Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

The Top Ten

1 m.A.A.d city m.A.A.d city Cover Art

Honestly you can tell when rappers really went through the darkest that society has to offer, and you feel it in this song. He doesn't just screw around like Tyler, the Creator (his music has a time and a place). He really creates a picture in your head and that's a great accomplishment for a modern-day rapper. Which he wasn't such a sell-out workin with ASAP, Drake, and 2 Chainz laugh out loud but that's irrelevant.

This has everything you could possibly want in a record. Dope beat, great production, A+ lyrics, storytelling, conscience, metaphors, a great hook, a great feature verse, every thing. You can turn up to this, you can be angry listening to this, you can play this at parties, but you can also draw inspiration from this record. Perfect.

True poetry of the streets. Kendrick "takes you on a trip down memory lane" in this song, and he does a magnificent job of it. From early childhood to the start of his career, this song illustrates his life growing up I Compton perfectly. It's a rhythmical and lyrical gem to say the least.

Kendrick really goes off on this one. You can feel the dark vibes and lyrics throughout the song, which feel genuine and real. Unlike Drake, Lamar has really been through tough things. One of his best songs to date. The industry is full of bad rappers, but Kendrick is one of the GOAT.

2 Swimming Pools (Drank) Swimming Pools (Drank) Cover Art

This song not only discusses a very important aspect of adolescent livelihood, but also touches base on one of the most important lessons you can learn, self-control. The song features a conversation with his own conscience and explains his struggles with alcohol and the social norm for the use of stuff like it. It truly is his poison of choice and he worries if it will mean the end of him. He refuses to smoke pot as explained in m.A.A.d City because of some pretty nasty experiences with the stuff, however, he is still worried about collapsing under the weight of the poisons and substances that he does take in. Great song, most likely not his most meaningful but contains some of his greatest flows and an incredibly catchy hook. The bridge before the chorus is also one of the most climatic drops featured in any of Kendrick's songs ever. Two thumbs up for the king of west coast Hip-Hop.

It might be more Trap influenced and it sounds like a party anthem but it's actually a song about how alcoholism and peer pressure affects someone.

Perhaps one of the darkest looks at alcoholism ever made, Kendrick perfectly captures a dark party where he ends up going against what he does now, and that is do a lot of drinking, causing him to pass out drunk with Sherane. 6/5, 10/10.

This song is so powerful...it shows the dangers of alcohol and its effect on people. Made me cry when I first heard it and this song should be 1.who ever is voting is listening to talentless artists like Rae Sremmurd & Young Thug

3 Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Cover Art

This is Kendrick Lamar's Best song of all time so far. He just pours out his soul into this song on a beat that makes you feel so sentimental when listening to it. He touches on his family life as well as problems in Compton, and problems that young African Americans are facing. The title is also perfect, and is symbolic of how he was at a point in his life when he was lacking spirituality.

This is my favorite song of Kendrick, and at least in my top 10 of all time, 12 minutes of pure honest rapping about his killed friend and finding protection by god. The memorable, great beat and the chill flow makes this song an absolute masterpiece and Kendrick's best song

Song is so deep and all of the verse are different but good. Kendrick has so many great songs though. You gotta also think about all of his features that he just kills and makes other people's songs his own. Some good stuff with black hippy

This song is the modern day version of Nas' One Love. If you can get through the first two verses without feeling the pain of the narrators, you don't have a heart. This is what rap is all about.

4 Money Trees Money Trees Cover Art

Pretty great song about the desperation of people to be rich, while jay rock has a great verse. No wonder Black Hippy is arguably the best rap collective around because they always find something meaningful to rap about and express it very well. And they don't always brag about their wealth, although they actually rap about the effects that rap and fame has on them.

This was the first song by Kendrick that I got into, the beat, the chorus, the verses, the collaborations, and the lines "everybody gonna respect the shooter, but the one in front of the gun lives forever"

P.S. why isn't blacker the berry higher on this list!

The synergy of this song is incredible, everything fits together so snugly, a true modern day masterpiece. The final verse by Jay Rock is a heavy weight swinging for the fences in the final round, topping off a stellar song.

Not only the best Kendrick song, but I argue this is the greatest rap song ever written. Great flow, great lyrics, and not to mention an absolutely incredible verse from Jay Rock makes this my favorite song of all time. HiPower is great, too.

