It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America. Since 1996, Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses. It would seem that Jay wouldn't have as much time to commit to music than he did back then, considering his many other entrepreneurial endeavors and father responsibilities. But he's still putting in work; his 12th studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," will be dropping worldwide on July 7.
In anticipation of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," Billboard has ranked Jay-Z's Top 20 Billboard hits. Jay has charted 72 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 19 songs going in to the top 10 -- the most top 10 hits among rap acts. (Lil Wayne and Ludacris are tied for second, with 18 each.)
The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked using an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value, and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: Dec. 27, 2003
As the first single from Jay-Z's "The Black Album," "Change Clothes" became popular not only for Jay's rhymes, but for The Neptunes' production. (And, of course, Pharrell's distinguishable falsetto.) "Change Clothes" became one of Jay's more popular songs in the U.S. peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100 and proved that Mr. Carter was back.
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: Aug. 12, 2006
"I just make the hits, like a factory," claimed Jay alongside Ms. B. It was a song, as like their first collaboration, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," that foreshadowed their power couple takeover of just about everything, including our Hot 100 chart. Although it debuted at No. 44, "Deja Vu" peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 11, Peak Date: Dec. 30, 2000
From its memorable hook (on point as always, Skateboard P) to Jay's party-friendly rhymes, "I Just Wanna Love U" would eventually become a summertime jam. (Regardless of its October release.) The first single from Jay's "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia," "I Just Wanna Love U" peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100.
Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Hot 100 Peak Position: 12, Peak Date: 12, Peak Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Jay disappeared as quickly as he appeared on this track with Kanye West and Big Sean. The rhymes were fast: a combination of boasts and shout-outs accompanied by menacing production. "We top of the totem pole," Jay confidently claimed. It's true: "Clique" peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100.
Jay-Z feat. Mr. Hudson
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: May 15, 2010
A reworking of Alphaville's "Forever Young," Jay-Z's "Young Forever" was well-received when it dropped. Heavy radio coverage and strong digital downloads weren't the only accomplishments the song would attain. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, and became Jay's 17th top ten single.
"Can I Get A…"
Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule
Hot 100 Peak Position: 19, Peak Date: Jan. 16, 1999
Although "Can I Get A..." appeared on Jay's "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life" album, this song is commonly associated with the first "Rush Hour" movie and its respective soundtrack. The beat for "Can I Get A..." was great, and Amil and Ja's guest appearances were the icing to Jay's cake. The 1998 classic single peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100, becoming one of Jay's most commercially successful singles at the time.
"Excuse Me Miss"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: Apr. 12, 2003
Another Jay and Neptunes hit, "Excuse Me Miss" contrasted significantly from the rapper's previous work. The R&B-tinged production and Jay's mature lyrical content, was much different than other women-based songs such as, "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "I Just Wanna Love U." Jay-Z's growth worked in his favor: "Excuse Me Miss" peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.
Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak Position: 7, Peak Date: Apr. 12, 1997
It was a great pairing: Foxy Brown, one of the best female rappers at the time, and Jay-Z, the man who would eventually become a hip-hop mogul. "I'll Be" became a huge hit, peaking at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 8, Peak Date: Oct. 20, 2001
"That's the anthem, get your damn hands up!" "Izzo" was Jay's song of triumph, its powerful production and memorable hook celebrating Jay and his accomplishments. The song has become one of Jay's most popular singles, as well as a success on the Hot 100 charts, peaking at No. 8.
R. Kelly feat. Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak Position: 6, Peak Date: Jun. 23, 2001
It's no surprise that the remix to "Fiesta" became a favorite. (And still continues to be.) It had all the right components: R. Kelly's awesomeness, slow-dance production and, well, Jay. (Honorable mention to Boo and Gotti.) The song spent five weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart, and peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.