Top Ten Greatest Kanye West Songs

The Top Ten

1 Stronger

Wow!... One of THE most amazing songs I've ever heard... Everythings nearly perfect... The vocals, the music...

Awesome song.. Makes you groove with the music. ;) It deserves to be in the number 1 position.. Rocks

Simply amazing! Wow!... One of THE most amazing songs I've ever heard... Everythings nearly perfect... The vocals, the music..

Generally Kanye's music is bad but this song is actually pretty good

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2 Jesus Walks

This is kanyes most meaningful, exciting, and beautiful music. He uses perfect drums, perfect pace, and perfect melody. If you want to hear MUSIC and not graduation pop crap, buy college dropout and late registration...

This is the best Kanye West song because he, as ever, is actually covering big topics and makes an amazing song out of it. This an awesome song and deserves to be number 1, however I love Gold digger

stronger should be number one but listen to gold digger and good life and you'll know tht this should b higher then those 2. Kanye was one of my fav rappers before he went techno. His best songs r from College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation was good but Stronger was the only song tht really impressed me - jaxballer9

A conflicted, faithful, and profanity spiked tirade about racial discrimination, social injustice, and devout beliefs.

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3 Runaway

This song is my second favorite song from Kanye West, and is actually one of my top ten favorite songs ever up till now. The reason this is isn't until the first part of the song is over, and at 6:00 minutes when the heavy distortion (I'm not really sure of the official word, but it makes sense I believe) of the voice starts up. Lyrics have never been a big part of the music for me, it's always been the sound, really, how everything fits in with everything else, and Kanye is probably the best modern artist because of this. The emotion exhibited in this song is phenomenal, and probably one of the few songs I've listened to that actually made me tear up.
This song should definitely be up in the top five. I won't say it should be number one, because this is a list made from people's opinions, not a list of stated facts, but if it was my own personal list of these ten songs, this would be number one. Though, if Say You Will was in the list, it would most definitely gain number 1. That ...more

Agreed, this song is incredible! So emotional! The best Kanye song off of the best Kanye album. It is also one of the most personal songs Kanye has done, which is saying something considering how cool Kanye is about letting people into his personal life.

One of the most beautiful, honest, hypnotic, and heartbreaking songs he has ever made, and certainly the most epic. It's the sound of a man coming to terms with his own isolating egotism, excess, and sins; yet understanding that he will never escape from his flaws, and just pleading that he doesn't take anyone he cares about down with him. Simply powerful.

Beautifully crafted song.

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4 Gold Digger

Deserves to be number one, this song taught me the importance of getting a prenuptial before my marriage laugh out loud

when I first heard this song in 07, it was unstoppable. I couldn't stop listening to it!

Very Hot Track, ft Jamie Foxx

Such a classic and so good

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5 Heartless

Super cool! Gives you a feeling as if are walking through a lonely street! You can picture the whole scene! Really good

Nothing could be better. Great use of everything he has. People just hate it because he uses his talents so effectively. Love the use of auto tune. Keep up man.

IF T-Pain uses autotune wisely than kanye's use is just perfect...
Heartless is one of the best song I've ever heard...
Keep rocking' kanye...

Best song ever

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6 Power

I admit that songs above poer are great but it should be at no 3 below heartless and jesus walks, homecoming is also god overall it is a powerful song which boosts yo. Body

This is the jam! Damn it's a really underrated song... Kanye killed it... Kanye West will kill Lil Wayne any day so the next time you mention Nas, Big or Jay don't forget about Ye

Yea this song hit the top dog Kanye killed the mike I like this song Lil Wayne isn't anywhere close to Kanye he is my top dog man

As good as this song is, and it's my favorite Kanye song, the sample (21st-century schizoid man by king crimson) is better - mwood20

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7 All of the Lights

Love the song should be on number 1 with stronger good song love it
Whenever I hear this song remind me of dark moon light

Easily one of the greatest songs of all time, and my favorite rap song of all time. The background music, lyrics, video, and vocal performances are just amazing. Not only that, but it features vocals from not only Kanye, but also Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie, Elton John, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Elly Jackson, The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, Tony Williams, and Drake. Just an overall beautiful song from one of my favorite rappers of all time.

no words can express how good this song is! Yeah its that good!

Everything about the song is perfect. The chorus, the verses, the bridge, everything. This is a masterpiece that deserves way way more traction and success. Easily the best song from the album, from Kanye and of all time.