5 Hiiipower Hiiipower Cover Art

Kendrick bodies this beat. Lyrics are amazing as usual but he really connects with a lot of today's issues in society. Metaphors are great as well, they actually work with the song unlike pointless metaphors thrown in by other rappers to get spins

This was kendrick's breakthrough showing us what he was and still is capable of. It's one of his most underrated songs he's ever written. If you never heard of Kendrick Lamar before and are interested in what he's like, I would strongly recommend giving this track a listen.

I is still my favorite Kendrick track, but HiiPoWeR is without a doubt his most powerful song. The angry yet passionate delivery, the dramatic, almost somber beat, some of Kendrick's best writing to date, and Alori Joh's powerful bridge make this one of the greatest black pride anthems ever written.

Fantastic beat. Amazing lyrics. Many songs could be up here at number 1, this is top 3 for sure, it's between cartoons and cereal and money trees too. Swimming pools as well. He has too many 10/10 songs to put in the top 3 it's not fair

6 The Blacker the Berry The Blacker the Berry Cover Art

It was really tough for me to choose which Kendrick Lamar song is the best, since they're all pretty good, but I have to say that "The Blacker the Berry" is his best song. In this song, Kendrick just lets everything go and you can just hear and feel his emotions. I don't think any other rapper, even Tupac, has expressed their emotions better than Kendrick did in this song. The beat, Kendrick's lyrics, and his flow all combine to make this masterpiece of a song. He addresses the topic of racism very well and also reveals it's hypocritical nature.

I, too, started off listening to Kindrick's more mainstream songs (such as Alright, Swimming Pools, M.A.A.D City, etc.), but this song delves to a whole other level in Kindrick's lyricism. Don't let the initial message fool you- this song is deep and guaranteed to have you coming back for more.

By far one of his deepest songs he ever written. Talks about how racism/hate is not one sided concept and its hypocritical to think that it is so, because we all partake in it. One of the best songs of 2015.

Very agressive and gets the point across without you having to listen to the song more than once or twice. Very deep. I knew To pump a butterfly was gonna be great when I heard this song

7 King Kunta King Kunta Cover Art

This is where we see Kendrick going back to his roots. He goes back to the old west coast style of hip hop where they focus on a funky beat instead of a beat based off of bass. If you're listening to the song, and you don't immediately start dancing, you're doing it wrong.

This is such a weird song, but also one of the easiest to enjoy once you listen to it a few times. I used to hate it, and now it is one of my favourite songs of all time and definitely my favourite by kendrick. This gets my vote

I love the funky vibe and lyrical genius of this song. It may not be his best in terms of being deep or meaningful, but every time I listen to it I have to listen 10 more times because it's so good.

First time listening it souns like crap. But after hearing it some times you fall in love. A fantastic song. With great beat. When you start to feel it gets boring, it builds up and gives you the feeling wanna dance.

8 A.D.H.D A.D.H.D Cover Art

Not his best song in terms of lyrics and flow, but the theme and beat of this song is legendary

Easiest song to understand what his saying goes with the beat.

Love the flow on this. Definitely one of his best

This should be top 3 on the list for sure

9 I I Cover Art

I was going through a rough period in my life. I never thought I would be happy again, untill I heard this song. It puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. It is nowhere near his best song lyriacly or flow wise, but I would lie if I dindt say this was my favourite. And Kendrick is the best rapper of our tine, and a realistic G.O.A.T contender at this point, and I believe that he doesn't have a bad or even average song out.

Not even a fan of Kendrick but this song is something the industry needs more of. As someone who plays bass... I really appreciate the way he flows over such a great bass line. Complete art, deserves more respect in regards to talent and the message it sends.

Proves if k dot wants to hell put out any type of song. Fantastic. Only rapper today to make a song so positive. Inspired by kids he met on tour who were suicidal but that loved his music. He really is the best MC today and proves it

This is probably one of the most positive hip hop songs. Instead of rapping about doing illegal drugs, and things like that he makes a catchy song, telling us, "I love myself". You don't find much rap songs like this one.

10 Alright Alright Cover Art

I could talk for hours about how genius this entire album is, but this is my favorite track. The production by Pharrell is amazing, and makes for one of my favorite instrumentals in hip hop history, and even with all the darker lyrics that Kendrick writes, this song always brings me up every time I listen to it. And it has one of the catchiest choruses I have ever heard in a song. And the music video is brilliant.

