41 of Kanye West's Best Songs  – XXL

41 of Kanye West's Best Songs – XXL

Since making his official rap debut in 2002, with a feature on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 2 cut “The Bounce,” Kanye West has gone from underdog to grand champ, becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest success stories. Silencing all critics with his game-changing debut album, The College Dropout, the Chicago native has captivated the rap world time and time again, whether with his music or bold statements, such as the infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” comment he made while on live TV during a Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2015.

Equally outspoken as he is talented, antics like bum-rushing the stage during pop star Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to praise Beyoncé have made him a polarizing figure. Yet the headline-grabbing moments have done little to diminish his popularity within the hip-hop community, with albums like Late Registration, 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus being hailed as modern-day classics. However, the past few years have been particularly turbulent for Kanye West, with the status of his mental health dominating headlines and his political stances given even his most devoted supporters cause to pause.

Hate him or love him, Kanye West continues to command the attention of the music world and beyond, with his recently released solo album, Ye, as well as Kids See Ghosts, his collaborative album with Kid Cudi. Critics and fans alike have had both LPs in heavy rotation with the former being released just last week and the latter arriving today, making them among the most buzzworthy albums of 2018. With all that the G.O.O.D. Music mastermind has on his plate, as well as his contributions to hip-hop, it’s only right that we wish Kanye West happy birthday, as the production and rap god turns 41 years old today (June 8).

In celebration of Yeezy’s 41st birthday, XXL highlights 41 of the Louis Vuitton Don’s greatest hits and fan favorites.

  • “Through the Wire”

    Kanye West

  • “Two Words”

    Kanye West featuring Mos Def, Freeway and The Boys Choir of Harlem

  • “Slow Jamz”

    Kanye West featuring Twista and Jamie Foxx

  • “Spaceship”

    Kanye West featuring GLC and Consequence

  • “Get Em High”

    Kanye West featuring Talib Kweli and Common

  • “Jesus Walks”

    Kanye West

  • “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”

    Kanye West

  • “Gold Digger”

    Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

  • “Heard ‘Em Say”

    Kanye West featuring Adam Levine

  • “Touch the Sky”

    Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco

  • “We Major”

    Kanye West featuring Nas and Really Doe

  • “Hey Mama”

    Kanye West

  • “Crack Music”

    Kanye West featuring The Game

  • “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”

    Kanye West

  • “Stronger”

    Kanye West

  • “Good Life”

    Kanye West featuring T-Pain

  • “Flashing Lights”

    Kanye West featuring Dwele

  • “I Wonder”

    Kanye West

  • “Everything I Am”

    Kanye West

  • “Blood on the Leaves”

    Kanye West

  • “Power”

    Kanye West

  • “Heartless”

    Kanye West

  • “Amazing”

    Kanye West featuring Jeezy

  • “Paranoid”

    Kanye West featuring Mr. Hudson

  • “So Appalled”

    Kanye West featuring Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Pusha-T, Cyhi the Prynce and RZA

  • “Devil in a New Dress

    Kanye West featuring Rick Ross

  • “Christian Dior Denim Flow”

    Kanye West featuring Kid Cudi, Pusha-T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie

  • “Looking for Trouble”

    Kanye West featuring Pusha-T, Big Sean, CyHi Da Prynce and J. Cole

  • “Runaway”

    Kanye West featuring Pusha-T

  • “Monster”

    Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver

  • “All of the Lights”

    Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi

  • “Lost in the World”

    Kanye West featuring Bon Iver

  • “Niggas in Paris”

    Kanye West and Jay-Z

  • “Mercy”

    Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha-T and 2 Chainz

  • “Black Skinhead”

    Kanye West

  • “Bound 2”

    Kanye West

  • “New God Flow”

    Kanye West featuring Pusha-T and Ghostface Killah

  • “30 Hours”

    Kanye West

  • “Wolves”

    Kanye West

  • “Highlights”

    Kanye West

  • “Fade”

    Kanye West

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