Top Ten Greatest Kanye West Songs

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The Top Ten

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Stronger
Wow!... One of THE most amazing songs I've ever heard... Everythings nearly perfect... The vocals, the music...
Awesome song.. Makes you groove with the music. ;) It deserves to be in the number 1 position.. Rocks
Simply amazing! Wow!... One of THE most amazing songs I've ever heard... Everythings nearly perfect... The vocals, the music..
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2Jesus Walks
This is kanyes most meaningful, exciting, and beautiful music. He uses perfect drums, perfect pace, and perfect melody. If you want to hear MUSIC and not graduation pop crap, buy college dropout and late registration...
This is the best Kanye West song because he, as ever, is actually covering big topics and makes an amazing song out of it. This an awesome song and deserves to be number 1, however I love Gold digger
stronger should be number one but listen to gold digger and good life and you'll know tht this should b higher then those 2. Kanye was one of my fav rappers before he went techno. His best songs r from College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation was good but Stronger was the only song tht really impressed me

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3Heartless
Super cool! Gives you a feeling as if are walking through a lonely street! You can picture the whole scene! Really good
IF T-Pain uses autotune wisely than kanye's use is just perfect...
Heartless is one of the best song I've ever heard...
Keep rocking' kanye...
Nothing could be better. Great use of everything he has. People just hate it because he uses his talents so effectively. Love the use of auto tune. Keep up man.
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4Power
I admit that songs above poer are great but it should be at no 3 below heartless and jesus walks, homecoming is also god overall it is a powerful song which boosts yo. Body
This is the jam! Damn it's a really underrated song... Kanye killed it... Kanye West will kill Lil Wayne any day so the next time you mention Nas, Big or Jay don't forget about Ye
Yea this song hit the top dog Kanye killed the mike I like this song Lil Wayne isn't anywhere close to Kanye he is my top dog man
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5Gold Digger
Deserves to be number one, this song taught me the importance of getting a prenuptial before my marriage laugh out loud
when I first heard this song in 07, it was unstoppable. I couldn't stop listening to it!
Very Hot Track, ft Jamie Foxx
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6Runaway
This song is my second favorite song from Kanye West, and is actually one of my top ten favorite songs ever up till now. The reason this is isn't until the first part of the song is over, and at 6:00 minutes when the heavy distortion (I'm not really sure of the official word, but it makes sense I believe) of the voice starts up. Lyrics have never been a big part of the music for me, it's always been the sound, really, how everything fits in with everything else, and Kanye is probably the best modern artist because of this. The emotion exhibited in this song is phenomenal, and probably one of the few songs I've listened to that actually made me tear up.
This song should definitely be up in the top five. I won't say it should be number one, because this is a list made from people's opinions, not a list of stated facts, but if it was my own personal list of these ten songs, this would be number one. Though, if Say You Will was in the list, it would most definitely gain number 1. That song really defines a year-long depression in just six minutes.
Agreed, this song is incredible! So emotional! The best Kanye song off of the best Kanye album. It is also one of the most personal songs Kanye has done, which is saying something considering how cool Kanye is about letting people into his personal life.
I think Runaway is one of his best song and in my opinion better than any song from graduation, I mean graduation was awesome but I think it was his worst. I mean common the last 4 minutes of the song is amazing, its one of the best songs I've heard
My other favorites are touch the sky, family business, coldest winter, and lost in the world
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7Homecoming
Alright y'all, come on. How can you say this isn't the best song. I mean not on a how good it sounds do you, stand point, because after all that is just opinion, but more of on a lyrical content and deeper meaning perspective. Here is why, the song is an allegory its two stories in 1 rap song. On the surface level its a story about Kanye and a girl named Wendy falling in love and what they go through together. But Wendy is a symbol for chicago and how Chicago changes and shapes Kanye. I mean lines throughout the song like "My name is Wendy, and I like to blow trees", can be interpreted as either, Chicago the windy city, blowing on trees with its wind, or Wendy smoking weed (which I know sounds weird, but you got to understand that in this case blowin trees is less I smoke weed and more I have some swagger about me). I mean its lines like that show you how much of a lyrical genius he is. Not just some stuff that's appealing to the ear like Stronger, or Gold Digger, but something really deep, really meaningful, really poetic. I mean that's what rap is all about. Its about finding away to put poetry with a beat and making it sound good.
this song is so good! it has a great beat and Chris Martin is good as well!
Definitely this song, greatest beginning to a song copying Common's "I Used To lover HER" 'I met this girl when I was ten years old! And what I love most she had so much soul! '
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8Can't Tell Me Nothing
This song was in The Hangover. It is an amazing night album and the music video is unbelievable like all Kanye West music videos!
The Hangover made this song memorable! I love it so much!
This song, is so great! I listen to it all the time, it makes me think of a memory! I love it, my favorite Kanye WEst song! Graduation the album is one of the greatest albums ever made!
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9All of the Lights
Love the song should be on number 1 with stronger good song love it
Whenever I hear this song remind me of dark moon light
no words can express how good this song is! Yeah its that good!
This song should be at least 3rd place, I love the beat, lyrics and basically, everything. this song is so sick!
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10All Falls Down
NEVER SEEN ANY THING LIKE DAT VIDEO... d concept, d idea of it nd all dat stuff, really make him a legend
A great social commentary on the effects of materialism. It Does a great job at putting us in the shoes of the girl in the song. Although, Kanye does derail to talk about how great he is for awhile.
The music video to this is AWESOME! Can't get enough.
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The Contenders

