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Since 2009, Aubery “Drake” Graham has been dropping hits non-stop. He has earned himself several top-five hits in both solo and collaborative efforts with some of the giants in the game such as: Eminem, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne. Drake has even been recognized by the Billboard Hot 100 charts for setting the record for longest chart run in history. Talk about a steady grind!
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of his biggest hits throughout his illustrious career. In his nine-year rise to the top, Drake has released eight major commercial projects, including Views, Nothing Was the Same, and Take Care, as well as his commercial mixtapes If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Future collab What a Time to Be Alive as well as 2017’s More Life.
We will not be including tracks from his non-commercial mixtapes, nor will we be discussing his features. Those warrant a list of their own. Let us know what list we should do next in the comments section!
10. Passionfruit (More Life, 2017)
The first song on this list is from his recent release, More Life, a compilation Drake calls his “playlist,” consisting of songs by the Canadian rapper and others. “Passionfruit” sees the Toronto native revisiting his love of Dancehall music on this radio-ready single, which climbed to number 8 on the Hot 100.
9. 0 to 100 / The Catch Up (2014)
Our ninth entry is the second non-album single released by Drake. It is one of his signature tunes, selling over one million units. Despite that feat, the song didn’t catch much traction on the Hot 100. It did peak highly on the hip-hop charts, however. This song also caused a bit of controversy when it was alleged that Drizzy hijacked this track from Bad Boy mogul Diddy.
8. Controlla (Views, 2016)
This track is another from the Toronto MC’s foray into Dancehall music. The Boi-1da-produced record is a relaxing, breezy call back to Drake’s first dip into island sounds, similar to his 2009 cut “Find Your Love” (produced by Kanye West). The record has gained supreme popularity on the charts, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. Jumpman (w/ Future) (What a Time to Be Alive, 2015)
Jumpman is the sole single released from the hit collab album What a Time to Be Alive with Atlanta rapper Future. Featuring a catchy yet repetitive hook, this banger was a staple in nightclubs across the world. The song has done so well it managed to peak at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
6. Hold On, We’re Going Home (f/ Majid Jordan) (Nothing Was the Same, 2013)
This next entry sees Drake debuting his OVO signees Majid Jordan on the hit single from his third album, Nothing Was the Same. The song has grown to be one of the rapper’s most popular tunes, peaking in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.
5. Take Care (f/ Rihanna) (Take Care, 2011)
The first of many duets between the two, this title track proves Drake and Rihanna are a match made in music heaven. This is the duo’s first record for Drake’s album while previously scoring a #1 hit with Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?”. The tribal house-themed track from his second album of the same name managed to skyrocket toward the top of the charts, peaking at #7.
4. The Motto (f/ Lil Wayne) (Take Care, 2011)
This next entry was so successful it managed to popularize the catchphrase #YOLO (You Only Live Once), becoming a meme across the globe. This Lil Wayne collaboration managed to go double platinum and peak in the top 20 of the Hot 100.
3. Forever (w/ Eminem, Kanye West & Lil Wayne) (2009)
The song that arguably put Drake on as one of the hottest rappers in the game sees the Toronto MC going head-to-head with three hip-hop legends and managing to hold his own. This song was so popular, it garnered his first Grammy nomination.
2. One Dance (f/ Wizkid & Kyla) (Views, 2016)
Another one of Champagne Papi’s ventures into international music sees him sampling Afrobeats and features Nigerian entertainer Wizkid. This addictive number was the rapper’s highest charting single to date, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also dubbed “Song of the Summer” by Billboard Magazine.
Before we get to our number-one pick, here are some honorable mentions:
1. Hotline Bling (Views, 2016)
Admit it, since its release back in the summer of 2015, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing this track. “Hotline Bling” was so infectious it managed to peak at #2 on the Hot 100, being locked out only by Adele’s “Hello”. The track’s popularity led it to be nominated for a Grammy and covered over a dozen times. Drake is the first and so far only solo act nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Next time we’ll explore the many hits of Rihanna…
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