10. Kanye West "Gold Digger" (2005)
Album: Late Registration
Producer: Kanye West, Jon Brion
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
It shouldn't have worked. Jamie Foxx, coming off of his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles, shouldn't have been able to get away with reprising his mimicry of the music legend for a goofy rap song, at least not without getting laughed off the charts and besmirching the credibility of his award-worthy role. But Kanye West, who he'd struck gold with just a couple years earlier on Twista's "Slow Jamz," had a track with an "I Got A Woman" and a truly great idea, and the rest is history. The fact that West's most memorable end rhyme in the chorus leans on a certain racial epithet should render the radio edit fairly awkward, but "Ain't messing with no broke broke" just works, possibly better than the real line.