5. Erick Sermon (ft. Marvin Gaye) - "Music"
"To relax my mind so I can be free" are the first words on Erick Sermon's "Music." Isn't that what comes to mind when we hear the words "summer" and "music." Marvin puts on a hell of a performance from the other side.
4. Ludacris - "Rollout (My Business)"
"Rollout" wasn't the top smash from Luda's Word of Mouf LP. That would be the insanely misogynistic "Area Codes," which reached No. 22 on the Hot 100. But "Rollout" was the first single to showcase his witty flow. Timbaland's signature bassline didn't hurt.
3. Fabolous (ft. Nate Dogg) - "Can't Deny It"
Before Akon stole his spot, Nate Dogg used to be the go-to guy for hooks. His contribution on Fab's single helped make it a catchy tune in 2001.
2. Jay-Z - "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
In the midst of his battle with Nas, Jay-Z needed a magical moment. Kanye delivered it to him on this Jackson 5-sampling anthem from The Blueprint.
1. Bubba Sparxxx - "Ugly"
Bubba's sincere rhymes about being a po white folk in the south made this a standout in 2001. The video with pig-chasing scenes? Priceless.