Beginning this week, HipHopDX will give you the 10 most popular singles on the site from the past seven days. Each Friday, our staff will give you the ranked list from each week, based on visits.

J. Cole Edges Out Close Friend Drake

In our first week, Roc Nation’s J. Cole and Young Money’s Drake battled it out for the top spot, with J. Cole winning by a close margin of less than 5,000 visits. The Lion King-referencing song included a film sample and is a part of Cole’s recent performances. Will it make Cole’s anticipated debut album? Only he knows…

Young Money was a popular draw this week, with two Lil Wayne songs, the aforementioned Drake free giveaway song, and the pair’s appearance alongside Rick Ross on DJ Khaled‘s new single.

Joe Budden & Royce Da 5’9 Slaughter The Charts

The Dr. Dre, Slaughterhouse and Eminem camps were another popular audio destination this week. A vintage Royce reference track for Dre’s 1999 album 2001 continued to draw interest, while new Joe Budden and the ever-curious Detox sessions leak “Die Hard” pulled in plays and comments.

The Top 10 Most Popular Hip Hop Singles The Week Of 5/23/2011

1. J. Cole – “Return of Simba”

2. Drake – “Dreams Money Can Buy”

3. Common f. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams (Snippet)”

4. Lil Wayne f. Gudda Gudda “Young Money”

5. Lil Wayne – “How To Love”

6. DJ Khaled f. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Drake – “I’m On One”

7. Fabolous & Young Jeezy – “Rollin'”

8. Royce Da 5’9 – “The Throne Is Mine”

9. Dr. Dre f. Eminem – “Die Hard”

10. Joe Budden f. Emanny “Dreamerz”