Best Kanye West Songs of All Time!

#25. No More Parties in L.A. ft. Kendrick Lamar – Kanye has a long history of rappers “out doing” him on his own tracks. Yeezy even reference’s this on the Lil Wayne “Lollipop” remix, if you don’t believe me. This song is no exception, Kendrick “bodies” the instrumental while Kanye does an admiral job of keeping up, but is just simply “out performed” in the end…

#24. Dark Fantasy ft. Teyana Taylor – “DJs need to listen to the models”, “You ain’t got no f***in’ Yeezy in your Serato?”… It took me “years” before I actually found out what that “line” actually meant. Google “Serato” if you were like me, and need some clarity on the matter…

#23. Real Friends ft. Ty Dolla Sign – Just about every “adult” can relate to this song. Once your life “really gets started” (job, relationship, kids, making stupid hip hop website’s, etc), it can be really difficult to “maintain” friendships. This song highlights Kanye’s struggles in this area. Easily the most “grounded” Mr. West song of the last decade, or at least since the “Graduation” album…

#22. Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz – One of the most unusually uses of a “sample” that I’ve personally ever listened to. It’s 2012, so of course you have Big Sean and 2 Chainz as two of the features on this track. Their “feature money” must of been “sky high” throughout that year…

#21. So Appalled ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Swizz Beatz, and RZA –This is one of those songs that will make you want to “scrunch” your face while simultaneously “bobbing” your head the whole time your listening to it. That’s generally number one sign of whether or not a song is “dope”. This song definitely “dope”…

#20. Heartless – I’m going to level with you. I am not a fan of the “808s and Heartbreak” album. It’s arguably the most “influential” Kanye album ever, and I understand that, but for me personally it’s just not very good in a “traditional” sense. “Heartless” was the “stand out” song on this particular album. I would say that this is the best “vocal” performance Kanye has given, but that’s not really something that’s worth bragging about…

#19. Touch the Sky ft. Lupe Fiasco – I can’t definitively say this for sure, but in 2005 (when this song came out) my two favorite rappers were more than likely these two gentlemen. They both offered “rap fans” something different (Louie V. backpacks, skateboards, etc.), and both guys were supremely talented (which didn’t hurt either) …

#18. Slow Jamz ft. Twista, and Jamie Foxx – I can honestly say that Twista is one of the most “slept on” rappers ever! “Adrenaline Rush”, and “Kamikaze” are both fantastic albums! DO NOT “SLEEP ON” THIS MAN! Have I made myself clear?…

#17. New God Flow ft. Pusha T, and Ghostface Killah – Pusha T was really f#cking good on this joint. Like borderline”Jay-Z featured on a Kanye track” good. There’s really not much else to say about this song except… New God Flow>Mighty Healthy… Yeah, I said it…

#16. Bound 2 – The “Yeezus” album was a very “uncomfortable” project to listen through (with the exception of “this track” at the very end), so it comes as no surprise that a “Soul” sample” (Kanye’s “wheelhouse”), would produce the best song on the entire album. As for the music video for this song… Lets just move on, shall we…

#15. Flashing Lights – The “Smoothest” instrumental that will ever “touch” your precious little ears… #FACTS (expect for possibly the “little ears” part, that may be untrue)…

#14. Drive Slow ft. Paul Wall, and GLC – Kanye “reuse’s” the 2Pac “Shorty Wanna be a Thug” sample on this song. Kanye even “tackles” a very similar subject matter on this song as well… Essentially this is “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug Part 2”, lets be “real”…

#13. Good Life ft. T-Pain – There aren’t a lot of “fun laid back” Kanye West songs out there. This song and “Gold Digger” are really the only tracks that come to mind. Kanye is a serious dude, so it’s nice to get a break from all of “seriousness” once in awhile…

#12. Monster ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver – The best Nicki Minaj verse of “alltime” isn’t necessarily the greatest “selling point” ever, but it is something…

#11. Everything I Am ft. DJ Premier – An often forgotten “classic” from Ye’s discography. DJ Premier tends to “bring that certain something” to all the songs he produces to instantly make them feel more “hip hop”. If Nas is the prototypical “hip hop MC”, then DJ Premier has to considered to be the prototypical “hip hop producer”…

#10. Runaway ft. Pusha T – The “coast was clear” pretty much throughout Kanye’s first three album release’s, and then “808s and Heartbreak” happened, and the “consumer’s” confidence in Ye’s music was somewhat “shaken”. Once the Taylor Swift “incident” happened, the general public could “sense” that Kanye West’s career was in serious “peril”. After a year long “hiatus” from music, Kanye came back “into the fold” with this track which took “aim” at the same people who had essentially tried to “bury” him the year prior. If LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” is the greatest “comeback” track of all time, “Runaway” from Kanye West is a very close second…

#9. Big Brother – “No I.D. my mentor, now let the story begin”… Is that the most “iconic” Kanye West line of all time?… Yes, I believe it is…

#8. Last Call – Every “great” rapper has an origin story, but I feel like Kanye’s origin story has to be considered the most unlikely of them all… (thinks for a second)… Drake starting off “playing” a handicapped kid on “Degrassi” probably qualifies as being a very “close” second on that “unlikely” list…

#7. All Falls Down – Lauryn Hill’s “Mystery of Iniquity” is the song that is sampled here (check it out if you haven’t heard it before)… Kanye West isn’t really a “lyricist” per se, but is his most “lyrical” track in my estimation. Some very nice “wordplay” here…

#6. Never Let Me Down ft. Jay-Z – This song is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo underrated (put’s computer down, and stare’s blankly into the wall)…

#5. Jesus Walks – The song “where it all began” for Kanye West. This song is the “first” of many when it comes to accomplishments in Kanye’s career. Is this a “classic” hip hop track?… I plead the fifth…

#4. Through the Wire – You can accuse Yeezus of a lot things (being an”ego manic” is a good one for example), but one thing you cannot “claim” is that the man doesn’t have “heart”. The best example of this is his “heroic” performance on this song. When most people get into a “serious car wreck” they choose to rest heavily and eat a lot of “sherbet” ice cream. Kanye opted against that, and choose to write and record a song instead. Both forms of “recovery” have been proven to be effective, so it really just comes down to personal preference at the end of the day…   

#3. Stronger – I think this is officially the most “mixed” rap song of all time. It was reportedly remixed over 75 times before Kayne “settled” for the current version of this song. All that might come off as sounding “crazy” to some people, but i personally feel like instances like “this” are what make Kanye West “Kanye”…

#2. Can’t Tell Me Nothing ft. Young Jeezy – My favorite rapper of all time is…. Kanye West. My favorite Kanye song of all time is… This song. If you don’t like what i’m saying then…             (fill in the blank)…

#1. Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix) ft. Jay-Z – Jay-Z is like a “giant shadow” that will forever loom over Kanye West legacy. Whenever someone tries to make an argument for Kanye being the G.O.A.T, fans can easily point to a track like “this” for example, and laugh directly in that person’s face. Kanye will never be “Batman”, but he does make an exceptional “Robin”…


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