10 Drake Songs That Have Aged Extremely Well
Drake, our iHeartRadio MMVA nominated artist, never ceases to break records and deliver world firsts. His most recent accomplishment? The Canadian rapper just became the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’re throwing it back to a selection of Drake songs we believe are timeless in their own right. Whether it’s 10 or 30 years from now, these are the songs we’ll still be bumping around the house and going out of our way to ask the youth of that generation, “whatchu know ‘bout this?”
In no particular order, here’s our list of 10 Drake songs that have aged extremely well. Happy streaming.
“Best I Ever Had”
Released in 2009, “Best I Ever Had” was the single that threw local Toronto Degrassi actor, Aubrey Graham, into the rap game. Drake’s rap debut song got a lot of radio play, thanks to a catchy melody and the caption-worthy line “sweatpants, hair-tied, chillin’ with no makeup on.”
Released in 2015, “Energy” is a highlight single off of Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late commercial mixtape. Produced by Canadian music producer Boi-1da and OB O’Brien, “Energy” features lines that many listeners suspected we aimed at other famous musicians. The song’s official video even features visuals that mimic music videos from Miley Cyrus and Kanye West.
“Hold On We’re Going Home”
Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” is a song that sparked many fan covers and renditions from the famous artist. Released in August of 2013, the song features vocals from Majid Jordan and was named the “Best Song of 2013” by Pitchfork Media.
Also released in 2013 was “Come Thru” a song off of Drake’s Deluxe Edition third studio album, Nothing Was The Same. “Come Thru” was one of the more underrated tracks from the album, but when listening to it today, we feel it deserves to make the list with Drake’s other hall of famers. As Drake tries to re-attract a former flame, the “Come Thru” beat changes halfway through the song, slowing down to reveal an overall crazy good production. The song was even covered by James Blake!
Though the song never received an official music video, “Fancy” was a song that transitioned well into the late summer of 2010. Appealing to his female fan-base, this song was pre-”Nice For What,” and praises women around the world for their beauty and independence. In 2010, the lyric “nails done, hair done, everything did” made its way into almost every female Drake fan’s Instagram caption.
In promotion of the Nothing Was The Same album, Drake released “The Motion” in 2013. The track features vocals from British singer-songwriter and producer, Sampha. It’s a wonder why the song didn’t make the final cut for the album, because it’s as good as good can get.
“Marvins Room” was the lead single from Drake’s second studio album, Take Care. In classic Drake fashion, the song follows the “In My Feelings” rapper as he contacts an ex-girlfriend to relay his frustrations and loneliness. In 2011, “Marvins Room” was remixed by JoJo, Chris Brown, Cody Simpson, and an abundance of other well-known musicians.
“Feel No Ways”
As a 2016 release, “Feel No Ways” is one of the more recent releases on our list. Apart of Views, Drake’s fourth studio album, “Feel No Ways” is a song that in many ways, was overshadowed by album frontrunners “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance,” “Pop Style,” “Controlla,” and “Too Good.” However, we feel that the song will age even better than its Views siblings because it was never overplayed and features a crazy good production.
“Child’s Play” is the catchy Drake song released in 2016 that The Cheesecake Factory will surely be playing for a long, long time. The music video makes the song even better, as it contains a hilarious opening scene from Drake and our iHeartRadio MMVAs presenter, Tyra Banks.
Remember in 2012 when everyone was going around screaming “YOLO!” at the top of their lungs? Actor Zac Efron, even got the slogan tatted on the side of his hand. Well, we can all thank Drake’s “The Motto” for that time in our lives. The song includes verses from Lil Wayne and Tyga and basically reminds us that, well…you only live once.
What’s your favourite Drake song from before 2017?
Drake is nominated for five iHeartRadio MMVAs, including the categories Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Artist or Group. Find out if he takes all of them home on Sunday, August 26.
The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs hosted by Awkwafina premieres at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.