The Top 15 Travis Scott Songs Of All Time (Ranked)
Updated: Sep 30, 2020
With a variety of eccentric collaborations in the past year, along with his most recent commercial release (“FRANCHISE”)... all these factors have re-thrust Travis Scott back into the spotlight. I feel now is a better time than ever to do a ranking of his best songs to date.
His next album, which is named “UTOPIA”, could change things up in the future, but for now, I’m only counting his solo projects from “Owl Pharaoh” to “ASTROWORLD”. This means we’ll be excluding side projects like “JACKBOYS” and “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho”.
Keep in mind that this is only my opinion. I also would like to point out that this ranking is purely based on sound... not nostalgia or sales.
Travis Scott has hours and hours of good music, so picking this list was tricky. But if you happen to disagree or agree with my list, let me know in the comments.
But before we get into the rankings, here are some honourable mentions.
Sky Fall (feat. Young Thug)
Mamacita (feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug)
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
15. THE SCOTTS
If you can look past the fact that it premiered on fortnite, “THE SCOTTS” is a very good song.
The title of the song refers to the two artists on the track. Travis Scott got his inspiration and influence from Kid Cudi, who’s real name is Scott Mescudi. Thus changing his name from Jacques Webster to his stage name – Travis Scott.
The beat is most notably the best part, while Travis and Cudi both add onto it in their own ways. Kid Cudi’s subtle hums and Travis’ adlibs add to the atmosphere, while the beat kicks aggressively in the background. The tone that Travis and Kid Cudi conceive makes for a song that makes you wanna get up and move, while also creating that mental aura of unleashing your inner criminal.
MIKE DEAN produces a great synth sequence for the outro to the song, but personally I felt as if it didn’t add anything significant to the track.
Between his 3 most recent singles (“HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”, “ THE SCOTTS”, and “FRANCHISE”), I personally find that “THE SCOTTS” is the best out of the 3.
14. Don’t Play (feat. The 1975 & Big Sean)
Coming from his mixtape “Days Before Rodeo”, “Don’t Play” is a hidden gem of a song that might actually sound familiar once you hear it.
The track opens with a unique and ear catching harpsichord trap-beat, with an excerpt from The 1975’s song “M.O.N.E.Y.” sampled over it. This part is especially key, as it’s ominousness begins the build up to the eventual beat drop.
The song then takes a more hardcore turn and switches over to Travis yelling his iconic line of : “I ain’t playing with these n***as”. The song then proceeds to take off, and it’s exactly what you would want and expect from the stage that “Don’t Play” sets.
Big Sean adds a cool feature to the song, but I find that his presence on the track doesn’t really fit with the mood of the song.
The best part of “Don’t Play” is easily the production, and will always be a strong, recurring aspect in Travis Scott’s music.
13. Nightcrawler (feat. Swae Lee & Chief Keef)
The first song on the list off of “Rodeo”, I can assure you it won’t be the last. If you love MIKE DEAN's production, this is the song for you.
The song kicks off with Swae Lee vocalizing and singing over an electric and hard-hitting beat, mixed with electric guitar and synths. The most satisfying aspect of the song is that the beat knows when to pick up and hit the highs at the appropriate times.
“Nightcrawler” happens to have so many parts to it, that it’s pretty hard to find the best part… Regardless, I’d still have to say it goes to Travis when he slows the song down and sings “Mmmmm when the night calls”.
Swae Lee and Chief Keef do their parts and deliver great lines and great flows. It’s hard to decide who was the better feature, but Chief Keef does come close to having the best part of the song when he says : “Bitch I come from eating McDonalds”.
In all seriousness, “Nightcrawler” is a great journey of a song that deserves way more credit than it gets.
12. Drugs You Should Try It
While you won’t be able to find this song on any mainstream streaming platforms, it’s definitely worth adding it to your Soundcloud playlist.
Discussed to the point where it became a meme, “Drugs You Should Try It” is culturally deemed Travis Scott’s most “underrated” song.
The beginning of the song features Travis in the background saying what sounds like pure nonsense. In reality, he’s actually harmonizing the outro of the song... backwards. He also does this strange and unique effect in the “chorus” as well.
The beat is slow, laid-back, and almost sad, but what Travis Scott does best is creating a setting with sounds, and “Drugs You Should Try It” is definitely one of those songs.
Travis raps about his rocky relationship with an unknown entity. As a listener, the inability to distinguish whether Travis is talking about drugs or a girl, exposes the deeper meaning of if they’re actually any different at all.
“Drugs You Should Try It” is a great song, but it isn’t underrated. It’s literally the highest streamed track off of “Days Before Rodeo”. The mood of this song makes for a classic, yet unique take on the late night aesthetic genre.