11Through the Wire
Most of the top ten aren't very good. This is definitely a top 5 song at least. Like the other guy said, just days after a serious car crash that almost took his life he made this song. Very heroic and inspiring.
Honestly, I'm frequently annoyed at comments saying that a certain song shouldn't ever be covered - but I do think if there was a song that shouldn't be covered, this is the one. Seriously, the fact that he rapped (well) with a wire through his jaw certainly makes 'Through The Wire' very compelling.
Honestly I believe that this is very best song.
"instead of rappin bout coke and birds, it was more like spoken word. "
Whenever I think of kanye, this is definitely the one that comes to mind.
No songs after graduation should be higher than the songs before 808.
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12Diamonds from Sierra Leone
One of the best beats ever and a lyrical masterpiece, the sample is great as well, Late Registration is a classic regardless
An epic production of an epic track setting a perfect tone and resulting in the best mindset
Why on earth isn't this in the top 5? Top 10 at least! Amazing song.
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13Touch the Sky
Best song of him I think!
I'm more of a Lupe fan than a Kanye fan, so of course I think this song should be in the top ten!
Great song, lyrics are amazing, lupe completly smashes it, best beat I've ever heard
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14Good Life
I completed agree with the guy before me, "Power" is a piece. I don't think anything from 808's deserves to be in this list, but that's just my opinion. I think "All Falls Down" is definitely in the top 5, probably top 3. Good life should be higher too. I love Kanye, he's my favorite rapper. I just don't agree with a lot of this list. Also, this list is REALLY mainstream. Stuff like "All of the Lights" is a horrible song, but it's also really mainstream.

Looking back on how negative this comment is, I feel like I should say that I love Kanye, again. I think I'd probably put "Good Life" or "Can't tell me Nothing" at number one.
The comments on this song is a perfect example of the retards who joined kanye on his later pieces. His old work was the absolute best. "retarded list" don't hate on the songs that started his legacy, there's a reason why he's on your ipod.
This song and stronger are the best of KW!
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15Amazing
THIS IS AMAZING! Literally. Very surprised that it is not in top ten. Kanye demonstrates his wide range and that he is not just one- demensional
The title of the song fits its description perfectly. A very nice song excellent lyrics.. It should be definitely in the top ten
This song hooked me when I heard it for the first time. The next one week was followed by repeat of this song.
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16N***** in Paris
Amazing song give it a listen, you wont regret Kanye really nails this song. Can listen to it over & over again.
Amazing off Watch the Throne. Great beat and great lyrics. Classic Kanye.
Cool sexy very geat song just can't stop from loving this song the tune is so mesmerizing..
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17Black Skinhead
Kanye west killed this track. I love how he is standing up for his own skin colour and isn't just making a song about attraction girls or something like that.
I love this song, the lyrics give a meaning that no one might understand, and I love that. Standing up for your own skin colour is very courageous.
This is Kanye at his best transcending hip hop and pushing the envelope.
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18Hey Mama
How the hell is this not number 1? Overall this is easily the best song he's ever made. The heart he puts into this song is amazing. Just go listen to this song and compare it with heartless? Are you joking 808s was easily his worst album. How this song is not number one amazes me. Obviously people haven't even listened to his album and have just heard him through the radio. What a joke of a list this is.
You've honestly got to be kidding me... At the time of this comment being posted, this song was #31. That's a joke... This is easily top 3 in my opinion, maybe even #1, along with Jesus Walks and Stronger to form the top 3. This song is just amazing. Late Registration > College Dropout > Graduation > Watch the Throne > MBDTF > 808s & Heartbreak.
Most heartfelt song I have ever heard. Best song from Kanye hands down
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19Heard 'Em Say
If you're a human being, you gotta listen to this song. This song is about as real as music gets.

javananthonydavis

What in the world is wrong with this list? His top five should be more along this line.

