Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

The Top Ten

1 m.A.A.d city m.A.A.d city

Honestly you can tell when rappers really went through the darkest that society has to offer, and you feel it in this song. He doesn't just screw around like Tyler, the Creator (his music has a time and a place). He really creates a picture in your head and that's a great accomplishment for a modern-day rapper. Which he wasn't such a sell-out workin with ASAP, Drake, and 2 Chainz laugh out loud but that's irrelevant.

The flow is perfected on both beats! This may not be his best song but it should be in the top 5! Both kendrick and MC Eiht have a sick verse and flow. I love the G whistle at the end, it give the song such a west coast feel!

This has everything you could possibly want in a record. Dope beat, great production, A+ lyrics, storytelling, conscience, metaphors, a great hook, a great feature verse, every thing. You can turn up to this, you can be angry listening to this, you can play this at parties, but you can also draw inspiration from this record. Perfect.

Unbelievably amazing song. From start to end, there is no question what story this song brings to you. A good vibe, and with Kendrick rapping, it has perfect flow, earning it's #1 spot on the chart.

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2 Hiiipower Hiiipower

Kendrick bodies this beat. Lyrics are amazing as usual but he really connects with a lot of today's issues in society. Metaphors are great as well, they actually work with the song unlike pointless metaphors thrown in by other rappers to get spins

Might be the best rap song of the past decade, in my opinion, it's definitely up there. So deep, an incredible beat, good performance as a whole.. It's just amazing. - cwhiteford

In this song he shows that he is one of the best young rappers at the time and one of the best to come, sick beat and sick flow but he also addresses topics that other greats like pac looked at, just his best watch the video and you'll understand

Amazing beat put together with the lyrics which speaks of the problems of society today

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3 Swimming Pools (Drank) Swimming Pools (Drank)

Didn't particularly care about it when I first heard it, but then I heard it again and again and again and again X infinity... Still listening, love it! If you are here to find inspiration for a Kendrick Lamar song to listen to, I would definitely recommend you hear it.

Its just an amazing so that should be more recognized for what it is. The workmanship and time that went into this masterpiece shows his dedication and love for music. Plus its fun

One of the greatest rappers out today.. Hands down

This song not only discusses a very important aspect of adolescent livelihood, but also touches base on one of the most important lessons you can learn, self-control. The song features a conversation with his own conscience and explains his struggles with alcohol and the social norm for the use of stuff like it. It truly is his poison of choice and he worries if it will mean the end of him. He refuses to smoke pot as explained in m.A.A.d City because of some pretty nasty experiences with the stuff, however, he is still worried about collapsing under the weight of the poisons and substances that he does take in. Great song, most likely not his most meaningful but contains some of his greatest flows and an incredibly catchy hook. The bridge before the chorus is also one of the most climatic drops featured in any of Kendrick's songs ever. Two thumbs up for the king of west coast Hip-Hop.

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4 Money Trees Money Trees

Best Kendrick song and an amazing verse from Jay Rock. Best song on the album.

Deep track, explores the effect of monetary value in human society through creative flows and great instrumentals not to mention a touch of genius from Jay... Simply amazing

Everything is great... Great instrumental, great meaning/lyrics, great flow, great guest verse by Jay. Considered best rap song of 2012 by many. Up there with swimming pools. - aashim.aggarwal

Pretty great song about the desperation of people to be rich, while jay rock has a great verse. No wonder Black Hippy is arguably the best rap collective around because they always find something meaningful to rap about and express it very well. And they don't always brag about their wealth, although they actually rap about the effects that rap and fame has on them.

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5 Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst

This song is filled with so much emotion! Very heartfelt and lyrically beautiful! Definitely needs to be higher on the list!

This song is the modern day version of Nas' One Love. If you can get through the first two verses without feeling the pain of the narrators, you don't have a heart. This is what rap is all about.

A 12minutes track, two in one song, all about life and the society was painted in this song. Believe me this should be his number one. And no video yet for the song.

People who say kendrick is overrated have obviously never listening to this masterpiece

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6 The Blacker the Berry

By far one of his deepest songs he ever written. Talks about how racism/hate is not one sided concept and its hypocritical to think that it is so, because we all partake in it. One of the best songs of 2015.

Probably his best song to date. So much depth and passion in his lyrics that speak about so many issues... The song is straight fire.

Has I be his best song. The message he expresses is incredible and has such a good rhythm throughout the entire song.

I, too, started off listening to Kindrick's more mainstream songs (such as Alright, Swimming Pools, M.A.A.D City, etc.), but this song delves to a whole other level in Kindrick's lyricism. Don't let the initial message fool you- this song is deep and guaranteed to have you coming back for more.

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7 King Kunta King Kunta

First time listening you'll be like what? But it grows and grows every single listen until every time the song comes on you can't stop moving.

What I like about this song is that it is different to the hip hop we hear today. Its beats is almost a bit jazzy. Catchy lyrics as well

This is where we see Kendrick going back to his roots. He goes back to the old west coast style of hip hop where they focus on a funky beat instead of a beat based off of bass. If you're listening to the song, and you don't immediately start dancing, you're doing it wrong.

I love this song. It's interesting and has lyrics that are deeper than you might think.

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8 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

Song is amazing and should be number 1

It's really catchy.A.D.H.D, M.A.A.d city, and Compton are close too.

Great beat, and some great lyrics about life for Kendrick's people and desires for fame. I listen to it quite a lot whenever I wanna chill and sometimes when I feel low, also happy at times.

