Timothy “Timbaland” Mosely is on the GOATS of musical production. And frankly he has too many hits and worked with too many of music’s best to properly list them all. But you can check out our list of the top 10 Timbaland beats and see how he has changed music forever.
10. “Luv 2 Luv Ya” by Timbaland & Magoo
A single from Tim’s album with rhyming partner Magoo’s “Welcome to Our World” released in 1997. The fun and funky beat set the tone for both his production sound in general and the album and helped it go platinum.
9. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” by Jay Z
Timbaland and Jay’s first major collab. It is the second single released from Jay-Z’s 2003 record The Black Album. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and went double platinum and started a great MC and producer relationship.
8. “Pony” by Ginuwine
“Pony” is the debut single from R&B crooner Ginuwine from his first album Ginuwine…The Bachelor in 1996. The funky yet sultry track has a special place in his catalog as it was Timbaland’s true breakthrough in the industry and his first platinum song.
7. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliot
“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” is the debut solo single by rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. It was written and composed by Elliott, and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly and released in 1997. Simply put, this record changed the sound of hip-hop, and pathed the way for both Missy and Timbaland’s future groundbreaking successes.
6. “Are You That Somebody?” by Aaliyah
“Are You That Somebody?” is a song by the incomparable Aaliyah from 1998. Timbaland, who, in addition to writing the song, produced and performed a guest rap for it. The quirky club record even featured a sample of a baby cooing just because Tim could. It reached #1 on the Billboard US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
5. “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
The track that cemented Timbaland as one of the top producers of all-time in any genre. “SexyBack” is a song by Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006. It was a new sound for the former boy band singer and it was a massive hit. The song went platinum in 5 countries and was Tim’s first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. “Work It” by Missy Elliot
“Work It” is another collab with Missy for Elliott’s fourth studio album Under Construction in 2002. The song’s musical style, and production by Timbaland, were heavily inspired by old school hip hop from the early 1980s. It samples Run-D.M.C.’s “Peter Piper” and Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three’s “Request Line”. The track reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went double platinum, becoming the biggest hit of Missy’s career.
3. “Big Pimpin’” by Jay Z and UGK
Jay’s biggest non Beyonce or Ye assisted hit. “Big Pimpin'” released in 2000 off his fourth studio album Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. It features a guest appearance from Southern hip hop group UGK. “Big Pimpin'” was the most successful single from the album, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and going platinum.
2. “One In A Million” by Aaliyah
“One in a Million” is a song by Aaliyah from her second studio album of the same name. It was written by both Missy Elliott and Timbaland with the latter of course producing the song. It’s an R&B club ballad with trip hop and drum and bass influences. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard dance charts and reached #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. It was the duo’s first major collaboration and symbolized a complete reinvention of Aaliyah’s sound.
1. “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliot
The prefect collaboration between the two perfect collaborators. “Get Ur Freak On” was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland for her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive released in 2001. Based on heavy bhangra elements, a popular music and dance form from the Punjab state of India. The track reached #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was listed 14th on Rolling Stone‘s Best Songs of the Decade and was another certified platinum record. This is the track that solidified Missy as Supa Dupa star and Timbaland as one of The Culture’s beast beat makers.
We hope you enjoyed this list of the Top 10 Timbaland Beats. Check out more of our lists below:
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Written by @TalentedMrFord