1) Heard 'Em Say
2) Devil In A New Dress
3) Diamonds from Sierra Leone Remix
4) All Falls Down
5) Crack Music
6) Champion
7) Stronger
8) Good Life
9) Late
10) Drive Slow
Great beat, rhythm, rap verses, and chorus.. the singer from Maroon 5 sings awesome vocals too.

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20Flashing Lights
The beat is so chill and laid back. The verses are great, the chorus sounds amazing. Just an overall great song
As I recall, I know you love to show off
But I never thought that you would take it this far
What do I know? Flashing lights, lights
What do I know? Flashing lights, lights
This song definitely shows, that he ist the BEST. Such a juicy beat ans nice lyrics combined. Should be considered as number 1.
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21Good Morning
easily kanyes best song, this really was the pinacle of his career. The video is great the song has meaning. Anything Kanye does from releasing this single will be an attempt to improve on perfection
The Message In The Video For This Song Is The Whole Reason Why The Graduation Album Was Made

xXLennyKingXx

One of his best and the perfect opener to Graduation
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22Otis
I don't know why does it have few votes, its one of my favorite songs. Jay and Kanye killed that and the video was cool.
Great song, placed 31. ? Way too low.
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23Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix)
Jay and kanye litrally Cracked it

Tobzz7

I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man! - best line in any song with kanye in it but jay z owns this song.

24Mercy
I don't know why this is 28!?! This should at least be fifth. I can't believe the people who voted. They're defiantly bad voters acctually they're terrible voters. People these days don't know a thing about music. Seriously! What are people thinking?
I think that since Otis, Kanye has really turned his career into a great one. New god flow, ******* in paris, Clique, and this.
Ya its the best rap song I heard in my life, really it sound better than any other
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25Lost In the World
INCREDIBLE autotune. Kanyes bit is great too and I can't help but nod my head to this. I haven't listened to a lot of My Twisted Dark Fantasy but this is by FAR the best tune on it. Blame Game is good too, but this ROCKS.
Even woods performed by bon iver was incredible but kanye improves the autotune effect to an unknown atmosphere
I was blown away when I first heard this song. Never has autotune and sampling been used so brilliantly.

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26Family Business
This is simply kanye at his realest its not your typical bob your head song but this is real music touches your soul can make you connect with kanye on a level, ths is music how it should be emotional and truth with great production simply beautiful music and MR WEST at his best they don't make it like this anymore real HIP HOP.
This song is the most touching song ever produced by Kanye. Honestly there was the dramatic rises and different soul techniques to incorperate the emotions with the beauty side of it. I can honestly say, I related the most to this song than ANY other hip hop song.
He has so many good songs but I'd say that this one is his best. The beat, the samples, the lyrics, everything is perfect.
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27Gorgeous
Way too low! The best song on the years best album, all I need is the American Apparel girl in tights to.
Yezzy is lyrically incredible on the track. Greatest Alive He should be racking up tons of awards for this album

