Born Colson Baker (born 04/22/1990), Machine Gun Kelly is an American music artist and an actor. He is well-known for his ability to combine rock music with hip hop and rap. He has released five albums since 2012 after signing with Bad Boy Records. He has also been in a handful of movies since 2014.
Besides his musical career, he is most known for his rap feud with the greatest-selling rapper of all time, Eminem. If nothing else, this certainly made him a household name. That was the best he could hope for as Eminem is the king of diss tracks seeing how he initially started his rap career before he hooked up with Dr. Dre.
Although most people felt that Eminem won that rap feud, most people will admit that MGK did get some good disses in his song. MGK went on to later say that incident basically ruined his rap career. However, it seems that Kelly always lands on his feet because his fifth album, Tickets To My Downfall, which was released in 2020 after the Eminem situation, has more of a pop-punk sound. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, the only rock album to do so in all of 2020.
Overall, MGK has already had a fulfilling and exciting career covering acting, songwriting, rap, hip hop, rock, and pop-punk. He is still very active in the music field, which is likely only the beginning for him.
# 10 – At My Best featuring Hailee Steinfeld
“At My Best” is a song that Machine Gun Kelly did that features Hailee Steinfeld. This song was released on March 17, 2017. This song was released when he was still primarily a rapper. The song went platinum, selling more than 1 million copies. It also was an international success, being plaid not only in America but also in Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Sweden. It made it to 21 on the US mainstream top 40 but was even more prevalent in New Zealand and Sweden, making it #4 and #2, respectively.
The song is a powerful song in which it encourages people to keep going and never give up. It sheds light on how everyone has internal struggles, but you need to learn to believe in yourself.
# 9 – Bad Things featuring Camila Cabello
At number nine on our Machine Gun Kelly songs list is the great recording of the song “Bad Things.” This is a track that Machine Gun Kelly sang with Camila Cabello. This song was released on October 14, 2016, and was one of Machine Gun Kelly’s earlier successes. In 2017 it was nominated for Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Collaboration. It won the Radio Disney Music Awards Best Collaboration award. This song was popular worldwide, charting in multiple countries outside of America, including Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Germany, France, and Ireland.
Like much of popular music, this is a song about relationships. But instead of being about romantic love, it is more a song about sex between two people who are only happy together when having sex.
# 8 – Go For Broke featuring James Arthur
“Go For Broke” was a song released on Machine Gun Kelly’s third album entitled Bloom. This song was the fourth release of this album and was named the official theme for the WWE SummerSlam 2017. This is another song just like “At My Best,” which is about following your dreams and putting yourself out there. This is why the WWE made this an official song of SummerSlam 2017 – it is a song to pump you up about who you are, what you can do, and why you should rise up and be who you want to be without worrying about everyone else.
# 7 – Wild Boy featuring Waka Flocka Flame
“Wild Boy” was the lead single from Machine Gun Kelly’s debut EP Half Naked and Almost Famous. This album came out in 2012. This song features Waka Flocka Flame. This song did enjoy some moderate success – it went platinum, selling over 2 million copies. “Wild Boy” peaked at 98 on the US Hot 100 and 49 on the US R&B / Hip-Hop Song Chart. This song is fun of expletives. It is sexually suggestive, and everyone loved it. This is how everyone was introduced to Machine Gun Kelly.
# 6 – Forget Me Too featuring Halsey
“Forget Me Too” is the fifth song off of Machine Gun Kelly’s fifth album. This album, Tickets to My Downfall, released in 2020, has a pop-punk sound instead of rap or hip hop. This song has guest vocals by Halsey, and it is produced by Travis Barker. Barker also plays the drums on this song.
This song was generally well-received, reaching #1 on the UK Rock and Metal charts and charting in America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and more. This song was ranked 43rd best for the Us Hot Rock and Alternative Year-End Chart.
This song is about a toxic relationship where both people want to walk about but can not do it. Despite the level of toxicity of their relationship, they both love one another.
# 5 – Rap Devil
“Rap Devil” is a diss track that Machine Gun Kelly was aiming at rapper Eminem. This song and Eminem’s response, “Killshot,” were a long time coming. The back story is that in 2012 Machine Gun Kelly tweeted about how hot Eminem’s daughter Hallie Mathers was. Hallie was 16 at the time. Eminem retaliated by banning him from Shade 45, a radio station owned by Eminem. Then MGK did a song with the artist Tech N9ne where there were some vague insults directed at Eminem. In 2018 Eminem directly insulted MGK on a song on the surprise album Kamikaze. The album was released 08/31/18, and the song is called “Not Alike.” Then Machine Gun Kelly released Rap Devil, followed by Eminem releasing Kill Shot.
Everyone loves a good diss track; this is quite apparent in this case. Both of these diss tracks have been viewed more than 300 million times on YouTube.
# 4 – Lonely
“Lonely” is one of the most emotional and open songs that Machine Gun Kelly has ever done. This is a song that he wrote for his father after his passing. The song talks about the up-and-down relationship he had with his father. One interesting fact is that every weekend MGK and his father would watch Saturday Night Live together. On January 30, 2021, MGK performed on Saturday Night Live and played lonely as a tribute to his late father.
# 3 – Bloody Valentine
“Bloody Valentine” is one of Machine Gun Kelly’s most popular songs. The song is about a man wanting to find love and a real relationship. Still, after meeting this woman, he decides having one night is better than nothing. This song was nominated for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Song of the Year. It peaked at #2 on the US Rock Airplay chart and #3 on the US Hot Rock Airplay.
# 2 – I think I’m Okay
“I Think I’m Okay” is a single off of MGK’s s album, Hotel Diablo. The single also features alternative rock musician Yungblud and American musician Travis Barker. This song went platinum in the US, selling more than 1,000,000 copies. In less than 24 hours of releasing the music video, it had been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.
The song itself is about both artist’s shortcomings, especially when it comes to relationships, drinking, drugs, and making bad decisions in life.
# 1 – My Ex’s Best Friend with Blackbear
Coming in at #1 on this Machine Gun Kelly songs list is the great track “My Ex’s Best Friend,” which is about having one relationship end and then immediately start dating their best friend. This was one of the most popular songs in 2020; you could not escape it if you tried. In fact, it was ranked as the 10th best song on the year-end US Hot Rock and Alternative Songs Chart. It was a double-platinum song, selling more than 2 million copies, partly due to the storyline.
One guy and two women, even one right after another, is a popular theme in this style of music. Also, men breaking up long-standing friendships is something that a lot of people can relate to. Relationships, breakups, and rebounds – these are all subjects everyone relates to and has dealt with in one form or another in their life.
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