Drake’s 30 Best Songs to Date

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A few days ago, the XXL staff was discussing the history of New Orleans-based Cash Money Records, its unlikely ascent to cultural relevance, and its truly impressive ability to stay important and interesting over the span of twenty years in this industry. Twenty. The only boutique label that compares is Bad Boy Records, and I think we can all agree that they’ve had a few misfires since the Craig Mack days. The reason Cash Money is still relevant is actually pretty simple – they’ve stayed current. They’ve reinvented themselves in the face of a changing industry (in the ways that music is digested as well as purchased) and continued to re-establish themselves as a hub for great music with not only a wildly consistent output of music, but more importantly an always-evolving and diverse roster of artists.

Its unlikeliest current star (and truly, its biggest) is Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, a Canadian-born former child actor who appeared on the seminal young adult melodrama Degrassi before pursuing music full time. As the legend goes, Young Money founder and original Cash Money artist Lil Wayne was played some of Drake’s music at some point in 2007, and immediately flew the young rapper down to Houston to record music and tour together. A little more than a year later, Drake released So Far Gone, an astronomically successful mixtape that sparked his career as a crossover superstar, inspired a Kanye-directed music video for its lead single, and eventually got him a Grammy nomination. All of this, from a mixtape. And in the four short years since his public debut, the guy really hasn’t slowed down – he’s scored sixteen platinum singles (including songs he was featured on) and two multi-platinum solo albums.

What’s most incredible about his short career (again, only two albums) is that not only has he not released a bad single —not one brick in a litany of potential flops—but looking through his discography, he’s never even put out a bad song. He’s a good-music machine. So, to celebrate the now-26-year-old’s career, and in anticipation of his upcoming Nothing Was the Same album, we put together a conclusive (in our opinions) list of Drake’s 30 Best Songs to Date. Again, these are our favorites, so if you disagree, think “Started from the Bottom” should be No. 1, or “Fear” shouldn’t be on the list at all, let us know in the comments section. Started… — Compiled by Dan Buyanovsky, Ralph Bristout, Eric Diep, and Emmanuel CM.

  • Google

    It’s too bad Drake can’t rap for shit.

    • SoLo Aulston

      Haha, drake is ill, you must not have heard his shit prior to YM…

    • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.gyabaah Glenn Gyabaah

      thats false drizzy has flow

  • KingPapi

    Its a tough roster, but where are “Fireworks”, “Over My Dead Body” and “Underground Kings”? A few classics bumped off this top 30 for some standard mixtape tracks. Wouldn’t necessarily agree with Marvin’s Room as number one either. He has far deeper lyrics and technically-gifted flows on other tracks.

  • http://twitter.com/fatima_libyaOVO Fatima Libya ΩVΩ

    THAT’S OKAY

  • Bull

    Where is Congratulations?

  • shaniecejuel

    how could you guys forget Club Paradise? that should have been #1

  • http://www.facebook.com/tobes23 Zak Tobes

    marvin’s room was on take care.

  • king

    interesting…most of his best work came from 2011. I also dont agree at all that they totally skipped over his mixtape hits.

    • http://twitter.com/RampageStew87 CorXy StXwart

      cus 2011 is his most recent work. And what are you talking about? They had closer, ashma team, houstatlantavegas, etc etc on there and theyre all from mixtapes. did you not even read it?

  • http://twitter.com/OVORoheed23 Roheed Dharani

    Fireworks, club paradise and sooner then later deserve to be on this list i think.

  • The Truth

    This cover is THE TRUTH.
    Panty droppin shit. Makes Drakes original sound like riff raff

  • H.Y.F.R

    Headlines should have been #1 or #2 how can you leave that out

  • DonDraper

    Hey XXL can you make it so we dont have to load 30 fucking pages. Make is so we can use the arrow key or something. Its really annoying….its 2013 get with it guys.

    • http://www.facebook.com/moretade Michael Azstro Boii Oretade

      real shit

  • Nick

    No “Crew Love”? Y’all are slippin, that’s one of Drake’s best, but good list overall.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donaldfb Donald Brown

    This List is fucking stupid. Marvins Room as #1? Y’all gota do better xxl.

  • Tyler Porter

    YA YOU CAN THANK ME NOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/moretade Michael Azstro Boii Oretade

    I’m just glad fear got on… and look what you’ve done should’ve been higher

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=709690380 Sanjog Sandhu

    Lol how can they say Drake outshined Eminem on Forever? Good one