jamalmartin

Best lyrical song of Kanye. Throw Raekwon at the end, and you got a beast of a track
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28Devil In a New Dress (Ft. Rick Ross)
Melody is nearly as insane a Ross' sick cameo! Heavily soul sampled beat that Yeezy laces with rhymes about " what else? " a relationship destroyed by a sexy gold-digging female's desire for, well, Kanye's gold: The way you look should be a sin / I'm preaching to the congregation / We love Jesus, but she done learned a lot from Satan. Dope, often hilarious rhymes? A dope beat?
My goodness so low, one of the best songs from kanye west. Sick beat sick lyrics
You guys are stupid. This song should be in the top 5 at least
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30Slow Jamz
The song to good to be true put it at one
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31New Slaves
This song just goes to say there's nothing stopping the power of kanye west! Yeezus! Check this song out
Best song of KW, really brought him back as one of the best rappers of today
My god that outro
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34Dark Fantasy
Just one of the best on his new album love this and all the rest but this has to be one of the better ones on the album for definitely. Keep em comming...
Gives me the energy I need!
Suchhh a solid start to MTDF
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35The New Workout Plan
This is one of Yeezys most fun songs. And the way it breaks down at the end with the guitar bass and drums is incredible, it's perfect to jam to.
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36No Church In the Wild
It really motivated me to start a riot or somthing after I watched the music video
This song is so amazing! The tune is wicked and the rapping is awesome! It should be in the top ten at least. Love this song!
I love this song! It's amazing! Should be in the top 10 definitely
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37I Wonder
I Wonder is an amazing sample of who he is and what he believes. It speaks of how his dreams have come true, while addressing aspects of himself and concepts we can relate to it as well, while having an amazing beat with a sick chorus and epic bass.
Really, this is a masterpiece of music
This is a great song. I don't know who the chorus is but it's really good. This songs simple yet FANTASTIC. And I wonder...
Crazy dope song... A good remix by kanye
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38Breathe In Breathe Out

Why is this not on the list? Ludacris doesn't really rap but he's a great addition. The music in the background is sick and kanye ROCKS this

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39Monster
This is by far Kanye's best song. Honestly, I think this is the best rap song ever.
Nice beats, incredible lyrics, and smooths extremely well.
Incredible song, kinda feels like minajs song but kanye still great.
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40Spaceship
The best song off of his best album
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41Everything I Am
It's not the best but it definitely deserves top 20. The chorus is so heartfelt, the whole song feels like a ride, and the emotion kanye puts in this song is incredible. Also, other songs like this are heard em say, family business and we don't care. All deserve to be higher.
In my opinion this should be in the top 3. Smooth beat deep lyrics and a amazing DJ. Its nice to hear a soulful chilled song rather than his useual provocative in you face music. Everything I am depicts perfectly how the media portrays him and I feel its his way of saying "Hey this is the real me, I may be this, I may be that but at the end of the day everything I'm not makes me everything I am".
39? Are you mad?! Here's some reasons why this should be in the top 10...
1) the MOST chill beat ever made! Its so chill that I even use it to do work with
2) it marks the possible end to the B-E-A-UTIFUL soulful rap music as it's being replaced by commercial B. S
3) It has samples by both prince mitchell AND public enemy!
4) EVERYTHING I'M NOT MADE ME EVERYTHING I AM :D (how catchy is that?!
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42Love Lockdown
IS IT SOME KIND OF JOKE.. ? Love lockdown at 17 below songs like through the wire, can't tell me nothing, all falls down man it should be in top 5 right away that what it deserves knye west didn't decide to put it as lead single for his album without thinking he put it because he thought it was one of his best songs SO PLEASE FANS OF HIS SHOW SOME JUST VOTE FOR THIS SONG!
This song is awesome kanye west is the best rapper ever

cheezo8

! Are you serious, Love Lockdown is one of his best songs, the piano, the African drum beat, and that screaming animal sound or whistle I don't know, is just making of an amazing song, and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008 Remix Is even a little better than the original
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44Gone
This has to be the most under rated song kanye has ever produced. Everyone who raps on the song absolutly nails it. Not as good as some of his hits, but this song should have been a hit!
The lyrics and complexity of the bass make it at least one of the top 15 songs kanye has put out. It deserves more respect than being 40.
I should not have to scroll down this far to get to this song. And Roses that needs to be higher too
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45Bound 2
Great follow-up to his flawless performances in Watch the Throne, not so much the message as the musicality and use of sampling. Music video is questionable, but the song itself has some great humour and pure talent.
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46Clique
Features Jay Z, Big Sean, it's THE BEST!
How isn't this #1? It's a great song because it features Jay Z and Big Sean.
Beast of a song!
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48School Spirit
One of his best songs. I don't know how it got 48. can someone explain ho?
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49Never Let Me Down
To many classics to choose from really kanye west is one of the greatest hip hop artist of all time best and the best to come out in the early 2000s
J. Ivy's verse sends chills down my spine...
Amazing song, really heartfelt and the church choir sample at the end just adds to the brilliance.
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50We Major
Nas with a great verse beautiful hook and kanye song his thing on a million dollar beat, this song is a top ten in the featured category but even if not still a top 20...
Best song from kanye west. The rhythm is the best gd bless penis face de neg
Should be WAY higher
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51We Don't Care
Crazy... People sleep on this song. When you look at the Gino Vanelli song that he sampled and what he ultimately produced... Genius
Don't know why this is so far down, should be in top 15
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52Big Brother
Easily his best song and if you don't agree then you obviously haven't listened to this song
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54Paranoid
This song is one of Kanye's best. Doesn't get enough love at all. This album shows a different side of Kanye but received poor reviews from some but I think that the diversity he shows is great. Big fan of 808s & Heartbreaks.
I don't know how this song wasnt a hit, its one of kanyes best

