Arguably one of the greatest rappers to ever pick up a mic, Jay-Z is responsible for some of the greatest rap songs in history. His verses can be traced back from his Marcy project hustler beginnings to his current position reigning atop his throne. Accompanied by the hottest chick in the game wearing his wedding ring and bearing his child, we've witnessed Hov's transition through music.

With 15 years in the game and a total 15 solo and collaborative albums, it is clear that Jay-Z has mastered the art of hip-hop longevity in an ever-changing culture. It can be difficult to label anything his best work as he has hundreds of quality songs that represent the vast number of situations in life. 

But here are the top 100 songs we feel define Jay-Z at his best: