1. “Glory” by Jay-Z
In which American Gangster Jay-Z officially becomes American Dad. Shawn Carter released this heartfelt track two days after the birth of his daughter with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, last September. Lyrically, it is as open, vulnerable and loving a tribute to a new baby as you could hope to hear, with Carter reflecting on the pain of “false alarms and false starts,” and then finding salvation of sorts: “The most amazing feeling I feel / Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real / Maybe I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you. You. Glory." From street hustler to urban hero to President-endorsed hit maker—to daddy. Glory, indeed.