Best Songs by J. Cole

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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.

I love this song such a great meaning

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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

Best Cole song BY FAR!

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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

Best chorus that has ever blessed my ears.

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4 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.

One of the all time bests.Better than em's recent songs

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5 Power Trip

WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER?! THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE SONG EVER

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.

Woah

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6 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.

Awesome Track

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7 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.

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.

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

Speaking his mind and great story telling

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8 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"

This will make you age so much mentally

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9 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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10 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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The Contenders

11 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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12 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

Amazing song.

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13 Villuminati

Cole be spitting verses like it's Armageddon

"Sometimes, I brag like Hov, sometimes I'm real like Pac, sometimes I focus on the flow to show tge skills I got."

This is, without a doubt, one of Cole's most raw and agressive track. - Mcgillacuddy

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14 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.

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

Greatest J Cole song of all time I love the charm

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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.

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?

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

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17 She Knows

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

He just always telling meaningful stories with his lyrics

the best

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18 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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19 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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20 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

Lyrics are meanoingufl, and they make you think! The beat is also catchy and this has to bbe on of jcole's best songs

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1. Born Sinner
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3. Let Nas Down
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