10 Best Drake Songs of All Time

Drake is one of the most important rapping humans of his generation. He balances the tear-in-your-beer sensitivity of "Marvin's Room" with the playground rowdiness of "Worst Behavior." One moment he's trading mean 16s with Lil Wayne, the next he's belting out melodic notes alongside Trey Songz. Drake's best songs are ultimately about life and love. He's always pushed the envelope of hip-hop masculinity. Here are the 10 best Drake songs of all time.

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"Dreams Money Can Buy"

Drake - Miss Me
Drake - Miss Me.

The pressure is on. The buzz around Take Care is mounting. Will he top Thank Me Later or will he fall off? Drake responds with the best answer possible: "Dreams Money Can Buy,"  one of several non-single tracks that paved the way for Take Care. "Just a piece of my story," Drake wrote on the blog that accompanied the track. It's a poignant story -- one of endless ambition, of utter domination, of being richer than rich enough. The haunting loop laced around Jai Paul's "BTSTU" gives it the feel of coming back from a sandy vacation hungrier than ever. And a warning shot to complacent idols: "My favorite rappers either lost it or ain't alive."

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Few things in life are as scary as coming into a lot of success in a short period. The fear here is one of uncertainty ("I think I'm scared of what the future holds.") With Drake's star shining brighter than ever, he pauses to ponder the other side: what if everything just went dark? That's a very real fear. Drake's catalog has its share of calculated moments, but "Fear" is genuinely naked and reflective. The songwriting, the production (via DJ Khalil), the hook, the artwork everything about "Fear" is perfect.

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"Worst Behavior"

Drake - Nothing Was the Same
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Drake is at once aggressive and playful on Nothing Was the Same standout, "Worst Behavior." This is what happens when that kid who got teased in school finally knuckles up.

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"5 AM in Toronto"

Drake - Successful. © Atlantic Records

What keeps Drake up at 5 a.m.? Claims that he's falling off? Snarky tweets about his wardrobe? Doesn't matter. As long as his flow is this vicious, he can wear all the Cosby sweaters he wants. History has shown that angry rappers make good music. I'll take Pissed off Drake over LL Cool Drake eight days of the week. 

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"Lord Knows"

"Lord Knows" plays a very specific role on Take Care. It's the rare anthem on album packed with sinewy tracks. It's the bold kid in a class full of timid tots. Backed by a triumphant Just Blaze beat, Drake throws the fridge at past greats, pondering how they'd've fared in "a time when it's recreation to pull all your skeletons out the closet like Halloween decorations." And that's before giving his own insecurity a bear hug. Meanwhile, Rozay kicks one of his best verses in recent memory. From the producer to the guest to the host, everyone came correct.

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"Going in for Life"


Drizzy at his lyrical peak, rhyming like his life depends on every bar. His fears peeled away, replaced by a confident demeanor. Peep game: "My foot is just solely meant for this shoe it fits in/Used to record in a basement that Rennie Grew was piffin'/When pops turned over keys like a new ignition/If Hov is Jordan, I guess I'm cool with Pippen/'til I mention that I wanna play a new position."

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"Best I Ever Had"

This is the one that started the Drizzy phenomenon. Without "Best I Ever Had," there's no "So Far Gone." And without So Far Gone, well, who knows. When this song dropped, it quickly became a sort of social media craze to quote the lyrics, especially this one: "Sweat pants, hair tied, chilling with no make up on." This track oozed out of every car, every club, every pop station in the country. It's still a club staple today.

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"Hold On, We're Going Home"

Drake - Hold on We're Going Home
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"Hold on We're Going Home" is a glorious moment for Drake. A statement of purpose: He appreciates the praise for his rapping but he wants to be remembered as a person who made great music in whatever genre you deem fit for him. He's revisiting Lauryn Hill's freaky virtuosity with a hint of Aaliyah's anachronism.

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" Marvin's Room"

This is quintessential Drake. Disparate elements of his passions--bass-heavy hip-hop, dreamy R&B, complicated emotions--swirling together on the same canvas. He's painted this portrait before, but "Marvin's Room" stands as the most memorable of the lovey-dovey bunch. He drunk-calls an ex and cops to those emotions most rappers experience but rarely admit to, and seems all the more likeable for it.

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"9 AM in Dallas"

Drake is at his best when the stakes are high. He raised the bar on "Forever" when he rhymed alongside Em and Yeezy. He squared up next to Hov. Twice. And in the days running up to his major debut, with expectations soaring, he reached inward and pulled out a firecracker, "9 AM in Dallas." All the ground work, the preparation, the obstacles, the success gave his mental strength a boost. In rap, survival is about confidence. Drake was riding on confidence. Backed by Boi-1da's propulsive beat, "9 AM in Dallas" announced Drake as the new challenger on the block. He was less concerned about being in the presence of greats and more immersed with the idea of becoming one himself.