Best Songs by J. Cole


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The Top Ten

Lost Ones
One incredibly deep song. The lyrics have a strong meaning, and I can tell that J Cole wrote this track from the heart.
"And I ain't to proud to tell ya that I cry sometimes, I cry sometimes about it.. "
J Cole KILLED every single verse. And the hook immediately pulled me in. This is easily my favorite J Cole track. Every man should hear it, and they should pay attention to the lyrics, and think about em.
Incredible song. He pours his heart and soul into this song, a song with meaning and truth, not a song about pussy or weed, just real song with a real meaning. Had this song on repeat everywhere I went, and it'll always be a top track from him.
Lost ones has to be by far the best song from J. cole no doubt. I completely agree with this one hundred percent and more! Not only men, but women too should listen to the lyrics. Men are always pushing women in to abortion and women are being forced into it, however it is terrible on both their parts. I will always love this song because unlike other songs there is a true meaning. cole will always be on top, no one can take his place.
[Newest]J. Cole Justed Killed this SOng

2I Get Up
I get up is pure rap and is deep. Cole proves he's the best modern rapper. I say he's the best ever no matter what anyone says because him Kendrick and are the only two modern rappers not past their prime who are lyrical
By far this is his best song, the true insight of todays youthful minds and African American ingenuity. I pray the sun gon shine my way actually all of our way.
One of the deepest songs I've ever listened to. Easily the best song on my ipod. "Cole World"
[Newest]Easily the deepest most lyrical Cole song. Speed volumes to people and should be #1

3Lights Please
The song that impressed HOV enough to sign him. Without this song, J. Cole might not be on Roc nation. Just for that reason alone its his best.
He puts his view and most Hood girls view into different perspectives
This should be number one for it represents where he started
[Newest]This is a cool song

4Born Sinner
This song is the best J Cole song in existence in my opinion. The beat is amazing and the chorus is my favourite chorus of any song ever
This song is amazing and it's music video is very deep
Just the music, beat, lyrics, and chorus. A Cole trademark.

Best line: "These hoes the same all that change is the outfit. "
Amazing Kanye sample, my favorite beat he's ever used. Great Lyrics, as usual for Cole. All around awesome song.
This is the reason why cole is my favorite rapper of this generation. the beat is so legendary and he just raps through the whole song with no stopping.. Absolutely amazing

6Crooked Smile
Made me cry. Real ass lyrics. Something that actually makes sense in 2013. The lyrics relate to real life.
Love this song, my favourite J.Cole song.
Great J cole song. Every girl should listen to this song.
[Newest]Pretty much a modern day keep your head up. Love it

7Return of Simba
An amazing beat with sick lyrics, this song is definitely one of Cole's best. The intro sampling Lion King is just a genius idea. 9/27
Though every Cole song is a classic, this should have been saved for the album. The best J Cole song yet and is just an example of how amazing he will be. Cole will soon be the G. O. A. T
Terrific Beat, definitely should've been on the album. Simba represents J. Cole trying to become king. Best Line: "Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds..
[Newest]Best song ever listened to it like 6 years ago and still is my favorite song of all time

8Let Nas Down
This song makes Cole appear as though he let his role model down through his album. If you like the vulnerability in this song, listen to the remix where Nas says that Cole made him proud.
Long the idols may they never be your rivals.
Great sampling of Nas at the beggining and the lyrics where from the heart. J Cole rapping is music and hip hop at its finest all from the heart that's something we don't always see today a true jem of hip-hop
[Newest]Extended remix gives you chills when Nas speaks.

9Blow Up
Should've been his first radio single. I actually know ladies who vibe to this MUCH more than “Work Out.” The perfect anthem for every college hustler.
Too addictive. Too addictive. I wanna sing it, but it's such a cool song I don't want to because I might disrespect the song. Damn. Catchy.
Sick beat, great lyrics. Love this song, it never gets old.
[Newest]One of the best pieces of hip hop

10Before I'm Gone
Beat= extraordinary. Lyrics= sensational. 3rd verse could not have been done by a human its that good something special
Song Gives Me Chills, Man.
He's painting pictures of hope

The Contenders

11Power Trip
Why is this in the top 10? Just a bunch of new people who heard J cole on the radio for the first time voted for this.. People wouldn't even like the song if it wasn't for miguel. Cole spit fire way better on other songs than this...
This song caught my by surprise and made me into a J Cole fan! It tells such a sad story. I've been through it, so this song means a lot to me.

12No Role Modelz
This is fire definitely deserves a spot in the top 10

13Cheer Up
J Cole really expresses what he's going through in this great song of his. He really just pours his expressions emotionally. Going through his past as a child. This song reflects j cole at his best. Enough said.
Amazing! Not really a big fan of j cole but this song has so much meaning about it. Unlike most rappers (not talking about Emenim he is my favourite rapper) now days he isn't rapping about doing drugs, drinking or getting girls. Two other J cole songs I would recommend are crooked smile and daddy's little girl.
This is one of his best. Rap with meaning is so underrated. Crooked Smile is another good song.
[Newest]Great song written from the heart

This song belongs on the top 10 no doubt. Easily a classic! This was the first song I heard that got me addicted to J. Cole, his story telling is phenomenal. The voice of the people.
Real relatable! He's so specific with his lyrics & it seems like whenever you feel a certain way, you can listen to some J. Cole which talks exactly how you feel.
Amazing that someone could write a song and tell a story at the same time. Only J. Cole could do it while making it hard to forget.
[Newest]This is actually his best song! Its how I began listening to J Cole. Please listen to it.

15Who Dat
Its one of the best if not the best n just watched the video and oh men! Simple n nyc... My ring tone now
Lyrically amazing over a dope beat he comes too hard to not be a top 3 J Cole song of all time

16Rise and Shine
The opening words are great- Jay-Z talking about j cole n stuff... Interesting - then cole just hits it... The beat is great though really makes this song
Starts with that intro by Jay Z and Cole just comes in and Kills it! So glad it was actually on an album and not a mixtape.
Cole top 5 for sure

This is one of cole's deepest songs and the way he progresses through the story shows his true talent. He's also said it's one of his most personal songs but it's still relatable for anyone.
One of cole's best and deepest songs on a studio album
Unconditionally one of the dopest J. Cole'songs. He made a markable writing where everyone can see this guy as a talented one.

Why isn't it even in the top 10! This song is the greatest rap song ever! So sleep on...
One of his best songs I totally agree! Why isn't this higher up on the list?! Wow, J Cole has a way with words and he most definitely proves it in this joint. Get those votes higher...
Its such an amazing song I honestly think it should be on the top ten
[Newest]Top 13 for sure. This song is so relatable

19She Knows
Best song ever! It's a must have one of j Coles best works this is my favourite song I got this song the first time I heard
Easily the best j cole song, awesome beat. my personal favorite I can't believe it's not higher
This song is the definition of how good j cole can rap

I think that this is one of Cole's top three
Songs. I think it's the best off of Friday night lights. Great beat, lyrics, and just sounds raw.

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