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Another Top 10 Drake Songs

VO: Adrian Sousa WRITTEN BY: Robbie Bart
Script by QV Hough He’s back, and so are we! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Drake Songs. For this list, we’re looking at the most popular songs from this Canadian artist, excluding all songs in which he is only featured as a guest.
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Another Top 10 Drake Songs


He’s back, and so are we! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Drake Songs.

For this list, we’re looking at the most popular songs from this Canadian artist, excluding all songs in which he is only featured as a guest.


#10: “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Single (2014)



This two-part track shows us Drake’s wide range between flexing and reflecting. In “0 to 100”, Drake takes the listener through various notable points of his career, taking credit as the author of his own success, as well as being a major player in the success of his peers. “The Catch Up” hits the listener with an abrupt shift in tone, but similar themes. Drake takes a much more introspective approach to his success in the rap game. The song appeared on several top 10 lists for 2014, receiving a great deal of critical acclaim.



#9: “Look What You’ve Done”
Take Care (2011)



While it is typical for rappers to make references to their past and give thanks to friends and family who were there before the fame, Drake’s entry in this genre stands out as a unique tribute to his mother and uncle. What makes this tribute special is Drake’s vulnerability, as he gives the  listener a view of his insecurities, his fights with his mother, and his issues with his father. Drake displays great maturity in showing himself flawed in his interactions with his mother, and sets an example for others to follow in suggesting that their mutual understanding would have remained, regardless of his success.



#8: “Gyalchester”
More Life (2017)


The ninth track from his 2017 album “More Life,” Gyalchester features a Drake’s typical focus on his legacy in the rap world. A central theme in the chorus is his wealth, his mortality, and the inevitability of his status as one of the greats; he points out that even if he were to die, his fame would only grow. This track reached a significant level of success, peaking at 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. It ended the year at 83 on the Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs, a fairly significant achievement for a song fairly deep into an album otherwise filled with hits.




#7: “Back to Back”
Single (2015)


The nuclear bomb of diss tracks, “Back to Back” put to rest a beef with Meek Mill before it even began. The conflict at the origin of this song began with a series of tweets from Meek Mill, alleging that Drake’s verse on Meek Mill’s “R. I. C. O.” was ghostwritten. Drake responded to these allegations with “Charged Up” and “Back to Back”, the latter of which decisively placed Drake in the public’s view as the winner of this beef. Lost in all of this is the fact that the alleged ghostwriter was credited on the album as a contributing writer. Not much of a ghost!



#6: “10 Bands”
If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015)


In case you haven’t noticed, Drake is rich. This is referenced in title of this song, as well as in the opening lines, which give the listener a sense of the exponential growth of Drake’s earnings: from ten thousand to a figure that would be rude to discuss at dinner. In this track, Drake details the often gruelling process behind his songwriting, mentioning more than once his week-long stays in the condo, a reference to the hard work that is needed to achieve the kind of wealth that he is bragging about.



#5: “One Dance”
Views (2016)


A significant foray into the dancehall genre after his feature on Rihanna’s “Work”, “One Dance” is a critically and commercially successful hit single from his 2016 album, “Views”. The song’s light rhythm and simple, yet accessible, narrative stand out from the previous entries from this list, highlighting Drake’s ability to pivot into genres that are tangentially related to rap, yet function in an entirely different way than a rap song does. “One Dance” was tremendously successful, as Drake’s first song as lead artist that reached the top spot on BIllboard’s Hot 100.


#4: “Jumpman”
What a Time to Be Alive (2015)


This song is an absolute banger. The term Jumpman is a reference to the silhouette image of Michael Jordan dunking that is used on the basketball legend’s signature shoes, and the song is appropriately filled with references to famous b-ball players. This collaboration with Future served as a single for the collaborative 2015 mixtape “What a Time to Be Alive”. The song reached number 12 on US Billboard Hot 100, and for good reason: as Taylor Swift can tell you, it is impossible to get out of your head.


#3: “Passionfruit”
More Life (2017)


The third track on his album “More Life,” “Passionfruit” features a beautiful dancehall beat from British producer Nana Rogues. Rogues manages to mix a sound that is simultaneously introspective and catchy; this song is appropriate for both a walk in the rain or a heated night on the dancefloor. Of course, the intersection of thoughtful and provocative moods is where Drake makes his money, and it is no surprise that he delivers with an appropriately soft spoken, yet provocative, vocal melody over Rogue’s grooving beats.




 

#2: “Hotline Bling”
Views (2016)

This 2015 earworm illustrates Drake’s ability to pivot into new sounds and formats without losing any of relevance or popularity as a rapper. A master of his public image, Drake’s self-depiction in this song is interestingly nuanced. The lyrics cast him as a jilted and controlling former lover, and the music video is just a bunch of silly dance moves. Yet this appears to have been a masterstroke, as the song’s popularity erupted, following the release of these extremely meme-able moves. “Hotline Bling” became Drake’s highest charting single of his career at number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, before being unseated by our top pick . . .


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Energy”
If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015)


“Over My Dead Body”
Take Care (2011)




“Too Good”
Views (2016)




#1: “God’s Plan”
Scary Hours (2018)


When Drake’s “Scary Hours” EP was released on January 19, 2018, it broke records for first-day streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. While the critical reception may not have been super strong, the commercial success of this track is undeniable: it debuted at the top spot on Billboard top 100, and would remain until unseated by . . . “Nice for What,” Drake’s following single. The video for the track documents Drake’s donating his music label’s almost million dollar budget for the video to various charities, shelters and people down on their luck in Miami. The song reflects variously on the influences behind his success, heaping praise on his producer Noah Shebib.






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