Best Songs by J. Cole

The Top Ten

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.

The type of song that'll make you think, you definitely don't hear music like this nowadays, by far one of his best songs!

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

Gotta bump this song to number one. It really captures his aggression while touching on serious political topics.

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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.

Love this song, my favourite J.Cole song.

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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

"Freedom or jail, clips inserted
A baby's bein' born same time a man is murdered
The beginning and end, so far as rap goes"

The instrumental is dope. One of the few songs that I can actually listen too, and hear and immediately process what he's saying. Talking about letting down his mentor/idol. How Work Out disappointed Nas, and yeah. This song is fire.

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.

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Great beat with good lyrics, Miguel takes it to the next level


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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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

This is such a good song. Has a really nice hook and his lyrics are so smooth and meaningful

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Cole be spitting verses like it's Armageddon

Come on this should be higher

This should be number one!

Fire track, at least top 15

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.

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

One of J Cole's more underestimated songs, but easily one of his best!

4 Your Eyez Only 4 Your Eyez Only Cover Art

Masterpiece. One of the greatest songs in history of hip hop when it comes to storytelling. Extremely underrated.

Cole really shows off his story telling skills in this song, the way it creates an image in your head is just art.

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

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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

This is truly the best J. Cole song. It's a perfect outro to his debut album, detailing all of his flaws and how he has or plans to overcome them. Fauntleroy absolutely nailed the chorus, and Cole spits some of the best bars on those 2 verses. Re-using the same chorus sample from "Villuminati" puts the whole album full circle. Once again, the perfect outro to loop the album which it is titled from.

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

The Contenders

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

Come on cole at it again great storyteller. Its had ranking cole music but this deserves better


Personally one of my favorites, you can actually hear the emotions in his voice

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.

Return of Simba

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..

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

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

Cole at his best proving why he is the next big thing, cole world was a near classic just need to stay to his strengths and man going to be a legend "cole under pressure what that make diamonds

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.

This is one of J.Cole's deepest songs he talks about how money can't buy you happiness and his struggle with fame. This should be higher

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"

I think Rise and Sine is his best but personally, if you voted for any of these above I get up. I must question if you actually listened to Cole's earlier work.

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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?

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

This is the worst placement I've seen. How is work out not in top 10? 5?

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

One of the most meaningful songs ever penned in hip-hop.

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

So catchy, awesome beat, great song

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After eminem one of the only artists who is a god at storytelling and talking about current sitautions

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

03' Adolescence

One of the realest and most relatable songs in the music industry period

This song is top 10

Great storytelling

Too real and raw

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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.

So real and it shows his confidence

Pass Me By

The lyrics are so ill.

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.

What a song. I'm in love with J cole, along with Kendrick my favourite rapper


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

This is the reason why cole is my favorite rapper of this generation. the beat is so legendary and he just raps through the whole song with no stopping.. Absolutely amazing

Head Bussa

Best J Cole song lyrically!

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