Best Songs by J. Cole


The Top Ten

1 Lost Ones

One incredibly deep song. The lyrics have a strong meaning, and I can tell that J Cole wrote this track from the heart.
"And I ain't to proud to tell ya that I cry sometimes, I cry sometimes about it.. "
J Cole KILLED every single verse. And the hook immediately pulled me in. This is easily my favorite J Cole track. Every man should hear it, and they should pay attention to the lyrics, and think about em.

Incredible song. He pours his heart and soul into this song, a song with meaning and truth, not a song about pussy or weed, just real song with a real meaning. Had this song on repeat everywhere I went, and it'll always be a top track from him.

Lost ones has to be by far the best song from J. cole no doubt. I completely agree with this one hundred percent and more! Not only men, but women too should listen to the lyrics. Men are always pushing women in to abortion and women are being forced into it, however it is terrible on both their parts. I will always love this song because unlike other songs there is a true meaning. cole will always be on top, no one can take his place.

Bring in Revenge of the Dreamers in top 3

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2 No Role Modelz

Wow, what a great songs. No doubt this song is his best, the song has some great lyrics, flow, rememerble lines and some great productions. J Cole also has some more great songs like lost ones, 28th January, Wet Dreamz and a lot more, but I think this one is the best. I don't like the New School Rap accept J Cole and Kendrick Lamar. I think that Cole also gives the impact like those older legendary rappers like Nas, 2Pac, Jay-Z and more. If you don't like Cole belive me he will let it rain on you.

This is fire definitely deserves a spot in the top 10

He spits straight fir WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME this is ranked 9 wow I must be crazy this song has a sick beat and has always meaningful lyrics

No role modelz deserves number 1

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3 Lights Please

The song that impressed HOV enough to sign him. Without this song, J. Cole might not be on Roc nation. Just for that reason alone its his best.

He puts his view and most Hood girls view into different perspectives

This should be number one for it represents where he started

Love this song. His flow is good and the hook is real chill.

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4 Power Trip


This song is every teenage boy's dream in lyrics, that ultimate devotion to change everything that defines them to impress that one person that means the world to them. But it also shows how timeless love is. One of the realest songs from one of the realest rappers ever

This song caught my by surprise and made me into a J Cole fan! It tells such a sad story. I've been through it, so this song means a lot to me.


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5 Crooked Smile

Made me cry. Real ass lyrics. Something that actually makes sense in 2013. The lyrics relate to real life.

The meaning behind this entire song.. beyond relatable for anybody out there. Not a lot of rappers that'll touch on these subjects, let alone talk about their own imperfections

"A perfect smile is more appealing but it's funny how mine is crooked, look at how far I done got without it.. I keep my twisted grill just to show them kids it's real"

Great J cole song. Every girl should listen to this song.

A tale on how you can rise above your insecurities, J.cole is witty in delivering his verse from a personal perspective. so difficult picking a best for this mystro,... sigh...lost ones...sideline story...this deserves to be doubt.

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6 Let Nas Down

This song makes Cole appear as though he let his role model down through his album. If you like the vulnerability in this song, listen to the remix where Nas says that Cole made him proud.

Pac's like jesus, nas wrote the bible...Cole pays homage to his mentors (Tupac, the goat, nas, the reincarnation). Cole might be the best of the three soon though

The last verse in this song puts all of society into perspective. Cole recognizes how people need to actually LISTEN to one another and be focused toward the greater good. Poetic.

Speaking his mind and great story telling

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7 Born Sinner

This song is the best J Cole song in existence in my opinion. The beat is amazing and the chorus is my favourite chorus of any song ever

This song is amazing and it's music video is very deep

Just the music, beat, lyrics, and chorus. A Cole trademark.

Best song and beat

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8 Wet Dreamz

Such a cool song, like how it tells a story, all his songs are extremely entertaining but this one is definitely the best!

This song is amazing one of my favorites on the classic forest hills drive album. Cole tells a story of his first time, that everyone can relate to. don't know why this isn't in the top 5 already.

