If you weren’t convinced of Drake‘s status as the leading man in urban music, the roll-out for his latest album, VIEWS, was likely enough to sway your assessment. Simply put, when it comes to being blockbuster, Drake is at the top of the food-chain at this moment and shows no signs of loosening his grip on the attention of fans, critics, and the many brands that have aligned themselves with Canada’s great rap hopeful-turned-walking conglomerate. The evolution of Drake from child actor to hip-hop prince to rap’s most valuable player has been one to behold, but one thing about Drake that we doubt will ever change is his penchant for emoting.
Unlike rap kings of the past, Drake’s power lies in his ability to convey feelings while simultaneously providing a vibe more than following the macho narrative laid down by his predecessors. Being seen as a tender lover or simp has long been a blemish for many rap kings in the past, but the Toronto native has embraced the role, delivering a steady stream of saccharine ballads and rap songs that have afforded him a mainstay at the higher realms of the Billboard charts, as well as on listeners playlists. In addition to being an all-purpose Casanova, Drake is also known for spilling his inner thoughts onto tracks and has established himself in that area with a cache of tracks which sees him giving a summary of the many hopes, dreams, and issues plaguing his mind.
His vocal ability and flow may be the first two traits people think of when Drake is mentioned, but his penchant getting listeners in their feelings is arguably his most valuable attribute. We’ve compiled twenty songs from Drake’s catalog that are guaranteed to give you the feels when alone or around that special someone.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late may have been loaded with boisterous banger, but one of its more gentler offerings was also one of its best. “Jungle,” produced by Noah “40” Shebib, features Drake crooning about a love lost involving a woman from the rough end of Toronto and is powered by a serene backdrop, consisting of thudded drums and delicate piano keys. Lines like “Still finding myself, let alone a soulmate, I’m just saying/Feel like we one and the same, our relationship changed/That or it never existed/Whenever they say something bout us you listen” are vulnerable enough to have you wanting to get that old thing back.
When Drake unveiled his debut album, Thank Me Later, “The Resistance” was an early fan-favorite. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, the track sees sorting through a few of the sour moments in his past, including regrets of his lack of quality time with his grandmother and unsavory dealings wiht shiesty friends. Rhyming “What am I afraid of?/This is supposed to be what dreams are made of/But people I don’t have the time to hang with/Always look at me and say the same shit/They say “You promised me you would never change,” the Toronto rep gets introspective on this vintage banger from his Young Money days.
“Too Much” Featuring Sampha
Drake delivers one of his more focused efforts on the Nothing Was the Same selection, “Too Much.” Featuring Sampha, the track sees Drizzy basking in the silence that success brings and reminiscing on random moments of meaning atop the Nineteen85 and Sampha co-produced track. From revealing scenes from his dealings with family members to references to old stomping grounds, “Too Much” will definitely get listeners into their zone by the song’s end.
Produced by Francis And The Lights, “Karaoke” is a track from Drake’s debut album that instantly puts you in a serene, reflective state. Giving his best Sade impression, Drake flex’s his vocal prowess while putting us to ease with this lullaby of a selection.
“From Time” Featuring Jhene Aiko
Jhene Aiko joins Drake on the Nothing Was the Same heater, “From Time,” and the results are nothing less than magical. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, Aiko proves to be a worthy costar and shines on the song’s intro and hook, the later of which sees her purring “I love me, I love me enough for the both of us/That’s why you trust me, I know you been through more than most of us” before Drake glides through with a dose thoughtful lyricism. Lines like “Started realizing a couple places I could take it/I want to get back to when I was that kid in the basement/I want to take it deeper than money, pussy, vacation/And influence a generation that’s lacking in patience,” reflect the OVO boss’ introspect and are just the tip of the iceberg of the poignancy featured on this fan-favorite.
