Whether you know him as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, or just Sean Combs, there’s no doubt that the man has some serious skills when it comes to making music. Over his career, he’s released a ton of great songs that have kept us dancing for years. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the 10 best Puff Daddy songs of all time.
10. I’ll Be Missing You (feat. Faith Evans & 112) – 2014 Remaster
I’ll Be Missing You is a song about loss, and specifically about the death of Combs’ close friend Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. The song samples Sting’s “Every Breath You Take”, and features vocals from Faith Evans and 112. It was released in 1997 as a single from Combs’ album No Way Out and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 11 weeks. According to Discotech, this song was written by Combs, Evans, and Sting, and produced by Combs and Mario Winans. It gained more popularity after being used as a soundtrack in the movie Rush Hour.
9. I Need a Girl (Pt. 2)
This song was produced by Puff Daddy and released in 2001. The song features Loon, Ginuwine, and Mario Winans, and is a sequel to “I Need a Girl (Pt. One)”. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is a song about a man who is searching for his perfect woman. It was released under the record label, Bad Boy Records. It has been featured in the films, “Save the Last Dance” and “Step Up”.
8. Bad Boy for Life
Bad Boy for Life is a song about, well, being a bad boy for life. It’s about being tough and not backing down from a fight. It was a huge song that picked at the top ten on the Billboard charts and stayed there for weeks. Puff sings about how he’s a bad boy and how he’s going to stay that way. The song was written by Sean Combs, Mario Winans, Chucky Thompson, and Alvin Joiner. The song became even more popular after being featured as a soundtrack in the movie Bad Boys II. The song is an anthem for the bad boys and girls of the world. It’s a song that celebrates being tough and not getting intimidated by anyone.
7. I Need a Girl (Pt. 1) (feat. Usher & Loon)
I Need a Girl (Pt. 1) is a beautiful song about the search for love. The production is smooth and the song has a great groove. It was written by Sean Combs, Mario Winans, and Loon. The song did well reaching number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been used in movies and films such as “Hitch” and “Step Up”. It is a classic R&B song and one of Puff Daddy’s best.
6. Last Night
Last Night is a song about, well, last night. It’s about the time Puff Daddy spent with his girl, and how he wants to spend every night with her. it was produced under the record label Bad Boy Records, and it was released on January 27, 1998. The song samples “Thelonious” by Monk Higgins. It reached number nineteen on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-seven in the UK. According to Power Orlando, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It has been used as a soundtrack in the films Rush Hour, Big Daddy, and The Five-Year Engagement.
One of the most anthemic songs in Puff Daddy’s catalog, “Victory” is a celebration of all things Bad Boy. Featuring The Notorious BIG and Busta Rhymes, the track is full of braggadocio and boasts some of the most memorable lines in rap history. Over a triumphant horn-laden beat, Puff and company lay claim to being the best in the game, and it’s hard to argue with them. “Victory” is the perfect example of what made Puff Daddy and Bad Boy so special in the ’90s. The song did well reaching the number one spot on the Hot Rap Songs, and is still a fan favorite to this day. It has been used in numerous films and television shows over the years like The Sopranos, The Interview, and most recently in the 2019 film Hobbs & Shaw.
4. Been Around the World (feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase)
This track is about as close to a perfect rap song as you can get. The song is about Puff Daddy’s life of luxury and the things he’s seen around the world. It was written by Puff Daddy, Mase, and The Notorious B.I.G., and it was produced by Puff Daddy and Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie. It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It has also been used in numerous movies and television shows like The Wire, and Friday Night Lights.
3. Young G’s
Young G’s is a song about, you guessed it, young guns. It’s a song about making it in the rap game, and how Puff Daddy and Jay-Z are the young guns who are taking over. The song is full of bragging rights, and it’s clear that Puff Daddy and Jay-Z are having a lot of fun with it. According to Watch Mojo, it was released under the record label Bad Boy Records, and it was produced by Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie and Sean “Puffy” Combs. The song was an instant hit reaching number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100. This song has been used as a soundtrack in the film “Men in Black II” and the video game “Def Jam: Fight for NY”.
2. Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down (feat. Mase)
This song is about how Puff Daddy is on top of the world and nobody can hold him down. This was a huge hit in 1997 when it was released and reached number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. It features Mase, who was signed to Puff Daddy’s label at the time. It was released under the album titled “No Way Out” and was produced by Sean Combs. The song has been used as a soundtrack in many movies including “She’s All That” and “Save the Last Dance”.
1. Last Night (feat. Keyshia Cole)
Puff Daddy’s “Last Night” featuring Keyshia Cole is a hauntingly beautiful song about the regrets of a one-night stand. The production is minimal, with a simple piano melody and Cole’s emotive vocals taking center stage. The song peaked at number two on the US R&B charts and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. This song has featured in several movies and tv shows including “Notorious” and “The Big Bang Theory”. It was written by Cole, Puff Daddy, and Mario Winans.