Our Nicki Minaj Songs list looks at an artist whose original name is Onika Tanya Maraj and was born on 8th December 1982, Trinidad and Tobago. Nicki Minaj is famous for her flowing quick-spoken rap style as well as her provocative lyrics. She complements her music with her risqué clothing and colorful wigs. Nicki was around five years old when they moved to New York with her family. Her childhood was dominated by her violent and drug-addicted father and she spent most of her time creating fantasies for herself that enabled her to escape her tumultuous life. She got her name “Nicki Minaj” from her practices.
Nicki entered the music industry as a backup singer and it is from this that she got the attention of rapper Lil Wayne and together they worked on several mixtapes and the first was “Playtime Is Over” in 2007. It is from this that her exposure grew. In 2009, she signed for Young Money Entertainment founded by Lil Wayne and her first album was Pink Friday in 2010.
From there, the rest is history and Nicki Minaj has grown to become an icon in the rap industry and empowering women. Below is a list of the top ten songs by Nicki Minaj.
Top 10 Nicki Minaj Songs
# 10 – Super Bass
At number ten on our top ten Nicki Minaj songs is “Super Bass.” By the time this song was released, Nicki Minaj was already an icon in Hip Hop, but she needed a song that would ensure that she becomes a pop crossover sensation. And the good news is that this energetic and glowing bonus song from the Pink Friday album did not disappoint. It would become the most selected or rather go-to-number and made her a household name worldwide.
To make a long story short, “Super Bass” has the effervescence signifying the summer but will also carry you throughout and you cannot help but enjoy the fan. This song marks the perfect mix of what everyone would hope Nicki Minaj would become. The song has an addictive hook and pre-chorus, the song has got the audiences similar with the colorful nature of Nicki’s singing and rapping, ultimately paving way for Minaj’s direction that she would later embark on.
# 9 – Your Love
This is also a top and fan-favorite song on our list. The song was taken from Minaj’s debut studio album Pink Friday. It was released on 1st June, 200 by Young Money Cash Money and Universal Motown. The song was the lead single of the Pink Friday album. “Your Love” was written by Nicki Minaj, David Freeman, Joseph Hughes, and Andrew “Pop” Wansel and the latter produced the song.
Though her debut single in 2010 “Massive Attack” did not achieve the commercial success that she had hoped for, this song ended up viral to radio stations and the Dj’s liked it immediately. What makes this song outstanding is Nicki Minaj’s flirtatious singing and rapping over a part of Annie Lennox’s “No More I Love You’s” which was a gem in 1995. With just a few changes in lyrics, “Your Love” showed that Minaj had the potential or rather ability to grow as a mainstream solo star. The song stood at number 14 on Hot 100 and it became the first song done by a female artist to become number one on the Hot Rap chart since “Magic Stick” by LiL’ Kim in 2003.
# 8 – Moment 4 Life
Nicki Minaj is famous for her energetic club bangers as well as syrupy rap ballads and her finest or rather best performances arrive when she is in a reflective state. This is a space that she occupies on ” Moments 4 Life” a T-Minus-produced song.
This song by Nicki Minaj featuring Drake finds her spitting bar after bar while in her celebratory ode of the new acclaim that she has found. In this track, both MCs match or rather work as perfect opposites, where Drake takes his chances to “propose” in his verse. The song became a mainstay on the radio and stood at number 13 on Hot 100. It also earned Nicki her second number one on the rap songs chart. The song was also nominated as the best rap performance on the Grammy Awards in 20212. Therefore, this track is an invaluable piece that makes Minaj a legend in the raps category.
# 7 – Bed of Lies
This song is fueled by Minaj’s split with her long-term boyfriend Safaree Samuels. The track was picked from her third studio album The Pinkprint in 2014. Again, this song was premiered at the 2014 MTV EMAs in Scotland and Young Money Entertainment, Republic Records, Cash Money Records released it on 16th November 2014 as the fourth single from the album.
