Top 24 Best Kendrick Lamar Songs (2023)

Hip-hop, much like America itself, is rarely a meritocracy. More often than not, the artist who combines a lithe, unpredictable delivery with clever writing and the consciousness-expanding ethos of KRS-One and Rakim is not the same artist who goes platinum. They’re not the same artist who headlines Coachella and possesses the cross-generational reach to be bumped by middle-aged law professors (for instance, Barack Obama). And yet in 2017 it is indisputable that Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive — and also the biggest.

Kendrick is a student of history without being beholden to it. His musical DNA contains within it the LA beat scene, West Coast lyrical miracle types such as Ras Kass and Freestyle Fellowship, the G-Funk of Dr. Dre and DJ Quik, jazz, funk, soul and rock and roll. Unlike many, his music does not reflect pop but instead projects it — simply by dint of his stature, whatever type of music he happens to be making at the time becomes the style du jour.

His album “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” revived the notion of the rap record as storytelling device; his follow-up “To Pimp a Butterfly” flooded the pop culture sphere with radical blackness. “DAMN.,” Kendrick's latest effort, might be his best yet. In many ways it’s a synthesis of his previous work, amplifying his dedication to artistic boldness in a way that furthers his dominance over hip-hop at large. To celebrate the eternal domination of Kung Fu Kenny, take a stroll through the best songs from Kendrick's past and present.

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24. "Poetic Justice" (feat. Drake)

Before Kendrick started indulging in idle potshots at America’s favorite Canadian rapper (with a wink on "King Kunta"; with jarring directness on "Control"), Drake offered Kendrick a guest verse for this "good kid, m.A.A.d." city alley-oop of a Janet Jackson-sampling slow jam.

23. "Vice City" (Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul)

This Cardo-produced Black Hippy posse cut is the aural equivalent of a Dali painting. Kendrick sets the tone, letting his vocals nearly melt into the disorienting instrumental. The rest of Black Hippy follows suit, making for one of the trippiest displays of lyrical acumen this side of "Beat Bop."

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22. "i"

Self-love is important, and sometimes reminding people to love themselves is important too. That’s the rationale behind Kendrick’s feel-good single "i," which too many dismissed as Kendrick trying to craft a pop smash in the vein of Pharrell’s "Happy." But where "Happy" was all smiles and gigantic hat memes, the whirring psychedelia and kinetic vocals of "i" give the track a distinct edge. It’s less a message of sunny optimism and more an acknowledgment that yes, the world is hell, but you can make a bad situation a little better by being OK with who you are.

21. "King Kunta"

Another single off "To Pimp a Butterfly," "King Kunta" is all pastiche — a bit of James Brown’s "The Payback" here, a LOT of DJ Quik’s beat for Mausberg's "Get Nekkid" there, the "yams" metaphor from Ralph Ellison’s novel "Invisible Man" used for framing and a fuzzy guitar solo that would have made P-Funk’s Eddie Hazel proud. But it’s brilliant pastiche, a commitment to self-determination in realness in a world marred by the untrue.

The latest entry in Kendrick’s multi-part “The Heart” series found Kendrick laying waste to the fakers and fools who populate the hip-hop industry. “Don’t tell a lie on me, I won’t tell the truth ‘bout you,” he chants on the hook, laying waste to culture vultures and Donald Trump, and putting every rapper who ever doubted him on notice.

19. "Live Again" (Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar and CurT@!n$)

Though "Live Again" showed up on Schoolboy Q’s "SetBacks," it’s more of a Kendrick track than anything else. That’s Kendrick on the hook and his leadoff verse sets the ominous, world-weary tone. "George Bush got some nerve, fuck a war, we’re trying to serve," he raps with unsmiling determination, positioning himself at the nexus of street savvy and political urgency. Meanwhile, he offers a sly tease with the line, "Lord forbid, for the good kid, they took his life," foreshadowing "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," Kendrick’s landmark hip-hop Bildungsroman waiting just around the corner.

18. "untitled 01 | 08.19.2014"

Ironically, Kendrick's B-sides collection "untitled unmastered," which he released on a whim earlier this year, is actually one of his most cohesive works to date. Kendrick’s always had a kinship with jazz, but on "untitled unmastered" he uses his voice for flights of impromptu rap prowess. On the record’s breakneck opener, Kendrick renders catastrophes like global warming, 9/11 and Flight 370 as signs of the end times.

