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Hip hop has come a long way since the early ’70s when the artform was still bubbling up as an underground movement and viewed by some as a passing trend.

Over the past few decades, the culture has exploded across the world and become a commercial staple in the music industry. We can see the ever-growing importance of hip hop’s role in pop music by looking at how many of the genre’s superstars – from Taylor and Maroon 5 to Justin Bieber to Mariah Carey – have often tapped rappers to bolster their songs.

Iconic collaborations like Jay-Z and Beyonce on “Crazy in Love” to Young Thug and Camilla Cabello’s “Havana have brought together some of the biggest names in pop and rap and helped to shape the landscape of contemporary music.

From Drake and Rihanna on “Work” to Jennifer Lopez calling on The LOX for “Jenny from the Block,” here are the top 50 best pop songs with rap features of all time.

50. Snakehips ft. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – “All My Friends”

Released: October 21, 2015

Album: All My Friends EP

Producer: Snakehips, Cass Lowe

49. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”

Released: May 30, 2018

Album: Red Pill Blues

Producer: Cirkut, Jason Evigan

48. Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions” 

Released: February 7, 2020

Album: Changes

Producer: Poo Bear, The Audibles

47. Usher ft. Jay-Z – “Hot Tottie”

Released: August 9, 2010

Album: Versus (EP)

Producer: Polow da Don

46. Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj – “Swish Swish”

Released: May 19, 2017

Album: Witness

Producer: Duke Dumont

45. Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky – “Good for You”

Released: June 22, 2015

Album: Revival

Producer: Nick Monson, Sir Nolan

44. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Released: May 17, 2015

Album: 1989

Producer: Max Martin, Shellback, Ilya

43. Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse”

Released: January 4, 2018

Album: 24K Magic

Producer: Shampoo Press & Curl, The Stereotypes

42. Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj – “Beauty and a Beat”

Released: October 24, 2012

Album: Believe

Producer: Max Martin, Zedd

41. Mariah Carey ft. Wale – “You Don’t Know What to Do”

Released: June 30, 2014

Album: Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

Producer: Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox

40. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

Released: January 17, 2012

Album: Talk That Talk

Producer: Stargate, Kuk Harrell

39. Justin Bieber ft. Big Sean – “As Long as You Love Me”

Released: July 10, 2012

Album: Believe

Producer: Darkchild, Andre Lindal

38. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

Released: August 3, 2017

Album: Camila

Producer: Frank Dukes

37. Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne – “Down”

Released: May 31, 2009

Album: All or Nothing

Producer: J-Remy, Bobby Bass

36. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule & Caddillac Tah – “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)”

Released: January 7, 2002


Producer: Irv Gotti, 7, Cory Rooney

35. Rihanna ft. Drake – “What’s My Name?”

Released: October 25, 2010

Album: Loud

Producer: Stargate, Kuk Harrell

34. Keri Hilson ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo – “Knock You Down”

Released: April 7, 2009

Album: In a Perfect World…

Producer: Danja, Keri Hilson

33. Chris Brown ft. Juelz Santana – “Run It!”

Released: June 30, 2005

Album: Chris Brown

Producer: Scott Storch

32. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris – “Baby”

Released: January 18, 2010

Album: My World 2.0

Producer: Tricky Stewart, The-Dream

31. Jennifer Lopez ft. LL Cool J – “All I Have”

Released: December 14, 2002

Album: This Is Me… Then

Producer: Cory Rooney, Ron G, Dave McPherson

30. Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love”

Released: May 14, 2003

Album: Dangerously in Love

Producer: Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles

29. Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne – “You”

Released: October 23, 2006

Album: Street Love

Producer: Big Reese, Jasper Cameron

28. Fergie ft. Ludacris – “Glamorous”

Released: January 23, 2007

Album: The Dutchess

Producer: Polow da Don

27. Janet Jackson with Nelly – “Call on Me”

Released: June 19, 2006

Album: 20 Y.O.

Producer: Jermaine Dupri, LRoc, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson

26. Jeremih ft. 50 Cent – “Down on Me”

Released: September 28, 2010

Album: All About You

Producer: Mick Schultz, Keith James

25. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work”

Released: January 27, 2016

Album: Anti 

Producer: Boi-1da

24. Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller – “The Way”

Released: March 26, 2013

Album: Yours Truly

Producer: Harmony Samuels

23. Jagged Edge ft. Nelly – “Where the Party At”

Released: May 15, 2001

Album: Jagged Little Thrill

Producer: Jermaine Dupri

22. Mariah Carey ft. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Fantasy (Remix)”

Released: August 23, 1995

Album: Daydream

Producer: Mariah Carey, Dave Hall

21. Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah!”

