Our Top 10 Dr. Dre songs list looks at a hip-hop giant due to his success in the American rap industry as well as the record production sector. His success has seen him being envied by most contemporary musicians in the U.S. In addition to being a successful rapper and hip-hop artist, Dr. Dre is a renowned entrepreneur and the C.E.O. and founder of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
Before he popularized hip-hop music, Dr. Dre performed as a deejay and was a part of World Class Wreckin’ Cru. He adopted the name Dr. Dre in the early 1980s when he was still a deejay performing at parties and clubs in South Central District, Los Angeles. He was discovered in 1986 by N Wit Attitudes (N.W.A) along with rappers Ice Cube and Eazy-E.
N.W.A second album becomes the breakthrough for the gangsta rap movement. The album features explicit descriptions (often glorifying) of drug dealing along with street violence. Although Dr. Dre was seen as a prominent rapper in the group, his main role was that of a producer.
However, in 1992, Dre decided to leave N.W.A and along with Marion Knight, they co-founded Death Row Records. The same year, Dr. Dre debuted his first solo album titled The Chronic, where he introduced the G-funk style of production. This music style was characterized by synthesizer washes along with plodding tempos and copious musical sampling of 1970s funk music.
It was his debut album that saw Dr. Dre producing his first-ever Grammy Award, Let Me Ride. This single was released in 1994 after his album had taken home the best rap solo performance. The success of his album introduced this sound to mainstream hip-hop.
Later on, he left Death Row Record in 1996 and created his record called the Aftermath Records. And three years after coming up with his record, Dr. Dre had another hit solo album in 2001. This album saw him winning the Grammy award with his single Forgot About Dre. In the same album, Dre managed to release some top-notch hit songs.
In fact, Dre won the Grammy Award for the best producer in 2000 following his work on the Grammy-winning album of Eminem titled The Marshall Mathers LP. And in 2009, Dr. Dre managed to win two more Grammy awards after producing another top-notch album with Eminem.
In addition to Eminem and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre managed to produce an album for several well-known hip-hop artists. As a renowned producer and rapper, Dr. Dre became a supervisor for these artists and helped nurture their talents to the highest point in their careers. Some of his well-known prodigies include 50 Cent, The D.O.C, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, 2Pac, The Game, and Knoc-turn’al.
Although he is a high school dropout, Dr. Dre managed his way up the hip-hop industry to become an icon in this music genre. His success in the music industry has seen him becoming the 3rd richest person in the hip-hop industry with an $825 million net worth. To celebrate his success in this industry, we shall be taking you through the top 10 Dr. Dre songs in today’s article. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Top 10 Dr. Dre Songs
# 10 – Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang
This song definitely tops the list as one of the best of Dr. Dre’s songs. Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang has mad beats, and it is smooth all the way, and the best part is that it does not get old. In fact, this song shows the best of Dr. Dre’s early works. Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang is one of the songs that introduced gangsta rap into the mainstream music industry.
# 9 – California Love (2Pac)
California Love is one of the two songs that Dr. Dre produced for the late 2Pac’s album titled All Eyez on Me. This song also marked Dr. Dre’s last collaboration with 2Pac along with Suge Knight on their records Death Row Records.
# 8 – #### with Dre Day
It is #### with Dre Day that ushered in the era of G-Funk, and it promised retributive violence. Each verse in this song licks shots at rivals, and its success saw it being number eight on the Billboard singles chart. This song also burnished Dr. Dre’s Death Row Record as the world’s most dangerous label at that time.
# 7 – Family Affair
The video for this song by Mary J Blige has a brief cameo by the producer; Dr. Dre lifts his arm in triumph. Family Affair is his best production and shows his quick adaptability to various artists as well as era. Working alongside Mary J Blige, the result was, without a doubt, top-notch.
# 6 – Still Dre
Released in 1999, Still, Dre was one of his best-performing songs in the late 1990s following rumors regarding Dr. Dre’s failure to follow up The Chronic. However, 2001 was Dre’s perfect return, and Still, Dre’s sound was top-notch, and it portrayed his success as an artist.
# 5 – Real N Don’t Die
Efil4zaggin was N.W.An album released in 1991; this album was unremittingly unpleasant, which led to its sound being overlooked. Real N Don’t Die is one of the hit songs in this album, which helped propel Dr. Dre’s work to the mainstream hip-hop industry.
# 4 – Next Episode
Featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Kurupt, Dr. Dre’s hit song was in his album The Chronic, released in 2001. The song has outstanding rhythmic lyrics and a top-notch beat that saw it becoming one of the best songs in Dre’s album The Chronic.
# 3 – Ain’t No Fun
With a bouncy and glittering ball-illuminated groove, Ain’t No Fun is the version of Dr. Dre’s boogie-funk epic. Although it was not released as a single, this song became a hit song and of the best work of Dr. Dre.
# 2 – My Name Is
In contrast to the G-funk’s sound, this song features a unique sound that seemed ungainly, jerky, and off-kilter; however, it was a perfect work by Dre for introducing Eminem’s disturbing Slim Shady character.
# 1 – Lil’ Ghetto Boy
Often overlooked as the biggest hit from the album The Chronic, this song was a masterpiece. This song felt equivocal and thoughtful as opposed to the N.W.A’s furious nihilism.
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