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17. "Money Trees"

DJ Dahi flips Beach House’s makeout-playlist staple "Silver Soul" into a slow-motion soundscape for Kendrick to rap about riding around Los Angeles with his homies, listening to E-40 and swapping freaky tales before settling upon a prospective lick in a fancy neighborhood. It’s a track about the powerful pull of money, exemplified by Kendrick’s story and hammered home by Jay Rock’s blunt-force closing verse.

16. "Never Catch Me" (Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus are a match made in heaven, as FlyLo’s frenetic, free-associative instrumental spurs Kendrick to drop some of his most abstract and metaphysically minded verses. According to an interview FlyLo gave to "Rolling Stone," Kendrick recorded the track at the influential LA producer’s house and later was so tickled with the results that he asked to keep the track for himself.

15. "A.D.H.D."

In Kendrick’s 2011 breakout "A.D.H.D.," the young rapper weaves a tapestry of romance and woe whose conceptual wizardry is reminiscent of something Phillip K. Dick might have dreamt up if he’d been a straight-edge millennial rapper. Boy meets girl at party, boy goes back to girl’s apartment, girl shuts boy down. It’s Kendrick’s rolling, multisyllabic pyrotechnics that carry the day, hammering home the witty, unpredictable talent and natural game hidden within the rapper’s shy persona.

14. “DUCKWORTH”

No matter how big Kendrick Lamar gets, he’ll always be a product of the underground, as proven by "DAMN.’s" closing track “DUCKWORTH.” The beat is provided by 9th Wonder, who cut his teeth as a member of North Carolina true-schoolers Little Brother. Here, he shuffles blunted samples around for Kendrick to wax poetic over. The track tells the story of a young man inspired by hard times to rob a KFC, only to have second thoughts at the last second because the guy behind the counter was too nice to go through with it. “Life is one funny motherfucker,” Kendrick raps — turns out the would-be robber eventually went on to to head Kendrick's label and the KFC clerk, well, he was Kendrick’s Dad.

13. "Swimming Pools (Drank)"

It’s a ballsy move to make your first major single a party song about how drinking will ruin your life, yet that’s exactly what Kendrick Lamar did in the lead-up to "good kid, m.A.A.d. city." The track’s hook and T-Minus-produced instrumental were both so undeniably massive that they obscured the 18th Amendment-rehashing verses. The fact that the song was a hit at all is subversive in its own way, Kendrick infiltrating the machine in order to dismantle it from the inside.

12. "untitled 05 | 09.21.2014" (feat. Jay Rock)

Kendrick Lamar is such an effective voice within hip-hop because he’s too thoughtful to preach or posit easy answers. Instead, he simply offers perspective. On this "untitled unmastered" track, Kendrick raps as the id and ego of a man who nearly commits a murder; his Black Hippy compatriot Jay Rock joins him for the final verse in which they offer perspective on institution-bred hopeless. In the hands of a lesser artist things could turn messy fast, but Kendrick inhabits these personas the same way a stage actor might, projecting his full-bodied fury as a quiet storm led by Thundercat’s bass rages around him.

11. "Rigamortis"

Tucked into the tail end of his 2011 album "Section.80," "Rigamortis" was one of Kendrick's first flashes of brilliance. The beat is little more than a horn loop and some drums, but it’s more than enough to give him the backdrop he needs to rev himself up to spit syllables at a blistering pace. Unlike too many showcases of technical skill, "Rigamortis" is genuinely fun. Kendrick’s voice sparkles with an enthusiasm that’s infectious.

10. "How Much a Dollar Cost"

This "To Pimp a Butterfly" track has developed a certain mythology around it and for good reason. It’s the moment on Kendrick's acclaimed album in which he literally meets God, after all, and President Obama declared the song his favorite of 2015. Then there was the identity of its anonymous producer LoveDragon — it was rumored to have been Kendrick’s backing band, an alter ego of TDE head honcho Top Dawg, or even a legend in disguise like D’Angelo or Dr. Dre. LoveDragon turned out to be a duo comprised of LA hip-hop stalwarts Terrace Martin and Josef Leimberg, which is less enticing than the idea of a secret Dr. Dre beat but makes the results no less thrilling.

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9. "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe"

Undoubtedly the most thoughtful song ever to contain the word "bitch" in its title, this "good kid" track is both an ode to solitude as well as an indictment of the hip-hop industrial complex. The violins on the lush, Sounwave-produced instrumental recall the distinct sound of Kanye West’s "Jesus Walks," whose sinner-saint dichotomy helped create the template for Kendrick’s nuanced world view.

