This song is just extremely catchy, the whistling DJ Mustard beat bullied around by B.o.B. and 2 Chainz. The record was heard everywhere, from the club to the radio.
"Hive" is a fan favorite from Earl's debut album Doris. This trippy, drugged-out cut features a near-deafening bass line over which Earl and Vince Staples spit murderous, multi-syllablic verses with assistance from Casey Veggies.
48. Future - Honest
The first single from Future's upcoming album Honest is undeniably catchy and throbs with 808s. He and Metro Boomin created a ton of bangers this year, but this was a highlight.
Lawd, this track is dope! Fredo released "Jealous" on Halloween, and it clearly has a monstrous feel. It seemed like an odd collaboration at first, but the rapper-meet-trapper collab turned out great. Both artists stayed true to their style, making it a single to remember.
Whether directing videos, producing instrumentals or spitting rhymes, Travi$ Scott does it all. "Upper Echelon" exhibits his talents entirely, and the blaring beat drops like a bomb. It's hard to say who had the best verse, but T.I. undoubtedly went IN.
This song has an bit of a depressing vibe, but Tech N9ne and K. Dot most definitely bring it to life. Tech's blazing fast verse opens both your eyes and ears, and Kendrick assists in the lamenting of the negative effects of music journalism. Kendall Morgan sings an amazing chorus as well.
It's nearly impossible to hate on this song. "Cold Blood" is a smooth, soulful track that finds both Gotti and J. Cole delivering truly honest verses. It's definitely a standout cut from Gotti's latest album I Am.
"La Musica De Harry Fraud" - enough said, right? Bronson, Cool J and Banks all surf with ease over this hard-hitting throwback instrumental. Everything about this cut is strictly New York. what more could you ask for?
42. Childish Gambino - Sweatpants
Perhaps the most lyrical song on Because The Internet. Like most of 'Bino's tracks, "Sweatpants" is witty and fun to listen to. You can't go wrong with Problem ad-libs, either.
41. Boldy James - Moochie
The Alchemist produced a real evil beat here. Dark piano matched with wind chimes give it an eerie feel, something Boldy James took full advantage of, his sly rhymes bringing the track to life.
40. Kevin Gates - 4:30 AM
A smoked-out cut with heavy production that finds Gates rapping about some of his most personal street tales. The track is definitely a standout from his new Stranger Than Fiction album.
Although the sound of Spitta's lazy flow over Lex Luger's charged-up production is spectacular, the hypnotically dope hook was probably the best part of this track, with Wiz and Rozay had contributing nice verses as well. All three rhyme about expensive cars, luxury and the benefits of living that life.
Kirko rounded up a bunch of Texas all-stars for this track, and this sizzurp ballad has plenty bass, making it the perfect track to ride around to.
A collaboration built for success. Kid Ink steadily grew his fan base this year, and this Breezy-assisted single certainly helped his cause. "Show Me" is an addictive party song that nearly anyone could get down to.
This cut was included on Ty Dolla $ign's summer mixtape Beach House 2, and Joe Moses' verse added a little extra oomph to the DJ Mustard-produced cut heard in strip clubs throughout the nation.
35. Eminem - Rap God
Six minutes of insanity. Eminem slaughtered the beat, brought it back to life, and killed it again. This omnipotent single boosted hype for The Marshall Mathers LP2.
Wayne spit refined, punch-line riddled wordplay over this melodic monster of a beat, and the song's borderline unreasonable bass rattled car speakers everywhere. 2 Chainz may not have a verse, but his infectious hook made the song a hit. The explicit track even got some radio time.
33. Meek Mill - Lil Nigga Snupe
First and foremost, R.I.P. Lil Snupe. Meek recorded this song in tribute to the promising young DreamChasers who was taken from us all too soon. He poured his heart and soul into this track, and it revealed his rarely-heard compassionate side. The cut is an undeniable standout from his latest mixtape DC3.
32. Lil Durk - Dis Ain't What U Want
A true street smash from Lil Durk. As opposed to the other rappers from Chicago's 300 movement, Lil Durk has a polished, clean sound that has carried him to relative mainstream success, Durk gained more buzz in 2013, and is looking to release his major label debut album this coming year.
31. Kanye West - Blood On The Leaves
Arguably the most explosive song of the whole year. When the bass drops, it feels as though the earth has split. The man rarely disappoints when employing Auto-Tune, and "Blood On The Leaves" found him at his most emotional and passionate.
