on the list, has an awesome beat, great lyrics, and two of the best rappers ever in one song.
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great rap with brilliant vocals form chris martin just one of the best amazing !
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74My 1st Song Listen to sample

75Deja Vu Listen to sample

76Blueprint 2 Listen to sample

Amazing beast, amazing flow.
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78The Ruler's Back Listen to sample

79Kingdom Come Listen to sample

80Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) Listen to sample

81A Week Ago Listen to sample

Best base backround. Absolutely my favourite song by jay z

83Dope Man Listen to sample

84Wishing On a Star

85This Can't Be Life
This song is the ish, listen to the lyrics, the beat, the flow...
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86Hola' Hovito
One of the best songs from The Blueprint
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87A Dream
Fine remix of Biggie in junction with Jay Z, one of my favourite songs of his and should be way higher than this
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88So Ambitious Listen to sample

89Hate Listen to sample

90Beach Chair Listen to sample

91Come and Get Me Listen to sample

92Streets Is Watching
By far his most underrated song on this list. One of his realest songs. Peace.
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Honestly deserves to be in the top 10. It has everything. A great beat, great lyrics, good rhythm and it's infectious
You crap people, you gotta vote for this man. just cool rap. and the bg is just awesome
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94History Listen to sample

95Dig a Hole
Amazing beat Great Chorus Give It A Try
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96The Streets
An epic song by Jay-Z and R. Kelly, needs to be in Top 10...
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97Friend or Foe Listen to sample

98Real As It Gets Listen to sample

99Best of Me

100It's Hot (Some Like It Hot) Listen to sample

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