8. "Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst"

The narrative centerpiece of "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" is by far the record’s most ambitious moment, with Kendrick's narrative voice jumping from the perspective of one Comptonite to another, relaying their stories with both journalistic objectivity and humanizing compassion.

7. "HUMBLE"

On every Kendrick Lamar album there’s at least one track meant to remind the world that Kendrick Lamar can rap anybody under the table over any beat. On "DAMN.," that responsibility fell to “HUMBLE,” which was essentially Kendrick saying to the world, “No, THIS is how you rap over a Mike Will Made-It beat.” The producer takes his signature piano plinks down an octave or two as Kendrick more or less disassembles the beat in front of our very ears, proving that anything you can do he can do better (and that when he’s rapping, you need to sit down and/or be humble).

6. "The Blacker the Berry"

Most of the time, Kendrick tones down his revolutionary rhetoric in service of whatever track he’s working on, often manifesting subliminally within his careful character studies of those society has left behind. He cranks his righteous sense of rebellion to 11 on "The Blacker the Berry," which serves as a vital moment on "To Pimp a Butterfly." The album critiques the system through deconstructing hip-hop’s conventions and refusing to play by the genre’s rules, but "The Blacker the Berry" is the moment when Kendrick launches into an all-out mutiny against the system.

5. "Cartoon & Cereal (feat. Gunplay)"

There’s little else out there like this loosie, which was released in the build-up to "good kid, m.A.A.d city." It begins with stuttering, pitched-up abstractions until guest rapper Gunplay gate-crashes the art-rap party, lurching and swelling for nearly seven minutes. Kendrick’s holistic approach helps the deceptively thoughtful but often over-rowdy Gunplay focus his mania, creating an unlikely pairing that goes together like cartoons and … oh, you know the rest.

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4. "Backseat Freestyle"

It seemed that from the very moment Kendrick stepped onto the scene, he was hailed as an important new voice within the real of hip-hop, an artist who possessed both the virtuosity and sheer vision it takes to move the genre forward. "But," asked the (unwashed, basement-dwelling) masses, "Does he have bangers?" Enter "Backseat Freestyle," a song so massive that it sonically steamrolls everything that comes between it and your ears.

3. "DNA"

Over little more than a thundering bassline and a sparse guitar loop, Kendrick Lamar revels in the multiplicities his work presents — going from rags to riches; hanging with gang-bangers to winning Grammys. The track’s music video, which finds Don Cheadle mimicking Kendrick's distinctive movements in front of the rapper’s face, is perhaps his best.

2. "Control" (Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica")

Like Kendrick’s West Coast O.G. E-40 once said, sometimes your greatest weapon can be the element of surprise. And what more unlikely a vehicle for announcing your hostile takeover of the rap game than a guest verse on a Big Sean song? That’s exactly what happened in 2013 when Kendrick hijacked Big Sean’s "Control" to diss damn near the entirety of hip-hop by name, including Sean and Jay Electronica, the song’s other guest. Kendrick’s verse was both a mage-level troll and a showboating lyrical exercise, an open challenge to any and all comers to best him, delivered with a confidence that indicated Kendrick already knew nobody was going to come close.

1. "Alright"

"Alright" is truly an anthem for our times: A forceful, confident and determined protest song for those whose problems are so vast that it’s almost impossible to enumerate them. Its chant of "We gon’ be alright" became the de facto slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement and its beat, featuring production from Pharrell and Sounwave, along with sax from Terrace Martin, felt like a path toward a new day.

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FAQs

What is Kendrick Lamar most played song? ›

Kendrick Lamar: Most streamed tracks (EAS)
  • Don't Wanna Know [Features] – 511,000. ...
  • Alright [To Pimp a Butterfly] – 454,000. ...
  • Poetic Justice [Good Kid, M.A.A.D City] – 403,000. ...
  • Element [Damn] – 399,000. ...
  • Bad Blood [Features] – 371,000. ...
  • The Greatest [Features] – 358,000. ...
  • Backseat Freestyle [Good Kid, M.A.A.D City] – 342,000.
20 May 2022

How many #1 songs does Kendrick have? ›

Lamar has now charted 69 career Hot 100 entries, including two No. 1s, 12 top 10s and 40 top 40 hits.