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8 Homecoming

Alright y'all, come on. How can you say this isn't the best song. I mean not on a how good it sounds do you, stand point, because after all that is just opinion, but more of on a lyrical content and deeper meaning perspective. Here is why, the song is an allegory its two stories in 1 rap song. On the surface level its a story about Kanye and a girl named Wendy falling in love and what they go through together. But Wendy is a symbol for chicago and how Chicago changes and shapes Kanye. I mean lines throughout the song like "My name is Wendy, and I like to blow trees", can be interpreted as either, Chicago the windy city, blowing on trees with its wind, or Wendy smoking weed (which I know sounds weird, but you got to understand that in this case blowin trees is less I smoke weed and more I have some swagger about me). I mean its lines like that show you how much of a lyrical genius he is. Not just some stuff that's appealing to the ear like Stronger, or Gold Digger, but ...more

My favorite kanye song. The chicago metaphor in the first verse wins it for me. I like stronger but number one is a little ridiculous and heartless should not really be considered top 10 in my opinion despite being popular. Heartless doesn't have much to offer. Decent lyrics, a simple beat, and its completely autotuned. I feel like someone with as many songs and talent as kanye should not include songs like heartless in their top 10

this song is so good! it has a great beat and Chris Martin is good as well!

That piano riff and beat go together so perfectly! Not Kanye's best song but definitely deserves to be a little higher on the list

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9 Can't Tell Me Nothing

This song was in The Hangover. It is an amazing night album and the music video is unbelievable like all Kanye West music videos!

The Hangover made this song memorable! I love it so much!

This song, is so great! I listen to it all the time, it makes me think of a memory! I love it, my favorite Kanye WEst song! Graduation the album is one of the greatest albums ever made!

Damn mann. How can you not love this song.
Everything about it is awesome!

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10 Flashing Lights

As I recall, I know you love to show off
But I never thought that you would take it this far
What do I know? Flashing lights, lights
What do I know? Flashing lights, lights

The beat is so chill and laid back. The verses are great, the chorus sounds amazing. Just an overall great song

If the list is top ten GREATEST Kanye Songs, that means the tune should be recognizable. The production is near perfect, the hook, brings you back, and should be top ten in this list.

I don’t see how this song isn’t in top position! The instrumentals are phenomenal and melt you right into the song. You can’t help but bobb your head, you’re just lost in the music.

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The Contenders

11 N***** in Paris

Amazing song give it a listen, you wont regret Kanye really nails this song. Can listen to it over & over again.

This song is so ironic now because Kim got robbed by them in Paris - Mcgillacuddy

Amazing off Watch the Throne. Great beat and great lyrics. Classic Kanye.

Upbeat, prime Kanye that focuses on lyrics and meaning rather than boasting about how amazing he is.

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12 All Falls Down

NEVER SEEN ANY THING LIKE DAT VIDEO... d concept, d idea of it nd all dat stuff, really make him a legend

A great social commentary on the effects of materialism. It Does a great job at putting us in the shoes of the girl in the song. Although, Kanye does derail to talk about how great he is for awhile.

I do prefer this song over all of kanye other songs. His flow was not yet up to the level of him on the dark fantasy but this song was raw and like jesus walks is something people were not doing at the time.

So real

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13 Through the Wire

I personally think this should be at least number 5 on the top ten list. I don't understand how Stronger and Heartless are ahead of Through the Wire. This is one of his most meaningful songs if not the most because it was recorded only a few days after almost being killed in a car crash. This is one of Kanye's best songs and it's on my personal top ten. Kanye is one of the most underrated rappers ever for people just judging him on his 3 latest albums and not on his first three. I highly recommend the College Dropout and Late Registration.

Most of the top ten aren't very good. This is definitely a top 5 song at least. Like the other guy said, just days after a serious car crash that almost took his life he made this song. Very heroic and inspiring.

Honestly, I'm frequently annoyed at comments saying that a certain song shouldn't ever be covered - but I do think if there was a song that shouldn't be covered, this is the one. Seriously, the fact that he rapped (well) with a wire through his jaw certainly makes 'Through The Wire' very compelling.

This should be no. 1, not Stronger. - RighteousMalevolent

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14 Black Skinhead

Kanye west killed this track. I love how he is standing up for his own skin colour and isn't just making a song about attraction girls or something like that.

