Drake’s Thank Me Later goes platinum in Canada and the US! It wasn’t until last year when Drake songs started hitting the radio. Most of his success was because of his last mixtape he put out “So Far Gone“. Soon after that, Drake signed with Young Money/Universal Motown. Achievements just started stacking up for rapper Drake. He also won two Grammy nominations, and just recently one best male hip hop artist at the BET awards 2010. Below is a list of the best Drake songs and songs Drake was in that fans like before Drake’s Thank Me Later album released and went platinum. Congrats Drake!
10. Mary J. Blige feat. Drake “The One”
Drake was so popular last year that he collaborated with many big name artists including R&B icon Mary J. Blige. This Drake-featured song was the lead single off Blige’s 2009 album ‘Stronger with Each Tear.’ Many people criticized Blige for using auto-tune, but that didn’t stop AT&T from using the track in one of their commercials.
9. Young Money feat. Drake – “Every Girl”
‘Every Girl’ (aka Every Girl In the World) was the first single by rap supergroup Young Money from their 2009 debut album, ‘We Are Young Money.’ The song features Lil Wayne, Drake, Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, and Jae Millz. The music video was ranked No. 12 on BET’s ‘Top 100 Videos of 2009’ countdown show.
08. Alicia Keys feat. Drake – “Un-thinkable”
Although not officially a single yet, this song has been getting significant radio airplay. It is from Key’s latest album ‘The Element of Freedom.’ According to Keys, due to the release date of her album being pushed back, she was able to work with Drake. He described the collaboration as one of the best studio experiences in his life. Drake also made a remix of this songs which gets great radio play
07. Young Money feat. Drake & Llyod – “Bedrock”
‘Bedrock’ was released as the second single from Young Money’s album, ‘We Are Young Money.’ The original recording featured vocals by Omarion, but after being released from his Young Money recording contract, he was replaced by R&B singer Lloyd.
06. Drake feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne – “Successful”
This Drake song was the second single from Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ EP. It was ranked No. 17 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Best 25 Songs of 2009’ list. It also appears on Trey Songz’s album ‘Ready.’
05. Birdman feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – “Money to Blow”
Money to Blow’ was originally recorded by Drake, but he later gave it to Birdman and it wound up as the third single from Birdman’s album ‘Priceless.’ The sequel to this song, ‘4 My Town (Play Ball),’ became the fourth single from Birdman’s album.
04. Trey Songz feat. Drake – “Invented Sex”
This was the second time Drake collaborated with his friend Trey Songz. The first time was on the 2007 song ‘Replacement Girl.’ That song was featured on BET and got Drake noticed by Lil Wayne who eventually signed him to his Young Money label. ‘I Invented Sex’ became Songz’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
03. Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy – “I’m Goin’ In”
‘I’m Goin’ In’ was one of seven Drake songs from the ‘So Far Gone’ EP. A music video was shot even though it was never officially released as a single. It features an auto-tuned Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy.
02. Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
This was the hit that catapulted Drake to superstardom. In addition to receiving two Grammy nominations, this Drake song was also named ‘Hot Rap Song of 2009’ by Billboard Magazine. It samples the 1975 pop hit ‘Fallin’ in Love’ by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.
01. Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – “Forever”
Once again collaborating with hip-hop heavyweights, Drake performed this song at the Grammy awards with Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Blink 182’s Travis Barker. It originally appeared on Lebron James’ ‘More Than a Game’ movie soundtrack, and was later added to Eminem’s ‘Relapse: Refill’ album. Jay-Z dubbed our No.1 Drake song as ‘the best posse cut of the year’ fans agree.