Has Kendrick Lamar ever had a number 1 song? ›

The album spawned the singles "Humble", "Loyalty" and "Love", which all reached the top 15 of the US Billboard Hot 100, with "Humble" becoming his first number-one single in the United States as a lead artist.
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Kendrick Lamar discography
Singles65
Soundtrack albums1
Mixtapes5
Promotional singles3
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How many Top 10 hits does Kendrick Lamar have? ›

5); “Silent Hill,” with Kodak Black (No. 7); and “United In Grief” (No. 8). Lamar ups his career total to 12 top 10 hits on the chart.

What is the #1 most played song? ›

Spotify Top 100 Most-Streamed Songs
MUSICSTREAMS
1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You3223393957
2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights3128061347
3. Tones And I – Dance Monkey2642704868
4. Post Malone, 21 Savage – rockstar2489462596
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1 Sept 2022

What is the number 1 hit song of all time? ›

Top 10 songs of all time (1958–2021)
RankSingleYear(s) released
1."Blinding Lights"2019
2."The Twist"1960, 1961 ( re )
3."Smooth"1999
4."Mack the Knife"1959
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Who is the #1 rapper? ›

Top 10 Best Rappers of All Time
PositionRapperTop Strength
1EminemCharisma
2Tech N9neFlow
3Chali 2naMultisyllabic Rhymes
4Jay-ZAuthenticity
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4 Aug 2022

What rapper has the most #1 hits? ›

1 Hits. Drake has tallied 11 No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 in his career, the most among rappers. Among all artists, though, he's tied with Whitney Houston for the seventh-most, after The Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (19), Rihanna (14), Michael Jackson (13), The Supremes and Madonna (12 each).

Who wrote the most #1 hit songs? ›

The most successful songwriters in terms of number one singles are John Lennon (1940-80) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 Jun 1942).

Who is the best rapper in the world? ›

  • #1 Jay-Z.
  • #2 Lil Wayne.
  • #3 Kanye West.
  • #4 Kendrick Lamar.
  • #5 Notorious B.I.G.
  • #6 Tupac Shakur.
  • #7 Dr. Dre.
  • #8 Snoop Dogg.

What are Kendrick Lamar's most popular songs? ›

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Which rapper has the most Top 10 hits? ›

Throughout his career, Drake has now charted 54 top 10 hits, by far the most among all artists.

Who has had a #1 hit every decade? ›

Cher's career as a recording artist spans seven decades and she is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

What rapper has the most top 100 hits? ›

The Quality Control Music recording artist is only behind Drake (233), Lil Wayne (173), Future (123), Nicki Minaj (118), Kanye West (109), Jay-Z (102), and Eminem (91). Since 2018, seven of Lil Baby's Hot 100 hits have peaked in the Top 10.

Who has had the most top 100 hits? ›

During the time period from 2012 to 2020, Drake was the top performer in the charts, with 41 songs in the Billboard Top 100. Ranking in joint second place were Rihanna and Nicki Minaj with 21 songs each, followed by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber with 18 in total.

Who is #2 on Spotify? ›

Artist Ranking on Spotify

With Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake, and Justin Beiber in 2nd to 5th position, respectively.

What are the top 3 songs of all time? ›

Top 10 Best Songs of All Time
  • 1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. ...
  • 2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin. ...
  • 3 Imagine - John Lennon. ...
  • 4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana. ...
  • 5 One - Metallica. ...
  • 6 Hotel California - Eagles. ...
  • 7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd. ...
  • 8 Hey Jude - The Beatles.

Who is #1 on Spotify right now? ›

Justin Bieber is the number 1 artist on Spotify thanks to his rapidly growing monthly listeners. Bieber broke a Spotify record in August 2021 with 83.3 million listens in August.

Who has the longest number 1 single? ›

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus holds the overall record of 19 weeks. Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, and One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, each reigned for 16 weeks. As It Was spent 10 weeks at number one in the UK between April and June.

Who has the most #1 albums? ›

  • As a musician, Paul McCartney has the most number-one albums, with 27. This includes 19 albums from his work with The Beatles, 3 solo albums, and 5 albums as a part of his 1970s group Wings. ...
  • Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have number 1 albums in six different decades.

Who is the top 5 rappers? ›

Best Rappers of All Time
  1. 2Pac. Tupac Amaru Shakur also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper. ...
  2. Eminem. ...
  3. The Notorious B.I.G. ...
  4. Jay-Z. ...
  5. Nas. ...
  6. Rakim. ...
  7. Kendrick Lamar. ...
  8. Lil Wayne.

Who is the fastest rapper alive? ›

The fastest rapper in the English language is US artist Ab-Soul, rapping 8.31 seconds per second on average. The fastest Italian artist is Shiva, who raps an impressive 6.33 syllables per second on average. Puerto Rican artist Kendo Kaponi is the fastest in Spanish, rapping an average of 6.11 syllables per second.