Love this song its amazing how lyrical it is this is the song that got me hooked on j cole I'm new to listening to him but huge fan of him

Amazing song, so relatable, great story telling, awesome flow, and very good lyrics

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9 I Get Up

I get up is pure rap and is deep. Cole proves he's the best modern rapper. I say he's the best ever no matter what anyone says because him Kendrick and are the only two modern rappers not past their prime who are lyrical

By far this is his best song, the true insight of todays youthful minds and African American ingenuity. I pray the sun gon shine my way actually all of our way.

One of the deepest songs I've ever listened to. Easily the best song on my ipod. "Cole World"

One thing that makes this great. trumpets

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10 A Tale of 2 Citiez

I wasn't familiar with it until Watchmojo released a Top 10 J. Cole Songs list. This song wasn't in the list, but someone mentioned it in the comments, asking why this song didn't at least get an honorable mention. I looked up the song to see how good it was and it instantly became my favorite song from Cole. - Mcgillacuddy

This song goes hard and the lyrics are some of his best. Undoubtedly this song should be in the top 10.

This is the song that I first heard from the artist and had been my favorite since

Saw him and Kendrick Lamar preform this live yesterday and aside from KDot's "HUMBLE." it got the most crowd reaction and solidified itself as my favorite Cole Song.

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The Contenders

11 Villematic

Best line: "These hoes the same all that change is the outfit. "

Amazing Kanye sample, my favorite beat he's ever used. Great Lyrics, as usual for Cole. All around awesome song.

This song is a really good song by j cole I like how it starts out like it would be sung in a church...It has so much meaning it feels like he wrote it from his heart

"Life is your professor, know that it is gonna test you"

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12 Return of Simba

Though every Cole song is a classic, this should have been saved for the album. The best J Cole song yet and is just an example of how amazing he will be. Cole will soon be the G. O. A. T

Terrific Beat, definitely should've been on the album. Simba represents J. Cole trying to become king. Best Line: "Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds..

An amazing beat with sick lyrics, this song is definitely one of Cole's best. The intro sampling Lion King is just a genius idea. 9/27

This is easily Cole's hardest song, amazing lyrics, killer beat.

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13 Blow Up

Too addictive. Too addictive. I wanna sing it, but it's such a cool song I don't want to because I might disrespect the song. Damn. Catchy.

Sick beat, great lyrics. Love this song, it never gets old.

First heard it in MLB The Show 11 Absolute Classic

My favorite song

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14 Villuminati

Cole be spitting verses like it's Armageddon

Come on this should be higher

Fire track, at least top 15

This song is so underrated 😭

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15 Before I'm Gone

Beat= extraordinary. Lyrics= sensational. 3rd verse could not have been done by a human its that good something special

Song Gives Me Chills, Man.

Easily a top 3 song. Arguably number 1. Dude killed it, get goosebumps every time

J Cole Kills it

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16 Work Out

A Cole Classic. Yeah it is radio and may have Let Nas Down, but you can't resist the beat! It's fresh, youthful and has a great instrumental.

I love you Nas but how could you not approve of this classic? - Mcgillacuddy

This song is so amazing. I listen to it while I do my homework. 10 out of 10

Top Song should be number 1

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17 4 Your Eyez Only

Great song. Cole talks straight from his heart and soul and puts it into every line. This 8 minute and 50 second long song is a very emotional song that tells a story about the struggles of the streets. It also talks from Cole's perspective and someone else's.

His earlier songs have been more commercial and about the beat, but in this song Cole is as real as he gets. He talks directly from his heart and soul, and he doesn't care if it is going to get played in the club

Some of the best rapping that he's ever rapped. It's all so real and although it may not appeal to the mainstream fans, this is a classic to everyone who knows rap. Easily among his best work.

This song is amazing and very heartfelt, and what makes me sad is that this song, and the album that shares it's title, are highly underrated by J. Cole fans and I feel like that's sad because I think they are both his best work. Oh well, at least the critics agree with me...FINALLY :D.

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18 She Knows

I can relate to the music video. This song is personal my favorite song from all his music. I think the meaning of the song is telling a story some people go threw. Like me.

Best song ever! It's a must have one of j Coles best works this is my favourite song I got this song the first time I heard

Easily the best j cole song, awesome beat. my personal favorite I can't believe it's not higher

Video is incredible and full of emotions classic!

