Best Childish Gambino Songs

Donald Glover is a writer, actor, comedian, and rapper (just to name a few.) His popularity is increasing as word spreads about how insanely talented he is. I made this list because I feel there are a lot of people who care about his music like me, and his music deserves to be discussed. The order is definitely up for debate.

The Top Ten

1 3005

This entire song has so much heart, and is both lyrically and stylistically miles ahead of Freaks and Geeks

Very catchy, easily one of his top 3 songs.

Great song, bass is amazing with some good headphones.

Really good song. Amazing lyrics.

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2 Freaks and Geeks Freaks and Geeks Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig, with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season.

I love this song it inspired me very much

Uncountable quality puns and clever references. One of my favorites

This song gives you a boost of energy the size of a car. His lyrics are so amazing and this song introduced the most clever lyricist of the past decade.


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3 Sweatpants

My favorite. Too addicting after listening to it a couple times.

Some of his best lines are in this jam! One of my all-time favorites!

Great song, Great Lyrics, definitely in the Top Ten


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4 Bonfire

From Camp. Others would say that this should be higher; I don't think he really tells a good story in this one, just raps about his love for women with with jokes thrown in. Though there's no denying the effect that his Casey Anthony line can have on anyone and everyone who listens to it.

First one I heard and still the best in my opinion. High energy, great punch lines, gym mix perfection. Good music. #1

Just found this song somehow but great song

The best lyrical song of our generation

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5 Redbone

Very experimental track with nice Funk elements and bouncy production. It's definitely an earworm on first listen. Awaken My Love is a fantastic record and this, California, Boogieman, Riot, Terrified and The Night I Met Your Mama are the highlights for me.

This one is the best or am I completely wrong?

The funk gets me every time

The yeah boi meme was funny

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6 Heartbeat

Even people who don't listen to Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) know this song... - danyelle444

The first song I ever heard by Gambino and the only thing I will ever thank Vevo for! every time this comes up a party and people are like "what is this crap? " I just guard the stereo until this song finishes, singing along the whole time!

This song is amazing in how intense and sincere it feels. Not to mention the ending which is hilarious

So lyrically great

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7 Sober

Gambino dazzles me every time with this song. Watch the video... He kills the dancing! He also nails it singing-wise and I really think this shows how good of a singer he is.

A slow, smooth song that still fits gambino's style

Been a Gambino fan forever, but this song is #1

The Kauai EP is easily the best Gambino has done so far. Sure, it's not the extremely witty, lyrical rap we love, but it's a beautiful set of songs that transport a listener to Kauai in seconds. Best song on the best work of Gambino, 9/10 on the song, 8.2 on the EP. Wait, this isn't metacritic...

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8 Break (AOTL)

Look up the remix with kendrick and hopsin! So dope!

9 That Power

This song is a good example of why Childish Gambino is my favorite rapper, period. He can add musically amazing beats behind his rap, he can sing, and in this song, he can even just sort of tell a story and the song is great.

Just a beast song, best outro ever. Ties up the album perfectly! Good lyrically but that beat is next level!

The first part of the song is great all by itself, but the outro/story at the end ties the whole Camp album together.

How many gold plaques you want inside your dining room?
I said, “I want a full house”
They said, "You got it dude! "

10 The Worst Guys

This song has a mad beat and childish also spits a few bars at quick pace, it also has some hilarious punch lines. It includes my other favourite rapper, chance the rapper.


The Contenders

11 Sunrise

From Camp. Personally, I think this is his third best song but I know the support isn't there yet, so I put it at #5. This is my pump-up song before anything important, and it has some of his best one-liners.

First song I ever listened to by Gambino.. By far my favorite

Best pump up song!

Epic song

12 Me and Your Mama

Just as good as redbone if not better. Childish Gambino really shows how vocally talented he is in this song

This rocks unlike most of his other songs. His screaming chorus is just chilling.

Awaken my love is one of the best if not the best album of the decade and this was maybe the the best song - Frog04

Adds some rock to the genre

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13 Telegraph Ave

One of his best songs that people don't know. great song to cruise to at night

Best late night drive song

By fair the best song on Because The Internet.

Great song, the lyrics can speak to the common man worrying about his relationship. It also isn't your common n-word this and that rap, it's really well put together.

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14 Outside

Seriously guys, the meaning of this song, the one-liners, the wit, just Oh my god, the whole thing is perfect. Donald

From Camp. Tells the story of his childhood, growing up the only black kid in his school, or the whitest black kid in his other school. Amazing chorus that really sets the tone for his whole album.

"He's saving up so we can get our own place
In the projects, man that sounds fancy to me
They called me fat nose, my mom say you handsome to me. "

15 U Don't Have to Call

Very different song, but that can be said about every song on this mixtape. Really shows off Gambino's vocals.

