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Drake has left an indelible mark on the music industry. With his unique blend of introspective lyrics, catchy hooks, and innovative production, the Grammy Award-winning emcee has consistently delivered chart-topping hits.
This year, the Canadian born rapp leads the upcoming BET Awards 2023 with seven nominations across half a dozen categories, including “Album of the Year,” “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,” “Best Male Hip Hop Artist,” and more.
In honor of his impressive lead, we’re exploring five of Drake’s most successful songs that have dominated the airwaves and influenced the rap genre as a whole. These five songs represent the pinnacle of the emcee’s success, showcasing his ability to create hits that resonate with audiences globally.
“Hotline Bling” is a song that needs no introduction. Released in 2015, this track showcased Drake’s ability to blend hip-hop with elements of pop and R&B. The song’s memorable chorus and danceable beat made it an instant hit, topping charts worldwide. The music video has been viewed 1.9 billion times on Youtube.
“God’s Plan” is a heartfelt anthem. Released in 2018 as the only lead single for his fifth studio album Scorpion, the song struck a chord with listeners due to its introspective lyrics and uplifting message. With its catchy melody and infectious rhythm, “God’s Plan” became a chart-topper and spent multiple weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for the song also showcased Drake’s charitable endeavors.
“One Dance” marked a significant milestone in the emcee’s career. Released as a single from his fourth album, Views, this record became an international sensation, reaching the top of the charts in multiple countries. The record captivated audiences thanks to its fusion of dancehall, afrobeat, and pop elements.
“In My Feelings”
“In My Feelings” was a viral sensation that took the world by storm in 2018 thanks to the “In My Feelings Challenge,” where fans and celebrities alike recorded themselves dancing to the song. The single became the rapper’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, further cementing his dominance in the music industry.
“Started From the Bottom”
Released in 2013, this track showcased his raw talent and unwavering determination.
The record became an anthem for anyone striving to achieve their dreams, propelling Drake’s career to new heights and establishing him as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
The BET Awards 2023 premieres Sunday, June 25 at 8 pm ET/PT on BET and BET Her.