It’s certainly a feat when you’re one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. Since 1996, Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses both as a soloist and collaborator to music’s biggest stars — not limited to Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Kanye West and, of course, his wife Beyoncé.
In addition to his 13 studio albums, 24 Grammy awards and over 100 tracks that have landed on Billboard’s Hot 100, he launched Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 and talent management company Roc Nation in 2008, and bought and rebranded streaming service Tidal in 2015. As the first hip-hop artist to join Forbes’ billionaires club, he also has a strong investment portfolio with stakes in Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Uber, milk-alternative company Oatly and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, among several others. It would seem that Jay wouldn’t have as much time to commit to music considering his many entrepreneurial endeavors — but rapper continues making waves in the industry, and likely isn’t stopping any time soon.
To celebrate his well-earned success, Billboard has put together a list of Mr. Carter’s 30 biggest hits on the Hot 100. Check out the ranking below.
Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Songs are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above.