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Last updated on January 5th, 2023 at 01:39 pm
If you don’t know and love trap, you should. The popular form of hip-hop, known for its melodic-yet-harsh deliver over trap beats, gained prominence in the 2000s and 2010s. It’s tough to narrow it down, but here are the 19 best trap songs of all time.
“God’s Plan”– Drake
Drake’s 2018 single “God’s Plan” is one of the most recent trap hits. The lead single from Drake’s fifth studio album, Scorpion, it debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the charts in fourteen countries, including the UK and Canada.
“Original Don” – Major Lazer (Flosstradamus Remix)
Major Lazer and the Partysquad’s 2011 hit “Original Don” was a trendsetter in the trap music world. A remix by Flosstradamus furthered its popularity.
“Original Don” features typical trap guitar and multiple drop switches that have a nostalgic effect. It regularly appears on many playlists of best trap songs.
“Mask Off” – Future
American rapper Future released “Mask Off” on his fifth studio album, 2017’s Future. It became one of the most well-known trap hits and peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It also inspired the “Mask On” campaign, which provided over 100,000 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
What is the most popular trap song? Many would choose Cardi B‘s record-smashing hit “Bodak Yellow.”
The lead single from her 2017 album Invasion of Privacy, “Bodak Yellow” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks. It was also heralded by critics, with The Washington Post and Pitchfork listing it as the best song of 2017.
“Bodak Yellow” was also the first song by a female rapper to be certified Diamond by the RIAA.
“Purple Lamborghini”—DJ Skrillex and Rick Ross
Trap doesn’t get any bigger than Rick Ross and DJ Skrillex. Their collaboration “Purple Lamborghini,” widely considered one of the best trap songs, was released on the Suicide Squad soundtrack in 2016.
The track peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
“Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
“Turn Down For What,” a collaboration between DJ Snake and popular rapper Lil Jon, was instantly successful when released in late 2013.
The seventh-best-selling song of 2014 in the US, it went six times platinum and was voted #2 on Rolling Stone’s 2014 Best Songs of the Year poll.
“Watch” – Travis Scott
Travis Scott’s classic trap track “Watch” was released in 2018. Though initially slated for his third album, 2018’s Astroworld, it ended up not appearing on the record.
Scott gets assistance on “Watch” from Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert. The hard-hitting lyrics about money, drugs, and opioid addiction are a highlight.
“Core” – RL Grime
It’d be difficult to have a list of best trap songs and not feature a couple of tracks from RL Grime. Arguably one of the best trap music artists to ever live, he brought a new dimension to the entire genre.
The lead single off his 2014 debut album Void, “Core” was an instant smash hit that is still popular today.
“Walk It Talk It” – Migos featuring Drake
“Walk It Talk It” is another classic trap collaboration, this time between Migos and Drake. The 2018 single from Migo’s third album Culture II reached the Billboard top 10 and was certified six times platinum by the RIAA.
“Harlem Shake” – Baauer
No list of best trap songs would be complete without featuring Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”
One of the biggest sensations of 2012 thanks to its becoming a meme, it spent five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
“Middle Child” – J. Cole
J. Cole’s provocative 2019 single “Middle Child” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.
The lyrics explore Cole’s feeling of being a “middle child” of rap between the old and new generations.
“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna
More than just one of the best trap songs, Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” is one of the best songs of the 2010s. Don’t believe me? It was ranked #95 on Pitchfork’s 200 Best Songs of the 2010s list.
Its provocative video also won Best International Pop Video and Best Styling in a Video at the 2015 UK Music Video Awards.
“Tunnel Vision”– Kodak Black
“Tunnel Vision” is the second single from Kodak Black’s 2017 debut album Painting Pictures. It is best known for its important, controversial lyrics that tie together slave-era servitude and the current white supremacist wave of anti-black violence and oppression.
The milestone trap song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“Love Sosa” – Chief Keef (RL Grime Remix)
In his prime, RL Grime was known for creating some of the biggest remix hits in trap. His most significant was the remix of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa.”
Released in 2013 as a free download on SoundCloud, RL Grime brought his mastery of the genre to the fore as he carefully tuned the original instrumental into a supercharged trap anthem.
It remains a favorite and a constant presence on best trap song lists.
“Life is Good” – Future featuring Drake
Future and Drake have had many successful collaborations, but “Life Is Good” is the very best. It debuted and peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in early 2020.
The iconic video for “Life is Good” won the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video in 2020 and Clio Music Award for Film/Video in 2021.
“Drip” – Cardi B featuring Migos
Cardi B’s “Drip” features popular hip-hop trio Migos, who have already been featured on this list of best trap songs.
The 2018 single is filled with Cardi’s trademark self-confidence and self-assurance. It peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“I Got the Keys” – DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z and Future
DJ Khaled’s signature track, “I Got the Keys” features rap luminary Jay-Z and another artist who has already made this list of best trap songs, Future.
Released on July 4, 2016, it peaked at number nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
“Gooba” – 6ix9ine
The controversy only helped it gain popularity, as it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and is featured on most best trap songs lists.
“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
One of the biggest and best trap songs, “Trap Queen” was a massive hit for Fetty Wap. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent an incredible 25 consecutive weeks in the top ten.
The Huffington Post even named “Trap Queen” one of the best songs of 2014.