Whether you love or hate XXXTentacion, it’s hard to argue against his success. Initially gaining a cult following, X would rise to prominence in the music world and collaborate with some of the biggest artists in the world. A truly unique artist that was never bound by a genre, X explored everything from emo to trap and metal to R&B. While his career was unfortunately cut short after his death in 2018, X’s despairing lyrics resonated with millions of fans. In this article, we’ll be going over 25 of XXXTentacion’s best songs of all time.
The lead track from X’s debut studio album, Revenge, was released in 2017. Regrettably, five days prior to the passing of his friend Jocelyn Flores, a preview of the album appeared on Twitter. He would later dedicate the song to her, and it served as the model for the Revenge brand. Revenge debuted on the charts at positions 77 on the Hot 100 and 37 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs list.
Although X is mostly known as a rapper, this song clearly demonstrates his range as a performer. Contrary to his usual style, the song has a more traditional song structure, with the majority of the song’s lyrics being fairly gloomy and not quite fitting the upbeat tone of the music.
The follow-up single for X’s debut album, Jocelyn Flores, was a further homage to his deceased friend and dedicated to Jocelyn Flores. There were plenty of rumors regarding Flores, her work, and her relationships with XXXTentacion that we aren’t going to get into in this article since much of them just isn’t tasteful. Instead, we’ll focus on the song, which entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 31 and peaked at 19 after X’s death in 2018. It’s another time X goes outside of just being a rapper and switching over to actually singing, forming a kind of lullaby that goes into what could have been and what has happened.
Hope was devoted to the Parkland shooting victims rather than any of X’s friends, in contrast to the first two entries. The song attempts to empathize to the survivors in terms of survivors’ guilt and rails against the political inertia that followed the incident, even if the singer does not claim to fully comprehend what the survivors were going through.
The song received a triple platinum certification from the US RIAA and reached its peak on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 70. Hope strikes a clear positive chord, feeling more like an emotional release than something that wallows in those depressing emotions, in contrast to much of his work, which was the musical embodiment of hopelessness and loneliness.
We’re going back to XXXTentacion’s debut album, 17, for this one. X raps Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares in a distinctively different manner from our last piece, reflecting on his own sense of impending doom and suicidal ideas. It’s a song that sticks out among critics and was chosen as his fifth-best song of 2019 by critics. The song performed well on the charts in the US, reaching its highest point at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 22 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts. Fans recognized it as one of X’s most sincere and genuine songs right away.