Drake's 5 best and 5 worst songs

  • Drake has released almost 150 singles during his career.

  • "Club Paradise" is one of his lesser-known but best songs, however, the less said about "Tootsie Slide," the better.

  • Below, I've listed my top five and worst five Drake songs.

BEST – "Club Paradise"

"Club Paradise" is peak Drake.Getty/Daniel Boczarski

From the album: "Care Package" (2019)

First released as promotional single for Drake's 2011 sophomore album "Take Care," "Club Paradise" is peak Drake.

Lyrically, he's at his introspective best, reflecting on his rise to stardom and how its changed him on the backdrop of a melancholic, ethereal-sounding Noah "40" Shebib beat.

On the chorus, Drake also flexes his silky smooth vocal chords (something he's too often failed to do in his more recent music) as he sings of leaving old friends behind on his journey to the top.

It's melodramatic, it's moody, and it's the Canadian at his finest.


WORST – "Toosie Slide"

Drake performs in California on September 27, 2016
Drake performs in California.Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

From the mixtape: "Dark Lane Demo Tapes" (2020)

A lot of us went mad during the COVID-19 lockdowns and judging by "Toosie Slide," Drake was no exception.

Drake's own version of the dance classic, the "Cha Cha Slide," the song features Drake recalling  the steps to a viral dance challenge of the same name while proclaiming he likes to move like Michael Jackson.

In the song's music video, Drake dances around his empty Toronto mansion wearing a balaclava.

Whether Drake was attempting to score a viral hit or simply trying to cure his lockdown boredom, it's bad.


BEST – "Feel No Ways"

Canadian rapper Drake performs live on stage at the Carling O2 Academy on January 4, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Drake in 2011.Getty/John Gunion

From the album: "Views" (2016)

"Feel No Ways" is the standout track from Drake's 2016 album "Views."

On it, Drake raps and sings about returning to Toronto to discover that an ex-flame has moved on from him.

Yes, the lyrics are sometimes a little entitled ("You got something that belongs to me / Your body language says it all") and gaslighty ("Now you're tryna make me feel a way"), but beyond that, the song is an anthem for those trying to find their way alone after leaving a relationship.

"There's more to life than sleeping in and getting high with you / I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do," Drake quips.

Plus — and it's a big plus — the production from Majid Jordan's Jordan Ullman, laden with summery chords and thumping drums, is simply heavenly.



WORST – "On The Radar Freestyle" with Central Cee

Central Cee and Drake.
Central Cee and Drake in the "On The Radar" studio.On The Radar

From the album: N/A (released as a single in 2023)

Drake has never been known for his freestyling skills in the way that Lil Wayne, Black Thought, or Lil Dicky (yes, really) have.

His verse on "On The Radar Freestyle" with Central Cee proves exactly why.

Across the space of two-minutes, a tired-sounding Drake delivers a distinctly monotone, one-cadence array of nothingness, filled with basic rhymes and multiple displays of his much-criticized Jamaican accent.


BEST – "The Real Her" featuring Lil Wayne & Andre 3000

Rapper Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" at State Farm Arena on December 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" in Atlanta, Georgia.Getty/Prince Williams

From the album: "Take Care" (2011)

"The Real Her" is a sultry love song in which Drake croons about a new love he swears he must have somehow met before.

"But I gotta say, oh baby, oh baby, why is this so familiar? / Just met her, already feel like I know the real her," he sings.

Not only are Drake's vocals alluring and seductive, the piano melody and accompanying beat are gorgeous, and Andre 3000's guest verse is just *chef's kiss.*


WORST – "Way 2 Sexy" featuring Future & Young Thug

That look is a lot.YouTube/Drake

From the album: "Certified Lover Boy" (2021)

"Way 2 Sexy" — Drake's take on Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" — is cornier, sleazier, and more gimmicky than its predecessor.

And if you've ever listened to Right Said Fred's 1991 hit, you'll know that takes some doing.

Released in 2021, NME's Rihan Daly called it "the bottom of the barrel" and "one of the worst songs of the year."

I couldn't agree more.


BEST – "Fountains" featuring Tems

Drake in a suit against a purple backdrop from the shoulders up.
Drake and Tems make a great team.Getty/Robyn Beck

From the album: "Certified Lover Boy" (2021)

Drake and Tems sound like a match made in heaven on the 2021 track "Fountains," with Drake's velvety vocals and Tems' haunting voice working in symbiosis, both floating in-between the song's sparse percussion and minimalist guitar riffs.

The pair came together again on the equally beautiful "Wait for U," featuring Future, in 2022, which won the trio a Grammy for best melodic rap performance.

Here's to hoping they can continue to link up in the future.

WORST – "Rich Baby Daddy" featuring Sexyy Red & SZA

Drake speaks onstage during Drake's Till Death Do Us Part rap battle on October 30, 2021 in Long Beach, California.
Drake speaks onstage during his "Till Death Do Us Part" rap battle in Long Beach, California.Getty/Amy Sussman

From the album: "For All the Dogs" (2023)

Drake's latest album "For All the Dogs" is, for the most part, a meandering record that lacks an identity.

The project gets especially messy towards the end, turning into a grab-bag of tracks including a moombahton number featuring Bad Bunny ("Gently") and synth-heavy trap song with Lil Yachty ("Another Late Night.")

The worst of the bunch, however, is "Rich Baby Daddy."

Featuring a customarily crude cameo from Sexyy Red and a horribly repetitive Chicago house-type beat, this one's a skip.


BEST – "Teenage Fever"

Drake performs onstage during the Final Stop of 'Aubrey & The three Amigos Tour' at State Farm Arena on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Drake performs in 2018.Getty/Prince Williams

From the mixtape: "More Life" (2017)

Unlike "Way 2 Sexy," "Teenage Fever" proves that Drake can in fact interpolate a hit from the '90s to positive effect.

"Teenage Fever," featured on his 2017 mixtape "More Life," takes the chorus of Jennifer Lopez's 1999 hit "If You Had My Love," slows it down, and turns it into a melancholic and sexy  tale of lust.

Even J.Lo loves it. She performed the track at the annual Time 100 Gala in 2018.



WORST – "Ratchet Happy Birthday"

Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" at State Farm Arena on December 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Ratchet Happy Birthday" is a Drake song we wish we could forget.Getty/Prince Williams

From the album: "Scorpion" (2018)

The worst of the worst when it comes to Drake songs, "Ratchet Happy Birthday" is bad on so many levels.

The beat, if you can call it that, sounds like one that would accompany a nursery rhyme.

Drake's lyrics are also jarring, confusing, and clumsy.

"You talk so tough, I know you're soft like buttercups / Reese's, Reese's, don't be ridiculous," he raps.

Most disappointing of all, the song just doesn't deliver on its most basic promise: bringing the party. Nobody was expecting a masterpiece when they read the title "Ratchet Happy Birthday," but the very least we expected was something we could turn up on our big day. This wasn't it.

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