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19 Apparently

This song has good lyrics. I said it. That's all it has and you can't have a good song with good lyrics and an awful beat. This song deserves its spot stop whining down here at number 36.

Best song by the best currently, and one of the top three of all time. He's up there with Eminem and Tupac.

Yo, how is this not 1? This is an incredible song. Cole's second verse on this for me is one of the greatest verses of all time.


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20 Dreams

This song belongs on the top 10 no doubt. Easily a classic! This was the first song I heard that got me addicted to J. Cole, his story telling is phenomenal. The voice of the people.

Real relatable! He's so specific with his lyrics & it seems like whenever you feel a certain way, you can listen to some J. Cole which talks exactly how you feel.

Amazing that someone could write a song and tell a story at the same time. Only J. Cole could do it while making it hard to forget.

Just An amazing song! Best Rapper in the game by far!

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21 Rise and Shine

Starts with that intro by Jay Z and Cole just comes in and Kills it! So glad it was actually on an album and not a mixtape.

The opening words are great- Jay-Z talking about j cole n stuff... Interesting - then cole just hits it... The beat is great though really makes this song

Cole top 5 for sure

Drums are pretty good and he kills some serious bars

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22 Cheer Up

J Cole really expresses what he's going through in this great song of his. He really just pours his expressions emotionally. Going through his past as a child. This song reflects j cole at his best. Enough said.

This is one of his best. Rap with meaning is so underrated. Crooked Smile is another good song.

Amazing! Not really a big fan of j cole but this song has so much meaning about it. Unlike most rappers (not talking about Emenim he is my favourite rapper) now days he isn't rapping about doing drugs, drinking or getting girls. Two other J cole songs I would recommend are crooked smile and daddy's little girl.

Best song ever made

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23 Fire Squad

This track is fire! One of my favourite songs of 2014

Such a great song. Beat goes hard and is straight up fire.

This has to be at least in the top 30.He was fire in this song.

Why is this ranked 45?

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24 1985

The more you listen to this the better it gets, such a chill rapper.

25 Farewell

Why isn't it even in the top 10! This song is the greatest rap song ever! So sleep on...

One of his best songs I totally agree! Why isn't this higher up on the list?! Wow, J Cole has a way with words and he most definitely proves it in this joint. Get those votes higher...

Its such an amazing song I honestly think it should be on the top ten

Honestly one of the best songs ever

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26 Love Yourz

This song should be higher. J.Cole's lyrics move me, he talks about how materialistic possessions don't make your life better, quite a contrast to what all the other rappers are doing these days, talking about how they got money and women coming out of their pockets. This is one of the realest songs I have ever heard from one of the most realest artists I have ever come across. J.Cole really knows how to use absolute honesty to move an audience. Keep it up Jermaine

Deep song showing you don't need materialistic things to enjoy life all you gotta do is "love yourz"

This song is incredible. Definitely one of the best J. Cole songs of all time because of his deeper meaning and incredible soothing beat. - BicBoi

His top 3 in my opinion

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27 Who Dat


Its one of the best if not the best n just watched the video and oh men! Simple n nyc... My ring tone now

Lyrically amazing over a dope beat he comes too hard to not be a top 3 J Cole song of all time

If this song doesn't put you in a good mood, I don't know what will!

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28 False Prophets

Three verses of the ugly truth about modern mainstream celebrity artists. Though a mellow beat, but Cole made sure he treated our ears right with this single. Real dope!

How is this song so low? Disappointing

29 Breakdown

This is one of cole's deepest songs and the way he progresses through the story shows his true talent. He's also said it's one of his most personal songs but it's still relatable for anyone.

Just a beautiful song, they lyrics are deep, and the instrumental soars so high.

One of cole's best and deepest songs on a studio album

Unconditionally one of the dopest J. Cole'songs. He made a markable writing where everyone can see this guy as a talented one.

30 Sideline Story

This song is what got me to love j cole and all his music

Great song. Their a reason the album had it's name, it was because of this song. Shoulda been higher

J Cole's most underrated song. Should've been top 3 along with 2face and Premeditated Murder.

