Photos: iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012
Lil' Wayne performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lil Wayne's Top 30 Billboard Hits

 

It's indisputable that Lil Wayne is among an elite group of artists that can turn an ordinary song into a hit, whether the song is his own or another's. Since stepping into the rap game at nine years old, the rapper has garnered a heavy pocketful of fans with his canny wordplay and animated double-entendres.

Thursday, Sept. 27, not only marks the rapper's 30th birthday, but also the day Lil Wayne makes chart history. As he debuts this week on the Hot 100 as a featured artist on Game's "Celebration" -- alongside with Chris Brown, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa -- at No. 82, Weezy becomes the solo act with the most Hot 100 appearances. Now with 109 entries under his belt, Weezy passes Elvis Presley, who totaled 108 entries between the chart's 1958 launch and 2003.

 

Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

 

In celebration of both his birthday and chart success, Billboard has ranked Lil Wayne's Top 30 Billboard hits. This ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart through the tally dated September 22, 2012. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.

Check out the list below to see which Lil Wayne songs have been the biggest of his still-dynamic career arc.

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Stuntin' Like My Daddy

Since Birdman took Lil Wayne under his wing, the Cash Money rappers have proven there's much value in a father and son relationship. Off their collaborative album "Like Father, Like Son," first single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy," re-instates Cash Money's everlasting power in the game.
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Strange Clouds

B.o.B. kicks off his second studio album, of the same title, by recruiting Weezy to join him in laying aggressive wordplay over Dr. Luke and Cirkut's dubstep/hip-hop soundscapes. The result was another Hot 100 hit for both artists.
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I Made It

After finding Top 10 success with his 2008 song "Let It Rock" alongside Weezy, Kevin Rudolf calls upon his "Cash Money heroes" for yet another chart-climber, "I Made It."
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I Can Transform Ya

Chris Brown, like Lil Wayne, is known to turn a song from ordinary to extraordinary, so it's no surprise that when they team up, as on "I Can Transform Ya," the collaboration will see success. The first single off Chris Brown's "Graffiti" introduced an electronic-infused sound that Breezy would carry throughout his following projects, and strengthen a prosperous bromance between both rapper and singer.
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My Life

"When you're in the studio with Wayne, you could pretty much chill, man, because everything is so easy," Game once said of Lil Wayne. "He keeps it 100, I keep it 100." The rappers' "easy" sonic connection on "My Life" led them to see success across the Billboard charts (No. 21 on Hot 100, No. 4 on Rap Songs, and No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs).
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Duffle Bag Boy

Before 2 Chainz earned his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Based on a T.R.U. Story," the rapper, then known as Tity Boi, climbed the Hot 100 chart with his and Dolla Boy's first single, "Duffle Bag Boy." Lil Wayne, on the recognizable hook, gave Playaz Circle a most welcome lift.
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Swagga Like Us

"You can go see Weezy for word play, Jee-z for the bird play, Kanyeezy for diversity and me for controversy," T.I. closes the prolific "Paper Trail" collaborative second single. T.I. brought some of hip-hop's biggest names to the upper reaches of the Hot 100 with "Swagga Like Us," which samples M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes."
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23

Go DJ

With the help of the addictive soundscapes courtesy of Mannie Fresh, "Go DJ," the second single from "Tha Carter," became Lil Wayne's first solo song to see the top of the charts. "Go DJ" peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 chart.
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Gimme That

"Gimme That," Chris Brown and Lil Wayne's first collaboration, was the first sign of how successful of a team the two artists can be. The song not only marked their first of many Hot 100 collaborative hits but followed the success of Breezy's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Run It!"
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Turnin Me On

Keri Hilson is now a star in the R&B/pop world, but it wasn't until "Turnin' Me On" with Lil Wayne that the singer saw chart success. The singer's second single, featuring Weezy spitting his signature sexual similes, became her biggest hit until "Knock You Down."
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Text by Erika Ramirez and Jason Lipshutz

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