Top Ten Best Nas Songs


The Top Ten

1 N.Y. State of Mind


Nas goes hardcore and spits sick lyrics through the entire song, making it a performance to remember! His best work by far!

The greatest rap song in history! It is a true classic beyond rap and was way ahead of its prime!

Nas best song ever! And quite possibly the greatest hip hop song of all time!

Absolute Masterpiece.

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2 The World is Yours

One Mic is a Great Song but the World is Yours has really everything that a Great Song Dead!
-Lyrically can't it better
-Greatest Flow
-one of the Best Beats ever made in the hip Hop history

My all time favorite Nas song- and since Nas is my favorite rapper I guess this is my favorite rap song overall. The lyrics are unmatched by any other rap and the beat is out of this world.. Which, by the way, is yours.

This song made my mind which recognize language blow.

The beat and the lyrics are amazing, even the title just tells you about it, The world is yours what a song!

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3 One Mic

Definitely better than the first 2... Like come. Straight classic. I'm only 13 and even I know this is one of his best songs.

This is by far is best song, it is just crazy to listen to, his other songs have create lyricism and flow, but the way that he changes up the flow in this one sets it apart from his other songs - germshep24

Best song ever the lyrical content in this song is so deep it is difficult to work out but that added to the greatness. It takes skill to rap slowly and get louder.

His best song overall. This is like a cinematic soundtrack with Nas starting off quiet and slowly increasing in voice level and finishing the song with a boom!

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4 It Ain't Hard to Tell

The beat in the background when he is rapping makes this my favourite Nas song and smart catchy lyrics, but I love all of his songs!

Godlike lyrical content, smooth beat that you can never get out of your head and flow that rides the beat like Benz. My personal favourite from the greatest album of all time "Illmatic".

"Deep like the shining, sparkle like a diamond, sneak a uzi on the island in my army jacket linin' "..

Best song of Nas and one of the best in the history of hip-hop.The lyrics, the beat, his flow...everything is godlike


Witty rhymes, dope beat with a lot of bass, and the best song (commercially) on Illmatic! A classic that really sums up the whole album! What else do you need in a song?

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5 Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)

YES! Finally a list with this so high! This song is perfect. The beat is 10/10, the lyrics 10/10, the flow 10/10, heck the entire song 11/10

Masterpiece track.

A dope beat, awesome and catchy chorus line, nice lyrics, this is what Nas is about! The best track from 'Illmatic'

This song should be above Hero and The world is yours. This is Nas' best hit and it is so much better than One Mic!

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6 Nas is Like



The best is amazing and the lyrical skill of Nas is also amazing! The greatest performance made by Nas, and the album I Am... is one of the best works ever made!

Can't go past this song
Nas is genius
Fluent and eloquent
Everything artists now wish they could be!

Every verse in this song is incredible, and this is definitely up there with memory lane, ny state of mind, ether, and one mic. This song deserves much more credit. An exceptional song from a mediocre album.

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7 The Message

Love the background music, awesome lyrics, One of Nas's best tracks. Awesome! I never sleep, because sleep is the cousin of death!

Sick beat, great flow, raw lyrics and masterful storytelling making this song leave a haunting impression even after listening countless times and cementing itself as one of the greatest rap songs of all time.

Deep song and great lyrics.

As much as everyone likes the beat its actually a sample from Sting's song 'Shape of my heart' so. Still a great song though

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8 Ether

He absolutely destroyed Jay-Z on this track, and I think this is arguably one of the greatest rap songs of all time. It is definitely my favorite dis song, that is without a doubt. Great work with this one, Nas! PS, I just wish I knew what "Ether" meant.

One of the most lyrical tracks in history, it totally pawned Jay-Z in the ultimate battle for New York

The song that started NAs' reign as the king of New York. It has some nice beats and amazing lyrics, plus he disses Jay-Z

I agree with #1 but I'm voting for this because this needs to be much higher. He absolutely killed Jay-Z on this track, my favourite diss song of all time.

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9 If I Ruled the World

One of the greatest songs of all time. Lyrically the most amazing rap song. A real classic and thank god it is in the top ten

One of the greatest songs of all time, and better than any song on this list by a long shot! Lyrically it is a masterpiece of Nas and has a nice flow!

Greatest song of all time, not just rap but of all time! It has a nice beat and amazing lyrics, he talks about the worlds problems

Should definitely be number one hands down. Greatest rap song ever. Flow, Beat, Delivery, Hook, Chorus, and I don't even have to talk about how lyrical this is, because every Nas fan already knows.

