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Top 25 Songs of the Summer

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Owning the summer's become one of hip-hop's most coveted bragging rights over the years. Long before Jay-Z began his string of calculated summer takeovers, MCs took pride in releasing songs to match the warm weather. Summer veterans Rick Ross and Lil Wayne dominated this year, but not without splashes from newcomers Big Sean ("My Last," "Marvin and Chardonnay"), Meek Mill ("Tupac Back," "I'ma Boss"), YC ("Racks") and Kreayshawn ("Gucci Gucci"). Some made the cut despite a late release (Lil Wayne's "She Will) while others (Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass," Kanye West's "All of the Lights," Ace Hood "Hustle Hard (Remix)")—though released late last year—still got enough spins to make onto summer playlists. In conjunction with Labor Day (the unofficial end of the summer), XXL looks back at the artists that kept the heat coming during the year's hottest season.—XXL Staff

25. Maan feat. Snoop Dogg & Iyaz "The Mack" Mann's World (2011)

25. Maan feat. Snoop Dogg & Iyaz "The Mack" Mann's World (2011)

24. Wiz Khalifa feat. Too $hort "On My Level" Rolling Papers (2011)

24. Wiz Khalifa feat. Too $hort "On My Level" Rolling Papers (2011)

23. Young Jeezy feat. Lil Wayne "Ballin" Thug Motivation 103 (2011)

23. Young Jeezy feat. Lil Wayne "Ballin" Thug Motivation 103 (2011)

22. Maino feat. Roscoe Dash "Let It Fly" The Day After Tomorrow (2011)

22. Maino feat. Roscoe Dash "Let It Fly" The Day After Tomorrow (2011)

21. DJ Drama feat. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa & Roscoe Dash "Oh My" Third Power (2011)

21. DJ Drama feat. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa & Roscoe Dash "Oh My" Third Power (2011)

20. Drake "Headlines" Take Care (2011)

20. Drake "Headlines" Take Care (2011)

19. Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars "Lighters" Hell: The Sequel (2011)

19. Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars "Lighters" Hell: The Sequel (2011)

18. Ace Hood feat. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross "Hustle Hard (Remix)" Blood, Sweat & Tears (2011)

18. Ace Hood feat. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross "Hustle Hard (Remix)" Blood, Sweat & Tears (2011)

17. Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi "All of the Lights" My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

17. Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi "All of the Lights" My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

16. Rick Ross feat. Lil Wayne "9 Piece" God Forgives, I Don't (2011)

16. Rick Ross feat. Lil Wayne "9 Piece" God Forgives, I Don't (2011)

15. Jay-Z and Kanye West "Niggas in Paris" Watch the Throne (2011)

15. Jay-Z and Kanye West "Niggas in Paris" Watch the Throne (2011)

14. Lil Wayne feat. Drake "She Will" Tha Carter IV (2011)

14. Lil Wayne feat. Drake "She Will" Tha Carter IV (2011)

13. Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross "Tupac Back" Self Made, Vol.1 (2011)

13. Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross "Tupac Back" Self Made, Vol.1 (2011)

12. Drake "Marvin's Room" Take Care (2011)

12. Drake "Marvin's Room" Take Care (2011)

11. Big Sean feat. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash "Marvin and Chardonnay" Finally Famous (2011)

11. Big Sean feat. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash "Marvin and Chardonnay" Finally Famous (2011)

10. Lil Wayne feat. Rick Ross "John" Tha Carter IV (2011)

10. Lil Wayne feat. Rick Ross "John" Tha Carter IV (2011)

9. Kreayshawn "Gucci Gucci" (2011)

9. Kreayshawn "Gucci Gucci" (2011)

8. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer "Give Me Everything" Planet Pit (2011)

8. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer "Give Me Everything" Planet Pit (2011)

7. Nicki Minaj "Super Bass" Pink Friday (2010)

7. Nicki Minaj "Super Bass" Pink Friday (2010)

6. YC feat. Future "Racks" Got Racks (2011)

6. YC feat. Future "Racks" Got Racks (2011)

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West "Otis" Watch the Throne (2011)

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West "Otis" Watch the Throne (2011)

4. Lil Wayne "How to Love" Tha Carter IV (2011)

4. Lil Wayne "How to Love" Tha Carter IV (2011)

3. Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross "I'ma Boss" Self Made, Vol.1 (2011)

3. Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross "I'ma Boss" Self Made, Vol.1 (2011)

2. Big Sean feat. Chris Brown "My Last" Finally Famous (2011)

2. Big Sean feat. Chris Brown "My Last" Finally Famous (2011)

1. DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne "I'm on One" We the Best Forever (2011)

1. DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne "I'm on One" We the Best Forever (2011)

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