During the 2000s Ashanti was widely considered to be “the princess of hip-hop and R&B”. She has a string of popular songs as a solo artist, and she was also well known for collaborations with her then label mate, Ja Rule. Even though it’s been a little more than seven years since the release of her last album, Ashanti has always managed to stay in the spotlight. Recently, she took the stage with Ja Rule during his Verzuz battle against Fat Joe, and everyone loved seeing her (and hearing) perform. While it’s unclear if she has plans to put another project out, Ashanti already has a very impressive catalog. Here is our take on the 10 best Ashanti songs of all time.
10. The Way That I Love You
Love has been at the center of many of Ashanti’s songs, but “The Way That I Love You” isn’t your typical love song. Instead of singing about the positive feelings that are usually associated with love, Ashanti is singing about what happens when love doesn’t go as planned. Although it’s not as catchy as some of her other songs, it’s still a great track and it’s fun to sing along to.
9. Say Less
“Say Less” was released in the fall of 2017, but it really didn’t get the amount of attention it deserved. The song was intended to be the lead single off of Ashanti’s sixth album, but the project was never released. With a feature from Ty Dolla $ign, “Say Less” is a fun uptempo song about letting go of all the drama.
8. Feel So Good
Unless you’re a serious Ashanti fan, you may have never heard the song “Feel So Good”. The song wasn’t a single, but it was definitely one of the best songs off of her second album. “Feel So Good” is smooth and it’s also a nice reminder that there’s more to Ashanti than just her popular songs.
7. Breakup 2 Makeup
If you’ve ever gone through a break up, you can probably relate to this song. The end of a relationship is never easy, especially when you realize that the person you love has already moved on. Despite how painful that experience can be, Ashanti’s sweet voice doesn’t make it sound so bad.
6. Rain On Me
“Rain On Me” was one of the most popular songs from Ashanti’s Chapter II album, and it’s easy to see why. The song’s production is smooth and it adds to the fullness of her voice. Once again, Ashanti is singing about heartbreak, but she also makes it clear that she isn’t going to let it keep her down for long.
5. Only U
As soon as the beat drops after the intro, you can tell that “Only U” is going to be a special song. With a sound that blends the richness of rock with the smoothness of R&B, “Only U” is a great song. Even though it’s been nearly a decade since its release, it has aged incredibly well.
Ashanti’s debut album was full of bops, and “Baby” was one of them. As a new artist in the industry, “Baby” was the perfect follow up single to Ashanti’s debut song “Foolish”. The song may be relatively simple, but it has the kind of chorus that will be stuck in your head all day. The video also features appearances from Nia Long and Murder Inc’s label head, Irv Gotti.
Lots of Ashanti’s songs may be about heartbreak and failed relationships, but “Happy” isn’t that kind of song. As the title suggests, the song has a uptempo and happy vibe. Although Ja Rule is credited with a feature on the song, he doesn’t actually have a verse. However, any time you see these two names on the same track, you can almost bet that it’s going to be a hit.
Released in January of 2002, “Foolish” was Ashanti’s debut single and it proved to be the perfect way for her to step into the industry. Featuring a sample from DeBarge’s “Stay with Me” (this was also the sample used in Notorious B.I.G’s “One More Chance”), “Foolish” blended the best of new and old sound. On top of that, the song is about something that a lot of people can relate to.
1. Rock Wit U
“Rock Wit U” is one of those songs that makes you feel good as soon as it comes on. Thanks to an infectious beat combined with a catchy chorus, this song truly brought out the best in Ashanti’s talent and style. While it’s true that this may not be her most popular song, we definitely feel like it’s her best.