Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

The Top TenXW

1m.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.

In this song, he openly expresses his struggles, and makes his life changes apparent. It makes you understand what happens in the streets and the affects it has on the people. The rapping is also great.

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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

Kendrick has the greatest lyrics since Eminem, and this song is him at his full potential.

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3Money 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

I will never get tired listening to that intro beat

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4Swimming 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

Once you press play you can't stop listening to it until its finished

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5Sing 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.

Easily number one, this is Kendrick's Bohemian Rhapsody

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6Bitch, 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.

This song has the best beat, and it also has awesome lyrics. It shows what Kendrick Lamar's all way.

This song is the best

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7The 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.

The last line blew me away!

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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

Not his best song in terms of lyrics and flow, but the theme and beat of this song is legendary

Great production + amazing lyrics!

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9King 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

Love singing along to this song, not really that inspiring just makes me want to punch a hole in the wall or something, just seems really angry in this song and I rally like it.

This is such a weird song, but also one of the easiest to enjoy once you listen to it a few times. I used to hate it, and now it is one of my favourite songs of all time and definitely my favourite by kendrick. This gets my vote

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10Cartoon & 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!

Id say this song or sing about me

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The Newcomers


Untitled is the story of minorities giving a piece of themselves to Kendrick to help him live a better life, but the majority want a piece of Kendrick for themselves.
Kendrick debuted and performed this piece as the final musical guest on "The Colbert Report" and according to Terrance Martin was written the day before. There are no plans to release a studio version because it is only suppose to live in that moment. Had it made it on "To Pimp a Butterfly" however, it would be number 1 on this list.
With the recent performance of "Untitled 2/Blue Faces" it is evident that the "Untitled" series is a significant part of Kendrick's legacy.

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Simply outstanding, gives me chills.

The Contenders

11Backseat Freestyle

Great song with great lyrics which is every song.

Sick beat. One of my favorites for sure

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

Amazing song definitely should be top 5

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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.

Positivity. Word.

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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.

Lyrically this song is easily number 1, not through his story but purely sentence and word structure.

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14Ignorance Is Bliss


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

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

Best rap song of 2010.

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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

Nominated for The Song Of The Year

The music video was insane

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16F*** Your Ethnicity

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

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

What this song is bomb, racial equality for everyone is crucial

17Poetic 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.

Can be one the top 10 I learn a lot from this song and when my girl is angry I just sing this song

top tune never gonna get old

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18Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)

Should be at least number 10. This one had a great beat and great lyrics (just like all of his songs)

The second of the two singles from Section.80, this one is underrated and has a good beat and great lyrics from Kendrick. - cwhiteford

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19Black Boy Fly

Anyone who voted for anything else obviously hasn't even listened to this. It's unbelievable. It has real meaning that I can relate to. It's about making it big & getting out of poverty. Also it has great lyrical skill.

The lyrics actually mean something for those who don't really care about them. Kendrick Lamar's lyrics are deep.

Kendrick paints the meaning on the song in your mind with the lyrics

At least number 11 this is a true story telling you just don't hear in rap that often.

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Kendrick murdered everybody in his verse!

The whole game was demolished in one verse. His verse's depth and truthfulness gave me chills.

This is his best song. He calls out like all the new rappers and just destroys them. Big Sean's verse was great too

Everyone sleeping on Jay Electron and Big Sean their verses are fire

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Top Remixes (41)

1. m.A.A.d. city
2. Cartoon & Cereal
3. Swimming Pools (Drank)
1. How Much a Dollar Cost
2. Momma
3. Alright
1. HiiiPoWeR
2. Black Boy Fly
3. Ignorance Is Bliss

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