Top Ten Best Jay-Z Songs


The Top Ten

1 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

His best song by far

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2 Empire 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

I can't said how much this track is great jay's rhyming is great he used diffrent type of rhymes and he made rhyme with(casualties,bounds quick) and his flow is 100/100 and alicia is great on hook this is the best jay-z's song and holly grail is second one

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3 Dead 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

Best Jay-Z song ever

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4 Renegade

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!

The two current best rappers alive collaborating, being on top of their game

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5 Dirt 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.

Izzo isn't his song, that's Linkin Park's it was featured as a mash up on the album "Collision Course" by Jay Z & Linkin

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

This song so damn tight

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6 N***** In Paris

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!

Love this song this is the best song in the entire world I don't thin any other rapper can dominate this

Waball so hard - troll999999999

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7 Hard 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

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. - robertoantonioortuso

Wow! An amazing song, this was a massive hit! Also parodied on Goldmember, with Dr. Evil and Minnie Me

«The Ghetto Anthem» might just be Jay’s finest track. Excellent Rap! 👌

- Hip Hop Fan

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8 Big 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. - nolvorite

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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9 D'evils

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.

Masterpiece! Premiers productions, Jay's Flow and unbelievable lyricism all on point

Unquestionably one of the best hip hop songs ever.

Top ten all time hip hops songs ever hands down

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10 Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

most original song by hova on his best album

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)

The beat is so catchy

1.Lucky me the parents
3.Heart of the City
5.Dead president lll
6.Open letter
7.99 problems
9.Dead president ll

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The Contenders

11 Heart 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 it's a classic, 99 problems gets number 2, then like hard knock life, dirt off your shoulder and run this town

Great beat and features really work

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12 Numb / 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

What a combination! Encore and Numb both are great. And when they came together... Is there anything more to say?

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.


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13 Run This Town

If you think this is in jay's top twenty you are either ten years old is are stupid

This song= BEST JAY Z SONG EVER. Need a good pump up song? Here you go. Just want some nice rap to listen to? This will work. It should go:

3. Heart of the City
2. Empire State of Mind
1. Run This Town - BluePrideBadger

I know this is not as good as his old, but it is so hard.

One of his best songs easily, should be much higher.

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14 Brooklyn's Finest

Man, these cats got no idea about Jay pre-Blueprint. SMH, Jay was in rare form on Reasonable doubt

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

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!

Just 15?
are you kidding me
not his best but deserves an higer position

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15 Young Forever

I love this song, makes me feel really reminiscent and happy. Always makes me raise my hands!

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

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

Anything by jay-z after this song in my opinion is bad or OK

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16 Otis

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

This song is god

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17 Takeover

The only diss song against Nas that is worth listening to.

Brilliantly constructed diss track.

But that beat (kayne west)

Only verse 3 on takeover is better than all of ether.ether is overrated it was just some school insaults like "fat lip" come on man but takeover had many great facts and facts hurts more than insaults

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18 Holy 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.

Awesome song, it's quite new so will move up the poll

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.

This song is so underrated. - 2234

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19 Where 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.

Just a bad ass song yo.

Not the best jay-z song but hands down the realist the only thing that come close is his verse on jezzy's seen it all

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20 I Just Wanna Love U
21 On 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

How is this so low? The world is crazy.

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22 Can 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. - TopTenFigga

23 Encore

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 - schlah

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

Great song.

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24 Can'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

Really? This is jay's top song from his best album and it's 51.

29? What's wrong with you? - EMBIGNASPAC

Dope, this song is so underrated

25 Can 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.

Best s0ng ever!

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26 Song Cry

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!

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

I sometimes shed a tear when listening to this song

Best song by him.. gives me so much nostalgia from when I was a little kid.. my parents used to play this in the car.. good times..

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27 Never Change

The sample is beautiful, the honesty and story by Hov is interesting to listen to and the hook is relatbalbe to anyone who knows or understands struggle.

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.

28 Allure

Amazing beast, amazing flow.

His Best Record in my opinion


29 U Don't Know

This song is hype better than any of his post retirement songs

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

This is my all time favorite Jay-z

This should be in the top 10

30 Roc 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.

31 Public Service Announcement

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!

Classic Jay - Allow me to reintroduce myself... My name is HOV!

Nba 2k13 days

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32 Feelin' It

His flow in this song is so sick, this song is way underrated - FrankHolland

33 No Church In the Wild

Supremely deep song with profound lyrics. Really gets you thinking. And the beat of course is unreal. Best song by a mile, in my opinion. Nothing comes close to how divine this song is.

Good thing there's everything else in the wild

This song is the best and the best song I have ever listen to

Sick beat, brilliant chorus, and two insane verses. Easily his best song by a mile

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34 The Story of O.J.

Yo man vote this it's the latest song of jay z come on

This song is indeed one for the ages.

Better than the whole of 'Damn', should have won the Grammy. Proves HOV is a GOAT, 20 years plus of dope music. Deserves top 20 at least.

"I'm not black, I'm OJ"... "okay." Classic.

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35 Lyrical Exercise
36 Girls, Girls, Girls

I don't know what others think but this song got that cool beats and rhyme.. jay z is a lady killer we all knew it

37 Lost 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

Masterpiece. enough said,

One of the best song of Jay-z. Should have been in 10's, seriously n***** in Paris?

38 Intro - Dynasty
39 Dead Presidents

Why is this song so low. Not only is this Jay-Z's best song, but one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time

This is my favorite song from him! I even liked the lyrics more in this rather than dead presidents II

How can this one not in the top 10!? What?! Old Jigga>>>>>>>New Jay-Z crap

40 H*a*m

It seems people don't listen to good music jay z and kanye went ham on this track should be top 10

41 N***a What, N***a Who

How 39 this is one of the best old school tracks

42 Where Have You Been?

This is undeniably Jay-Z's most emotional song, and anyone who says other wise simply has not heard it. Jay Z reflects on his childhood and the absence of his father.

Wow this song though.. so much emotion :'(

43 Regrets
44 Lucky Me
45 Money, Cash, Hoes
46 My 1st Song

You kidding me, this song is an instrumental masterpiece with Jigga's poetic lyrics sprinkled on top. - JiggaMan

47 03' Bonnie & Clyde

The best song in my life killer beat touching life story the best song in the entire world I love it

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

48 Lucifer

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.

Like most everyone else, Jay-Z is at his best when Ye is producing him. This track kills.

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49 Gotta 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!

50 A Dream

Fine remix of Biggie in junction with Jay Z, one of my favourite songs of his and should be way higher than this

Defintley in my top 15 jay z songs. Should be much higher

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Top Remixes (59)

1. Where I'm From
2. Dead Presidents II
3. D'evils
1. Dead Presidents II
2. Hard Knock Life
3. Can't Knock the Hustle
1. 99 Problems
2. Dirt Off Your Shoulder
3. N***** In Paris

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