3. 'Gold Digger'
"Gold Digger" turned Kanye West from an acclaimed rapper and producer into an international pop sensation. It also created awkward situations for white people everywhere: how exactly do you sing along to this song when it repeatedly uses the word "nigga?" There's the clean version of "she ain't messing with no broke broke," but nobody feels cool singing the Glee rendition of a song. The usual answer was to merely not vocalize that word, but sing along with the rest.
Uncomfortableness aside, the song is absolutely brilliant. It's in your head after one listen, and it's hysterical. Could anyone else come up with a line like "She was supposed to buy your shorty TYCO with your money/She went to the doctor got lypo with your money?" Also, the song ends with the line "But when you get on he leave your ass for a white girl." Kanye is particularly proud of that one. "When I said that line in my head I was like, 'This is why I get paid the big bucks,'" he told Rolling Stone in 2006. "It's lines like that that separate the good from the great."