Lyrics, beat, vibe. What song has better connections between these three than this very song. This song ain't alright. It's amazing

I don't know, why this is in 14th! This Song deserved to be in the Top 3!

Deep lyrics, Kendrick really shows his emotion on this one.

The Contenders

11 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

Great beat, and some great lyrics about life for Kendrick's people and desires for fame. I listen to it quite a lot whenever I wanna chill and sometimes when I feel low, also happy at times.

This pumpin' me every time while I listen it.Why only 8? Should be in top 3 with mad city and swimming pool. "Look inside in your soul and you find nothing..." Kendrick Ukraine love you.

This song has the best beat, and it also has awesome lyrics. It shows what Kendrick Lamar's all way.

One of the greatest lyrical song oat. The storytelling is beautiful + the ending is legendary

12 DNA. DNA. Cover Art

I am completely addicted to this song. His flow in the second part of the song is incredible. The beat gets me pumped, and the bass, especially in the second part is insane.

Best track from Damn. It sums up his life with a perfect beat and the gimme some ganja is actually important as it symbolizes his struggles with marijuana smoking.

Kendrick wears his heart on a sleeve with a fierce intensity that we have yet to see from him. I think this is his best work.

When I first heard this song I fell in love with it. It should definitely be in top 10.

13 U U Cover Art

A song has never made me cry as much. I never listened to it fully until recently because it sounded weird but once I did it was so worth it because the last 2 verses relate to me so much.

Arguably Kendrick at his most emotionally potent, featuring a smooth backing track with a lazy brass accompaniment, contrasting with a broken hotel raido and Kendrick's pained accusations levied against himself. Deeply personal yet incredibly relatable, it is a must listen for anyone who has ever hated themselves and those who want to understand the depressed mind.

This really should be higher. Its one of the best songs off To Pimp A Butterfly. It's so emotional and a little scary how depressed and self lothing Kendrick is here. The first part was nice but the second part where his voice starts to break is amazing.

One of Kendrick's most emotional songs. This one almost had me crying after the beat changed and he started to get into it.

14 Humble Humble Cover Art

Out here roasting Drake, Big Sean and others. Really great song and music video

Best song of 2017. Right up there with California dreamin' and castle on the hill

It has a good beat to it and is actually better than most in my opinion

King kendrick's #1 song by far, killed all competition with this one

15 How Much a Dollar Cost How Much a Dollar Cost Cover Art

This song gave me chills an empithany at the end, only few songs have done that to me, Hiiipower, Sing about me I'm dying of thirst control jay electronica & Kendricks verse, Nas Rewind, N. Y state of mind, Nas is like, affirmative action, J Cole let Nas down, January 28th, Apparently and Jay-z Lucifer, D'evils, Dead presidents II, Lauren Hill ex factor, her verse on Ready or not & Zealots

This song has an amazing story to it. It talks about how everyone should treat everyone with respect regardless of who they are. The song conveys the story of a homeless man asking Kendrick for a dollar at the gas station. Kendrick denies the man who actually turns out to be Jesus Christ.

If you really follow Kendrick's lyrics on this track (as you should for all of this genius's work) then there's no way your spine didn't drop to 0K at the end of that last verse. Damn near turned me into a religious man.

I'm not religious but the message this sends is important. Kendrick is very critical when it come to moneY and he explains very well how important it is to be selfless.

16 Backseat Freestyle Backseat Freestyle Cover Art

I just want to say that the snare in this track is possibly one of the best snares I've ever heard. The EQing gives it such a satisfying "pop."
Other than that, this is a great song. Kendrick has a great flow, and the lyrics paint the perfect picture of his younger, more arrogant self.

Showcases Kendrick as an ignorant teenager, with a passion for money, sex, and violence. Despite the deeper meaning, it's a pretty fire song too

Even though its different from his normal lyrics, it goes into the mind of a 16 year old kid over a fire beat.

Not 'classic Kendrick' but straight fire. Aggressive, fast-paced, old-fashioned bars.

17 Cartoon & Cereal

Everything about this song is perfection. Beats, vocals. It's a hip hop track that doesn't sound like a hip hop track. Meaning, this song is the definition of music, or it's better than a lot of music out period. This song may have not flowed if it was put on gkmc, but this song would have been a perfect fit for TPAB!

This is top 3 for sure. Too many people just bump with his new stuff when he has just as good if not better songs from back when he wont as popular. Great lyrics, and I love the flow of the verses!

