The Top 10 Pitbull Songs of All Time

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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (1999)

Pitbull - "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
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Pitbull broke into the pop top 10 for the first time with this single from the album Rebelution. It went clear to #2. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" includes samples from "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)" by the Bucketheads and "Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich which itself samples Chicago's disco song "Street Player" from 1979. Calle Ocho is a well-known street in Miami, Florida's Little Havana neighborhood. Hitting the pop top 10 around the world, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" was Pitbull's first big international hit. It has sold more then three million copies in the US alone. 

Rebelution was Pitbull's fourth studio album and his first to be released on his own Mr. 305 label. It debuted at #8 on the US album chart selling more than 40,000 copies in its first week. It has ultimately sold 250,000 copies in the US alone.

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"Culo" (2004) featuring Lil Jon

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"Culo" was Pitbull's first single released as lead artist. It marked his emergence from the Miami bass and crunk rap scenes. Pitbull said, "Crunk ain't nothin' but bass music slowed down," so he intended his music to be a combination of the two. In 2003, Pitbull's track "Oye" was included on the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack. He followed it up with his first official solo project. "Culo" was released as the lead single from Pitbull's debut album M.I.A.M.I. "Culo" was a top 40 pop hit as well as just missing the rap songs top 10 peaking at #11. It remains a pleasing minimalist party track.

Pitbull's debut solo album M.I.A.M.I. was a chart success. It reached #14 on the US album chart and hit the top 10 on both the rap and R&B album charts. It includes guest appearances from rapper Lil Jon on five of the album's tracks. Following the success of the album, Pitbull joined the Anger Management concert tour featuring Eminem and 50 Cent.

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"The Anthem" (2007) featuring Lil Jon

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"The Anthem" was released as a single from Pitbull's album The Boatlift. It samples the saxophone line from the worldwide dance hit "Calabria" by Enur and the main hook comes from the 1970s Latin release "El Africano" by Sonora Dinamita. "The Anthem" became Pitbull's second top 40 pop hit, and the second of three hits with Lil Jon. The song also landed inside the top 10 of the rap chart. An official remix of the song features Trinidadian Soca artist Machel Montano.

The Boatlift was Pitbull's third studio album. It was praised for spanning Latin music and Southern hip-hop. The album hit #50 on the US album chart and sold more than 30,000 copies combined in its first two weeks of release.

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"Hotel Room Service" (2009)

Pitbull - Hotel Room Service
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"Hotel Room Service" followed "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" into the pop top 10. The instrumental hook is sampled from the Nightcrawlers dance hit "Push the Feeling On." There are also lines borrowed from the Sugarhill Gang's seminal rap hit "Rapper's Delight" in particular, "We at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn." R&B and hip-hop master Jim Jonsin is the producer here. "Hotel Room Service" was a top 10 pop hit for Pitbull in both the US and UK as well as a number of other countries around the world. An official remix of "Hotel Room Service" included an appearance by Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. It helped push the song into the top 10 at dance music radio.

"Hotel Room Service" is included on the album Rebelution. In keeping with the style of many of Pitbull's music videos, the "Hotel Room Service" clip includes featured appearances by multiple models. The music video has been viewed more than one hundred million times.

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"Bon Bon" (2010)

Pitbull - "Bon Bon"
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"Bon Bon" was released as a single from Pitbull's Spanish language album Armando. The album was titled in honor of Pitbull's father. Armando is also Pitbull's given first name. It was his first and so far only Spanish language collection. "Bon Bon" reached the top 3 at Latin pop radio and climbed to #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is built on a sample from "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP via Dutch DJ Alvaro's remix.

The album Armando was Pitbull's fifth studio album. It reached #65 on the US album chart and was named Urban Album of the Year at Univision's Lo Nuestro Awards.

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"International Love" (2011) featuring Chris Brown

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown - "International Love"
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"International Love" follows the strong world dance music feel of Pitbull's Planet Pit album. Rising Danish producer and songwriter Soulshock co-wrote and co-produced "International Love." It was first released as a promotional single and was later sent to radio as the fourth official single from the album. Chris Brown delivers a beautiful vocal on the choruses. It was his tenth appearance as a featured artist on a top 40 pop hit. "International Love" reached #1 on the dance chart in the US and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 while landing in the top 10 on Latin pop and mainstream pop radio.