I love this song, the lyrics give a meaning that no one might understand, and I love that. Standing up for your own skin colour is very courageous.

This is Kanye at his best transcending hip hop and pushing the envelope.

The best song on the album. If I could describe it, it’s like skrillex meets wu-tang clan. The song only song I could label as a masterpiece on that album.

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15 Touch the Sky

An ode to success that will leave anyone feeling great! The beat is on point, the lyrics are proper, then add a fire guest appearance from Lupe, I couldn't imagine anyone disliking this song.

Best song of him I think!

I'm more of a Lupe fan than a Kanye fan, so of course I think this song should be in the top ten!

Definitely the best

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16 Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix)

Kanye's verse in this version is one of the realest out there. It's because of tracks like this that people respect him. Angry and driven but compelling, drawing us onto his side. Forget any of his 2010s arrogant up-himself auto-tune ego-crap.

This song is epic, probably my favorite Kanye West song of all time. It still gives me chills when I listen to it, especially the bonus track version, and I love how it sheds light on the inhumanity of the blood-diamond trade and how materialistic consumers are culprits in their desire for diamonds. I personally like the bonus track version better than the remix with Jay Z as the remix cuts some of Kanye's verses to add a Jay Z verse where he mostly brags about how great he is and how much money he has rather than adding to the meaning of the song.

Jay and kanye litrally Cracked it - Tobzz7

Such a beautiful song by Jay and Ye

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17 Good Life

I completed agree with the guy before me, "Power" is a piece. I don't think anything from 808's deserves to be in this list, but that's just my opinion. I think "All Falls Down" is definitely in the top 5, probably top 3. Good life should be higher too. I love Kanye, he's my favorite rapper. I just don't agree with a lot of this list. Also, this list is REALLY mainstream. Stuff like "All of the Lights" is a horrible song, but it's also really mainstream.

Looking back on how negative this comment is, I feel like I should say that I love Kanye, again. I think I'd probably put "Good Life" or "Can't tell me Nothing" at number one.

The comments on this song is a perfect example of the retards who joined kanye on his later pieces. His old work was the absolute best. "retarded list" don't hate on the songs that started his legacy, there's a reason why he's on your ipod.

It's the best hands Down the title speak for itself.

#1 song of Kanye { my ideal }

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18 Love Lockdown

IS IT SOME KIND OF JOKE..? Love lockdown at 17 below songs like through the wire, can't tell me nothing, all falls down man it should be in top 5 right away that what it deserves knye west didn't decide to put it as lead single for his album without thinking he put it because he thought it was one of his best songs SO PLEASE FANS OF HIS SHOW SOME JUST VOTE FOR THIS SONG!

! Are you serious, Love Lockdown is one of his best songs, the piano, the African drum beat, and that screaming animal sound or whistle I don't know, is just making of an amazing song, and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008 Remix Is even a little better than the original

This song is awesome kanye west is the best rapper ever - cheezo8

Lol at this song's position. Really a pity for those ehk voted for some crappie songs above and not this. Weirdos

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19 Devil In a New Dress

This is without a doubt his best song. Blasting this song is a vibe, the beat slaps, and the lyrics are genius. Can't tell me otherwise.

How this is 99 is beyond me... Did actual kanye fans vote for this? - Papacdub1

This is the best song kanye has ever created

Easily one of the best songs ever

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20 Amazing

This song hooked me when I heard it for the first time. The next one week was followed by repeat of this song.

The title of the song fits its description perfectly. A very nice song excellent lyrics.. It should be definitely in the top ten

THIS IS AMAZING! Literally. Very surprised that it is not in top ten. Kanye demonstrates his wide range and that he is not just one- demensional

This is one of best from kayne

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21 Slow Jamz

The song to good to be true put it at one

Classic song you play it anywhere and everybody will start singing

This is a classic.. The sample is beautiful


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22 No Church in the Wild

This song is so amazing! The tune is wicked and the rapping is awesome! It should be in the top ten at least. Love this song!

Tears on the mausoleum floor
Blood stains the Colosseum doors

It really motivated me to start a riot or somthing after I watched the music video

Kanye's verse was, lit, wow the most meaningful you know. Jayz and frank ocean were good but kanye made the song perfect.