Lol looking at the title it looks like some dumbass autotune song, but no. Kendrick goes hard

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9 A.D.H.D A.D.H.D

His flow and what's he's talking about his AMAZING

If you really listen to this song you can picture what is going on in his head it's a great song that tells a story

Easiest song to understand what his saying goes with the beat.

Great production + amazing lyrics!

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10 I I

Not even a fan of Kendrick but this song is something the industry needs more of. As someone who plays bass... I really appreciate the way he flows over such a great bass line. Complete art, deserves more respect in regards to talent and the message it sends.

This is probably one of the most positive hip hop songs. Instead of rapping about doing illegal drugs, and things like that he makes a catchy song, telling us, "I love myself". You don't find much rap songs like this one. - yaygiants16

One of the most important hip hop songs of all time. It is the axis of hip hop, taking pride in yourself, in being black, and eschewing the self hatred that your inundated with.

This song is so underrated. One of kendricks best songs, best flow and good lyrics. It's about self love in a world full of hate and discrimination.

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The Newcomers

? Do It Again Do It Again
? Fragile Fragile

The Contenders

11 Alright Alright

I could talk for hours about how genius this entire album is, but this is my favorite track. The production by Pharrell is amazing, and makes for one of my favorite instrumentals in hip hop history, and even with all the darker lyrics that Kendrick writes, this song always brings me up every time I listen to it. And it has one of the catchiest choruses I have ever heard in a song. And the music video is brilliant. - Mard

Lyrics, beat, vibe. What song has better connections between these three than this very song. This song ain't alright. It's amazing

This is the best song on To Pimp A Butterfly

One my top 5 by him.It's the best song on TPAB because it received a lot of honours, especially from the grammys

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12 Backseat Freestyle Backseat Freestyle

Great song with great lyrics which is every song.

Even though its different from his normal lyrics, it goes into the mind of a 16 year old kid over a fire beat.

Sick beat. One of my favorites for sure

Showcases Kendrick as an ignorant teenager, with a passion for money, sex, and violence. Despite the deeper meaning, it's a pretty fire song too

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13 U U

Kendrick is the most creative rapper of our generation. This is his most creative track

Most emotional rap song I've heard in a while. Kendrick pours his heart out into this one.

One of Kendrick's most emotional songs. This one almost had me crying after the beat changed and he started to get into it.

Kendrick's intake of his selfishness and evils is poured into this song. It is genius how this is the yin to "I"'s yang

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14 Cartoon & Cereal

This song is number 1.

1 cartoon & cereal
2 money trees
3 the recipe
4 high power
5 bitch don't kill my vibe
6 rigamortis
7 adhd
8 swimming pools
9 keisha's song
10 ignorance is bliss

Best Kendrick Song this far. Replace "Poetic Justice" with "Cartoon & Cereal, " Good Kid M.A.A. D City becomes a classic.

It's a classic just the way it is. Cartoon & Cereal doesn't need to be an album cut. It deserves to be a stand alone track. It has its own vibe and doesn't fit in with the album's narrative. - Lasvegasxavier

This is top 3 for sure. Too many people just bump with his new stuff when he has just as good if not better songs from back when he wont as popular. Great lyrics, and I love the flow of the verses!

Who doesn't like to watch cartoon and eat cereal...? exactly

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15 Rigamortus Rigamortus

He just goes in and doesn't stop with an intense trumpet beat playing in the back of his amazing rapping

Amazing rapping by kendrick bodies the awesome trumpet beat perfectly amazing song

Bangin beat + Crazy beat= straight fire.

This should easily be up in the top ten, best lyrics I've ever heard Kendrick drop.

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16 Mortal Man Mortal Man

I'm sorry, I think there was a glitch in the system. This is as #35, but it really needs to be #1. The admin will hopefully fix this in the future. - Alpha101

Definitely the most poetic, truthful, and important song ever by kendrick. questioning the loyalty of his fan as the main theme. along with every other theme compressed in this one song, along with the Tupac interview. very surprised no on e has voted for this

Best ending to an album ever. To pimp a butterfly is by far his best work

Best rap song living

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17 How Much a Dollar Cost How Much a Dollar Cost

This song has an amazing story to it. It talks about how everyone should treat everyone with respect regardless of who they are. The song conveys the story of a homeless man asking Kendrick for a dollar at the gas station. Kendrick denies the man who actually turns out to be Jesus Christ.

I'm not religious but the message this sends is important. Kendrick is very critical when it come to moneY and he explains very well how important it is to be selfless.

Definitely Kendrick's deepest song. Great message, and hits metaphors and references on so many levels. Simply inspiring.

Just listen to the lyrics and you'll understand why this is his best song and why Kendrick is the best MC out there hands down

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18 Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss

Kendrick is the best rapper alive. This song has the most amazing flow and beat. Should be top 10

THIS SONG IS ONE that WILL TEACH YOU A LOT

Love everything about this song, both lyrics and beat, for sure should be top 10

Such an underrated song its sad

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19 Poetic Justice Poetic Justice

This should at least be in the top 8 why is it down here

I concur, Poetic Justice has a great flow, rhyme scheme, lyrics, and feel... And feel is the most important part of music.

One of his best songs... This isn't even slept on, it's just known as one of his best lol, why is it so far down?

Drake and Kendrick collaboration

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20 F*** Your Ethnicity

.. My details be in retail... Closely second to hi power for me

The piano in this is so hard hitting, better than any kick or snare! The offbeat piano breakdown part way through the first verse is so introspective too, really helps drives the song's message home. This is a top 3 song

I love this song. The beat to it is so mellow. And Kendrick killed the verses.

Sonically and lyrically incredible.

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