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Paranoid is a very extraordinary song. Way better than his other songs. I loved it!
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56Don't Like
This song made G.O.O.D. music my favorite label! Never got tired of listening to it!
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57Blood On the Leaves
This song is so underrated in my opinion
Kanye has perfected the use of auto-tune
This song is anti abortive.
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58Blame Game
58th?
Blame Game needs to be in the top 10 the raw emotions in it about a breakup makes the song one of the dopest that Yeezy ever dropped
Laugh out loud at Chris rock skit
"Things used to be, now they not
Anything but us is who we are
Disguising ourselves as secret lovers
We’ve become public enemies
We walk away like strangers in the street
Gone for eternity
We erased one another
So far from where we came
With so much of everything, how do we leave with nothing
Lack of visual empathy equates the meaning of L-O-V-E
Hatred and attitude tear us entirely"

Best song. End of story.
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60Get Em High
I can't believe this song wasn't even on the list? Ye goes in raw not to mention Talib Kweli does his thing and Common just seals the track. "If your losing your high then smoke again. Get em high. "
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63I Am a God
Pure Genius yet craziness ha
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65Welcome to Heartbreak
This one is probably so low on the list because it isn't one his more well-known songs. It's got excellent lyrics, a simple beat, and a great match with Kanye & Kid Cudi. You've gotta hear it to believe it. Two thumbs up.

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This is the realest song I've ever heard from Kanye, and I respect him for doing this song, admitting he screwed up his life partially. This to me Is the greatest Hip-Hop song by him hands down.
My favorite song of Kanye. He has lots of amazing songs but this one I can listen to every day and never get tire of it. So simple but so perfect. Love.
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66To the World
Great mix of kanye and r kelly
Best song of his, no doubt
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68E.T.
The song is probably better without Kanye's verses in it, but it really gets addicted once you get used to his appearance in the song.
Kanyes flow rocks... Along with the breathtaking voice of katy pery... Definitely should be ranked more higher.
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69Celebration Listen to sample

70Barry Bonds
Lil Wayne killed this song. Killing is good.
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71Christian Dior Denim Flow

72See Me Now Listen to sample

73Drive Slow Listen to sample

74Addiction
Just a song you can listen while smoking weed
One of Kanye's hidden gems.
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75Murder to Excellence Listen to sample

76Crack Music Listen to sample

77Late

78Anyway

79Hurricane Listen to sample

80That's My Bitch Listen to sample

81Guilt Trip
Awesome song it should be on top 25
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82I'm In It
Pure amazing. Just listen to it!
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83On Sight
This song goes hard. The beat and the flow of this song is awesome and ventures into a new rap style unheard of before that mixes incredible rapping with a catchy daft punk beat.
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84Street Lights
One of Mr West's best.
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85Bring Me Down Listen to sample

86Christmas In Harlem Listen to sample

87Don't Look Down

88Mama's Boyfriend

89Skit #2 (Late Registration) Listen to sample

90Last Call Listen to sample

91Line for Line

92Say You Will Listen to sample

93Never Lettin' Go (The Stalker Song)

94Naughty Girl
Akon and kanye combo listen to this song everyone please.. Great song.. you r gonna love it

95RoboCop
This song should not be 88, I'd put it in the top 20.
Good song... People hate
RoboCop is a horrible song and its probably better than everything on Yeezus
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96Roses
You know when you have to defend rap to your "rap isn't poetry" friends.

This is the song I refer them to.
I don't know how you can put a skit ahead of this song. He uses his raw poetry skills to create one of his most emotional songs. I think this should be top 25, definitely not 94
86? Really? Come on, guys...
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98Good Night (featuring Al Be Back & Mos Def) Listen to sample

99Two Words
His greatest song, doesn't get enough recognition.
His best song, doesn't get enough recognition.
Awesome! From a French fan!
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