This beat though... wow. Shlohmo created some real magic here, and Jeremih jumped on it to make one of the year's most memorable songs for the sheets.
29. RiFF RAF F- How To Be The Man
The title says it all. "How To Be The Man" finds JODY HiGHROLLER at the height of his powers, playfully rapping over an undeniably catchy DJ Mustard beat. Don't lie - you love it.
28. Joey Bada$$ - Unorthodox
DJ Premier and Joey Bad linked up for this heavy hitter, and it definitely has that old-school Brooklyn feel. Probably the biggest hit of Joey's young career, brought to life by an apt animated visual.
An exceptional track from one of the year's best mixtapes. Blended Babies produced the blaring beat, which sounded unlike anything else on the soulful project. Unsurprisingly, Ab-Soul's verse was off the chain as well.
26. August Alsina - I Luv This Shit (Feat. Trinidad Jame$)
2013 was a breakout year for August Alsina, and this single started it all. "I Luv This Shit" gave listeners a first glimpse at his incredible singing talents and hit-making capability. The T. James feature didn't hurt either.
This beat is simply nuts. Ferg's "Work" remix had the streets BOOMING over the summer and caused him to become a household name. Trinidad's fiery verse was a fan favorite on this one.
This track’s real smooth. The first single off B.O.A.T.S 2 had amazing production, and two colorful verses from 2 Chainz. Pharrell just makes everything better, doesn’t he?
J. Cole and Miguel teamed up to create a peaceful yet powerful masterpiece. It was hard to avoid hearing “Power Trip” on the radio, as it dominated the airwaves for much of the first half of 2013.
Straight up dope. Danny Brown and Freddie Gibbs both sound real street on this laid-back track. Definitely a stand-out off Old.
Nobody expected this when it first dropped. When the MMLP2 tracklist revealed this collaboration, hip-hop fans went nuts in anticipation. When it first leaked, most listeners scratched their heads. However, the topical song turned out as a nice surprise, the kind of track that grows on you-- which turned out to be what the producer, Rick Rubin, intended. As he said in an interview about the creation of "Love Game"-- "It’s supposed to sound a little wrong. But that’s the strength in it—how do you make this work? Like, 'Wow. I don’t really like this, but I want to listen to it again.'"
My Name Is My Name was a strong debut across the board, and while Pusha Ton is always lyrical, the addition of Kendrick Lamar brings “Nosetalgia” to a whole 'nother level. The cocaine-inspired track featured both K. Dot and Pusha's personal take on how the drug affected their respective lives-- whether it was by selling it or simply being around it. Bar-for-bar, it was probably a dead tie between the two emcees.
19. Mac Miller - Watching Movies
“Watching Movies” was real trippy, featuring the all-grown-up Mac Miller. Mac’s eloquent verses over the knocking production made for a crazy single, one you could keep on repeat. The chopped-n-screwed hook was a nice touch as well.
The strip club king came through with mutiple bangers in 2013. “Bounce It” was rather formulaic, but who’s complaining? The song kept in rotation throughout the summer, gaining hype for Stay Trippy.
17. Jeezy - R.I.P. (Feat. 2 Chainz)
This was another one of those songs that contained an unmistakable DJ Mustard beat. What does that mean? Serious club appeal. Jeezy’s catchy hook and Tity Boi’s ridiculous verse made this a monster jam.
16. Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards
An eccentric song from King Push, which gained even more momentum than "Nosetalgia." The extremely simple beat raised some eyebrows-- some thought it was annoying, others thought it was refreshing. No need to ponder on his lyrics, though. He bodied this shit.
15. Drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home (Feat. Majid Jordan)
A crossover smash. This R&B track exemplifies Drake’s well-known softer side, which is something that separates him from ordinary street rappers. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” had obvious success, as Drake attempted to create a single that would stand the test of time (we'll have to wait and see), one that could reach multiple audiences. While some aren't down for Drizzy's singing tendencies, he's nonetheless expressed that he wants to create many more songs like this in the future.
14. Kanye West - New Slaves
One of the more controversial tracks on Yeezus, but it's a stand-out nonetheless. This angry, penetrating track has got to be one of the most powerful song’s of Kanye’s phenomenal music career. The progressive beat matched Ye’s furious tone perfectly. Plus it did have the "best rap verse of all time" according to Yeezus himself.