11. WAKE UP
Some people may not agree with this one, but “WAKE UP” is Travis Scott’s and The Weekend’s best collab song.
WAKE UP > Pray 4 Love > wonderful.
With a catchy, original, and memorable guitar sample, “WAKE UP” had people from the start from it’s beat. Taking a step away from the dark, macabre vibe, “WAKE UP” is one of Travis Scott’s more positive themed songs.
The artists' vocal performances are phenomenal, but every song has its flaws, and I do have one tiny tiny issue with the song. The Weeknd and Travis make it really hard to sing along when they say “Pussy so sweet”. It’s a small concern, and virtually non-existent, so it still holds its value as a great song.
The transitions, the mixing, and the layering of the song are crisp and clean. All which make for a great song off of “ASTROWORLD”.
10. 3500 (feat. Future & 2 Chainz)
One of Travis Scott’s most iconic songs to date, “3500” is considered one of Travis’ best “rage” songs.
With an all-star lineup of features and producers, you can only imagine what the studio looked like when they were recording this song. MIKE DEAN, Zaytoven, Allen Ritter and Metro Boomin are all behind the production, so it wouldn't take a genius to understand why the beat is so good.
It should go without saying that Travis Scott, Future and 2 Chainz deliver outstanding verses, while Travis also takes responsibility for the chorus. Personally, I find that the chorus is extremely unique, but it isn’t the best at being catchy.
Regardless, “3500” was a monster of a song back in the day, and to this day it’s still considered a certified classic.
9. way back
Featuring minor roles from Kid Cudi and Swizz Beats, “way back” was one of Travis’ standout songs on “Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight”.
With two parts to the song, “way back” seems to be a memorable song solely for the melodies. Both parts feature unique and easily identifiable melodies. While the beginning takes a darker approach with rawer instrumentals and scratchy bass, the second half takes a more seamless approach with Travis singing over autotuned background vocals and electric guitars and synths.
Kid Cudi and Swizz Beats background adlibs and vocals almost come off as cheesy, but surprisingly it works well. It only adds to what makes this song so memorable.
The second half also has its iconic “way way back for me, way way back for me” line, which is essentially the icing on the cake for this song.
“way back” will always be that song that everyone has to stop what they’re doing and sing along to.
8. Maria I’m Drunk (feat. Justin Bieber & Young Thug)
“Maria I’m Drunk” is the Travis Scott song equivalent of an intoxicated late night, while making bad decisions and having fun.
With an atmospheric, night-themed intro, Travis sways over the beat to set the mood for what will soon transform into a darker and eviler version of itself.
The beat slowly switches into a drunken loop of chords and bass synths, while Young Thug makes his appearance and sings in his odd way, which quite interestingly works very well. He also adds background lines and vocals while Travis and Justin do their parts.
Justin Bieber also makes a guest appearance, and he also does a surprisingly great job. While the name on the title might be an eyebrow raiser, his smooth voice fits the vibe of the track perfectly.
Simply one of Travis’ best songs for the ability to create a unique scene, setting, and vibe with every individual listener.
7. pick up the phone
Combining two of the most infamous Travis Scott collaborators into one song, “pick up the phone” was one of Travis’ most influential singles in late 2016.
“pick up the phone” was undeniably the second best song on “Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight”.
If there was any way to describe the song in one word, it would be smooth. Every artist bodied their verses flawlessly (except for Quavo who invented the word “discriminize”).
With a beat that I would describe as aquatic, it fits perfectly into Travis’, Quavo and Thug’s style. Thug delivers possibly his best performance EVER, while Quavo trails in at a close second. While I definitely enjoy Travis’ chorus, I definitely would’ve liked it if he was more of a presence on this song.
While many people might consider “pick up the phone” to be old news, once you hear it for the first time in while, you’ll soon understand why it was so loved in the beginning.
While not his best song, “Antidote” deserves the full credit of blowing Travis Scott up, and putting him onto the rap scene.
Despite how many times you’ve heard it, Antidote is still an enjoyable journey of a song with it’s iconic lines and sounds. Featuring various flows, background vocals, and his signature adlibs, it should be considered the bread and butter Travis Scott song.
With a contrasting beat of being dark and uplifting at the same time, it was the perfect intro song for finding out what Travis’ style is all about.
“Antidote” is what introduced us to his heavily produced, trap-rap music style, with his trademark autotuned voice and infamous adlibs, but nostalgia aside, “Antidote” is still an exciting and exhilarating song to listen to (especially intoxicated).
You couldn’t get through 2016-2017 without hearing this song.
“goosebumps” was a song that was undoubtedly propelled to success by it’s catchy hook, dark ambience, and all the classic Travis Scott aspects you would expect... but also for another reason.
