10 Best Kanye West Songs

Kanye West is an American rapper, producer, and fashion designer. He first gained fame with his 2004 album “The College Dropout” and has since released several critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including “Late Registration,” “Graduation,” “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” “Yeezus,” “The Life of Pablo,” and “Jesus is King.” West is known for his eclectic and often controversial style and is considered one of the most influential musicians of his generation. He is also known for his fashion brand Yeezy, which he launched in 2015. West has won 21 Grammy Awards, and has sold more than 150 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

1: Ultralight Beam

“Ultralight Beam” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the opening track on his seventh studio album, “The Life of Pablo” (2016). The song features vocals from several artists including gospel singer The-Dream, R&B singer Kelly Price, and gospel choir leader Kirk Franklin. The song is characterized as a gospel-inspired piece, with a choir singing in the background, and piano and organ sounds. The lyrics have a spiritual and uplifting tone, and West’s verses are more contemplative than his usual style. The song was praised by critics for its grandiose and emotive production, and for its ability to set the tone for the rest of the album. It was also used in a commercial for the 2016 Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones.

2: Runaway

“Runaway” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the second single from his fifth studio album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010). The song features Pusha T and a sample of “Love Lockdown” as main melody. The song is a mid-tempo ballad that features West rapping about his personal failures and regrets, as well as societal issues such as fame and materialism. The lyrics are introspective and self-critical, with West acknowledging his flaws and mistakes. The song also features a extended outro, where West sings a refrain of “Let’s have a toast for the douchebags” over a piano and drums instrumentation. The song was well received by critics for its introspection and honesty, with many praising West’s ability to convey his emotions through his lyrics. The song was also nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards. It also had a music video directed by West himself and it was premiered on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The video features a ballerina dancing and a phoenix that symbolize West’s personal rebirth and redemption.

3: Heartless

“Heartless” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the second single from his fourth studio album “808s & Heartbreak” (2008). The song features a sample of “Heartbeats” by The Knife. The song is an R&B and electropop track that features West singing about heartbreak and emotional pain, with lyrics about a failed relationship and the feeling of being “heartless” towards love. The song’s lyrics are introspective and melancholic, with West expressing his vulnerability and loneliness. The electronic beats and synths in the production gives the song a cold and distant feeling, that reflects the lyrics. The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was also critically acclaimed, and nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Hype Williams, features West wandering through a city while singing the song in front of a blue screen.

4: Power

“Power” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the lead single from his fifth studio album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010). The song features a sample of “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson, and it’s produced by West himself, S1, and Symbolyc One.

The song is a hip hop track that features West rapping about his personal power, influence, and confidence, as well as societal issues such as fame and materialism. The lyrics are boastful and assertive, with West claiming his status as a “god” and a “genius” in the industry. The production is characterized by a heavy bassline and a sample of a menacing choir, that gives the song a dark and powerful feeling.

The song was critically acclaimed, and was included on several year-end and decade-end lists of best songs. It also received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Marco Brambilla, features West as a king of a modern-day empire, while scenes of chaos and destruction are shown in the background.

5: “Gold Digger” ft. Jamie Foxx

“Gold Digger” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring American actor and singer Jamie Foxx. It was released as the second single from West’s second studio album “Late Registration” (2005). The song features a sample of “I Got a Woman” by Ray Charles, and it’s produced by West himself, with additional production by Jon Brion.

The song is a hip hop and R&B track that features West rapping about a woman who is only interested in him for his money, and Jamie Foxx adding a comedic touch to the song with his rendition of the Charles’ sample. The lyrics are playful and humorous, with West using clever wordplay and metaphors to describe the woman’s behavior. The production is characterized by a catchy and upbeat piano melody, and a soulful chorus by Foxx.

The song was a commercial success, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it was certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also won a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 48th Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Hype Williams, features West and Foxx performing in front of a green screen, while scenes of women chasing money are shown in the background.

6: “All of the Lights” ft. Rihanna

“All of the Lights” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna and several other artists as guest vocals. It was released as the fourth single from West’s fifth studio album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010). The song features a sample of “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston and it’s produced by West himself, with additional production by Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker and others.