Who sold most albums ever? ›

Top-selling artists worldwide as of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.

What rapper has the most Grammys? ›

Jay Z took home his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life for 1998. Currently tied with Kanye West, Jay Z holds the distinction of rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history.

What rapper sold the most albums? ›

Eminem. Eminem is the best-selling rapper in history. With over 200 million records sold, he is also the 6th best-selling solo music artist of all time. Growing up in Detroit, Marshall Mathers aka Eminem started his rap career at the age of 16.

Who has the greatest hits of all time? ›

Here's the list's top 10:
  • 1: Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
  • 2: Public Enemy — “Fight The Power”
  • 3: Sam Cooke — “A Change is Gonna Come”
  • 4: Bob Dylan — “Like A Rolling Stone”
  • 5: Nirvana — “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • 6: Marvin Gaye — “What's Going On”
  • 7: The Beatles — “Strawberry Fields Forever”
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Who is the most famous singer of all time? ›

Top 10 Best Singers of All Time
RankSingerGenre
1Michael JacksonPop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, Disco, & Dance
2Stevie WonderSoul, Pop, R&B, Funk, & Jazz
3Marvin GayeSoul, R&B, Funk, Pop, & Jazz
4Freddie MercuryHard Rock, Music Hall, Glitter, & Prog Rock
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What was the first #1 hit? ›

However, “Poor Little Fool” will forever have a place in musical history because it was the first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Who is the most respected rapper? ›

fame is defined by the % of people who have heard of a rap & hiphop music artist. Find out more
  • 1 Snoop Dogg97%
  • 2 Kanye West96%
  • 3 Eminem94%
  • 4 Ice Cube94%
  • 5 Jay-Z93%
  • 6 Vanilla Ice92%
  • 7 MC Hammer91%
  • 8 50 Cent90%

Who is the king of rap of all time? ›

King Of Rap is a highly honorable title that is hard to associate with only one hip-hop artist as there are countless hip-hop artists and enthusiasts today. However, there is one name that is respected and appreciated by almost all different branches of hip-hop; Eminem.

Who is best alive rapper? ›

Beats, Rhymes & Lists
  • Drake (It's boring, but his 10th week album sales are comparing with everyone's first week LOL)
  • Tyler (classic album)
  • Kanye (Donda is a masterpiece and will be appreciated 10 years from now)
  • J. Cole (Not a big Cole fan but his album was cool)
  • Don Toliver (Great sophmore album)

Is Kendrick the king of rap? ›

Lamar has been branded as the "new king of hip hop" numerous times. Forbes said, on Lamar's placement as hip hop's "king", "Kendrick Lamar may or may not be the greatest rapper alive right now.

What is Kendrick Lamar's fastest rap? ›

10 FASTEST Kendrick Lamar Verses - YouTube

What is the number one rap song ever? ›

1. 'Tha Shiznit' by Snoop Doggy Dogg. Bottom line: The greatest rap song of all time wasn't even released as a single when Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album came out in 1993, which did nothing to dampen its popularity among the tracks initially or as the years wore on.

What rapper is number 1 on Billboard 2022? ›

Billboard Music Awards 2022: Complete winners list. The Billboard Music Awards named Drake top artist, male artist, rap artist, rap male artist and rap album for "Certified Lover Boy."

What rapper has the most song? ›

Lil B has claimed to have over 7,000 songs recorded; not all of which have been released as of yet. Which rapper's flow is the best in the worldwide level?

Who is the most streamed rapper of all time? ›

From Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem to Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion, here are the 50 most streamed rappers of all time.
  1. Drake. What is this? ...
  2. Eminem. Streams as a lead artist: 29,916,657,227. ...
  3. Kanye West. What is this? ...
  4. Juice WRLD. What is this? ...
  5. XXXTentacion. ...
  6. Travis Scott. ...
  7. Kendrick Lamar. ...
  8. Future.
24 Aug 2022

Who had 7 consecutive #1 hits? ›

Music historians cite Whitney's record-setting achievements: the only artist to have seven consecutive number one Billboard Hot 100 hits ("Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do ...

Who is the youngest number one hit? ›

The youngest person ever to top the US charts is Stevie Wonder, who was 13 when he hit Number One with 'Fingertips Pt 2' in 1963.

