Saint Pablo Tracklist Ranked
Nearly a year ago news broke that Kanye West had cancelled the remaining 20 dates of his Saint Pablo Tour, his first tour in almost 3 years. The tour gained lots of traction on social media, with all of the guests he brought out and the famous stage design. Yet, we will never get to know how the final dates would have played out, and so until then we can appreciate what we had heard about and witnessed. Now is a great time to look back on the setlist, and see what hits he had performed, and rank them.
Stronger, one of the few hip-hop songs to contain samples from electronic music, and in this case Daft Punk. It was first released as a single on July 31, 2007 and a few weeks after release in topped the Billboard Hot 100 (9/23/2007.) This single was in the top 10 in 10 different countries, including number one in four of them. It later won the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 50th Grammys in 2008. It was additionally named as one of the songs of the year by Rolling Stone’s Magazine and the song of the year by Spin.
When opening this track on tour, West started at a slow tempo and brought it up slowly and slowly, until it reached its original speed. This made the crowd go wild, and a YouTube video that captured this has since amassed more than 1.8 million views, with others capturing the same moment having tens of thousands. As of this day stronger is certified 7x Platinum.
Arguably the greatest song by ‘Ye. In 2010, Runaway was released as the second single on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and has been received a classic since then. The composition made it liked, beginning with a near minute long isolated intro of a melody on the piano and ending with a three minute outro, of West’s voice through a vocoder. Once again West had received the number one spot on the rolling stones top songs of the year list, this time it was 2010. Complex magazine placed Runaway as the second best song of the year as well.
3. ULTRALIGHT BEAM
This track was a part of the album, The Life of Pablo, the first streaming-exclusive album to go platinum. A sound effect from the game Counter Strike Global Offensive is also used. R&B singer Kelly Price was featured on this track as well as Chance the Rapper. The song ends with a choir and Kirk Franklin, a gospel singer. Ultralight Beam was listed as 5th on the Rolling Stone’s list of top 50 songs of 2016. It was additionally listed as the best song of 2016 on Pitchfork’s 100 best songs of 2016.
Only one released on December 31, 2014 as a single. This single features Paul McCartney a former member of The Beatles and Wings. Only one was in the perspective of his mother Donda West,who passed away in 2007, looking down on her son and granddaughter from heaven. The line “Tell Nori about me, tell Nori about me” expresses one of Kanye’s greatest regret, the fact that his mother will never be able to meet his daughter. Only One peaked at number one on the UK R&B (Official Charts Company) and 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of now Only One is certified Gold.
5. all falls down
Released as the third single from West’s first album The College Dropout, All Falls Down was a hit. The Chorus was sang by Syleena Johnson. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 11, 2004. It was also nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammys in 2005. All Falls Down is now certified platnium.
6. All of the lights
Released on November 25, 2010 as the 4th Single on his fifth studio album (MBDTF) All of the Lights contained samples and vocals from many artists such as, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Drake. Vocals from Elton John, and Kid Cudi were also used, with 14 artists were featured in all. All of the Lights peaked at 18, and number two, on the US Billboard Hot 100, and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, respectively. It got nominated for Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song, In 2012. It won two of the three, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Since release, All of the lights has been certified 4x platinum.
7. GOod life
Released on October 2, 2007, it was the third single for Kanye’s third studio album Graduation. Featuring T-Pain it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, one on the US Hot Rap Songs. As well as number two on the US Radio Songs. It received two nominations for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song. At the 50th Grammys in 2008 Good Life won Best Rap Song. Good Life is certified 2x Platinum.
*Only seven described, as in seven studio albums*
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