Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" (2009)
Weeks At No. 1: 5
Producer: Al Shux
This song is a big love letter to New York that paints with the broadest strokes. Jay-Z references Sinatra, Harlem, Biggie, and even old stash spots. It's impressive that Jay-Z was able to include self-mythology about his old days in Brooklyn. The anthem became his first No. 1.