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The 10 Best Kanye West Songs

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Kanye West is an accomplished artist with various hit albums under his belt. West is a bold and creative spirit who continues to tinker with his sound. His albums range from soulful (College Dropout) to experimental (Yeezus). Let's look back at his catalog and take stock of his finest moments. Here's a list of the best Kanye West songs of all time...OF ALL TIME!!

10. "Gone"

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Album: Late Registration

Collaboration is the key here. Cam'ron turns in what's arguably the most impressive guest verse of his career; Consequence shows why Kanye loves collaborating with him; and Kanye brings it all together. From the production to the hook to the 16s, "Gone" clicks on all cylinders.

9. "Spaceship"

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Album: College Dropout

We've all been there. Rough day at the grind and a boss straight out of Office Space. Here, Kanye manages to take that empty feeling and fill it with new meaning. It's a gumbo of frustration, hope, uncertainty. It won't make you feel better, but it it's a reminder that we're all connected in more ways than we realize.

8. "Coming Home"

College Dropout Mixtape

Album: College Dropout Mixtape

Not to be confused with "Homecoming," the Chris Martin-aided version that eventually wound up on Graduation. "Coming Home," which first showed up on a pre-College Dropout mixtape, sports a different beat and John Legend delivers the hook. What makes the original song slightly superior to the Coldplayfied version is that it has more heart and rawness. It's like jean shorts and a t-shirt vs a tailor-made suit. Which would you choose on a hot, sunny day in Texas?

7. "We Major"

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Album: Late Registration

Kanye teams up with Nas for a slam dunk collaboration off his brilliant sophomore LP.

6. "Coldest Winter"

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Album: 808s & Heartbreak

Recorded shortly after Kanye lost his mother, "Coldest Winter" is a standout cut on 808s & Heartbreak. Kanye creates an experience that deeply penetrates the subconscious and leaves the listener with a visceral residue that sticks in one's brain long after the song has ended.

5. "Big Brother"

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Album: Graduation

Big Brother was a song Kanye had been dying to get off his chest for a while. He kicks back and reflects on his rise to fame, while tossing a few barbs at Jay-Z for biting his style.

4. "Diamonds From Sierra Leone"

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Album: Late Registration

Remember when Yeezy could rhyme like this? He makes it look easy here, as metaphors roll off his tongue with ease. Everything from the cinematic beat to Kanye's naked honesty made "Diamonds" such a great movie-on-wax moment. "You gotta love it that somebody still speaks from his soul." I wish he still did.

3. "Flashing Lights"

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Album: Graduation

Already a respected producer, Kanye West demonstrates his sonic range on "Flashing Lights." He doesn't disappoint on the mic either: "Martin with no Gina,” he quips on “Flashing Lights,” while Dwele rides shotgun.

 

2. "Through the Wire"

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Album: College Dropout

The first time I heard "Through the Wire," I knew I was experiencing something special. Kanye sounded like no one I had ever heard. That was due, in part, to the fact that he was rhyming through the wire. Literally.

1. "Jesus Walks"

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Album: College Dropout

Kanye West has never made a song as important as "Jesus Walks." Sure, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" comes close enough, but no other song in his catalog can rival the depth and nuances of "Jesus Walks." That it went on to become a huge commercial hit is even more perplexing. Such is the mark of a genius.

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