Essentially “I’m On One 2.0”. Drizzy, Wayne, and Ross linked up for another huge club banger via DJ Khaled's coordination. Drake’s verse was the highlight on this one, and the term "No New Friends" became widely popular thanks to this record.
A fan-favorite cut off Magna Carta Holy Grail. It’s just so catchy, and Rozay’s verse is stuffed with quotables. It seems like every time these two collaborate they make a fire track. Come money dance with the good fellas..
11. French Montana - Ain’t Worried About Nothin
This tune sounds extra dope in the whip. The thundering bass makes this beat special. While French Montana's Excuse My French did not do as well as the rapper may have anticipated, he definitely had a hit with "Ain't Worried About Nothin."
Trap Lord’s first official single was definitely one that grew on you. The Jamaican-inspired hook of “Sha-Shabba Ranks, Sha-Sha-Shabba Ranks” was simple yet captivating. Rocky stole the show with his verse, while the music video took the track to new heights.
Real wavy track and music video. Q and Kendrick went off on this, spitting fire verses on a rather mellow beat, which drummed up lots of anticipation for the delayed Oxymoron album. Don't fret now, the album is finally slated for February release.
Another huge song from Drake, one of many. The Key Wane-produced banger found life in clubs and all over the radio. Much intensity was expressed in Drake’s verse. The two G.O.O.D. Music studs brought their A-game also, opening and closing the track with fireworks.
One of year’s dopest beats, produced by Childish Major. Future’s infectious hook and Rozay’s infamous date rape line overshadowed Rocko on his own record-- nonetheless it did give the track a ton of publicity. Not to mention the numerous remixes from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne helped keep this one in constant rotation.
The first single off Trials & Tribulations was an instant smash. “Bugatti” was the first glimpse of the monster year Mike Will Made-It would have behind the boards. Thank Future for arguably the year’s most memorable hook… “I WOKE UP IN A NEW BUGATTI”
Easily the most talked about song of the year, although it didn't actually end up any album to speak of. Kendrick single-handedly spawned fury in the rap game, and claimed himself the King of New York. This grimy, raw rap song came in the dog days of August, and remained the topic of conversation for many weeks following its release. Sean’s and Jay Electronica’s verses are not to be overlooked, though. All three rappers went in with intent to kill.
Love em or hate em, but Migos undeniably dropped one of the flashiest song’s of the year, adding to the Versace craze in rap. Drake kickstarted their popularity with his fluent jaw-dropping verse. Props to Zaytoven for producing the trendy track’s irresistible beat.
3. Rich Homie Quan - Type Of Way
Serious contender for song of the summer. Straight out ATL, “some type of way, make me feel some type of way” found itself being repeated across the country. Quan’s stardom came rather unexpectedly in 2013, but “Type Of Way” proves he has the hit-making skills to stay around for a long time.
An anthem for sure. DJ Mustard supplied a ridiculously catchy beat for his frequent collaborator YG, and the three trappers did it justice. This record’s success is more due to Rich Homie than it is YG, as he sang a hook that’s nearly impossible not to shout out.
1. Drake - Started From The Bottom
Possibly the biggest song of Drake’s career. When this record first broke in February, you knew Drizzy wasn’t playing. The first single from Nothing Was The Same was triumphant, addictive, and even a bit spooky-- making much anticipation for the album itself. The music video was a kick as well, proving Drizzy's sense of humor.
HotNewHipHop counts down the 50 Hottest Singles from the past year.
Another stellar year for hip-hop. As the digital market continued to flourish, singles did accordingly. From Chicago trap to New York boom-bap to Houston trill, it’s all here. Not only were the year’s top singles diverse, but their marketing tactics were unique as well (take Kanye’s “New Slaves”, for example).
It is no surprise that Kendrick Lamar and DJ Mustard had monster years, and their success is reflected in this list-- funnily enough, K. Dot had no single in 2013 yet appeared on many records. Additional names that appear numerous times are the likes of Drake, Future, and 2 Chainz. With 2014 on our doorstep, we compiled a list of the Hottest Singles Of 2013-- these take into account the views a track received on our site, as well as their popularity not only on HNHH but around the world, plus the strength of the record itself.
We're counting down from #50 to #1. Let's go.