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.
The type of song that'll make you think, you definitely don't hear music like this nowadays, by far one of his best songs!
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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
One of the deepest songs I've ever listened to. Easily the best song on my ipod. "Cole World"
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.
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3Return 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..
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4Lights 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
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5Let 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.
This song is G. Whoever wrote the first comment on the #2 song is g too.
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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.

7Before 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.

8Born 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
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9Power Trip
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.
Awesome some. Great beat. Definitely original ideas. Must have on the J Cole's top 5.
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10Blow 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.
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The Contenders

11Who 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
Hellalot of response when I performed. This song
... One word... Its ddammn cool!
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12Crooked 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.
Love this song, my favourite J.Cole song.
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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.
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.
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.
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14Cheer 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.
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15Rise and Shine Listen to sample

16Can't Get Enough
* Amazing hook
* Superb music
* Awesome delivery
* Great lyrics

Cole goes hard on this song. It's a great song to listen to, especially in car. It's one of my favorite J Cole songs. It's not his best song, but it deserves to be in the Top Ten!
Aaweesomee one certainly deserves the top spot cole rocks and rocks this oone hard like anything
I bet the music is real good... J cole is good enough but with trey its really fantastic... Love the beats and the beach...
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17Pass Me By
The lyrics are so ill.

18She Knows
Great song. A must listen
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19Work Out
A Cole Classic. Yeah it is radio and may have Let Nas Down, but you can't resist the beat! It's fresh, youthful and has a great instrumental.
This song has a great beat great lirics and great sound easily the
Best song by J. Cole if this song is not 1 it should at least be top ten
His best song in my opinion
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20Rich N*****
This is one of the best songs off J Cole's New Album this shows how people are oppressed and still find their own path through their struggles because of dedication and hard work. Or about how people want to take the easy way to fame but don't know what it really takes to become successful "how much for your soul" You can even take into account saying "You got what I want I got what you need" that industry heads need a new artist and he knows it and that some people are willing to give up everything to become famous hence the next line "how much for your soul". There are multiple areas to touch on in this Cole song besides just the chorus. Listen to this Man.
One of the deepest rap songs I've ever heard. So much self-reflection as opposed to the self-glorification that normally comes out of the industry. A breath of the freshest air.
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21The Badness
One of coles best songs for sure top 20 maybe not 10

22Sideline Story
This song is what got me to love j cole and all his music
Great song. Their a reason the album had it's name, it was because of this song. Shoulda been higher
If you wanna get into the roots of his career, listen to this melody. His wants and his courage says it in this song.
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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.

24Premeditated Murder
I had a old school whip and this is all I played in it. His flow is too smooth. This song truely shows the difference between him and Drake. And he destroys drake
Unbelievable how this isn't Top 10
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Cole be spitting verses like it's Armageddon
Come on this should be higher
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26Higher Listen to sample


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.

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28Chaining Game

29Dolla and a Dream
The third one is the best 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
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31Show Me Somethin'
Every J cole Song ever made is Great but this should be in the top 10
EASILY should crack the top 10. Amazing hook, beat, lyrics, message. Everything about this songs is great, too bad it's not one of his most popular songs, if more people knew about it it could be a #1 hit.

32Losing My Balance

33LAnd of the Snakes
Very catchy and awesome beat
Sick beat real good song
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34Too Deep for the Intro
What? This Is Like #2 Easily. Very Disappointed That Its 37th.
How is this # 34? Its honestly the most touching song he's ever written
This is my song it should edleast be top 10

35Nothing Last Forever

36Kenny Lofton
This song touch my heart it should have place here

37Song for the Ville

38Can I Live
Some thing is definitely wrong with this list if this isn't in the top 10. Easily one of his deepest, tear jerking, true heart touching songs. Give it a listen, and you wont regret it. Trust me.
This song just is so emotional. When you listen to it, you can feel the great storytelling come to your ears. Amazing song and one of his best
Seriously in his top three best songs. Easily. Something is definitely wrong with this list. This song has some DEEP lyrics. This list is crud if this doesn't even show in the top ten...?
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39Forbidden Fruit
Amazing beat
Good lyrics
Overall good song
Vote for it so it can be higher
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40Mr. Nice Watch
Cole's voice and that guitar is perfect harmony!
Best of the bunch
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41It Won't Be Long

42Home for the Holidays
Just a great overall song

43Grew Up Fast
I love this song. The sample is great and he did work
I love you the bast

Number 5. Deepest, Most sickest track. Just hits you straight away
This is one of the deepest lyrical songs by J. Cole. He goes deep into the heart telling the story. This accorfing to me should have been on an album and deserves to be at top 10.

45Nobody's Perfect
This song is good. It definitely deserves a top 10. The chorus is so calming... Always listen to it when I'm down...
This is easily top ten.
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46Never Told
A killing bit of self analysis.
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47In the Morning Listen to sample

48Miss America Listen to sample

49Is She Gon Pop
One of my favorites on Born Sinner
One of his toughest songs
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50Can I Holla at Ya
Best song of the year

51I'm On It

52Lil Ghetto N****

53Purple Rain

54Get Free


56Visionz of Home
Visionz of home is just pure genius. The lyrics I swear builds you up to take on the world. In my opinion this song should easily fall in his top ten, not down grading any of his songs but this one is a truw classic.

57The Cure

58Grown Simba
J Cole go hard


60Love Me Not

61The Good Son

62Dead Presidents
Oh man.!
His puns are better than shakespere.
This song is great

63Dolla and a Dream II

So you telling me yall forgot this song! Of all songs! Forget that lost ones! Listen to the born sinner album and see if you can keep lost ones #1
He's right this song is one of the best
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65Knock On Wood
He kncoks too hard on that wood. The type of remix you would think its and original song. He outplayed Common.
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66You Got It

67I'm a Fool

68New York Times Listen to sample



71Crunch Time
Cole talks about how some men would rather take the easy road and just hustle their entire life. They worry so much about the money they make rather than being successful they don't even worry about jail. They forget about their dreams and just focus on drugs. Deep.

72Daddy's Little Girl

Great song.J. cole is just one of the best of all time and more people need to see that.

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73God's Gift Listen to sample

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This list was created 3 years, 165 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 6 times.

Updated Sunday, April 20, 2014

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