Wow. Really weird hook, but I guess the beat drop makes up for it. In fact, the hook enhances the rest of the song dramatically. Deserves to be in the top 5

This song drills into your bones. The beat and lyric combination is second to none. This is true hip-hop and one of Kendricks greatest works.

18 Rigamortus Rigamortus Cover Art

Lyrically this song is easily number 1, not through his story but purely sentence and word structure.

Amazing rapping by kendrick bodies the awesome trumpet beat perfectly amazing song

This should easily be up in the top ten, best lyrics I've ever heard Kendrick drop.

I think this and alright are his best songs

19 Wesley's Theory Wesley's Theory Cover Art

This is one of the best intro's to a new album you will ever hear. I still think this is one of the best songs on the album.
If you haven't, listen to this album before others.

This is the beginning of he story that lamar tells in TPAB and it is incredible. Every time you listen to this, each beat, each verse grows. This is perfection and needs to be in the top 5.

My ultimate favourite song from Kendrick Lamar! Such a great beat and flow. So underrated; should be a lot higher

This is epic. No words to describe the production and lyrics. And Dr. Dre's verse is awesome. Kendrick all the way!

20 Poetic Justice

I concur, Poetic Justice has a great flow, rhyme scheme, lyrics, and feel... And feel is the most important part of music.

One of his best songs... This isn't even slept on, it's just known as one of his best lol, why is it so far down?

Can be one the top 10 I learn a lot from this song and when my girl is angry I just sing this song

How is this not at least in the top tens, I swear people have no taste!

21 Mortal Man Mortal Man Cover Art

This is one of the most important songs on To Pimp a Butterfly. He is questioning his fans loyalty and he is literally interviewing Tupac on this song! And later he explains the reason for the title of the album. Deserves to be in top 10 at least.

I'm sorry, I think there was a glitch in the system. This is as #35, but it really needs to be #1. The admin will hopefully fix this in the future.

The message is simple, are you believing in Kendrick's integrity or are you going to abandon him and turn on him when things get bad?

Just listen to it people. I know it's at the end of the album but I guarantee if you listen to it this will be in your top 5

22 These Walls These Walls Cover Art

One of the best songs about sex. Mostly because of that Funk influenced beat and the fact it's more or less surrounding sudden fame and when a rapper can't handle it too.

K.dot is talking about us black people who cannot speak up for our selves in this song I've Annalise it and it's true it's not just a funk jazzy song but it has a truly deep meaning in it.that's how best Kendrick can be and I don't think anyone can reach to his level of intelligency he is just the best that the rap game has ever produced

How isn't this higher? ¿ as kendricks most treasured song on the album, it deserves to be at least top 10. great story telling and metaphor uses in this song, combing 3 topics into 3 verses accompanied by an amazing compton funk beat. the flow ties the song together and kendricks voice just adds the icing on the cake. definitely my favourite pick of kendrick showing is lyricism and poetic values.

This song isn't much of a rap joint, but it's groove is electrifying. Love the vocals, commentary, and instrumental. Very underrated

23 XXX. XXX. Cover Art

Really underrated, middle verse is insane, think that verse alone makes it one of husband best, up there with duckworth and fear on DAMN. in my opinion

Yesterday I got a call late from my dog like 101. Said this song was badass. I listen. It was badass.

The middle verse is the hardest thing I've ever heard, easily his most emotive and raw track.

Likely my favorite song ever. Such a strong message and great flow.

24 Duckworth Duckworth Cover Art

This is the best song on damn by miles and miles. It leaves everything else in the dust. The production is flawless and cornrows kenny's storytelling is at its potentially best ever. The only reason it's the least popular song on the album is that it isn't a banger like humble element or DNA.

This should end up in the top 10, probably Kendrick's best storytelling song along with great production and end to the album. Also, TPAB needs more songs in the top 10

The beat changes are absolutely amazing and go so well with the lyrics

The best song on damn easily with fear creeping up behind it

25 Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)

Absolutely one of the best songs on Section.80. The first time you hear this song, you need to listen again. The beat is inspiring and the lyrics are brilliant.

The second of the two singles from Section.80, this one is underrated and has a good beat and great lyrics from Kendrick.

Should be at least number 10. This one had a great beat and great lyrics (just like all of his songs)

I don't know why this song is so underrated. it is for sure top 3

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