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23 Mercy.1

I don't know why this is 28!?! This should at least be fifth. I can't believe the people who voted. They're defiantly bad voters acctually they're terrible voters. People these days don't know a thing about music. Seriously! What are people thinking?

Ya it's the best rap song I heard in my life, really it sound better than any other

That "weeping and moaning and gnashing of teeth" part always gets me. - Mcgillacuddy

When I die, "Build a house up on that ass, that's an asstate" will be engraved into my headstone. - BlarchBlaces

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24 Monster

Amazing beat by Kanye and amazing collaboration with Nicki.

This is by far Kanye's best song. Honestly, I think this is the best rap song ever.

I like how everyone squeezed their verses in this song very good concept nicki and ross killed it

Why is it 28th it was better then some others before this

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25 Otis

What this should be so much higher, this song deserves to be at least top 15. It's one of the best tracks in watch the throne. The smooth transitions between jay and Ye makes it easy to listen to. Not only that but the lyrics are ingenious, "sophisticated ignorance write my curses in cursive" oh my god. Not only that but the smooth integration of Otis Redding in the track is what I think makes the song deserve a higher rating

Otis at #27? What is wrong with you people? This song should easily be a lot higher. Ye and Jay switched flows so well, leading into their epic verses, both murdered this song! "Got 5 passports, I'm never going to jail" "I made Jesus Walks, I'm never going to hell" Plus Kanye flipped the sample so perfectly.

I don't know why does it have few votes, its one of my favorite songs. Jay and Kanye killed that and the video was cool.

Kanye and Jay-Z murdered the hell out of this track and it features probably one of the best sample uses I've ever heard in a rap song. - Mcgillacuddy

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26 Ultralight Beam

How is this 34? This song is amazing! The production is great. Kanye singing is really good. The choir is amazing. And Chance kills it. This should be in the top 10 at least. This is Kanye's second best work the first being Runaway

Helped me get through tough times. First time I listened to it, made me fall into tears. Amazing song and amazing lyrics, explosive ending. Really deserves to be on a higher rank.

This song really deserves to be higher on the list, if you don't agree, than you probably haven't FELT the song.

A song that brings light into dark places and times. BRINGS HOPE

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27 I Wonder

This is a great song. I don't know who the chorus is but it's really good. This songs simple yet FANTASTIC. And I wonder...

I Wonder is an amazing sample of who he is and what he believes. It speaks of how his dreams have come true, while addressing aspects of himself and concepts we can relate to it as well, while having an amazing beat with a sick chorus and epic bass.
Really, this is a masterpiece of music

Pathetic how this song is ranked 33rd. One of the best songs in graduation. Did any real kanye vans vote for this?


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28 Lost in the World

Even woods performed by bon iver was incredible but kanye improves the autotune effect to an unknown atmosphere

I was blown away when I first heard this song. Never has autotune and sampling been used so brilliantly. - InsertNameHere

INCREDIBLE autotune. Kanyes bit is great too and I can't help but nod my head to this. I haven't listened to a lot of My Twisted Dark Fantasy but this is by FAR the best tune on it. Blame Game is good too, but this ROCKS.

1. Lost in the World
2. Good Life
3. All Falls Down
4. New Slaves
5. We Don't Care
6. Heartless
7. Touch the Sky
8. Drive Slow
9. Through the Wire
10. Celebration

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29 Heard 'em Say

If you're a human being, you gotta listen to this song. This song is about as real as music gets. - javananthonydavis

My favorite. The most beautiful song that shows we people loved Kanye in the first place. Also I would like to point out the top 5 voted songs are all from different albums and I think that's pretty cool.

Great beat, rhythm, rap verses, and chorus.. the singer from Maroon 5 sings awesome vocals too. - Atliens

This is a such a good piece. The piano is heartfelt!

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30 Good Morning

easily kanyes best song, this really was the pinacle of his career. The video is great the song has meaning. Anything Kanye does from releasing this single will be an attempt to improve on perfection

The Message In The Video For This Song Is The Whole Reason Why The Graduation Album Was Made - xXLennyKingXx

One of his best and the perfect opener to Graduation


31 Real Friends

I love this song, especially that chorus line and Dolla $ign's quick verse. I gotta say that, next to Ultralight Beam, this is one of Kanye's greatest new era tracks. - Mcgillacuddy

One of Kanye's most underrated songs. Definitely one of the greatest tracks of the past decade in hip hop.

