Producer: Al Shux, Janet Sewell-Ulepic, Angela Hunte
Album: The Blueprint 3
Label: Roc Nation/Atlantic

Jay-Z has countless rhymes dedicated to his hometown of New York City, but he'd never recorded a true anthem (Nah, that Cam'ron one don't count).

All that changed in 2009, when he recruited Alicia Keys for the piano-driven “Empire State Of Mind,” a dedication to all things New York. The track might have been a bit showtunesy for true blue Jay-Z fans, but that didn't seem to matter to the masses as “Empire State Of Mind” was Jay-Z's first song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The record spent an impressive five weeks at number one and had soccer moms in Iowa giving it up for the Big Apple. The best part? Jay snuck in a few bars about coke prices (“If Jeezy's paying Lebron, I'm paying Dwayne Wade”). Young Hova: Infinitely hood!