#40 – Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – “Beautiful” – (2002)

I love this song. “Beautiful” is not only the title, but the best way to describe it. Watch the video – it was filmed in Rio de Janeiro and I always picture it when listening to the song. This is Snoop’s best song, I think, and Pharrell kill it every time he is featured on a song – and that’s no different here. You might not like rap music (this is more hip-hop than straight-up rap) but you can’t deny Pharrell’s calming vocals on this track. That and the gorgeous beat. This was a top 10 hit just about everywhere – and rightfully so. Definitely one of my favorites – of both the decade and the genre.

#59 – Jay-Z – “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” – (2000)

While the Eminem song from yesterday was a favorite of pop radio and TRL, hip-hop like this song wasn’t as easy to come by (not that it was hard). It wasn’t being spoon fed to us by MTV like it should’ve been, because it’s awesome. Uncredited on the chorus is Pharrell whose “I’m a hustla baby – I just want you to know” is not only a highlight of this song but a highlight in hip-hop vocals in the past 20 years. This is one of the catchiest Jay-Z songs ever and it has that early-2000s beat and corresponding video that makes it perfect to listen to outside on a sunny day (preferably on a beach or at a party).