Best Known Songs: Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River,” Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous”
Why He’s Dope: Timbaland’s rise to fame spanned from the mid-90s to the mid-2000s due to well known collaborations with Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, LL Cool J and other era moguls. His production chops are well noted. But as a songwriter alone, penning hits has kept him held at the highest esteem. In 2008, he scored an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. He also topped Billboard’s 2011 list of top 20 Hot 100 songwriters of the last decade.