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Complex Magazine's Top 25 Timbaland songs of all time

In anticipation of the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South, which airs on June 7, Complex and Miss Info have teamed with the network to celebrate this year's honorees with exclusive coverage.

And as we already know, Static and Timbaland were very closely together on a lot of Timbaland's biggest hits. So let's find out which Static tracks made the cut.

#25: Cee-Lo f/ Timbaland "I'll Be Around"
#24: SWV f/ Missy Elliott "Can We"
#23: Young Jeezy "3 A.M."
#22: Missy Elliott f/ Eve, Nas & Q-Tip "Hot Boyz (Remix)"
#21: Ginuwine "What's So Different?"

#20: Aaliyah "We Need A Resolution"
To say Aaliyah and Timbaland found a formula and ran with it would be an understatement. "Resolution," of clanging bottles and blame games, bears quite a few of structural similarities to both "Are You That Somebody" and "Try Again" before it, right down to the half-adlib half-rap Timbaland vocals. But the template was so close to perfect that you can hardly blame the duo for not deviating more.

#19: Fabolous f/ Ne-Yo "Make Me Better"
#18: Bubba Sparxxx "Deliverance"
#17: The Game "Put You On The Game"

#16: Playa "Cheers 2 U"
Playa were perhaps the most underrated of Timbaland's R&B collaborators. The "Cheers" beat bears a striking similarity to Jay-Z's "Nigga What, Nigga Who" (released the same year), but Timbaland's sound was so adaptable that even the same track could be used for multiple purposes. A few changes here and there, and a heartfelt ballad is suddenly a fast rap battle track.

#15: Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland "Promiscuous"

#14: Timbaland & Magoo "Luv 2 Luv U (Remix)"
Timbaland's longtime rhyme partner Magoo—often pronounced "Mag-ah-noo" if he needed to fill out a bar—has never been mistaken for a lyrical monster. He stumbles in a Q-Tip falsetto at any tempo, and it's not like Tim was that brilliant of a spitter himself ("I'm the man with the power / I get booty calls fifteen after every hour"). But their production was always more than strong enough to carry the both of them across three albums. Here, Timbo rocks Donna Summers through a musical fisheye lens.

#13: Tweet f/ Missy Elliot "Oops (Oh My)"

#12: Aaliyah "Try Again"
There's no doubt that if any human was born to ride Timbaland's beats, it was Aaliyah. Perhaps only she could truly tame a track like this, giving life to its sub-bass synths. Tim does his part on the ad-lib tip, turning wisdom-soaked Rakim boasts into goofy jewels.

#11: Nicole f/ Missy Elliott & Mocha "Make It Hot"
#10: Justin Timberlake f/ T.I. "My Love"
#9: Petey Pablo "Raise Up"
#8: Jay-Z f/ Big Jaz & Amil "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
#7: Aaliyah "One In A Million"
#6: Missy Elliott "Get Ur Freak On"
#5: Justin Timberlake "Cry Me A River"

#4: Ginuwine "Pony"
Despite its mechanical nature, Timbaland's work has always dripped with a certain sexuality. Not robot-sexy, either—human sexy. Android ballads, perhaps. "Pony" is a great example of this, as Ginuwine lays down absurd equestrian innuendo over sheet-metal beats and croaking frogs.

#3: Jay-Z f/ UGK "Big Pimpin'"
#2: Missy Elliott "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"

#1: Aaliyah "Are You That Somebody?"
Timbaland's true crossover moment. "Are You That Somebody" was such a hit that it forced the moment where "The Timbaland Sound" stopped being a curiosity and became the norm. Suddenly, urban radio rolled out the welcome mat for hiccuping drums and crying baby samples, Aaliyah was thrust to superstar status, and Timbaland became the most important producer of his generation.

Congrats to Timbaland for making more than decades worth of timeless music. I would also like to point out Static's impact on the music industry, as many of his songs were mentioned on this list. So like it's been reiterated many times, Static wrote timeless classic hits.

Now that you've seen the list, what Timbaland or Timbaland/Static songs would you remove from that list and what songs would you add to the list?


  1. I'll name a couple:

    50 Cent - AYO Technology (You can say what you want about 50, but that beat was amazing)
    Timbaland & Magoo - Up Jumps Da Boogie
    Ginuwine - So Anxious
    Ginuwine - Same Ol G
    Ginuwine - I'll Do Anything/I'm Sorry
    Brandy - Come As You Are
    Brandy - Who Is She 2 U?
    Jamie Foxx - Can I Take U Home

  2. And how could I forget...Aaliyah - 4 Page Letter

  3. Aaliyah-Don't know what to tell ya and I care 4 U
    Playa- Don't stop the music
    Missy Elliott - Beep me 911 and Sock it 2 me
    Kiley Dean- Keep it Movin
    Ms Jade - Big Head

  4. and I forgot Hot Like Fire...and 4 Page Letter too ;)

  5. I would also add "More Than A Woman"


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