Top 10 Best J. Cole Songs

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.

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.

Incredible song. He pours his heart and soul into this song, a song with meaning and truth. Not a song about sex 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.

This song just goes to show how good cole is at telling stories. He sounds like he is really pouring his feelings about the bad situation that he's going through, a great example of his talent. 10/10

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.

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

This song speaks to me on so many levels with a catchy beat, catchy hook, deep lyrics and the great j Cole voice.

Real, hard beat, good lyrics, catchy hook, just flawless. You can't listen to this and NOT feel like a G.

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.

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

Been trying to remember the name of this song for days. Had to find it here because its DOPEE (cop instrumental for quality schiphers)

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

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

Why is this in the top 10? Just a bunch of new people who heard J cole on the radio for the first time voted for this.. People wouldn't even like the song if it wasn't for miguel. Cole spit fire way better on other songs than this...

Everything, from the background instrumentals, to the flow and constant movement of the beat, to Miguel's amazing voice... it just makes for an incredible experience that you don't usually get with today's music.

I first happened upon this song at 2:00 am, when I was thinking about my best friends girlfriend, who I'd fallen for hard. This song means so much to me.

5 Crooked Smile

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"

Ever since the beginning, this song has got me each time I listen to it. He shows that you don't need to be perfect to the world to be perfect for who you are.

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

Great song. Great lyrics. Lyrics are incredibly deeep. Who said Kanye was the most influential rapper of all time?

6 Let Nas Down

"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.

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

7 Born Sinner

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.

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

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

This song is really good

8 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.

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.

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

This is the particular song that made me fall in love with j Cole. this song is calm with messages and crazy with punchlines I can't believe I didn't know a rapper this good. huge fan

9 Villuminati

"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.

This should be number one!

His best song

10 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.

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.

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.

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

The Contenders
11 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..

LIke it was said, it should have been saved for the album. This song is one of the best ever and was better than everything on the sideline story. Easily his best song.

This website is legit trash. How is this song not number one? I don't know how Lost Ones got top spot, he has other songs that go 10x harder than that.

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

12 Wet Dreamz

The one thing I love about Cole is his fearlessness to talk about and go into detail things that other rappers wouldn't dare talk about. This song, in particular talks about the angst and awkwardness associated with losing your virginity. This is easily the best on the decent album that 2K14FHD was. Reccomend this highly for people looking for hip hop that is original and unique.

My personal favorite. No Role Modelz is a close second. Think about this, in say 10 years from now, what song is going to be truly remembered? Wet Dreamz. No Role Modelz will just be "that song that he the really cool beat" but Wet Dreamz will go on to be remembered as one of the best stories in hip hop.

This song is dope. Like I I don't know how this is not top 10. Absolutely love it and it tells an amazing story and the beat is fire. your listening to his story and at the end hole hits you with this like "woah" moment.

I don't know why this is my favourite J.cole song. It is so inappropriate but it's brilliant. My top 5 would be
5. G.O.M.D
3.Power Trip
2.No role Modelz
1. Wet dreamz

13 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.

I love Fire Squad-- sick beat and sick lyrics, but this... this is a masterpiece. My favorite part is the chorus and when he says, "Nice watch (chika) run it! " That's rap music right there!

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.

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

14 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.

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.

This song and Rise and Shine are one of his deeper songs. I could listen to both of them on repeat all day. COLE WORLD!

15 Blow Up

Should've been his first radio single. I actually know ladies who vibe to this MUCH more than "Work Out." The perfect anthem for every college hustler.

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

Lyrics and beat were sensational.

Best pump up song

16 Fire Squad

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.

Best rap song of 2014. Enough said

Why is this ranked 45?

17 Pass Me By

The lyrics are so ill.

18 Cheer Up

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.

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.

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

19 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

20 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 has a great beat great lirics and great sound easily the
Best song by J. Cole if this song is not 1 it should at least be top ten

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?

21 Villematic

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

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

22 Head Bussa

Best J Cole song lyrically!

23 Before I'm Gone

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

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

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

Definitely my top track. This song is strong.

24 1985

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

25 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

Definitely worthy of a higher spot. The message in it is so relevant to where we are as a country today. We do not need more likes or upvotes or views. Because of our desires for materialistic things and money we forget that the things we took for granted are what really matters.

My favorite cole jam, but of course I love them all. but to me this song goes deeper than the rest, I actually teared up once while listening to this song and I'm a guy. I also agree it sould be ranked higher, but its hard to rank these songs when they are all so amazing.

This song really helped me through some tough times "no such thing as a life that's better than yours" rings in my head every day. In this song he does something most rappers don't use their platform for and that is spreading a positive message

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