This article originally ran in in 2021, but we’re dusting it off for Drake’s birthday on October 24th.
Love him or hate him, Drake is like Thanos: Inevitable. Every album the Toronto rapper drops debuts at No. 1, takes over the Hot 100 chart and radio for months on end, and breaks streaming records.
While some part of Drake’s success is due to a knack for marketing, there’s no denying his universal appeal. The OVO boss himself once taunted former rival Meek Mill for “gettin’ bodied by a singin’ n****,” but categorizing him as a singing rapper is too simplistic.
As our list shows, the former Degrassi star offers everything from borderline cheesy earworms (“Hotline Bling”) to chest-thumping anthems (“Energy”) to celebratory tracks (“God’s Plan”) — not to mention toxic rambles like “Marvins Room.” While Drake will never be the best rapper alive, his versatility makes him one of a kind.
In celebration of his 36th birthday on Monday, October 24th — as well as the news that he’s dropping a joint album with 21 Savage titled Her Loss on Friday, October 28th — we’re revisiting Drizzy’s 10 best songs. Check out the full list below, and scroll to the end for a playlist of every track.
— Eddie Fu
New Music Editor