13. The-Dream "Nikki Pt. 2" (2010)
Better Than Original?: Toss-up
The-Dream's epic anthem of heartbroken Schadenfreude, "Nikki" was all tense self-righteousness in a bleary cocktail with self-doubt and anxiety. The narrator, spurned by a cheating ex-girlfriend, brags so strongly about Nikki that one thinks he just might be protesting too much. "Nikki Part 2" is considerably more relaxed, a mixture of resignation and acceptance. When he's anguished, it feels more like a memory of anguish because Nikki keeps showing up, and seeing her cushions the blow.