This song features Skylar Grey on the chorus as well as extra vocals on the verses and piano playing. The track peaked at position 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also became Nicki’s 56th Hot 100 entry where she achieved the third most entries among women. This is Minaj’s most subdued track with a melancholy ballad and a definite highlight. A classic one flanked by a haunting chorus done by Skylar Grey, Nicki reflects a failed relationship with outstanding honesty while keeping her rhymes tight even when she gets emotional and angry in the second verse. The killer rhyme in this track ” You was with me way before I hit a quarter mil’ in it/Put you in the crib and you ain’t never pay a bill in it” is fantastic.
# 6 – Monster
As we go down to number six ” Monster” appears. “Pull up in that monster automobile gangsta…” The rest of the song does not need repeating since it is pretty obvious that the track is being recited in your head when reading along. The verse is Nicki Minaj’s most iconic and her finest guest appearance that solidifies her position among her crew both male and female.
The song is set for Nicki to come out as the victorious “Monster” Mc and fans as well as her critics agree that Nicki defeated Kanye West alongside the other artists. Typically everything disappears into the background when she shows up. She is a whirlwind of energy by showing her full energy through her voice and the amazing beats.
# 5 – Anaconda
This is a novelty track by Nicki Minaj and the track still slaps even to this day. Minaj echos a full-throttle commitment “size matters.” The song might not have similar staying power with the rest of the Minaj catalog, but the video went viral and broke the internet when it was premiered. This track continues to accumulate views due to Minaj’s perfect posteriors.
# 4 – Chun-Li
This is a famous song by Nicki Minaj from the 4th studio album known as Queen. The song was released on 12th April 2018 by Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment as the lead single from the Queen album. The song was written by Nicki and Jeremy Reid and Minaj produced it.
This song peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and attained at number 20 in Canada while top 30 in the United Kingdom and France. The track won the award as the Best Hip-Hop Video at MTV Video Music Award 2018.
After staying low for a whole following “Regrets In Your Tears” in 2017, that is when Minaj came with this song together with “Barbie Tingz” which gave a taste to Queen– her fourth album. Nicki Minaj was taking a dig on her imitators who copy her every word, every inch. In this song, Nicki Minaj delivers her iconic line ” hey need rappers like me/So they can get on their….. ” The song landed in the Billboard top ten stylishly.
# 3 – Beez In The Trap
At number three is the “Beez In The Trap.” It is through the sheer force of will that Minaj gets away with vast. She has created songs that defy classification as well as reason itself, and they end up being hits. Nicki Minaj thrives in scenarios that allow her imagination to rampage while toying with production as well as beats that your ears are not acclimated to. She just has a self-invented vocabulary.
The song features some of the clinical bars of her career focusing on a small handful of words repeated to the point of parody. Every moment of this track sells. Alongside 2 Chainz whom Nicki features, she gives a shout-out to several regions, states, and cities thus ensuring that everyone is represented on terrestrial radio.
# 2 – High School
At number two is “High School” by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne. An aspect of Nicki’s brilliance is the ability to repackage her tracks or rather albums into deluxe re-ups and editions. This song comes from the Pink Friday album. Nicki Minaj had enjoyed dance hall success earlier with Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go Dutty Love.” This song got numerous positive reviews online.
According to Nicki Minaj, her high school in NYC did not want her coming back and inspiring the students. She wanted to go back to high school and talk to the students but the principal refused. This is an incredible song that you will listen to, over and over again.
# 1 – Starships
At the top of our list is this stunning song “Starships.” Nicki’s highest-charting United Kingdom single was picked at number two. The song is most likely her most polarizing. The song has thumping beats, rave breakdowns as well as throwaway lyrics with the sound of an extremely talented rapper selling out. The Killer rhyme “‘I’m on the floor, floor, I love to dance,/So give me more, more, till I can’t stand” is incredible. The song peaked at position 5 on the hot 100 and became an international smash in 2012. The song set the tone for additional EDM-fueled Nicki Minaj songs.
In conclusion, Nicki Minaj is a famous female artist who has dominated the rap industry. She has empowered many, mostly women through her songs. The above songs by Nicki Minaj are incredible and worth listening to. Hope you enjoy it!
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