Writers: Kanye West, Rhymefest
Released: Feb. '04, Roc-a-Fella
25 weeks; No. 11
"If I talk about God, my record won’t get played," West rapped on "Jesus Walks," a gospel testimonial that samples the ARC Choir, a Harlem group composed of recovering drug addicts. Kanye was wrong: The song, in which the colossally cocky West admits that he needs Jesus "like Kathie Lee needs Regis," blew up on the charts, making it the rare pop hit to name-check the Messiah.
Appears on: The College Dropout (Roc-a-Fella)