This one of the realest but I don't know if it's the best, too many good songs like runaway, land of the snakes, ville mentality, no role modelz, chaining day I could go on for days

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31 Can't Get Enough

* Amazing hook
* Superb music
* Awesome delivery
* Great lyrics

Cole goes hard on this song. It's a great song to listen to, especially in car. It's one of my favorite J Cole songs. It's not his best song, but it deserves to be in the Top Ten!

I bet the music is real good... J cole is good enough but with trey its really fantastic... Love the beats and the beach...

This Track Is Just Dope Yo! The Beat! Lyrics! And it even has Trey Songz who nailed the hook

Should be way higher, straight jam.

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32 Too Deep for the Intro

What? This Is Like #2 Easily. Very Disappointed That Its 37th.

How is this # 34? Its honestly the most touching song he's ever written

If they don't know your dreams, then they can't shoot em down.

This is my number one song

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33 2Face

This song deserves top 5 come on. I mean verse 3 one of the best cole verses

I think that this is one of Cole's top three
Songs. I think it's the best off of Friday night lights. Great beat, lyrics, and just sounds raw.

#24? come on. This list is messed up. Should be #4

This song deserves a top 3 spot
1- I get up
2- return of simba2
3- 2face
4- dreams
5- rich ni@@@@

34 Everybody Dies

The beat, the lyrics, the flow, oh man. Best rapper right now, and already a G.O.A.T. Wouldn't have fit on 4 Your Eyez Only but damn that would've been awesome.

Coles best song to date,it's a diss track aimed to anybody with a half arsed low key attitude to rap.Honestly though the wordplay and flow of this tune is top ten of the year material not tryna give bad credit to the beat though which is fire too.its got no concept other than to be a diss track,but if it where to have a theme it's a diss to the fakery and shallowness of the industry right now.

35 Pass Me By

The lyrics are so ill.

36 In the Morning

Damn he really killed it

It makes me cry for some reason I do t even know why but I love this song

This is a top 10, for real!

Good song

37 The Badness

"believe in God like the sun up in the sky!

Science can tell us how how but they can't tell us why

I seen a baby cry then seconds later she laughed, the beauty of life-

The pain never lasts"

Come on this should be top 5

One of coles best songs for sure top 20 maybe not 10

38 Losing My Balance

Great, meaningful song. Can tell it comes straight from the heart

39 St. Tropez


40 Head Bussa

Best J Cole song lyrically!

41 Hello

Is he adelle now?

42 Dollar and a Dream III

You gotta give props to someone who samples a KINGDOM HEARTS song - Mcgillacuddy

Amazing beat

43 Chaining Day

Great beat and sample, interestingly different narrative than usual J Cole songs with that familiar smooth husky style

44 G.O.M.D.

This song should be a candidate for #1. How is it ranked 44th?

Should be top 5 how can you put this 42nd?! Proper fire cole goes in 2014 forest hills is his magnum opus for sure

Maybe not the best but certainly better than 45. Top 20 definitely.

This song should be Top 5! Why 43rd?

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45 Chaining Game

This track showcases one of Cole's most mellow, yet hardest beats. Though, if you mix the mellowness of the beat with the intensity of Cole's rhymes, you get the perfect song.

46 Premeditated Murder

I had a old school whip and this is all I played in it. His flow is too smooth. This song truely shows the difference between him and Drake. And he destroys drake

This list is screwed up. This has to be in top 10 along with Kevin's heart.

The hook on this one on its own deserves for the tune to be higher

Unbelievable how this isn't Top 10

47 Once an Addict

Personal and a scary depiction of what j.cole grew up with. Very real, and connects the entire album's theme to why j.cole cares so much about this topic.

Actually can’t comprehend why this isn’t at least top 3, J Cole’s most heart felt song

48 Dolla and a Dream

The third one is the best one!

49 Mr. Nice Watch

This is the first Cole song that I heard and made me fall in love with him. Definitely needs to be higher

Cole's voice and that guitar is perfect harmony!

Best of the bunch

50 Forbidden Fruit

Waiting on that Good kid cole world to drop

Amazing beat
Good lyrics
Overall good song
Vote for it so it can be higher

Would probably be one of the best songs out there if Kendrick laid down a verse!

Favorite song in the album
Great lyrics
+ Kendrick
Great overall song

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