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Top 10 Mac Miller Songs

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Owen Maxwell
Some hip-hop just makes you want to sing la la la la. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Mac Miller Songs.   For this list we're looking at Mac Miller’s best tracks that got us moving while opening up our minds. We're basing our choices on a blend of subversive production, fun lyrics and the wit that makes Mac so easy to listen to.
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Top 10 Mac Miller Songs



Some hip-hop just makes you want to sing la la la la. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Mac Miller Songs.

 

For this list we're looking at Mac Miller’s best tracks that got us moving while opening up our minds. We're basing our choices on a blend of subversive production, fun lyrics and the wit that makes Mac so easy to listen to.


#10: "Weekend" feat. Miguel 
GO:OD AM (2015)

Even with all the unusual rhythms that Mac Miller plays with on 'Weekend,' he knew the track needed harmonies to take it to the next level. Miguel adds his glossy vocals to the choruses and even a few of the raps, as he helps Miller infuse a little R&B in his music. Each of Mac's verses mope about the grind of the week, just to make the weekend seem that much more exciting. After the downbeat energy of Miller's 'Faces' album, this track showed he was ready to be happy again. With callouts to Nas and some psychedelic production, 'Weekend' is a party song with depth.





#9: "BDE Bonus” [aka “Best Day Ever"] 
Best Day Ever (2011)


Despite all the hard work Mac Miler describes as he starts his song, 'Best Day Ever' is truly about seeing the positive side of life. With a strange and upbeat instrumental modified from his album's intro, Mac creates a powerful finale to his record. Miller also spins his posse Most Dope into a verse after honoring his family's support through a Disney joke. Mac even emulates the joy he gets from making music in the relaxing tones of an obscure M83 sample. While Miller's music has certainly grown more complex over the years, there's fun in the simplicity of 'Best Day Ever.'





#8: "Self Care" 
Swimming (2018)


After facing some hard hard times in his life, Mac explores his persecution in the media on 'Self Care.' Miller describes looking after himself, while also exploring the comfort he's found in endless chaos. Though the song opens on gloomy hip hop, its second-half evolves into a wondrous and loud mix of synths. With over 14 million views on Youtube, Mac's fans are clearly embracing his story of personal growth. With help from his long-time collaborators at I.D. Labs, Mac makes 'Self Care' personal and catchy at the same time.





#7: "Diablo" 
Faces (2014)


In the middle Miller's bleak music on 'Faces,' he takes 'Diablo' as a chance to become the ultimate villain. Jazzy pianos lifted from a Duke Ellington and John Coltrane sample set a dark but classy tone to match his evil grandeur. Mac goes on to compare himself to Yoda and an Ayatollah, while making references to 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Mystery Men.' Miller has also suggested that the dark tone of 'Diablo' was inspired by losing his dog around the same time. With its brilliant wordplay and understated production, all by Mac himself, it's easy to see why 'Diablo' became a lead single.



 

#6: "Dang!" feat. Anderson .Paak 
The Divine Feminine (2016)


When Mac Miller teamed up with Anderson .Paak, he took on more grooves than ever before. 'Dang!' sees Mac rapping with tons of unusual rhythms, while Anderson creates a chorus that's sweet and memorable.  Miller criticizes his own faults as a lover, and insists he acts too young to grow old with someone. Though Mac interprets the lyrics as a love song about empathy, .Paak originally wrote his hook about people passing away. Huge hits like 'Dang!' helped Miller's 'The Divine Feminine' rise up hip-hop charts and even the Billboard 200. 





#5: "Frick Park Market" 
Blue Slide Park (2011)



Ahead of his debut album, Mac Miller put out 'Frick Park Market' to showcase his sound with some new tricks. Miller assures listeners he's wise beyond his years while comparing himself to his favourite Pittsburgh deli. While the track starts out distorted, its synths become more exotic and psychedelic as the song goes on. The song – and its accompanying music video - has even given its namesake store a boost in business since its release. 'Frick Park Market' not only excites listeners for Miller's album; it keeps you coming back.





#4: "Nikes on My Feet" 
K.I.D.S. (2010)


During the early days of Mac’s career, 'Nikes on My Feet' was a turning point for his sound and popularity. The sample-driven backing track mashes up Nas with some Dexter Wansel to create a suave feeling with real grit. Though Mac's flow is a lot more straightforward than his later work, he balances that out with true rap swagger. While he was still obscure at the time, the track helped Miller rack up millions of views on YouTube. Through all the models of shoes Mac names off, 'Nikes on My Feet' sums up his career hilariously well. 





#3: "100 Grandkids"
GO:OD AM (2015)


With years of success under his belt, Mac decided to chronicle his road to glory in two-parts for '100 Grandkids.' Miller starts reciting his theatrical rise to power with horns and amazing hooks from a choir. Mac explains how his slick wordplay got him to the top, while looking at all the struggles he faced on the way there. The sparse second-half of the song however turns up the bass to reflect Miller's newfound isolation. With its infectious P. Diddy sample and a gripping story, '100 Grandkids' is Mac Miller moving from feel-good hip-hop to something more.





#2: "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza" 
K.I.D.S. (2010)


By cranking up the beats on a sample of 'Hip 2 Da Game,' Mac Miller wanted fans to know he was working hard. 'Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza' also gave Miller an opportunity to remind people he's still the same kid from Pittsburgh. Mac walks us through a day off, as he meets with friends and takes in the summer heat. The keyboard lines match his cool attitude without ever taking away from the song's laidback feeling. 'Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza' works thanks to Miller's relatable story and his hunger to take his career even further.



 

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

 

"S.D.S." 
Watching Movies with the Sound Off (2013)


 

"Hurt Feelings" 
Swimming (2018)


 

"Party on Fifth Ave." 
Blue Slide Park (2011)




#1: "Donald Trump" 
Best Day Ever (2011)


To illustrate his desire for mainstream notoriety, Mac Miller compares himself to one of the most outspoken millionaires in the world. 'Donald Trump' sees Mac rapping viciously fast, as he dissects how little haters matter. As he aspires to take over the world, he gives the song a light energy with a chanting backing track. Trump's presidency even gave the song a brief revival on the charts back in 2016. Mac himself however is not a Trump supporter, and Trump has vocalised his hate towards the song. Even with all the controversy, 'Donald Trump' is Miller at his most free and ambitious.
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