Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

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.


Just "Who said a black man in the Illuminati" Biggest raciste party
More comments about HiiiPoWeRListen to sample

2m.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!
The first part of it is ridiculous, the second part is pretty good his best so far


More comments about m.A.A.d. cityListen to sample

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.


More comments about Money TreesListen to sample

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
More comments about Swimming Pools (Drank)Listen to sample

5Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
Yes this is the song
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.
More comments about Bitch, Don't Kill My VibeListen to sample

6Sing 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.
More comments about Sing About Me, I'm Dying of ThirstListen to sample

7Cartoon & 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.
Why isn't this in the the top ten
More comments about Cartoon & Cereal

Well, if it isn't, I think it's the second, you must hear it, it has great lyrics¡¡

His flow and what's he's talking about his AMAZING
ADHD is the best Kendrick has put out there so far
More comments about A.D.H.DListen to sample

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.
More comments about RigamortusListen to sample

10Backseat Freestyle
Dude he kills this whole song.
Great song with great lyrics which is every song.
Sick beat. One of my favorites for sure
More comments about Backseat FreestyleListen to sample

The Contenders

11F*** 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.

12Ignorance Is Bliss
Best rap song of 2010.
Kendrick is the best rapper alive. This song has the most amazing flow and beat. Should be top 10
More comments about Ignorance Is BlissListen to sample

Kendrick murdered everybody in his verse!
This is his best song. He calls out like all the new rappers and just destroys them. Big Sean's verse was great too
The whole game was demolished in one verse. His verse's depth and truthfulness gave me chills.
More comments about Control

14Black 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.
This is the greatest song ever comment please I love it


The lyrics actually mean something for those who don't really care about them. Kendrick Lamar's lyrics are deep.
More comments about Black Boy FlyListen to sample

15The Recipe
This was actually the first time I ever heard Kendrick Lamar, and a good one at that. With a feature of Dr. Dre, Kendrick and Dre produced California Love Part II with this one.


This song is really nice...i like the girls voice is the background..kendrick lamar is awesome
Was gonna vote for Black Boy Fly which is too low, but this is also low, WAY TOO LOW!
More comments about The RecipeListen to sample

16Poetic Justice
This should at least be in the top 8 why is it down here
Great lyrics, flows with beat
OKAY THIS SHOULD SERIOUSLY BE NUMBER ONE! MY FAVORITE SONG! Do yourself a favor and listen you won't regret it!
More comments about Poetic JusticeListen to sample

17Ronald 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.


18Look Out for Detox
The lyrics, the metaphors, the alliteration, the vivid imagery of his life, perfectly complementing a destructively dope beat. Another immaculate song by an immaculate artist
He goes so hard on this song! It's mad!
Sickest beat, sickest lyrics. Always gets me pumped when I'm working out!
More comments about Look Out for Detox

19Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)
One of my favorite songs
This song comes straight from the heart
Listen to sample

20The Heart II
Kendricks mostly lyrical song, he puts A LOT of heart into it!
That was Kendrick spilling his heart, he shows how he's changed
This is really the best song he talks about being in the game but forever on gods side an his passion for music..
More comments about The Heart II

21The Spiteful Chant
This song is so powerful! It is just amazing. Wow guys a true kendrick lamar fan would rate this higher
Why is this so low?!? This should be one in my opinion or at least in top 3! The instrumental and lyrical flow is simply amazing!
Best song to trip to since ever. Definitely should be higher
More comments about The Spiteful ChantListen to sample

22Keisha's Song (Her Pain)
Look at the lyrics, really deep
What this is by far kendricks best song smh
How is this not top 10? Right up there with MAAD city, ADHD and HiPoWeR in my opinion!
Listen to sample

23Collect Calls
The MOST underrated kendrick song of all time
So DEEP! Best kendrick song ever
Everything about this song is amazing. The lyrics, the instrumental, the hook, everything! This song is why I call him king kendrick lamar
Listen to sample


25The Heart Pt. 3
You feel Kendrick's Heart and Soul on this track, it's almost as if he's about to cry with the pressure put on him to make GKMC into a classic, and he did it, which makes the song even greater

What is this? This song is amazing. It explains so much, and is a great track to finish off the amazing story told from good kid maad city. This should definitely be in too 10 for sure
Should be top 10. This song has so much meaning.
This is how quality hip hop should be.
More comments about RealListen to sample

27Hol' Up
This should be like number 4
Hol' UP is a great song, it has a solid beat and kendrick kills it as usual. His flow is crazy in the second verse, defiantly in my top 5
I got this on REPLAY!