“The Motion” Featuring Sampha
“It’s not me and you, it’s not me it’s you/You’re reckless and you know it, they don’t love you like I do/Say you’re moving on, well, I guess that’s just the motion,” Drake croons on one of his more noteworthy one-off tracks, “The Motion.” Featuring Sampha, and co-produced by him and Noah “40” Shebib, the track was later included on Nothing Was the Same and sees Drake touching on his midas touch as an artist and features him assessing past relationships in hindsight, rapping “Yeah, looking back on it at least my pride is intact/Cause we said no strings attached and I still got tied up in that/Everything that I write is either for her or about her/So I’m with her even when I’m here without her and she know it.” From its quirky keys to the catchy hook, “The Motion” isn’t a sad song by any stretch, but will have you pondering whether or not to make that phone call out of thirst or not.
“Sooner Than Later”
So Far Gone may have been loaded from top to bottom with memorable tunes, but one of the original songs that resonated most with fans was sooner than later. Produced by D10, the song sees Drake crooning “I forgot to call you on your birthday/You swear you’re the last thing on my mind, yeah/There is nothing I could do to fix it/(All you ever asked me for was time, whoa)” and promising to get his act together before losing out on the love of his life. Sprinkling in a few bars at the end for good measure, Drake lets it be known that he’s the only man needed in his lady’s life and delivers one of his more beloved bangers.
Drake is fed up with the state of a relationship with his girlfriend on “Brand New,” a standout cut from So Far Gone that is one of his more popular r&b selections from that era. Produced by D10, the sparse beat is an apt backdrop for Drake to paint lyrics like, “This here is on some truthful shit/It seems like everything I do you’re used to it/And I hate hearing stories bout who you’ve been with/Thats when I gotta hide what I’m feeling inside.” A display of vulnerability in song form, Drizzy struck a chord with listeners on “Brand New,” and delivers another winning number with emotion to spare.
Known for his stream of consciousness on early-fan favorites, Drake upped the ante by throwing a kitchen sink worth of feelings onto the So Far Gone track, “The Calm.” Produced by Noah “40 Shebib, “The Calm” sees Drizzy letting it all hang out with rhymes like “I’m just so far gone/October’s own, please leave me alone/Drunk off champagne, screaming in the phone/See my house is not a home/Fuck is going on” and running a gamut of emotions throughout the duration of the track. Going for dolo sans a hook, Drake gets as close to the deep end as he’s ever got and crafts one of his more visceral releases to date.
“Find Your Love”
To get fans prepared for his debut album, Thank Me Later, Drake released two lead-singles, one of which was “Find Your Love,” a mid-tempo salvo that sees the rapper longing for true love. Drake proclaims he’s “more than just an option,” to his love interest and delivers his vocals with finesse while navigating the sprawling Kanye West production. “Find Your Love” is one of Drake’s more highly regarded ballads and hits the mark when you’re in your feelings.
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” Featuring Majid Jordan
As is the case with all of his albums, Drake made sure to include a power ballad in the mix and scored possibly his most endearing one with the Nothing Was the Same cut “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Released as the lead-single from the album, the song, produced by Majid Jordan and Nineteen85, is an undeniable composition that is reserved for the more precious moments between the opposite sexes. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” wins with its soft melodies and pulsating backing track and will be a mainstay at wedding receptions and formals for years to come.
“Doing It Wrong”
Drake’s Take Care album includes multiple ballads that touch the heart, one of them being “Doing It Wrong,” which sees Drake walking away from a relationship that’s hit a dead-end. Crooning “When a good thing goes bad it’s not the end of the world/It’s just the end of a world that you had with one girl/And she’s the reason it happened, but she’s overreacting/And it’s all because she don’t want things to change,” Drake puts all of his cards on the table and is brutally honest in his decision to part ways. Lyrics like “So cry if you need to, but I can’t stay to watch you/That’s the wrong thing to do/Touch if you need to, but I can’t stay to hold you/That’s the wrong thing to do” show empathy, but are devoid of remorse and so cold that the chills felt transcend the record and stick to the listener who may be on either side of the situation themselves, making for a record that cuts beneath the surface.
