The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

Here's a comprehensive look at the best Kanye West songs.

The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

Kanye West has enjoyed one of the greatest ascents in the history of hip-hop. The man born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta had dreams of being a rap superstar but was initially noticed only as a music producer. Kanye West got his big break doing ghost production for music producer, songwriter, artist, and entrepreneur Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie in the late ’90s, which landed him placements on hip hop and rap albums from Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, and Goodie Mob. But while some young music producers would’ve been happy simply collecting production checks and placing beats on major label releases, Kanye West had bigger plans.

While 'Ye craved national acceptance, he was also determined to get his own stable of artists and producers off the ground back home in Chicago. His crew, the Go-Getters, consisted of childhood friends and rap contemporaries, while his Kon Man Productions wing featured some of the best rising music producers in the city. But eventually Kanye West hit a ceiling in Chicago. He'd dried up his resources, and the Windy City lacked the music industry infrastructure that was so prevalent on the coasts. So in early 2000, Kanye packed up a U-Haul and left Chicago for greener pastures.

Kanye West soon aligned with Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records as a producer. After giving Jay a Top 10 hit with the track "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," Kanye's name began to ring out, and he was soon one of the most in-demand beatsmiths in hip-hop. But deep down, Kanye West knew he was a rapper, and after a handful of false starts, he was finally able to persuade the Roc to give him a solo record deal. Surviving a near-fatal car crash made Kanye West more determined than ever to become a lyric star, and within two years he had an album in stores. The rest, as they say, is music history.

Kanye West has since become a number of things: A rap superstar with seven sterling solo studio albums, including such storied projects like The College Dropout, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and, most recently, The Life of Pablo. A legendary music producer. A fashion icon with the launch of his fashion clothing line Yeezy. A tabloid favorite. All of these things together have created one of the most fascinating and influential entertainers of all time. (What other artist has grown men believing they can wear kilts and has people dropping $4,000 on a pair of his sneakers?) And he's not done yet. Today, Complex celebrates the Louis Vuitton Don by recognizing 100 of his greatest records.

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101. Kanye West "Wow" (2003)

100. Damon Dash f/ Kanye West, Young Chris, Beanie Sigel, Cam'ron, Twista "Champions" (2002)

99. Kanye West "My Way" (2004)

98. Twista f/ Kanye West "Alright" (2009)

97. Talib Kweli f/ Kanye West, Jay Z, Mos Def, and Busta Rhymes "Get By (Remix)" (2003)

96. Kanye West f/ Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Charlie Wilson "Good Friday" (2010)

95. Common f/ Kanye West "Southside" (2007)

94. Kanye West f/ Kendrick Lamar “No More Parties in L.A.” (2016)

93. Rick Ross f/ Kanye West and Big Sean “Sanctified”

92. Malik Yusef f/ Kanye West and Common "Wouldn't You Like to Ride" (2003)

91. Common f/ Kanye West "The Food" (2005)

90. Ma$e f/ Kanye West and John Legend "Welcome Back (Remix)" (2004)

89. Consequence and Kanye West "03 Til Infinity (Freestyle)" (2003)

88. Kanye West "Good Morning" (2007)

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87. Kanye West "School Spirit" (2004)

86. Kanye West "30 Hours" (2016)

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85. Kanye West f/ Adam Levine "Heard' Em Say" (2005)

84. Kanye West f/ Sia and Vic Mensa "Wolves" (2016)

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83. Kanye West f/ Jay Z and J. Ivy "Never Let Me Down" (2004)

82. Kanye West f/ Ty Dolla Sign "Real Friends" (2016)

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81. Kanye West f/ Nas and Really Doe "We Major" (2005)

80. Kanye West "Peace" (2004)

79. Kanye West f/ Post Malone and Ty Dolla Sign "Fade" (2016)

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78. Kanye West “Bound 2” (2013)

77. Kanye West “The Glory” (2007)

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76. Jay Z f/ Kanye West "The Bounce" (2003)

75. Kanye West f/ John Legend & Chris Rock "Blame Game" (2010)

74. Jay Z f/ Kanye West "Excuse Me Miss Again" (2003)

73. Dwele f/ Kanye West & Consequence "Hold On" (2004)

72. Kanye West f/ Mos Def, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz, & Charlie Wilson "Lord, Lord, Lord" (2010)