What singer has a #1 hit in the last 4 decades? ›

Mariah Carey Confirmed As The First Artist To Top The Billboard Hot 100 Chart Across Four Decades. WATCH GRAMMY LIVE!

Who has the most hip-hop #1 albums? ›

American rapper, Shawn Corey Carter popularly known by his stage name Jay Z, holds the record of the most number one albums by a solo artist in history.

Who has the most #1 rock hits? ›

With a total of 18 songs, Shinedown hold the record for the most number-ones songs.

Who is the best rapper billboard? ›

Winners and nominees (1997-present)
YearArtistNominees
2017DrakeDesiigner Future J. Cole Rae Sremmurd
2018Kendrick LamarDrake Lil Uzi Vert Migos Post Malone
2019DrakeCardi B Juice Wrld Post Malone Travis Scott
2020Post MaloneDaBaby Juice Wrld Lil Nas X Roddy Ricch
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What is the biggest selling song of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What is the longest song ever recorded as Top 10 songs? ›

The longest song to ever make it into the top 10 was "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. It was released in 1968 and clocked in at 7 minutes and 11 seconds.

Who has the most Top 40 hits of all time? ›

In a very distant first place when looking at which musicians have charted the most top 40 hits on the Hot 100 is Drake.

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What are Kendrick Lamar's most popular songs? ›

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Who has the most #1 songs rap? ›

HASN'T BROKEN: Most No.

Drake has tallied 11 No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 in his career, the most among rappers.

Who wrote the most #1 hit songs? ›

The most successful songwriters in terms of number one singles are John Lennon (1940-80) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 Jun 1942).

What is Kendrick Lamar most famous for? ›

Kendrick Lamar, in full Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, (born June 17, 1987, Compton, California, U.S.), American rapper who achieved critical and commercial success with such albums as good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).

What is the #1 rapper? ›

Top 10 Best Rappers of All Time
PositionRapperTop Strength
1EminemCharisma
2Tech N9neFlow
3Chali 2naMultisyllabic Rhymes
4Jay-ZAuthenticity
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4 Aug 2022

Is Kendrick the king of rap? ›

Lamar has been branded as the "new king of hip hop" numerous times. Forbes said, on Lamar's placement as hip hop's "king", "Kendrick Lamar may or may not be the greatest rapper alive right now.

What is Kendrick Lamar's fastest rap? ›

10 FASTEST Kendrick Lamar Verses - YouTube

Who is the most listened to rapper ever? ›

From Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem to Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion, here are the 50 most streamed rappers of all time.
  1. Drake. What is this? ...
  2. Eminem. Streams as a lead artist: 29,916,657,227. ...
  3. Kanye West. What is this? ...
  4. Juice WRLD. What is this? ...
  5. XXXTentacion. ...
  6. Travis Scott. ...
  7. Kendrick Lamar. ...
  8. Future.
24 Aug 2022

Who is the best rapper in the world? ›

  • #1 Jay-Z.
  • #2 Lil Wayne.
  • #3 Kanye West.
  • #4 Kendrick Lamar.
  • #5 Notorious B.I.G.
  • #6 Tupac Shakur.
  • #7 Dr. Dre.
  • #8 Snoop Dogg.

What rapper has the most Grammys? ›

Jay Z took home his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life for 1998. Currently tied with Kanye West, Jay Z holds the distinction of rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history.

Who has the greatest hits of all time? ›

Here's the list's top 10:
  • 1: Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
  • 2: Public Enemy — “Fight The Power”
  • 3: Sam Cooke — “A Change is Gonna Come”
  • 4: Bob Dylan — “Like A Rolling Stone”
  • 5: Nirvana — “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • 6: Marvin Gaye — “What's Going On”
  • 7: The Beatles — “Strawberry Fields Forever”
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Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.

Who is Kendrick Lamar's favorite rapper? ›

The first name that Kendrick plucked out was Jay-Z, but he did make it clear that his list wasn't in any particular order. Jay is an artist that not only played a part in Lamar's formative years, but the New York rapper continues to influence him to this day.

What is Kendrick Lamar salary? ›

His “DAMN” tour grossed more than $40 million and his upcoming tour for his newly released album Mr Morale and The Big Steppers is likely to yield a similar sum, proving just how popular Lamar is globally. The Compton born rapper is said to earn an impressive $18 million a year, which is over $50,000 a day!

Is Kendrick Lamar a genius? ›

His major-label début, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” was deemed an “instant masterpiece”; his most recent release, “D.A.M.N.,” an “instant classic.” He has been hailed as a “literary genius” and a visual one.

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