Beat is so amazing, Kanye truly did a wonderful job on this song


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32 Hell of a Life

Wicked bass line. Lyrics are on point!

That BLACK SABBATH sample, damn!

Guitar was dope after the hook

That metallica sample, damm!

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33 The New Workout Plan

This song is absolutely awful, should be in the top ten, worst part of an otherwise amazing album

This is one of Yeezys most fun songs. And the way it breaks down at the end with the guitar bass and drums is incredible, it's perfect to jam to.

This song slaps just accept it


34 Hey Mama

How the hell is this not number 1? Overall this is easily the best song he's ever made. The heart he puts into this song is amazing. Just go listen to this song and compare it with heartless? Are you joking 808s was easily his worst album. How this song is not number one amazes me. Obviously people haven't even listened to his album and have just heard him through the radio. What a joke of a list this is.

It's not often you will hear an artist today talk about their connection with their mother. Kanye is the only artist today that has true passion for what he does with his music and they fact that he poorer his feelings into a song that clearly has deep meaning for him makes this song deserving of a higher spot!

Most heartfelt song I have ever heard. Best song from Kanye hands down

Best Kanye song

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35 H.A.M.

This song goes ham

36 Clique

Features Jay Z, Big Sean, it's THE BEST!

Main reasons this song goes in: the beat is incredibly unique and addicting and Kanye destroys his verse. - Mcgillacuddy

How isn't this #1? It's a great song because it features Jay Z and Big Sean.


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37 Blood On the Leaves

This song is so underrated in my opinion

The deep, insightful lyrics and that beat drop says everything

Kanye has perfected the use of auto-tune

That beat drop :rejoice:

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38 New Slaves

This song just goes to say there's nothing stopping the power of kanye west! Yeezus! Check this song out

Probably the most profound track thematically and lyrically Kanye has ever created - Rockas

Not his best track but has the most ferocious flow

He goes hard on the track

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39 Breathe in Breathe Out

Why is this not on the list? Ludacris doesn't really rap but he's a great addition. The music in the background is sick and kanye ROCKS this

40 Dark Fantasy

The intro is amazing, but not nicki Minaj, well she is great, but the music in the background is what gets me haha

Why is this #31, this song is super catchy and has good vocals

The slight changes in the chorus makes this song genius

Damn I'm a big Kanye West fan. He might be a jerk, but he's an incredible artist, that brings a lot of emotions and humour in his work and is also able to mix all kind of genre into his body of work. This unrelated praising done (sorry), Dark Fantasy might be my favourite Kanye Track yet released. The structure, the music, the sample and partly the lyrics are just that great

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41 Champion

I can't be bothered to explain it all again, so just read Mushroom99s top ten list of kanye west, because that IS ME! - Mushroom99


42 Paranoid

This song is one of Kanye's best. Doesn't get enough love at all. This album shows a different side of Kanye but received poor reviews from some but I think that the diversity he shows is great. Big fan of 808s & Heartbreaks.

I don't know how this song wasnt a hit, its one of kanyes best - joezz01

Paranoid is a very extraordinary song. Way better than his other songs. I loved it!

It just shows how many great songs haven't gotten enough recognition

43 School Spirit

One of his best songs. I don't know how it got 48. can someone explain ho?

44 Spaceship

This song is dope. It also has a damn good beat and meaning.

Now you asking why songs like through the Wire are before Love Lockdown which is one of his more mediocre songs in my opinion

How the hell is this 44. Kanye West goes hard in verse 1 and the beat is just golden.

The best song off of his best album

This song needs to buy a spaceship to fly to the top tens

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45 Coldest Winter
46 Run This Town

Jay-Z and Kanye West just make a legendary duo. They work so well together, and Rihanna's hook on this is also great. It's the kind of song that gets you pumped up but still has a lot of emotion in it.

47 Get Em High

I can't believe this song wasn't even on the list? Ye goes in raw not to mention Talib Kweli does his thing and Common just seals the track. "If your losing your high then smoke again. Get em high. "

This is so gay this isn't top 5 at least the beat is crazy the flow is the best of any Kanye song this is so stupid listen to the song and you'll see

48 Celebration

One of the greatest rap instrumentals ever

49 New God Flow
50 Crack Music

Underrated song. Excellent rhythm and great lyrics. - Mcgillacuddy

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