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"Give Me Everything" (2011) featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer

Pitbull - "Give Me Everything"
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Everything came together for Pitbull on "Give Me Everything," the second official single from the album Planet Pit. His natural showmanship is balanced by a gorgeous lead vocal from Ne-Yo and an expansive, room-filling dance production by Dutch DJ Afrojack. Latin pop singer Nayer also receives credit for vocals. The result was his first #1 pop hit in the US. It also hit #1 on the Latin songs chart and went to #1 in many countries around the world. "Give Me Everything" was one of the five biggest hits of 2011 in both the US and UK. It has sold nearly five million copies in the US alone. Actress Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and Afrojack for the use of her name in the song without permission. A judge ruled the use of her name was fair on First Amendment grounds. 

"Give Me Everything" was the second single released from Pitbull's sixth studio album Planet Pit. The inspiration for the album was the music Pitbull heard during his childhood including merengue, cha-cha-cha, dancehall, and Miami bass. The album debuted at #7 on the US album chart, Pitbull's highest charting release. It sold over 55,000 copies in its first week of release.

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"Back In Time" (2012)

Pitbull - "Back In Time"
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"Back In Time" is a single from the soundtrack for the movie Men In Black 3. It sets a sampled guitar line and vocal from the 1950s hit "Love Is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia against contemporary dance music beats. The song was co-written and co-produced by Marc Kinchen. "Back In Time" is not included on the official soundtrack album for Men In Black 3 but instead serves as the lead single from Pitbull's Global Warming album. "Back In Time" climbed to #11 on the US pop chart and hit the top 10 in many different countries around the world. 

A few hours after the official music video for "Back In Time" was released, it was pulled, and a new cut was released the following day. Three seconds of film were removed from the clip due to copyright claims. The album Global Warming was Pitbull's seventh studio album. It reached #14 on the US album chart and sold over 60,000 copies in its first week of release.

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"Feel This Moment" (2013) featuring Christina Aguilera

Pitbull - "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera
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Pitbull hooks up here with a team of Canadian songwriters and producers as well as Christina Aguilera on featured vocals. Nasria Atweh, who later put together the Canadian reggae-pop band Magic! who hit #1 with their first single "Rude," co-wrote and co-produced "Feel This Moment." The song is a joyous celebration of life's special moments. "Feel This Moment" samples A-ha's 1980s #1 pop hit "Take On Me." It is the fourth official single from Pitbull's album Global Warming. The song hit the pop top 10 in the US, UK, and most other countries around the world. It also reached #5 on the Latin pop chart.

Pitbull and Christina Aguilera performed "Feel This Moment" live on multiple televised awards shows including the 2012 American Music Awards, 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, and 2013 Billboard Music Awards which also featured Morten Harket of A-ha. The accompanying music video earned an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Collaboration.

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"Timber" (2013) featuring Kesha

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Pitbull connected with both Ke$ha and Dr. Luke for this lead single from the EP Meltdown. "Timber" was one of the first major pop hits to be strongly influenced by Avicii's groundbreaking worldwide smash "Wake Me Up." "Timber" interpolates the 1978 song "San Francisco Bay" by Dutch harmonica player Lee Oskar who also played with the legendary funk-soul group War. The harmonica parts on "Timber" are played by Paul Harrington. Lee Oskar later filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of "Timber." Reportedly, Rihanna was originally asked to provide the featured vocals, but she turned it down due to working with Shakira on "Can't Remember To Forget You." "Timber" became Pitbull's second #1 pop hit in the US and Kesha's third. It also topped the dance and rap charts while climbing to #3 on the Latin songs chart. It reached #1 in many other countries around the world.

Kesha and Pitbull filmed their scenes from the accompanying music video separately. The EP Meltdown only reached #95 on the US album chart. Although Kelly Rowland and Mayer Hawthorne were featured vocalists on other tracks, "Timber" was the only official single released from Meltdown.