Notable Hooks: "Get Lucky," "Happy," "S.N.I.T.C.H."
Pharrell's hook game has always been on point. The 41-year-old hasn't slowed down a bit as he continues to expand his musical versatility. His work with Daft Punk ("Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance") and Robin Thicke ("Blurred Lines") alone makes him a candidate for this list, and that's without even mentioning the incredible catchiness of "Happy," which burned up the charts this year and became Pharrell's first No. 1 single as a lead artist. Further inspection of his latest album G I R L shows he delivers more impressive pop choruses on records like "Gust of Wind" and "Marilyn Monroe."
Pharrell hasn't forgotten about rap. He's kept his name in the streets just as hot by lacing Pusha T with a clever hook on "S.N.I.T.C.H." and breathing new life into Nelly's career—at least for a moment—on "Get Like Me." The same goes for Azealia Banks, who should thank Pharrell for his brilliant chorus on "ATM Jam." —Edwin Ortiz