16 All Yall
17 Retro

The beat of this one is killer; reminds me of some 8-bit arcade games mixed with beautiful piano music. At the same time, this is one of the easiest to listen to as it's quite smooth and relaxing, with great lyrics.

Chill af

18 Lights Turned On

Awesome beat, raichu reference.

Great song, nice beat, awesome lyrics

Dope beat, sick flow

19 Oakland

This song was already posted as it's real title "Telegraph ave." dumbass

20 This Is America

My favorite video of 2018

Extremely good rap and it has a great hidden message if you look closely

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21 Crawl

This is the hardest Childish Gambino song, has the greatest lyrics, and is an AWESOME pump up song

This song is a bit strange but 100% in a good way and worth listening too

22 Black Faces
23 Unnecessary

(featuring Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul)

My favorite, freaks and geeks after

Bathroom DVR? That's unessacary but this song isn't.

24 Assassins

Off sick boi, this song has a great beat, and gambino delivers a great verse. His fellow Derrick comedy member nick Packard has the best verse on the entire album

25 Centipede

How is this not on there? This song is amazing

26 Shoulda Known

Have never skipped this song. Have never listened to it just once

Best. Hands down you shoulda known

Very solid jam

This and NOTGOING BACK are the best

27 Eat Your Vegetables

He has this amazing interlude where he make a joke about chris from family guy, and you think he is just rambling, but then he ties it back in to the beat and goes HAM. song is genius with a sick dk beat

28 Bitch, Look at Me Now

Best song of all his early mixtapes

This song is AMAZING

29 Kids

Great song, I think the reason people don't like it as much is because it can get slower at times

Why isn't this more near the top ten? This is one of his best.

Hands down my favourite Gambino song.

Keep up!

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30 Fire Fly

Amazing song. Gets you pumped and has great lyrics

31 They Don't Like Me

good song

32 Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)

Amazing lyrically, and the song can be played on repeat and stay fresh due to all the changes in tempo and sound

"There is so much depth within the song, that every time you listen to it, you hear something new."

By far and away his best song, listening to it is nothing like anything else out there.

Love this one

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33 Candler Road
34 Yaphet Kotto

Underrated song, that's chill, and has great flow

Nice flow, deserves top 10-15

35 Melrose

His finest slow-jam, doing some smooth vocals on a nice beat. Gambino, the versatile.

36 F*** It All

From Culdesac. A song about suicide that sends a good message but also feels genuine. Starts off with his feelings after a tough break up, but transitions into explaining how everything bad in his life has made him stronger.

37 Shadows

Really underrated Gambino song.

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38 Not Going Back

Some of the lines in this song are just crazy good. This, freaks and geeks and outside are probably my 3 favourite of his songs, but then again, I change my favourites every few weeks. There's just way to many. Geez Donald.

The final verse is probably the best verse Gambino has ever done.

Yeah the final verse breakdown in this is AMPED. Couldn't see me as spiderman, now I'm spittin' venom onwards is sickk

39 We Ain't Them

This one should definitely be ranked higher than this. Go give it a listen if you haven't

This should easily be top 3. the meaning in this song is unreal

This song deserves some serious recognition.

This song insane, definitely top 5. Gambino talks about his own life and pours his souls out into this song. Thais what makes it so great.

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40 Baby Boy
41 L.E.S.

The slow steady rhythm of this song and the lyrical genius puts this in the top 5 for me

Why is this not on here?

A great song to chill too wish he did more songs like this

Wish he did more chill songs like this

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42 You See Me

Best song by far. The word play is on another level.

Good beat
Good wordplay
Good song

Its great

43 Flight of the Navigator

This song is just amazing. Should be top 10

Literally one of my favorite songs, it should be way way higher

Probably his most underrated song ever. It is so beautiful

44 All the Shine

By far his most underrated song (in my opinion.) - MasonOcker

Dang this should be higher - Ajkloth

Criminally Underrated

45 Hold You Down

A beautiful and catchy song that really deserves more recognition.

46 My Shine

Best song by him 100% can't stop listening to it

Don't know why this isn't higher

47 The Palisades

Amazing song, highlights the relaxing Glover style and highlights his amazing vocal talent, also has a nice beat.

48 Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)
49 Life: The Biggest Troll

Great rhythm. Fits perfectly in the 'because the internet' with a much deeper meaning than most rappers could understand.

This songs suits the album 'Because the internet' so well.

Although I understand this song is a little different to what 'Bino usually produces, I can honestly say that in terms of themes, meaning, lyrics and production value, this track is his best yet. Very haunting, dark, layered with undertones of somber regret; it's actually very thought provocative, a fresh element not many R&B, rap or hip-hop artists explore cohesively. This song really speaks to the multi-faceted quality of humans. It seems that nowadays we perceive each other very one dimensionaly and the juxtaposition's and transitions in this song make an excellent attempt at tackling that barrier.

Gambino really knows how to end an album camp ends with the amazing That Power and this song perfectly closes out because the internet refrancing most songs on the album

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