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Script by Mark Sammut There can never be TOO much Drake. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Songs from Drake's "Scorpion.”

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Top 10 Songs from Drake's "Scorpion"


There can never be TOO much Drake. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Songs from Drake's "Scorpion.”

For this list, we’re looking at the best cuts of Drake's record-breaking 25 song project. 
 
 

#10: “Blue Tint”


"Scorpion's" B-side moves along at a relatively laid-back pace, so some of the tracks have a habit of blending together. Among the album's final cuts, "Blue Tint" stands out due to its trap influence, which offers a welcome change of pace from the R&B and pop stylings that pervade the majority of the project's second half. Bolstered by a short but effective uncredited feature by Future, "Blue Tint's" lyrics repeat themes often covered by the Canadian rapper, but the entrancing instrumental more than makes up for a lack of lyrical originality.
 
 

#9: “Sandra's Rose”

 
Drake has never hesitated to get emotional and "Scorpion" is packed with jams that reference the rapper's personal life. Produced by the iconic DJ Premier, "Sandra's Rose" pays tribute to the musician's mother, while simultaneously serving as a small victory lap for Drake. Benefitting from the producer's trademark Preem-style beat, Drake's long verses address multiple topics but largely focus on lambasting other rappers who mock Drake's softer side while wishing to replicate his success. Almost serving as a prototypical Drake track, "Sandra's Rose" should be instantly accessible to most of the musician's fans.
 

#8: “8 Out of 10”

 
Leading up to "Scoprion's" release, Drake got into a feud with Pusha T, a rivalry that ended with the latter spilling the beans on Adonis, the Canadian's musician's illegitimate son. Generally, the album avoids mentioning this feud, but a handful of cuts try to soothe the flames by throwing some love towards Adonis. One of the more powerful and free-flowing cuts on the album, “8 Out of 10” finds Drizzy on a mission to avenge some personal slights, with the intro quickly setting the pace by responding to Kanye West's "No Mistakes" diss.

 

#7: “Emotionless”

 
In contrast with his contemporaries, Drake's music reaches a far wider audience, so satisfying everyone can be a tall order. Among the longest tracks on the project, "Emotionless" is a simultaneously hard-hitting and accessible epic that sees the rapper firing on all cylinders. Featuring the first official mention of Adonis and produced by 40 and No I.D., "Emotionless" intelligently samples Mariah Carey's "Emotions" to comment on the lasting impact of expectations and how trying to please everyone could lead to losing sight of what is truly important.
 

#6: “Summer Games”


Alongside boisterous tracks like "Started from the Bottom," spacy pop songs about romantic heartbreak are the rapper's bread and butter. In some ways, "Summer Games" is the quintessential Drake song, although 40 and No I.D.'s synth-heavy production does just enough to separate the tune from the crowd. Reminiscing about a summer fling that went down in flames, and the effects of the internet on relationships, the electro beat perfectly compliments Drake's singing, while the lyrics avoid the onset of monotony by switching things around with a late bridge.
 
 

#5: “In My Feelings”

 
With a hook that reads more like a love letter than anything else, this B-side track throws everything and the kitchen sink at the listener by heavily sampling Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and Magnolia Shorty's "Smoking Gun." Bolstered by an energetic and bouncy beat, Drake harmonizes well enough during the chorus and verses, but "In My Feelings" works mostly due to the track's sheer ambition. A lesser artist would have been overwhelmed by the samples, but Drake and his producers found a way to make all the pieces connect.

 

#4: “March 14”

 
After almost 90 minutes of tip-toeing around the subject, Drake dedicates the longest track on the album to his son Adonis. Singing over an unintrusive R&B instrumental, "March 14" is a direct continuation of "8 Out of 10," although the lyrics opt to omit any posturing to avoid undermining the song's sincerity. Hoping that Adonis will one day meet Drake's grandfather while explaining that the situation is complicated, "March 14" toes the line between hope and despair. In a refreshingly honest moment, Drake remarks on his own personal demons of being a single father.
 
 

#3: “After Dark” feat. Static Major & Ty Dolla $ign


Despite being spread across 25 tracks, "Scorpion" keeps the guest artists to a minimum. Spicing things up with a Spanish guitar riff that adds a bit of flavor to the pounding drum beat, Ty Dolla Sign and Drake join forces to pay respect to an unnamed girl that’s caught the eye of the rapper. Also featuring a posthumous appearance by Static Major, and an infectious hook, "After Dark" ramps up the sex factor with lyrics that paint quite a vivid picture of what Drake has planned for the night.
 
 

#2: “Nice for What”

 
"Scorpion's" second single can be found on the B-side and, probably, ranks as the best banger on the entire record. Despite being placed on the project's softer side, "Nice For What" is an unapologetic rap track set to Murda Beatz's phenomenal instrumental and features "Scorpion's" most impactful sample. Lauryn Hill automatically improves any song, but "Nice For What" stands on its own as a thoroughly engaging headbanger tailor-made for the dance floor.  A female empowerment anthem for the digital age, "Nice for What" is among Drake's best work.
 

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

“That's How You Feel”

“Talk Up” feat. Jay-Z
 

“Nonstop”



#1: “God's Plan”

 
Even if someone never listens to "Scorpion," there is a good chance that the first single will forever be ingrained in their skull. Debuting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, "God's Plan's" refusal to leave the charts guaranteed that "Scorpion" would be nothing short of a runaway success. Aided by a music video that shows Drake handing out wads of cash to random strangers, "God's Plan" proves that the Canadian musician has perfected the art of crafting easily-digestible pop bangers that, once heard, cannot be forgotten.
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