Coronavirus

Juice WRLD's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Juice WRLD’s tragic passing at the age of 21 marks an untimely end to one of hip-hop’s most promising careers, although the artist born Jarad Anthony Higgins released a slew of impactful music during his time in the spotlight.

After bursting into the mainstream on the back of the chart-dominating "Lucid Dreams," Juice WRLD continued to collaborate with music’s biggest stars, within and outside of the hip-hop community, as well as release compelling solo music, including on his 2019 No. 1 album, Death Race for Love.

The Chicago native credited albums such as Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak as direct influences on his genre-bending style of rapping. "I've always looked up to rappers. At a point, Kid Cudi was all I'd listen to," Juice previously told Billboard. Now, future artists will be able to point to Juice WRLD’s signature tracks as major influences on their own boundary-pushing creative output.

As we reflect on Juice WRLD’s life and legacy, here are our 10 favorite songs from the rapper.

15. “Graduation” (2019)

Following up their 2018 collaboration “Roses,” star producer Benny Blanco and Juice WRLD teamed up for for their second track, “Graduation,” last August. Juice and Blanco do a seamless job of interpolating Vitamin C’s 2000 single of the same name. From fantasizing about making out with his teacher behind the bleachers to bashing some of his old classmates, Juice’s rendition is his proverbial f—k you to anyone who doubted him during his high school days. 

14. “Hide” (2018)

“Hide” is a noteworthy gem that resides on the 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack. Featuring Seezyn, the hapless romantic finally finds refuge in his lady friend after years of strikeouts in the love department. The guitar-laden song plays to Juice’a strong suit, as his love-drunk lyrics anchor the three-minute long track.

13. "Bandit" (2019)

In October, Juice and YoungBoyNBA squared off for their swaggering collaboration "Bandit." In what would be Juice's final single, he and YoungBoy embrace their "savage" side with the uptempo earworm. While Juice plays a heartless lothario, YoungBoy is a militant street soldier ready for war. The record debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100.

12. "Hear Me Calling" (2019)

Here, Juice WRLD shines effortlessly on the tropical-tinged banger "Hear Me Calling." The Death Race For Love standout finds the Midwest polymath yearning for his lover in hopes that she can remedy his heartaches. For Juice, "Hear Me Calling" serves as a warm contrast to his gloomy, melancholy records. 

11. “Fast” (2019)

Another standout from Juice’s sophomore endeavor comes in the form of “Fast.” Higgins unabashedly speaks on his demons and admits to being “sad as a b---h” on the candid track. The poppy song is addictive because of its hypnotic production and raw, but simple, hook.

10. "My Fault" (2017)

The melancholy "My Fault" surfaced in July 2017, but landed on Juice's official YouTube page in March 2018. The tune finds Juice reflecting on a failed relationship with a partner who blamed him for everything going sour. Juice WRLD's ability to open up about his heartbreak has allowed fans to connect with his music on a deeper level. The crooning displayed on "My Fault," over a sonic bed from Internet Money's Nick Mira, is a good indicator of what was to come from the bubbling Chicago-bred artist.

9. "Fine China" feat. Future (2018)

When Juice WRLD and Future teamed up for WRLD on Drugs, it was like Hendrix passing the torch to one of his kin. "Fine China," the lone single from the 2018 album, is a Wheezy-produced track with more replay value than the rest of the project.

8. "Autograph (On My Line)" (2017)

Juice showed off a more aggressive tone than usual here, taking aim at the haters who continue to discredit him. But even with the extra hostility, the distress bleeds through in his Auto-Tune laced vocals. Listeners can hear how much the Chicago native concerned himself with the opinion of others and social media two years ago. "Autograph" will end up being one of the gems tracks from Juice WRLD's discography. 

7. "Robbery" (2019)

The rollout for Death Race for Love kicked off with "Robbery," which reunited Juice WRLD with producer Nick Mira. The key-laden tune allows Juice to mend his heartbreak through a range of tuneful screeches. The somber tune was a major commercial success, debuting at No. 27 on the Hot 100 and accumulating more than 24 million views in less than three weeks.

6. "Lean Wit Me" (2018)

Another appearance from Nick Mira on the production side. The Goodbye & Good Riddance standout finds Juice interpolating elements of Dem Franchize Boyz's 2006 breakout hit "Lean wit It, Rock wit It" into his chorus.

Juice told Billboard that the track was inspired to let those who are suffering from addiction know they're not alone. "I know a lot of people go through addiction and stuff like that, so this was letting them know that there's nothing wrong with it and this song can bring them together," he said.

5. "Moonlight" (2017)

The starry SIDEPCE production allows listeners to drift into an alternate dimension with a beat that's reminiscent of Drake's "Lust for Life," from his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone. "Moonlight" is a fan favorite, but the 2017 Juice WRLD 9 9 9 EP cut that helped him build SoundCloud acclaim has yet to arrive on streaming services.

4. "All Girls Are the Same" (2018)

This sorrowful track served as Juice WRLD's introduction to the mainstream in the early part of 2018. The Nick Mira-produced lullaby swiftly picked up steam and was a certified top 40 hit by May. Juice ingratiated himself to new fans by showing a more vulnerable side when trying to put another heartbreak in his rearview.

3. "Used To" (2018)

Opening with a hum that would make Kid Cudi proud, "Used To" is a pivot point on Goodbye & Good Riddance, as Juice is now completely numb to the pain of a broken heart. He raps with a muffled tone, giving the track a rougher texture. This is a tune that's aged very well in comparison to the rest of his debut effort, and continues to hold significant replay value. 

2. "Lucid Dreams" (2018)

If someone's heard of Juice WRLD, they also know "Lucid Dreams," his breakout hit. The track quickly became a Hot 100 staple and upon being served to radio stations, "Lucid Dreams" nearly topped the charts, reaching a peak of No. 2 back in October. "Lucid Dreams" contains a rework of Sting's 1993 "Shape of My Heart," and the English bassist owns 85% of the record's profit-share.

1. "Wasted" feat. Lil Uzi Vert (2018)

"Wasted" was a late addition to Juice's Goodbye & Good Riddance project, but fans were more than happy when the long-awaited Lil Uzi Vert collab landed on streaming services. On the song, Juice laments self-medicating to help him get a girl off his mind. But Uzi explodes onto the CBMIX beat, delivering an intoxicating assist to bring the already bristling tune to the next level.

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.