The song is a hip hop and R&B track that features West rapping about the drawbacks of fame and success, while Rihanna sings the chorus, which serves as a plea for forgiveness. The lyrics are introspective and contemplative, with West addressing his own mistakes and regrets, as well as the impact of his actions on those around him. The production is characterized by a complex and layered instrumentation, with a mix of orchestral elements, drums and synths.

The song was critically acclaimed, and was included on several year-end and decade-end lists of best songs. It also received a nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Short Form Music Video at the 54th Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Hype Williams, features a kaleidoscope of flashing lights and images, with scenes of West, Rihanna and other artists performing in front of a green screen.

7: “Monster” ft. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross

“Monster” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring American rapper Jay-Z, Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, and American rapper Rick Ross. It was released as the fifth and final single from West’s fifth studio album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010). The song produced by West himself, with additional production by Mike Dean and No I.D.

The song is a hip hop track that features West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross rapping about their own personal power, success and ambition, as well as the darker aspects of fame, such as greed, ego, and violence. The lyrics are boastful and assertive, with each artist delivering a powerful and confident verse. The production is characterized by a dark and ominous instrumental, with a mix of electronic beats, distorted samples and eerie sound effects.

The song was critically acclaimed, and was included on several year-end and decade-end lists of best songs. It also received a nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Jake Nava, features West and the other artists performing in front of a green screen, with scenes of monsters and other supernatural creatures shown in the background.

8: “Run This Town” ft. Jay-Z, Rihanna

“Run This Town” is a song by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring American rapper Kanye West and Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released as the lead single from Jay-Z’s 11th studio album “The Blueprint 3” (2009). The song produced by Kanye West and No I.D.

The song is a hip hop track that features Jay-Z, West, and Rihanna boasting about their own power and influence in the music industry, as well as the city of New York. The lyrics are assertive and confident, with each artist delivering a verse about their dominance in the scene. The production is characterized by a heavy bassline, a sample of “The Future” by The Valentinos, and Rihanna’s powerful voice in the chorus.

The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Short Form Music Video at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Anthony Mandler, features Jay-Z, West and Rihanna performing in front of a green screen, with scenes of New York City shown in the background.

9: “Stronger”

“Stronger” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the second single from his third studio album “Graduation” (2007). The song features a sample of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk and it’s produced by West himself, with additional production by Mike Dean and Timbaland.

The song is a hip hop and electronic track that features West rapping about personal power, resilience, and perseverance, using the phrase “that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger” as a central theme. The lyrics are assertive and motivational, with West encouraging listeners to overcome obstacles and to be their best selves. The production is characterized by a catchy and upbeat electronic melody, and a heavy use of auto-tune on West’s vocals, which was a new technique for him at the time.

The song was a commercial success, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it was certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also won a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards. The music video directed by Hype Williams, features West performing in front of a green screen, with scenes of him running on a futuristic landscape and scenes from the anime film “Akira” shown in the background.

10: “Homecoming” ft. Chris Martin

“Homecoming” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring British singer-songwriter Chris Martin from Coldplay. It was released as the second single from West’s third studio album “Graduation” (2007). The song produced by West himself, with additional production by Warryn Campbell.

The song is a hip hop and alternative rock track that features West rapping about his hometown of Chicago and his personal journey to fame, with Martin singing the chorus and the bridge, which serves as a nostalgic and emotional reflection on West’s roots. The lyrics are introspective and contemplative, with West addressing his own feelings of longing and belonging, as well as the impact of his actions on those around him. The production is characterized by a mix of electronic beats, distorted samples, and guitar riffs, with Martin’s emotional vocals adding a powerful contrast to West’s assertive verses.

The song was critically acclaimed, and was included on several year-end and decade-end lists of best songs. The music video directed by Chris Milk, features West performing in front of a green screen, with scenes of Chicago and West’s childhood shown in the background. The video also features Chris Martin performing the song live with Kanye West at a concert, it was shot in London.

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