“The Real Her”
“People around you should really have nothing to say/Me, I’m just proud of the fact that you’ve done it your way,” Drake croons on “The Real Her,” a potent cut from Take Care that rates high on Drake’s list of best offerings. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, “The Real Her” features Drake trying to get to know the woman behind the pretty face and features guest verses from Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, both of which add to the track’s ambiance. From the stellar production to Drake’s crooning and the freelance bars included, “The Real Her” will definitely have you thinking about the one you yearn for.
An unreleased track that found its way online, “Something is another one of those Drake songs that make you recall simpler times and get your brain working. While details on this track are scarce and it may be an unfinished track, fans don’t seem to mind, resulting it winding up on this list.
“I Get Lonely Too”
Being a superstar rapper may afford you a lot of friends and attention from the ladies, but Drake let it be known that even he gets in his feelings every now and then on this 2010 loosie. Titled “I Get Lonely Too,” Drake does his thing over a sample of TLC’s “Fan Mail” and makes it his own playground, with lyrics like “Waited on you for so long/Too many days since January/I’m still sitting here alone/We shoulda did this already.” I Get Lonely Too” is an undeniable winner that may get lost in the shuffle at times, but definitely will give you the feels.
“Look What You’ve Done”
Drake made sure to force listeners to grab the Kleenex when making this outstanding tune from his sophomore Take Care. Titled “Look What You’ve Done,” the track, which is produced by Chase N. Cash and Noah “40” Shebib, sees Drake showing his appreciation for the family members that have helped mold him into the man he is today.
One of Drake’s most popular songs to never make it on any of his studio-albums is Club Paradise, which was released in 2011. While recorded around the time of his Take Care album, “Club Paradise” would hit the cutting room floor, but managed to find a special place in fans’ hearts with its incredible beat, supplied by Noah “40” Shebib, and transparent lyrics by Drizzy, like, “They say that all your old girls got somebody new/I said, “Damn, really?/Even Rose Mary? Even Leanne Sealey?”/They said, “Fucking right, they were the first to go”/It’s nothing personal.” While one of the few entries on this list that feature Drake in rapper-mode, the subject matter on “Club Paradise” will have you skipping down memory lane and longing for the days of flings past.
“Best I Ever Had”
Drake’s breakthrough record, “Best I Ever Had,” is one of his most successful solo records to date, but is also one of his more saccharine compositions. Produced by Boi-1da, the track introduced Drake to the mainstream and played a big part in laying the foundation of his rep as a dominant hit-maker. From the lovey-dovey hook to bars like “And you don’t even have to ask twice/You could have my heart or we could share it like the last slice/Always felt like you was so accustomed to the fast life/Have a nigga thinking that he met you in a past life,” Best I Ever Had” has all the makings of a summer fling in audio-form
A bonus cut included on the retail version of So Far Gone, “Fear” is one the earlier offerings that gave him a rep for his poignant lyricism. Rapping “Look, this is me, still the same/They want the hits, I play the game/No auto-tune, but you can feel the pain/It all comes spilling out like I hit a vein,” Drake gets dark on this Danny Keyz and DJ Khalil co-produced banger and contemplates his deepest fears while running towards his destiny.
Arguably Drake’s most noted record for making listeners get the feels, “Marvins Room” was released ahead of the rapper’s sophmomore album, Take Care, and was an instant hit with fans. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, the record sees Drake drunk dialing an old love and whispering bitter nothings in her ear, like, “Fuck that nigga that you love so bad/I know you still think about the times we had/I say fuck that nigga that you think you found/And since you picked up, I know he’s not around.” The track, which has gone on to become one of his most addictive cuts to date, has become the unofficial theme songs to guys looking to rekindle the spark they had with the one that got away on random drunken nights.