In honor of Kanye’s SNL performance tonight I’ve listed my 50 favorite Kanye West songs, including features and collaborations. Because of short notice, only the top ten have descriptions. Enjoy and debate.
50. DJ Khaled Feat. Kanye West, Consequence and John Legend – Grammy Family
49. John Legend feat. Kanye West – Number One
48. Rhymefest feat. Kanye West – Brand New
47. Common feat. Kanye West – Southside
46. Common feat. Kanye West and John Legend – They Say
45. Child Rebel Soldier (Kanye West, Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco) – Us Placers
44. Kanye West feat. Consequence – Hold On Remix
43. Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy
42. Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West and Neyo – Knock you down
41. Estelle feat Kanye West – American Boy
40. Chris Brown feat. Kanye West Drake and Andre 3000 – Deuces Remix
39. Kanye West – Heavy Hitters
38. Ma$e feat. Kanye West – Welcome Back Remix
37. Rihanna feat. Kanye West – Diamonds Remix
36. Kanye West feat. Beyonce, Big Sean and Charlie Wilson – See Me Now
35. Twista feat. Kanye West – Alright
34. Kanye West – Jesus Walks
33. Jay Z and Kanye West – Niggas In Paris
32. Jay Z and Kanye West – Gotta Have It
31. Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi and Raekwon – Gorgeous
30. Jay Z and Kanye West – Otis
29. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone
28. Kanye West – Hey Mama
27. Kanye West – Say You Will
26. Kid cudi feat. Kanye West – Erase Me
25. Kanye West – My Way
24. Kanye West – Murder to Excellence
23. Kanye West feat. Common and Talib Kweli – Get Em High
22. Kanye West feat. Ludacris – Breathe In Breathe Out
21. Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi – All of the Lights
20. Kanye West – Stronger
19. Jay Z feat. Kanye West and Rihanna – Run this Town
18. Dialated Peoples feat. Kanye West – This Way
17. Kanye West – Roses
16. Kanye West – The Glory
15. Kanye West – Good Morning
14. Kanye West – Heartless
13. Kanye West feat. Jay Z and J. Ivy – Never Let Me Down
12. Kanye West feat. Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Jay Z and Nicki Minaj – Monster
11. Kid Cudi feat. Kanye West – Make Her Say
10. Kanye West feat. Consequence and GLC – Spaceship
Ye talking about the time before he was famous will always sound funny now that he’s a superstar. The story of his job before music is pretty cool and the hook is great.
9. Talib Kweli Feat. Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, and Mos Def – Get By Remix
The epitome of the line “Made the beat then murdered it, Casey Anthony.”
8. Kanye West feat. Consequence and Cam’ron – Gone
The first two verses are great in their own right, but Kanye’s last verse is the best he’s ever spit in my opinion.
7. Pusha T feat. Kanye West – New God Flow
Kanye delivered his long sprawling verse full of knowledge, ignorance and quotables at the end of a couple great Pusha T verses on this track. What more can you ask for?
6. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
This song sets the mood for what is arguably Kanye’s best album. Can we get much higher?
5. Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson – All Falls Down
The first Kanye song I ever liked. Sounds brand new to this day.
4. Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Kanye’s first real street anthem and one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard.
3. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger
Kanye took his own style of soul sampling and flipped it on it’s head here. The most memorable song from Kanye’s early catalog.
2. Kanye West – Runaway
A really unorthodox song with an amazingly creative and innovative video, along with a dope Pusha T feature? This is Kanye’s version of an apology and it’s genuis.
1. Kanye West – Power
This song sums up everything Kanye is about. It really is THE Kanye West song of all Kanye West songs.