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The Ultimate Kanye West Playlist: 40 of Yeezy's Best Songs Ever

Celebrate the iconic producer-rapper with his finest tunes—from the classic throwbacks to 'The Life of Pablo'

1 / 40

"Through the Wire"

Let's start where Mr. West's solo career, his rapper life, began: With his mouth wired shut, bars pouring out between the bars.

2 / 40

"Can't Tell Me Nothing"

"I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven / When I awoke, I spent that on a necklace." So begins one of the most motivational Yeezy songs ever recorded.

3 / 40

"All of the Lights"

The thunderously orchestral Dark Twisted Fantasy banger so was busy being great that it never even wasted time telling you it features RihannaKid CudiElton JohnAlicia KeysJohn Legend and The-Dream. (...Fergie, too.)

4 / 40

"Real Friends" feat. Ty Dolla $ign

Does the Life of Pablo track sound uncomfortably like Take Care–era Drake-y? Can't remember, it's already felt like its own special piece of art for so long.

5 / 40

"White Dress"

For a while, the only legal way to obtain this song was to buy the complete soundtrack to The RZA's kung-fu movie. Fortunately, those dark times have passed.

6 / 40

"Devil in a New Dress" feat. Rick Ross

Sometimes the way Kanye sets the scene—even when he's not on production duty—is powerful enough that it feels like you've gotta give him points for someone else's career-defining guest verse.

7 / 40

"New Slaves"

The Yeezus standout has Kanye grunting earth-scorching social commentary for three minutes before abruptly shifting to a minute of some of the most incredible, ethereal music that's ever appeared on one of his albums. (Unsurprisingly, Frank Ocean's part of the magic.)

8 / 40

"N---as in Paris" with Jay Z

If we only had one more chance to push the "of all time!" button, we'd use it thusly: This is the best song OF ALL TIME!!

9 / 40

"The Glory"

Fun Kanye is so good.

10 / 40

"Clique" with Jay Z, Big Sean & Pusha T

Top five Kanye verse; top 10 Jay Z math problem.

11 / 40

"Jesus Walks"

12 years ago, the one-album-deep Kanye put out a single—not a buried-in-the-tracklist passion project—built on fiery sentiments like this:

"So here go my single dog, radio needs this
They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, videotape
But if I talk about God my record won't get played, HUH?"

12 / 40

"All Falls Down" feat. Syleena Johnson

If only every person who thought Kanye was a braindead jerkoff could hear this song.

13 / 40

"Gone" feat. Consequence & Cam'Ron

Gorgeous Otis Redding sample, super-duper bars from Cam and Consequence, trippy orchestration by film composer and Fiona Apple affiliate Jon Brion.

14 / 40

"Paranoid" feat. Mr Hudson

One of the best pop songs Yeezy's ever bestowed upon us.

15 / 40

"See Me Now" feat. Beyoncé & Charlie Wilson

The G.O.O.D. Friday track most likely to make you smile for an entire day.

16 / 40

"Only One" feat. Paul McCartney

"I know you're happy / 'Cause I can see it / So tell the voice inside your head to believe it," 'Ye sings to himself and his family from the perspective of his deceased mother, Donda. An entire song of these emotionally naked lyrics, set to light organ noodling from the sappiest Beatle, makes it indispensible. 

17 / 40

"Dark Fantasy"

Nicki Minaj reciting poetry in a British accent; humongous choral blasts; the line "too many Urkels on your team that's why your wins low"—could there have ever been a better way to open the most grandiose record of Kanye's career?

18 / 40

"Touch the Sky" feat. Lupe Fiasco

Any time you're trying to come up in the spot looking extra fly, this is your anthem.

19 / 40

"Never Let Me Down" feat. J. Ivy & Jay Z

"Jay, I made my own album, can I have a verse?"

20 / 40

"I Don't Like (Remix)" feat. Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean & Jadakiss

Good one to have if you ever need to demolish a 72-story building with one hand.

21 / 40

"H•A•M" with Jay Z

Good one to have on hand if you ever feel like leveling a 112-story building with your buddy on his birthday.

22 / 40

"Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)" feat. Jay Z

"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man." Forever. And ever.

23 / 40

"Love Lockdown"

This throbbing beat expertly puts the "808" in 808s & Heartbreak.

24 / 40

"To the World" with R. Kelly & Teyana Taylor

"How should we open this G.O.O.D. Music album?"
"R. Kelly sings some pretty shit at the top, then I just come in and go 'mothafucka.'"

25 / 40

"Blood on the Leaves"

Nice one to have on hand in case you feel like creating a 2,000-foot-wide crater at the base of that 112-story building you destroyed listening to "H•A•M."

26 / 40

"Power (Remix)" feat. Jay Z & Swizz Beatz

In which Sir West fits the word "antidisestablishmentarianism" into a remix of an already perfect anthem.

27 / 40

"Everything I Am" feat. DJ Premier

"Everything I'm not made me everything I am": Among the most Gandhi-ish sentiments in a career filled with 'em.

28 / 40

"Family Business"

Maybe the purest, most uncomplicated heart-string-tugger Kanye's ever recorded. Brb, crying.

29 / 40

"Say You Will"

The towering six-and-a-half-minute opener to Kanye's biggest sonic shift ever still shakes us to the core.

30 / 40

"Hold My Liquor"

Kinda criminal that Bon Iver and Chief Keef don't get listed as featured artists here, because having them on the same track—and having that track be this menacing, depressed opus—is historical.

31 / 40

"Heard 'Em Say" feat. Adam Levine

Just a really lovely song. The Late Orchestration version with John Legend is its own kinda dynamite, also.

32 / 40

"I Wonder"

If you haven't let this one lead you to the inimitable Labi Siffre...let it.

33 / 40

"Good Life" feat. T-Pain

This song samples "P.Y.T." The more you know.

34 / 40

"When I See It (Tell Your Friends Remix)"

This Kanye-produced track on The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness deserved a pensive, solo-Yeezy AutoTune remix. Brief, but a treasure.

35 / 40

"Monster" feat. Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Bon Iver & Rick Ross

We'll definitely be leaving "Monster" in the time capsule for the aliens.

36 / 40

"Mercy" with 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Pusha T

Nothing about this soup of a song makes sense, which makes it indescribably amazing.

37 / 40

"Bound 2"

How you gon' be mad on vacation!?

38 / 40

"Lost in the World" feat. Bon Iver

Two very different AutoTune enthusiasts link up for a boppy beaut.

39 / 40

"We Don't Care"

You don't listen to this one every day the second you wake up? Oh...

40 / 40

"Otis" with Jay Z feat. Otis Redding

Just gonna leave this here and wish you a wonderful day:

"I made 'Jesus Walks,' I'm never going to hell
Couture level flow, it's never going on sale
Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses
Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive
I get it custom; you a customer
You ain't 'customed to going through customs
You ain't been nowhere, hah?"

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