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10 Represent

awesome song...lyrically good and love the beat

Damn this song is great, the lyrics are insane and the beat is cool! - AZ-TheMostUnderrated

My favourite beat ever, this song is amazing! Should easily be top 5

The damn beat is retarded. One of the best songs I've ever heard

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The Contenders

11 Life's a Bitch

Az really mad the song so good but nas had the best line "that buck that bought a bottle coulda struck the lotto"

That's why we get high, 'cause you never know when you gonna go

It looks at how life can be bad but also how they have hope.

Why is this so low? I voted for "The Message" but this should be top 6

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12 I Gave You Power

One of the best storytelling rap songs ever.

He raps about what a gun goes through. His lyrical messages are unbelievable and he is one of the best rappers of all time.

Probably one of the most lyrical songs crafted by Nas which birthed an equally great track by Tupac.


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13 One Love

My favorite song from my 2cd favorite album - hiphopgod

The storytelling on this song is like none other.

Relaxing beat and You'll head bop to these lyrics all day.

Should be higher, dope beat with a message, really got that nyc feel

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14 Made You Look

Newness here's the anthem put ya hands up that ya shoot wit count ya loot wit push the pool stick in ya new crib same hand that ya hoop wit swing around like ya stupid king of the town yeah I been that u know I click clack where u and ya mens at do the smurf do the wop baseball bat rooftop like we bringin '88 back

Nas is the best half man half amazing - 9713524179

"Newness Anthem", just shows how superior Nas is over any other rapper!

I personal think this is the best. Because in this song he goes into complete gangsta mode.

This should be at least in the top 5, one of his best songs

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15 Hate Me Now

Why do so many people not like this song? The beat is really good and the lyrics are great too.. Should be top 3 along with ny state of mind and one mic.

Best song with best lyrics better than all the above mentioned. Where he shares all the frustration with people about how people started hating him...

Damn good man!

He's so intense and ferocious on this song you can hear his passion through the mic you gotta love this song

This song is amazing, needs to be top 10. Sick beat and lyrics. Puff Daddy does good as well

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16 Halftime

Love this song

Should be at least top 10.

This song is so sick, for sure my favorite. As well as represent and it ain't hard to tell

Unreal song, lyricism is top notch as always and the beat is just something else!

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17 Purple

Yo gotta listen to this man, the flow is sick, instrumental is sick, lyrics is sick, seriously what more do you need man

One of the songs that makes you think Nas is the most lyrical rapper ever

look it up its on the lost tapes - lilruss72

Should be way higher, flawless flow, crazy instrumental and just a lyrical masterpiece

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18 Street Dreams

Should be top three. Hear this song then you will know.

Maybe I'm the only one but I think this song's better than 2pac's

Great song enough said

Such an amazing beat, he tears apart every bar.

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19 Hip Hop is Dead

The beat is so good, so are the lyrics. Great hip hop song.

That one is amazing and it has some kind of pop appeal, I really love it

Good concept, good sampling, but he can't even stay on topic very well. It shows off the weak side of nas lyricism, rather than the strong side shown in I gave you power, the message, N.Y. State of mind, etc. One of his worst in my opinion

Great song, not his best, but still good

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20 I Can

Nas nailed it with this song, it is one of the best rap songs I have ever heard! It has a good beat, good lyrics, and meaning this combination is very rare.

Nas delivers a song with a good message while keeping his musical personality and without being corny or unoriginal.

Prime example of Nas incredible story telling ability. All tree verses are just unreal.

Great message, great song. Even with all of the children, it's a great song

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21 Rule

I can't believe this isn't in the top 10. Maybe its just me, but I think this is clearly one of Nas' Best songs ever. Great flow, and vibes

I don't understand how this isn't in the top 10. Rule is by far my favorite Nas song. very mellow song, got a nice flow and the lyrics are well written. It's a song that you can listen to all the time, just gets you vibin'. I love it.

Definitely a top 10 song

Should be in top 5

22 Dance

His second best song. - moviesman

Beautiful song about his moms death. Great emotion and one of the best rap songs eve

An absolutely touching song dedicated to the deceased mother of the King of New York. Definitely deserves to be higher on this list.

One of the most touching songs I've heard. He does Dear Mama better than Dear Mama - Themusicman

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23 Last Real N**** Alive

This song should get some credit he spoke true on this song about other rappers in the game. The one and only king of New York.

One of nas most underrated songs, lyrics on point, beat on point!

24 Nasty

It shows everyone that Nas is back to take the throne as best Rapper once more!

Nas hasn't aged a bit with this filthy street anthem

25 Daughters

His best song with a great story that he tells in years it definitely deserves to be in the top 20 at least

Dope and touching! Wonderful story-telling skills from the best of all time!

26 Doo Rags

Man this song is just superb. One just cannot match Nas when it comes to poetry.

