Producer: Lifted, Mike Dean, Mike Will Made It, Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke
Album: Cruel Summer
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam

Produced by Lifted, and with co-production courtesy of Hudson Mohawke, Mike Will, Mike Dean, and Kanye West, this track indisputably dominated 2012. It included a capstone verse for 2 Chainz, and has done more for changing public perceptions of Big Sean than most singles in recent memory. The song also increased public awareness of "thirsty" as a slang term, making a mark on pop culture that cannot be measured by radio spins and digital sales. Simply put, it's the year's most undeniable musical moment, and proof that Kanye is just as adept at churning out hits as ever. —David Drake

Best Verse: 2 Chainz