Album: Pink Friday
Producer: Kane Beatz
Label: Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown
Best Pick Up Line: “You're like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye.”

“Super Bass” is the easy rebuttal to anyone who’s against Nicki Minaj going pop, because it’s clearly not a bad thing. The mainstream direction doesn’t pull her away from her rapping ability—in fact, it’s what makes this song. Nicki’s frosty spacing in some lines (“He cold, he dope, he might sell coke”) melts and trickles through the verses in a way that makes every detail sticks in the listener’s mind. Also, any love song that works in a Slick Rick reference deserves props.