“goosebumps” had people intrigued from the get-go, but what really sealed the deal was when Kendrick Lamar came on to deliver his verse. Fans were coming off of the “To Pimp a Butterfly” wave, and Kendrick making an appearance on a Travis Scott song was mind blowing. Some people don’t enjoy Kendrick's verse solely for the “put the pussy on the pedestal” part, but simply having Kendrick on the track was legendary nonetheless.
Despite the Kendrick hype, the song is undoubtedly very well made. Even for how old it is, you can’t go wrong with playing this at a party or at any sort of function. It’s got good production, it’s easy to follow, and it has all the necessary aspects to deem itself a “classic Travis Scott song”.
4. SICKO MODE
“SICKO MODE” was ASTROWORLD’s most dominant track by far, and is probably considered the face of Travis Scott’s brand as a whole.
2018 was an era where everyone was on the “Drake-Train”, and it wouldn’t be fair to say that his presence on this track didn’t support the success this song had. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, head over to youtube and search up : “DJ Akademiks Sicko Mode”, and you’ll know what I mean.
The song boasts 2 beat switches, and almost 3 totally different songs.
The first section features Drake over a looping synth-siren type beat that builds up to the first beat switch.
The second section switches over aggressively, where Travis flows smoothly over heavy 808's, with Swae Lee contributing to the chorus.
The final section has Drake rapping in his element over a Tay Keith beat, where Travis substitutes in after the second “like a light” chorus.
It’s a monster of a song.
Despite being memed to death and how often it’s played, “SICKO MODE” was created to succeed, and the charts speak for themselves. Nonetheless, it’s still a great quality song that shouldn’t be considered overrated.
3. CAN’T SAY
While “SICKO MODE” dominated the charts, the spotlight, and even the memes on ASTROWORLD, “CAN’T SAY” should be considered the superior song.
WondaGurl provides a stellar beat with Travis singing and vibing over the track in his classic autotune style. The melody and execution is what sets this song apart from the others. Presented with effects on top of effects, “CAN’T SAY” was perfectly crafted, and nobody other than Travis could fit better into this song.
Unless… oh right… Don Toliver. I remember listening to this song for the first time, and asking myself : WHO IS THIS?”. Don Toliver almost steals the spotlight away from Travis with his electric voice, insane energy and shockingly good flow. Although it’s apparent that Don Toliver can make great solo music... he still has yet to top his own verse on “CAN’T SAY”.
There isn’t too much to say other than that “CAN’T SAY” is a fantastic song.
The holy trinity of the unique melody, outstanding production, and exceptional performances should be the recipe for a clean and crisp Travis Scott song, and with “CAN’T SAY”, it is.
2. Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)
Respectfully divided by “Oh My” and “Dis Side”, The second half (“Dis Side”) is what sparked the hype for the infamous Travis Scott x Quavo duo.
“Oh My” features classic Travis Scott with an extremely dark, intoxicating, heavy string-oriented beat. Travis sings in his raspy, deep voice with Quavo substituting lines from every now and then. While the first half is amazing, it’s the second half that makes “Oh My Dis Side” stand as one of his best pieces of work.
“Dis Side” features a smooth, epic, fluctuating beat with background vocals from both artists. To say that Travis and Quavo flow on the beat would be an understatement. It’s clear that both artists are rapping with emotion at heart, and it’s safe to say that their chemistry is undeniably “phenomenal”.
If you only want to hear the second half and don’t have the patience to sit through the first half, go ahead and skip to 2 minutes and 12 seconds and you’re golden.
While the first half still remains great, it’s the second half that always has true fans coming back.
1. 90210 (feat. Kacy Hill)
The Travis Scott fan’s obvious choice. If you’re unaware of “90210”, it’s time to come out of the rock you’ve been hiding under and give it a listen.
“90210” features Travis Scott’s best production, one of his best flows, and his best vocal performances. Kacy Hill provides amazing supporting vocals and adds to the track divinely with her haunting voice.
Divided into two halves, the beginning half begins with a slower, yet beautiful beat that interchanges from an electronic sample with heavy 808’s, to MIKE DEAN’s iconic electric guitar at the chorus. Travis’ voice is heavily enveloped in autotune, but to the point where it sounds aesthetically pleasing. Finding the words to describe this part of the song is beyond difficult.
The second half takes a whole different approach, as the mood of the track shifts to a more positive vibe. Travis ditches the autotune and switches to a more raw and flow based rap. With background vocals, a perfect piano sample and the excellent mixing of drums, many consider this part of the song to be Travis’ victory lap part, as he raps about his successes and achievements.
Deciding which part is better has always been a debate in my mind, as they’re both very very enjoyable and outstanding.
Many (including myself) consider Rodeo Travis Scott’s best album, and “90210” is definitely one of the key factors in that assessment.