Inside the previous 10 years, hip-hop has formally turn out to be essentially the most streamed musical style within the U.S., but its impression on the world has lengthy been plain. Rap music has turn out to be not solely the beat that we stroll to, but additionally the soundtrack to many individuals’s lives. And whereas the sound and magnificence of the music has expanded and advanced, one factor stays the identical and that is rap’s stronghold on the ears of music followers, worldwide.
Years cross and seasons change, however sure songs function capsules to the times of yesteryear, outline particular moments in time and can by no means be forgotten. Metrics might not be the only determinant within the impression a selected hit report has had on the tradition, nonetheless, numbers do not lie and incomes a No. 1 single on the Billboard Scorching 100 chart is indicative of a track’s dominance throughout a selected time limit.
Simply this yr, a number of rappers have landed No. 1 songs. None have been extra dominant than Lil Nas X‘s “Previous City Highway,” which set a brand new report for longest consecutive run at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart, with 19 weeks straight within the prime spot. In the meantime, Lizzo, Travis Scott, Publish Malone and The Weeknd have additionally held down the highest spot.
From 2010 via 2019, a slew of rap artists have composed numerous songs that can stay on nicely past their launch dates, however solely a uncommon few have had the bragging proper of getting the most well liked track within the nation. As we contextualize and have fun the previous 10 years in hip-hop, XXL appears again at each rap track that reached the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Scorching 100 chart this decade.