Definitely should be in the top 5
Listen to sample

28Good Kid
The best song on GKMC, the album wouldn't be the same without it great lyrics great hook and great beat
Top 5 in the GKMC album. Should be in the top 10
Listen to sample

29Tammy's Song (Her Evils)
SICK song amazing gravities favorite
Listen to sample

30I Hate You

31Kush & Corinthians Listen to sample

32Vanity Slaves

33F****n' Problems Listen to sample

34Now or Never
This is my favorite kendrick song I don't know why it is just great
One of the best song he got should be in the top ten
Listen to sample


36The Jig Is Up
It blew my mind.
And now we jumping of the roof, DOTOTOTOTO. enough said
This song is just sick as kendrick#HiiPower#to the track"and now we dumpin"

37No Make-Up (Her Vice)
Similar to J. Cole's "Crooked Smile"
Top 10 in my opinion.
Similar to J. Cole's "Crooked Smile"
Listen to sample

38Love Game
This track is absolutely amazing. Both artists go in hard, using lyrical skill whilst also telling a (somewhat humorous) story throughout their verses.
First Kendrick song I heard Eminem and k are dope
... Wow... , that's all I had to say of this song
Listen to sample

39Blow My High (Members Only)
The best vibe I ever here! At the moment kendric lamar is the best rapper on the earth!
Listen to sample

40Westside Right On Time

41Memories Back Then Listen to sample

42The City
This is game's song... FAIL!
Trues it's Game's song but Kendrick raps all the hooks and the final verse. Which is amazinggg
Listen to sample

43The Jig Is Up (Dump'n)

44Wanna Be Heard
Really inspirational. Definitely my favorite Kendrick track. It deserves a lot more attention.

45Fragile Listen to sample

46Growing Apart (To Get Closer)
This be at least 6 or so! Kendrick pretty much says how people act in this song!
This and Hipower are the most relateable to me.
Listen to sample

47Night of the Living Junkies

48Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter
One of Kendrick Lamar's underrated songs, the chilling beat makes it even better.
Listen to sample

49P & P Listen to sample

50Cloud 10
Nice beats and good lyrics, seriously this song is underrated.

51How Many Drinks Listen to sample

52Let Me Be Me
Kendrick Lamar says in this song that he isn't a killer or a gang member like the people he grew up with, and they respect him for that
Song is top 10 worthy. Check it

53She Needs Me
So... Underrated! First Kendrick Lamar song I've ever heard. Amazing beat, neat story, and I love Kendrick's voice!
Listen to sample

54Opposites Attract (Tomorrow With Her) Listen to sample

55Best Rapper Under 25

56A Milli Freestyle


58Collard Greens
Love this song to death. Cool beat.
Love the beat, he kills his part
Listen to sample

Sick remix give it a chance pretty sure you will love

60Kendrick Lamar

61Imma G

62West Coast Wu-Tang
This song is great. Should be way higher

63Sex With Society
Please read the title!

64Cut You Off
What! This is without a doubt one of the greatest songs Kendrick has ever written! Personally, I think it is the best and not just my favorite song from Kendrick, but one of my favorite songs EVER of ANY GENRE! From the beat to the way he portrays the personalities of the typical male and female of the modern day society (especially African-Americans). He speaks about social ills and the petty things our people are so worried about meaningless things that don't generate positive outcomes. He is basically saying he is going to cut them off not just because they are bad for him, because they are small minded and kendrick is trying to go beyond the hood and become a great artists and influential person but these people around him just keep bringing him down with their negative energy and materialistic views. This has to be the most underrated Kendrick Lamar song EVER.
This influenced my personal philosophy a lot. The idea of cutting off all negative people from your life
Listen to sample

65I Do This

66Alien Girl (Today With Her)
The beat is ahead of its time.
Listen to sample

67Barbed Wire Listen to sample

68Vanity Slaves Pt. 2

69The Relevant


71Young and Black
Deserves to be higher, such an underrated song in my opinion...

This is an awesome track

73Get Thrown

74Death Around the Corner

75We Up Listen to sample

76County Building Blues
This track has a sick beat by Dj Khalil, his lyrics are epic! I love his childhood imaginary friend

77Backwards Listen to sample

78It's On Again
Best kendrick song ever
Listen to sample

79Uncle Bobby & Jason Keaton

80Heaven & Hell

Pure and simple.. when you heard this track you wanted kenny to win!


83Little Johnny


85Is It Love?

86One Shot Kill

87Who Shot Ya Freestyle

88The Show

89Bloody Sport


91Can't Be Faded

92Far From Here

93Famous Pipe Game

94Mr. Carter Part 2

95Welcome to C4

96For the Homies
This the young Kendrick dishing out hard metaphorical lyrics

97Say Wassup
Awesome song with black hippie

98Blow Them Horns

99Give It 2 You Listen to sample

This is the 11th track of Kendrick Lamar’s 2011 mixtape “Unreleased”.

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List






see more...

Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 2 years, 58 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list contains 112 items, has been remixed 23 times.

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014

List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.