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.

The flow is perfected on both beats! This may not be his best song but it should be in the top 5! Both kendrick and MC Eiht have a sick verse and flow. I love the G whistle at the end, it give the song such a west coast feel!

That first verse almost choked me with its intensity.
And the final verse simply and plainly blew my mind.

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.

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

Didn't particularly care about it when I first heard it, but then I heard it again and again and again and again X infinity... Still listening, love it! If you are here to find inspiration for a Kendrick Lamar song to listen to, I would definitely recommend you hear it.

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.

Its just an amazing so that should be more recognized for what it is. The workmanship and time that went into this masterpiece shows his dedication and love for music. Plus its fun

One of the greatest rappers out today.. Hands down

3 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

the most deepest lyrics of our time, maad city is great too but this is simply his most great song (plus: is against the system too)

Might be the best rap song of the past decade, in my opinion, it's definitely up there. So deep, an incredible beat, good performance as a whole.. It's just amazing.

In this song he shows that he is one of the best young rappers at the time and one of the best to come, sick beat and sick flow but he also addresses topics that other greats like pac looked at, just his best watch the video and you'll understand

4 Money Trees Money Trees Cover Art

Best Kendrick song and an amazing verse from Jay Rock. Best song on the album.

Deep track, explores the effect of monetary value in human society through creative flows and great instrumentals not to mention a touch of genius from Jay... Simply amazing

I love everything about this song. It's rhythm,flow and its message.

Everything is great... Great instrumental, great meaning/lyrics, great flow, great guest verse by Jay. Considered best rap song of 2012 by many. Up there with swimming pools.

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

This song is filled with so much emotion! Very heartfelt and lyrically beautiful! Definitely needs to be higher on the list!

This song is so beautiful. When I heard the reprise of the sinner's prayer from the beginnning it just all came together

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.

A 12minutes track, two in one song, all about life and the society was painted in this song. Believe me this should be his number one. And no video yet for the song.

6 The Blacker the Berry

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.

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.

Probably his best song to date. So much depth and passion in his lyrics that speak about so many issues... The song is straight fire.

Has I be his best song. The message he expresses is incredible and has such a good rhythm throughout the entire song.

7 King Kunta King Kunta Cover Art

First time listening you'll be like what? But it grows and grows every single listen until every time the song comes on you can't stop moving.

What I like about this song is that it is different to the hip hop we hear today. Its beats is almost a bit jazzy. Catchy lyrics as well

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

8 I I Cover Art

Depressed and down in life but a wrote a song about depression that can pump your blood and make you happy. Simply genius

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.

Y'all know this starts with "Who's That Lady" by the Isley Brothers... I love how he reworked it--- genius...

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.

9 A.D.H.D A.D.H.D Cover Art

His flow and what's he's talking about his AMAZING

If you really listen to this song you can picture what is going on in his head it's a great song that tells a story

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

Great production + amazing lyrics!

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

This is the best song on To Pimp A Butterfly

Alls my life I had to fight!

The Contenders

11 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

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

Yes this is the song

Helped me out of a pretty bad place mentally, should be higher

Song is amazing and should be number 1

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.

That one part where he just starts going off is unbelievable

13 U U Cover Art

One of the most intense and emotional hip hop songs of all time. Kendrick is more than a rapper here : he's an actor.

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.

Hardest hitting track on TPAB, amazing storytelling and beatswitch.

Kendrick is the most creative rapper of our generation. This is his most creative track

14 Humble Humble Cover Art

The people who say this should be at the top 10 or even 3 have only listened to DAMN and not his other songs

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

Why is this song so low? This is a masterpiece.

15 Backseat Freestyle Backseat Freestyle Cover Art

Dude he kills this whole song.

Great song with great lyrics which is every song.

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.

16 How Much a Dollar Cost How Much a Dollar Cost Cover Art

Good beat matches with the fantastic story telling of Kendrick. This is why he'll be the best rapper

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.

17 Cartoon & Cereal

This song is number 1.

1 cartoon & cereal
2 money trees
3 the recipe
4 high power
5 bitch don't kill my vibe
6 rigamortis
7 adhd
8 swimming pools
9 keisha's song
10 ignorance is bliss

Best Kendrick Song this far. Replace "Poetic Justice" with "Cartoon & Cereal, " Good Kid M.A.A. D City becomes a classic.

It's a classic just the way it is. Cartoon & Cereal doesn't need to be an album cut. It deserves to be a stand alone track. It has its own vibe and doesn't fit in with the album's narrative. - Lasvegasxavier

Why isn't this in the the top ten

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!

18 Rigamortus Rigamortus Cover Art

He just goes in and doesn't stop with an intense trumpet beat playing in the back of his amazing rapping

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

Bangin beat + Crazy beat= straight fire.

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

19 Poetic Justice

This should at least be in the top 8 why is it down here

Great lyrics, flows with beat

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?

20 Wesley's Theory Wesley's Theory Cover Art

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

Like a sugar coated alright Uncle Sam to Lucy love them both

This track is hella slept on, should be WAY higher

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.

21 Mortal Man Mortal Man Cover Art

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.

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.

Definitely the most poetic, truthful, and important song ever by kendrick. questioning the loyalty of his fan as the main theme. along with every other theme compressed in this one song, along with the Tupac interview. very surprised no on e has voted for this

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?

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.

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

The most beautiful and intricate song on To Pimp A Butterfly, a masterpiece in itself.

Kendrick at his softest

23 XXX. XXX. Cover Art

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.

Amazing beats, U2, great message. What more could you ask for?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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