Our top 10 Young Thug songs list digs deep into the music of an American artist famed for his unconventional vocals and impact in the hip-hop scene. Born in 1991, Young Thug was raised in Atlanta, home to other artists, including 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka Flame, and Ludacris. His musical career kicked off in 2010 when he was featured as a guest artist in “She Can Go” by TruRoyal. Young Thug released his first mixtape, I Came from Nothing, in 2011. Soon after the release of his third mixtape, I Came from Nothing 3 (2012), Gucci Mane signed Young Thug to 1017 Records.
After three self-released mixtapes, Young Thug released his fourth mixtape, 1017 Thug (2013), on 1017 Records. The mixtape received positive reviews from critics enlisting Young Thug as one of the promising hip-hop artists. One of the songs that stood out on the mixtape is “Picacho.” Young Thug went on to release “Stoner,” his first commercial debut single.
He hit the studio once more to release the song “Danny Glover,” which has been covered by Nicki Minaj and Waka Flocka Flame. Young Thug was featured on several hits on Metro Boomin’s 19 & Boomin (2013). While still signed to 1017 Records, Young Thug signed a management deal with Birdman’s record label.
This helped expose Young Thug to the hip-hop scene, interacting with several top artists, including Rich Homie Quan, Kanye West, and Chief Keef. Kanye West praised Young Thug for his ability to pen songs quite fast. Young Thug hit the studio to release his first debut commercial mixtape, Barter 6. The mixtape was released by Atlantic Records and 300 Entertainment featuring Birdman, Jacquees, Boosie Badazz, T.I., and Young Dolph as guest artists. Barter 6 (2015) rose to number twenty-two on the Billboard 200.
Young Thug released two more mixtapes, Slime Season and Slime Season 2, to avoid the spread of leaked tracks due to data breaches. Between this period and 2017, he released five more commercial mixtapes, all of which featured on the Billboard 200. Super Slimey (2017), his collaborative mixtape with rapper Future, performed the best, rising to number two on the Billboard 200. The mixtape album also reached number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In 2017, Young Thug was featured on songs by other artists, including Drake, Calvin Harris, and Camilla Cabello. A collaboration with Camilla Cabello on “Havana” saw Young Thug enjoy his first number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Floodgates of success opened for Young Thug, having him co-write the lyrics and provide background vocals on “This Is America” by Childish Gambino. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “This is America” became the first rap song to bag the Song of the Year and Record of the Year accolades on a Grammy Awards event.
After a long wait, Young Thug released his debut album So Much Fun (2019). The album featured J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Quavo, Future, Juice Wrld, and Gunna. One of the most successful songs on the album was “The London.” The song featured vocals from Travis Scott and J. Cole, bagging a Grammy Nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance in 2020.
Since then, Young Thug has been featured on several reputable songs, including “Goodbyes” by Post Malone. Later, he released the collaborative commercial mixtape Slime & B (2020) with Chris Brown. The mixtape featured their collaborative hit “Go Crazy,” which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. October 2021, Young Thug released his sophomore album Punk, which featured many reputable guest artists, including Drake, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Doja Cat, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott.
The album managed to top in both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Young Thug has won tons of accolades throughout his music career in the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, and UK Music Video Awards. Here we present the best Young Thug songs of all time.
#10 – Stoner
Coming in at number ten on the top 10 Young Thug songs is the hit “Stoner.” The song was released as a single in 2014. This came after Young Thug grew to fame after the release of his mixtape 1017 Thug (2013). “Stoner” finds the rapper spitting lyrics that allude to his love for marijuana. Young Thug has recorded remix versions of the song, with the most popular being his 2014 version featuring Wale. The song was his first song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs Chart. “Stoner” also peaked at number forty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100.
#9 – Relationship
“Relationship” finds Young Thug teaming up with fellow Atlanta hip-hop artists Future. The song is featured on Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017). Thanks to the rappers’ unique vocal delivery, “Relationship” makes the cut as one of the best Young Thug songs. The song finds the two bragging about their relationships with multiple women. However, the two prove that they can handle this since they have all the money they need to connect with these ladies. “Relationship” was certified Platinum twice in 2019.
#8 – Halftime
No song showcases Young Thug’s unique musical style better than “Halftime.” Thanks to his outstanding vocals and unique ad-lib, this song showcases the best of his abilities. The song was released on his mixtape Barter 6 (2015), with its lyrics expounding on his lifestyle while issuing a warning to his haters.
#7 – Guwop ft. Offset, Quavo, and Young Scooter
“Guwop” is of the hip-hop gems featured on Jeffery (2016). The song’s title is another name to Gucci mane. Gucci Mane is considered among the pioneers of trap. Young Thug owes his success to the chance he got from Gucci Mane when he received a recording deal on 1017 Records. “Guwop” features rappers Offset, Quavo, and Young Scooter, all of who pay homage to Gucci Mane as the trap godfather.
#6 – The London ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott
Number six on our top 10 Young Thug songs is the hit “The London.” The song was released as the lead single to the album So Much Fun (2019). Young Thug collaborates with J. Cole and Travis Scott on this single. Its lyrics find the trio exchanging flexes about women, money, and drugs.
“The London” refers to a hotel in Manhattan that oozes opulence. The fact that Travis Scott tells someone to meet him at the hotel proves that he is already swimming in wealth. Young Thug saw the song rise to the twelfth position on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category. However, “The London” lost to “Higher” by DJ Khaled featuring John Legend and Nipsey Hussle.
#5 – Check
“Check” is the lead single from Young Thug’s mixtape Barter 6 (2015). The music video to this song features cameos by members of Cash Money Records, including Birdman. This booming hit finds Young Thug rapping all about money and wealth he is amassing. The song debuted and peaked at number one hundred on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
#4 – With That ft. Duke
Young Thug teams up with the Atlanta rapper MPA Duke on “With That,” one of his best songs. “With That” is one of his best releases on Barter 6 (2015). Young Thug seems to be spitting lyrics directed to an undisclosed enemy, as the lyrics suggest. Currently, the song is one of his most streamed releases, amassing over a hundred and eighty million views on YouTube.
#3 – Hot ft. Gunna
Released on the album So Much Fun (2019), “Hot” is a song performed and produced by three friends, all hailing from Atlanta. Young Thug teams up with Gunna on the vocals with the production work handled by Wheezy. The trio had also collaborated in 2018 for the release of “3 Headed Snakes” by Gunna. “Hot” serves as a celebratory ode to the trio’s lifestyles. The song managed to rise to number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.
#2 – Power
In the 1983 crime drama film Scarface, the character Tony Montana delivered one of the most memorable lines from the movie. The line was, “This Country, you gotta make money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.” It ends with Tony mentioning that one can finally get women with power.
The first two lines are paraphrased and featured on the song “Power” by Young Thug. “Power” navigates different struggles with Young Thug’s life, including dealing with snitches, drugs, making money, and sometimes, fighting with his fiancée. The song was featured on Slime Season (2015).
#1 – Best Friend
Number one on our top 10 Young Thug songs is the stunning hit “Best Friend.” The song finds Young Thug bragging about his best friend. However, while the song has been his best release, it has been met with controversy, with Tokyo Vanity claiming that he stole it from her “That’s My Best Friend.”
The song rose to number forty-five on the Billboard Hot 100. “Best Friend” is featured on Slime Season (2015). Saweetie released a song under the same title (but with different lyrics) featuring Doja Cat on the vocals. Her song is among the nominated hits for a Grammy Award in the Best Rap Song category.
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