Best Songs by J. Cole

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1Lost 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.

This song is more deep than anything he has ever put out and you can tell he feels it more than any other song he's put out.

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2No Role Modelz

This is fire definitely deserves a spot in the top 10

He spits straight fir WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME this is ranked 9 wow I must be crazy this song has a sick beat and has always meaningful lyrics

Gotta bump this song to number one. It really captures his aggression while touching on serious political topics. - BicBoi

Love the beat, chorus, and the lyrical message.

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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

Best chorus that has ever blessed my ears.

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4Crooked Smile

Made me cry. Real ass lyrics. Something that actually makes sense in 2013. The lyrics relate to real life.

Great J cole song. Every girl should listen to this song.

The meaning behind this entire song.. beyond relatable for anybody out there. Not a lot of rappers that'll touch on these subjects, let alone talk about their own imperfections

"A perfect smile is more appealing but it's funny how mine is crooked, look at how far I done got without it.. I keep my twisted grill just to show them kids it's real"

I am girl who is a HUGE fan of J.Cole and listening to this song makes me feel so much better about my self

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5Born 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.

The outro, damn

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6I 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"

Best lyrical song that he's made

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7Power Trip

WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER?! THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE SONG EVER

This song is every teenage boy's dream in lyrics, that ultimate devotion to change everything that defines them to impress that one person that means the world to them. But it also shows how timeless love is. One of the realest songs from one of the realest rappers ever

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.

I first happened upon this song at 2:00 am, when I was thinking about my best friends girlfriend, who I'd fallen for hard. This song means so much to me.

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8Return of Simba

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..

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

This showed J. Coles true flow. It also brought me back to his rap battle days, what a song.

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9Villematic

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

According to me lyrical this is Cole's best work

10Blow Up

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.

One of the best pieces of hip hop

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11Let 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.

Pac's like jesus, nas wrote the bible...Cole pays homage to his mentors (Tupac, the goat, nas, the reincarnation). Cole might be the best of the three soon though

Long the idols may they never be your rivals.

Best song all time 2013 edition

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12Before I'm Gone

Beat= extraordinary. Lyrics= sensational. 3rd verse could not have been done by a human its that good something special

Easily a top 3 song. Arguably number 1. Dude killed it, get goosebumps every time

Definitely my top track. This song is strong.

The outro gives me goosebumps

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13Dreams

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.

This is actually his best song! Its how I began listening to J Cole. Please listen to it.

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14Farewell

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

This song is fire.

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15Cheer 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.

This is one of his best. Rap with meaning is so underrated. Crooked Smile is another good song.

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.

Best song ever made

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16Who Dat

Come on MAN THIS DESERVES THE TOP SPOT...
"WILL SMITH TO the HOOD"... :D
THE SONG IS DOPE!

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

If this song doesn't put you in a good mood, I don't know what will!

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17She 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

He just always telling meaningful stories with his lyrics

This song is the definition of how good j cole can rap

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18Rise 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.

This deserves to be number 1...the beats is just cray cray...and don't get me started on lyrics

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19Villuminati

Cole be spitting verses like it's Armageddon

"Sometimes, I brag like Hov, sometimes I'm real like Pac, sometimes I focus on the flow to show tge skills I got."

This is, without a doubt, one of Cole's most raw and agressive track. - Mcgillacuddy

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20Breakdown

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.

Unconditionally one of the dopest J. Cole'songs. He made a markable writing where everyone can see this guy as a talented one.

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1. Born Sinner
2. Crooked Smile
3. Let Nas Down
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1. Lights Please
2. Power Trip
3. Be Free
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