Released: January 27, 2004

Album: Confessions

Producer: Lil Jon

20. Melanie C ft. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes – “Never Be the Same Again”

Released: March 20, 2000

Album: Northern Star

Producer: Rhett Lawrence

19. Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

Released: December 17, 2013

Album: Prism

Producer: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut

18. Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”

Released: December 17, 2013

Album: Beyoncé

Producer: Details, Timbaland, J-Roc, Boots, Dre Moon, Soko, Rasool Diaz

17. The-Dream ft. Fabolous – “Shawty Is Da Shit”

Released: July 10, 2007

Album: Love/Hate

Producer: Los Da Mystro, The-Dream

16. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)”

Released: June 19, 2001

Album: J.Lo

Producer: Troy Oliver, Cory Rooney, L.E.S.

15. Usher ft. Lil Wayne & Beyoncé – “Love in This Club Part II”

Released: April 28, 2008

Album: Here I Stand

Producer: DJ Toomp, Darkchild

14. Katy Perry ft. Kanye West – “E.T.”

Released: February 11, 2011

Album: Teenage Dream

Producer: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Ammo

13. Justin Timberlake ft. T.I. – “My Love”

Released: October 24, 2006

Album: FutureSex/LoveSounds

Producer: Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Nate “Danja” Hills

12. Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”

Released: February 1, 2011

Album: F.A.M.E.

Producer: Diplo, Afrojack, Free School

11. Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z – “Heartbreaker”

Released: August 23, 1999

Album: Rainbow

Producer: Mariah Carey, DJ Clue, Ken “Duro” Ifill

10. Christina Aguilera ft. Redman – “Dirrty”

Released: September 3, 2002

Album: Stripped

Producer: Dana Stinson, Christina Aguilera, Balewa Muhammad, Jasper Cameron

9. Rihanna ft. Kanye West – “Diamonds (Remix)”

Released: September 26, 2012

Album: Unapologetic

Producer: Benny Blanco, Stargate

8. Destiny’s Child ft. T.I. & Lil Wayne – “Soldier”

Released: November 9, 2004

Album: Destiny Fulfilled

Producer: Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles

7. Janet Jackson ft. Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell – “Got ’til It’s Gone”

Released: September 22, 1997

Album: The Velvet Rope

Producer: Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

6. Justin Timberlake ft. Clipse – “Like I Love You”

Released: September 16, 2002

Album: Justified

Producer: The Neptunes

5. Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”

Released: July 27, 2010

Album: Passion, Pain & Pleasure

Producer: Kane Beatz

Nicki Minaj’s 2010 feature run was absolutely legendary. Not counting her classic “Monster” verse, the Queens MC also went in on Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad” and this track right here. Nicki is full of wild energy and is as dynamic as a rapper can get on “Bottoms Up” and this track solidified her as a certified features killer.

4. Jennifer Lopez ft. Jadakiss & Styles P – “Jenny from the Block”

Released: September 26, 2002

Album: This Is Me… Then

Producer: Troy Oliver, Cory Rooney, Poke and Tone

“Jenny from the Block” was Jennifer Lopez’s tribute to her hometown in The Bronx, so what better way to do this than sample Boogie Down Productions’ “South Bronx” and enlist hardcore spitters Jadakiss and Styles P to help her out?

3. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – “Umbrella”

Released: March 29, 2007

Album: Good Girl Gone Bad

Producer: Tricky Stewart

An absolute monster of a hit single, “Umbrella” turned Rihanna, who was already a superstar, into a next-level pop icon. While the singer puts on one of her best vocal performances on this song, and Hov is typically solid, the real MVPs are the producers and songwriters – The-Dream and Tricky Stewart.

2. Estelle ft. Kanye West – “American Boy”

Released: March 31, 2008

Album: Shine

Producer: will.i.am

One of Kanye’s best guest verses ever, the Chicago rapper-producer simply floats over the shimmering disco-funk courtesy of will.i.am. While Estelle soulfully sings about meeting a man from the US, Kanye takes the opportunity to flex his global reach.

1. Usher ft. Young Jeezy – “Love in This Club”

Released: February 22, 2008

Album: Here I Stand

Producer: Polow da Don

A timeless club banger that showcases the best of both worlds, “Love in This Club” was an inescapable hit when it dropped early 2008. A perfect blend of Polow da Don’s majestic, synth-driven production, Usher’s seductive vocals and Young Jeezy’s growling guest verse, how could it not be a smash?

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