If Kanye West is allowed to continually update his new album, I’m allowed to republish this list. As before, the same Kanye rules apply (he must say a word on a song for it to count, and skits don’t count at all), but now every song from new album The Life Of Pablo is on this ridiculous list.*
I also haven’t counted any songs that are yet to have a commercial release, which means the leaks, including the All Day remix featuring Kendrick Lamar and the proper version of Wolves, are unavailable to rank.
I hope you can get to sleep tonight with that knowledge. Enjoy.
*Pablo songs are the ones in italics. And also orange.
This is disgusting. Everything about it makes me want to rip my own eyes out.
Why does this exist? In what world did somebody think either this was a good idea, or that it would add anything to anybody?
Anyone but Mr Hudson please.
Probably the worst Kanye has ever been at singing.
Sounds like somebody drowned a decent song in the bath.
268 – Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom) – Remix (N.E.R.D, Lupe Fiasco, Pusha T, Kanye West)
The intro saved this from being bottom 5. It’s shite. Also, why would you send a diss track to Nike?
The Nadir Of Pablo. This sounds unfinished, unneeded and messy. Don’t bother.
The beat on this goes through me, and not in a nice way.
It’s still awful, it still shouldn’t have made the album in whatever form. It gains points for having a slightly better beat than the original, but loses nearly as many by ruining the sample at the beginning with that “CHA-CHARLIE HEET” shit.
Who the fuck are the Teriyaki Boyz and why do they have more collaborations with Kanye than Eminem?
This is average to disappointing. This mini-review is as empty as the song itself.
It’d be all well and good if this was actually West’s song. But for sheer laziness and nicking an entire verse of a song that hadn’t even come out yet (Desiigner’s Panda) this doesn’t deserve a Top 200 spot.
Pointless remix. Kanye loves a pointless remix.
As funny as DJ Khaled might be on Snapchat, you remember that this is what he gets paid for, and it’s by and large completely awful. Drags everybody down with him.
Where have I heard the start of that song before, eh?
Had the potential to be the best song on Pablo. It should rip through you, and it would, if it had a recognisable bassline. Instead, it’s only memorable because it made me look up post Malone and see what he looks like.
Worst song on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which in most cases would be an insult. Not too much wrong with this, just falls behind massively high standards.
Mr Hudson can still piss off though.
What a stupid title. I love it.
Looks fantastic on paper, becomes a sort of open mic session for incredibly successful rappers in practise.
It’s grown on me quite a lot in the short time it’s been out, but that horrible Ray J line, which is one of the worst I’ve ever heard, limits it’s potential.
Kanye with the Mr Steal Your Girl moves.
125 – All Of The Lights – (Kanye West, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, The-Dream, Tony Williams, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson, Ryan Leslie, Elly Jackson)
First half of this song standalone would probably have got Top 50. A pity then that it envelopes into a rather awkward couple of closing minutes.
One of many cases of Kanye’s production bringing out the best in others.
Mr West’s first commercial song, released back in 1996. He starts at 42 seconds in, in case you don’t recognise him. He raps like Ghostface Killah!
DASSJUSTDAWAVVVEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Grateful to Chance the Rapper for pushing to get this on the album, but it’s nothing more than decent.
The most meme-worthy song on The Life Of Pablo is by no means it’s best, but it doesn’t commit thievery like it’s sequel, and has just as much 2016 Future in it that I will allow. Well done.
“I’ma fix Wolves”, Kanye said. Well, about 4 versions later from it’s unassuming original release, Wolves currently has Vic Mensa (like it should), Sia (but not how I wanted her), and Frank Ocean is subjected to his own shitty little 38 second verse/song. A complete mess of a song, which is a shame considering how good one of the versions I’ve heard was.
The Bam Bam is incredible. Otherwise a very generic song, I just can’t get enough of the Bam Bam. Listen to the fucking Bam Bam!
One of the biggest things that Kanye has ever done is aging reasonably well.
Why do people hate 808’s and Heartbreak when it has stuff like this 😦
He brought the best out in Future! Wonders will never cease.
As much as I like this, how hard is it to mouth “Uh huh, honey”, Kim?
What is essentially a throwaway song became both the saviour of UK Grime and the best thing to happen at the Brits in over a decade. Impressive.
This is what you call a non-pointless remix, ‘Ye. Do more of this.
If Kanye and Abel’s first collaboration is anything to go by, in a couple of years I’m going to want a full on joint album. The production on this strangely heartfelt song is top tier.
Simply the best thing Nicki Minaj has or ever will do musically. She absolutely makes this song, I’d give her a Grammy just for that verse.
Very under the radar song on what was in the end a very under-par album.
Is there a better intro song on a rap album, and will there ever be?
20 – American Boy – (Estelle, Kanye West)
Kanye should go on big, lengthy verses more often. He’s quite good at them.
The most recognisable thing he’s ever done, and one of the best.
The first Kanye West song I ever liked.
Where are you Frank, seriously? Makes what should be an average song spectacular.
The sound that so many had waited to hear arrived a week after the shitheap that was Facts. Kanye was back, and just how we wanted him to be. Also back in the halycon days before the clusterfuck of the album release for TLOP itself.
Yeezus’s dirtiest track, it rumbles along as the musical equivalent of a tsunami.
10 – Everything I Am – (Kanye West, DJ Premier)
“Kanye’s an egotistical, selfish bellend who thinks he is a God”.
Listen to this before having that judgement please.
9 – New Slaves – (Kanye West)
Best outro to a song on this list, if not ever. It’s that good.
8 – No Church In The Wild – (Jay Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean)
Seriously Frankie, you need to get your arse in gear and at least pop your head out and say hi or something. We all miss you.
7 – Lost In The World – (Kanye West, Bon Iver)
This is the song I always go back to when I haven’t listened to Kanye in a while. It’s got so much to it it’s scary.
6 – Blood On The Leaves – (Kanye West)
Yeezus gets a bad rap, because when it’s good, it’s amazing. Blood On The Leaves is undoubtedly the best song on the album, as everything just clicks as it should.
5 – Ultralight Beam – (Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin)
4 – Heard ‘Em Say – (Kanye West, Adam Levine)
A forgotten classic. It seems to me to be the song that everybody likes but nobody remembers when they think of their favourite Kanye songs.
3 – Runaway – (Kanye West, Pusha T)
I really thought about putting this first, and many people would do. In a time where Kanye’s career had gone somewhat awry, what with him storming Taylor Swift acceptance speeches, and a President of America calling him a jackass. This was his apology letter, his statement of wrongdoing. It made up for everything.
2 – Devil In A New Dress – (Kanye West, Rick Ross)
The best of Kanye, in every sense. The production, the lyrics, the structure to it all. Even making Rick Ross sound like that has to be applauded. Simply stunning and a song that is near-perfect from start to finish.
1 – No More Parties In L.A – (Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar)
If you read the previous version of this list, you might remember that this song was on it. And it was 6th. I was very wrong. This is quintessential hip-hop to the core, it flows like it was woven rather than written. Kendrick and Kanye compliment each other on what is somehow their first ever collaboration. The Life Of Pablo could have just replaced the crap with identical versions of this and it’d be the best album of 2016. As it happens, Kanye West’s finest piece of work is somewhat tainted by being on arguably his least acclaimed album.