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.

Kendrick really goes off on this one. You can feel the dark vibes and lyrics throughout the song, which feel genuine and real. Unlike Drake, Lamar has really been through tough things. One of his best songs to date. The industry is full of bad rappers, but Kendrick is one of the GOAT.

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2HiiiPoWeR

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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3Swimming 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

Has to be the best Kendrick lamar song. 100%

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4Money 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

Kendricks best song, it gets you down, gets you up and is my go to song when I'm hustling

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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.

It's hard to describe how much the second of the song speaks to me, from the way he rides the beat and the sweet vocals to just purely great lyricism Kendrick delivers.

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6The 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.

So much opinion and emotion in this track, feel the vibes right from the off

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7Bitch, 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.

Such a chill and catchy song, one of the best to start listening (along with Alright and Swimming Pools) to if you're interested in listening more to Kendrick

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

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8King 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.

Should be higher

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9A.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.

The best beat.

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10I

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.

Great song. Crazy song. Dope song. Very inspirational, I love it. Fell in love the first time I heard it.

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11Alright

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

Greatest of his all

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12Backseat 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

So good just amazing

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13Cartoon & 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!

This song drills into your bones. The beat and lyric combination is second to none. This is true hip-hop and one of Kendricks greatest works.

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14U

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.

This is the best song I've ever heard

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15Rigamortus

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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16How 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.

The message behind this story is just truly incredible. If everyone listened to this song the world would be a better place. - killthehype

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

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17Mortal 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

This should be in the top 10 though.

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18Ignorance 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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19Poetic Justice

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

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?

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

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20F*** 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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