The 25 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

Lil Wayne featuring Drake, “Believe Me”

Carter Season was officially underway when Weezy dropped this gem on us late on a Friday night, and it was worth every second of the wait. Drake opens the track rapping about holding things down while Wayne was locked up, and then Tune comes through and absolutely demolishes his verse, sparking anticipation for Tha Carter V into a barely-contained hyperdrive. If this track is an indication of what we can expect on the fifth installment of the series, then count us in.—DR

The LOX, “Salute A Gee”

The LOX reunion is in full swing, and this track is maybe the freshest that Styles, Jada and Sheek have sounded since getting back together on wax with their surprise Trinity EP at the end of last year. Kiss’ distinctive voice remains as gritty as ever, while Styles and Sheek stunt all over this track. If New York is really coming back, it will need The LOX to sound like this as often as possible. L-O-X D-Block up in this bitch.—DR

Meek Mill featuring Paloma Ford, “I Don’t Know”

“I Don’t Know” is set to appear on Meek’s sophomore album titled Dreams Worth More Than Money. The song  is a little step away from typical Meek, but the basis of the track is generally the same—Meek talks about beating out the odds, addressing the haters, riding for his team, making money and surviving out the hood. His relatable “American Dream” songs are the reason why his tracks become street anthems. Riding with his team on his back, Meek reminds us of his determination to reach his dreams.—RI

Migos, “Fight Night”

The rap trio is known for making chart-topping hits that get crowds hyped. With their history of songs like “Versace,” which took over the music scene last summer, and “Hannah Montana,” Migos’ ability to make radio hits is a force to be reckoned with. Already making the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, “Fight Night” contains a bouncy trap beat and catchy lyrics to get their listeners pumped up. Can “Fight Night” beat the summer success of “Versace”? Well, we have the whole summer to find out. —RI