4. Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" (2009)
Producer: Al Shux, Janet Sewell-Ulepic, Angela Hunte
Album: The Blueprint 3
"Empire State of Mind" is an ode to the home grounds in which Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were both born and raised in. It features hot verses from Jay and a fire sample of "Love on a Two-Way Street," but it was Alicia Keys' extraordinary vocals on the catchy chorus that made the song so powerful. The record has replaced Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" as the city's go-to anthem, and remains one of Keys' greatest contributions to pop culture.