100 Best Songs of the 2000s

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Kanye West, 'Jesus Walks'

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"If I talk about God, my record won't get played," rapped Kanye over thundering martial drums on this gospel testimonial. He was wrong: "Jesus Walks" climbed the charts and won a Grammy for Best Rap Song. But more important, it introduced a hip-hop star who could single-handedly create more drama than a carful of Crips.

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