Best track in TLP, just over Purple. This song so s beautiful, relaxing beat, amazing lyrics, really superb. Should be top ten for sure

27 N.Y. State of Mind, Pt. II

Beautiful production and great storytelling. Not the best but I would put it in top 15. Memory Lane and Get Down are the best

This is a pretty good song, nowhere near as good as N.Y. Sate of Mind (part 1) but still good

As good as pt 1

In my opinion one of the best hip hop songs ever made

28 Take It In Blood

To me it's definitely top 3

The best song by far, heard this song on the radio and been a Nas fan ever since. The most underrated songs.

29 Book of Rhymes
30 Rewind

This is a great song, the lyrics are truly remarkable, must be Nas at his best - roblist

Complete lyricism at the absolute best.

Shocked to see it this low. Nas spits better than most rappers do forwards - Themusicman

Should be higher, only a genius can do a song like this. - EMBIGNASPAC

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31 Surviving the Times

One of the best nas tracks, shows other inspiring rappers that it isn't easy making it into the big leagues

Definitely deserves higher, unreal beat!

This deserves higher. If you haven't yet, give it a listen and you'll undoubtedly vote for this one. So underrated.

If Biggie Smalls and Marvin Gaye would have ever had a chance to collaborate on a track, this is what it would sound like. Throwback hip hop with a hint of Motown blues, perfection.

32 The Flyest

Another great song with AZ, totally underrated, you need to listen to this!

33 Patience

Should be in top 15

Good lyrics, good instrumental good chorus, good flow and both nas and damian go in hard and deep it's like a lesson listening to that song.

One of his late classic, dope beat super lyrics

34 Trust

Twenty plus years in the game, and Nas continues to stay true to his roots. This track is a lyrical NASterpiece, and is arguably one of his greatest raps.

His most underrated song for sure. probably in my top 5 favorite nas songs

35 War Is Necessary
36 Hero

The best song from Untitled, this song is a fast paced and true side of Nas, I love it when Nas makes songs like these, because that's his speciality!

This songs is just awesome, its fast paced, and once you listen to it you'll wanna get up and dance.

this song should not be num#4 it should be right behind 1 mic

I think it's a good song but Untitled was the album that was mostly ghostwritten, It might not have been Nas - GoodCowPerson

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37 The Don

Killer bassline and hook. One of Nas' best tracks personally.

Heavy Duty produced a masterful track. Nas shines. The bridge, smooth.

Just listen to it a couple times and tell me its not worth a spot

Awesome song with the best beats

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38 Get Down

Awesome Storytelling with DOPE production - GoodCowPerson

Don't know how this is 51? Should be in top 5 at least

It has the best tune a rap song can ever have.

ONLY 61?! My god people... Listen to the song - EMBIGNASPAC

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39 The Cross

Nas uses his arsenal to create a masterpiece. His most underrated song, this should easily be in the top 10!

40 Every Ghetto
41 Undying Love

This is a MASTERPIECE, number 1 no doubt

In my opinion, number 1.. It's sad that people skip over a song like this so much that it's not even top 10

Story telling skills on another level

This song is fueled with emotion

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42 2nd Childhood

I love the storytelling in this song, the beat is a nice change of pace and the flow is dope as always. The second verse is especially good in my opinion

This is the best beat NaS has, probably the best beat of all the songs I have heard. It represents the NYC style crazy! - AZ-TheMostUnderrated

Great beat, great storytelling. Should be higher up

43 Life is What You Make It

Nasty Nas and Dark Man X on one song, what more could you ask for? Criminally underrated..

Great song: Nas and DMX are truly OG

44 What Goes Around

One of the best Nas songs!
Nice beat and very good lyrics!

45 You're Da Man

I agree, could not believe it was not in the top 5. Guess its mainstream music brains nowadays. This is one of his sickest songs no doubt.

This is by far the best Nas song of all time, but I guess only legends can relate

This is not just Nas' best song but maybe THE most beautiful, spiritual rap song I have ever heard.


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46 Can't Forget About You

Remix of an amazing track and not just his typical deep lyrics (no hate). It's emotional but in an uplifting and sentimental way. If you haven't heard it check it out now.

47 No Introduction

Most underrated nas song. You really see where he's been and where he's going.

48 Loco-Motive

This is top 10 no doubt

How is this not in the top 30 at least? Best song on "Life is Good"

Get this track higher! Classic 90s Nas

49 Queens Day
50 Shootouts

It's so good how is it this far back?

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Top Remixes (32)

1. One Mic
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. The Message
1. N.Y. State of Mind
2. The World is Yours
3. One Mic
1. N.Y. State of Mind
2. Nas is Like
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