71. Kanye West f/ Cam'Ron & Consequence "Gone" (2005)

70. Kanye West f/ Ol Dirty Bastard "Keep The Receipt" (2004)

69. Kanye West & Jay Z "Murder To Excellence" (2011)

68. Kanye West & Jay Z "Who Gon Stop Me" (2011)

67. Kanye West "We Don't Care" (2004)

66. Kanye West f/ Kid Cudi "Welcome To Heartbreak" (2008)

65. Slum Village f/ Kanye West "Selfish" (2004)

64. Rick Ross f/ Kanye West, T-Pain & Lil Wayne "Maybach Music 2" (2009)

63. Kanye West f/ Kid Cudi "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" (2016)

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62. Kanye West “White Dress” (2012)

61. Kanye West "Everything I Am" (2007)

60. Lloyd Banks f/ Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous "Start It Up" (2010)

59. Chief Keef f/ Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and Jadakiss "I Don't Like (Remix)" (2012)

58. Kanye West f/ GLC & Consequence "Spaceship" (2004)

57. Kanye West & Jay Z "Gotta Have It" (2011)

56. Kanye West “Blood on the Leaves” (2013)

55. Kanye West "Love Lockdown" (2008)

54. Kanye West f/ Jay Z, RZA, Cy-Hi Da Prynce & Pusha-T "So Appalled" (2010)

53. Kanye West f/ The Game & Malik Yusef "Crack Music" (2005)

52. Kanye West f/ Common & Talib Kweli "Get Em High" (2004)

51. Lil Wayne f/ Kanye West "Lollipop (Remix)" (2008)

50. Kanye f/ Pusha T "New God Flow" (2012)

49. Kanye West f/ Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks, John Legend, & Ryan Leslie "Christian Dior Denim Flow" (2010)

48. Dilated Peoples f/ Kanye West "This Way" (2004)

47. Kanye West "Champion" (2007)

46. Kanye West f/ Justin Vernon and Chief Keef "Hold My Liquor" (2013)

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45. Rick Ross f/ Kanye West "Live Fast, Die Young" (2010)

44. Kanye West "Throw Some D's Remix" (2007)

43. Kanye West "Big Brother" (2007)

42. Kanye West “Black Skinhead” (2013)

41. Kanye West & Jay Z "New Day" (2011)

40. Kanye West f/ Assassin and Justin Vernon "I'm in It" (2013)

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39. Twista f/ Kanye West & Jamie Foxx "Slow Jamz" (2004)

38. Kanye West f/ John Legend "Home" (2003) / Kanye West f/ Chris Martin "Homecoming" (2007)

37. G.O.O.D. Music "Mercy" (2012)

36. Kanye West "Cold" (2012)

35. Kanye West "Hell of A Life" (2010)

34. Kanye West & Jay Z "No Church In The Wild" (2011)

33. Kanye West f/ Mos Def & Freeway "Two Words" (2004)

32. Kanye West & Jay Z "The Joy" (2011)

31. Kanye West f/ Bon Iver "Lost In The World" (2010)

30. Kanye West f/ Young Jeezy "Amazing" (2008)

29. Jay Z f/ Kanye West & Rihanna "Run This Town" (2009)

28. Kanye West “New Slaves” (2013)

27. Kanye West "Say You Will" (2008)

26. Kanye West "Last Call" (2004)

25. DJ Khaled f/ Kanye West, Consequence, & John Legend "Grammy Family" (2006)

24. Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" (2005)

23. Kanye West f/ Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver and Rick Ross "Monster" (2010)

22. Kanye West f/ GLC & Paul Wall "Drive Slow" (2005)

21. Young Jeezy f/ Kanye West "Put On" (2008)

20. Kanye West f/ Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream "Ultralight Beam" (2016)

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19. Kanye West "Heartless" (2008)

18. Kanye West f/ Kid Cudi & Raekwon "Gorgeous" (2010)

17. Kanye West "Power" (2010) / Kanye West f/ Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz "Power (Remix)" (2010)

16. Kanye West & Jay Z "Otis" (2011)

15. Kanye West "Dark Fantasy" (2010)

14. Kanye West f/ Lupe Fiasco "Touch The Sky" (2005)

13. Kanye West f/ T-Pain "Good Life" (2007)

12. Kanye West f/ Rick Ross "Devil In A New Dress" (2010)

11. Kanye West "Jesus Walks" (2004)

10. Kanye West "Stronger" (2007)

9. Kanye West "Through The Wire" (2003)

8. Kanye West "Diamonds" (2005)/"Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)" f/ Jay Z (2005)

7. Kanye West & Jay Z "Niggas In Paris" (2011)

6. Kanye West "Flashing Lights" f/ Dwele (2007)

5. Kanye West "All of the Lights" (2010)

4. Kanye West f/ Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down" (2004)

3. Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (2007)

2. Kanye West f/ Pusha T "Runaway" (2010)

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