Over the past half-decade, Young Thug has solidified himself as one of the most prolific rappers of all time - comparable only to the likes of Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne (his mentor and self-proclaimed idol, as it were). Although he’s cooled down a considerable amount over the past year, seemingly focused on transitioning from cult hero to full blown pop renegade, the track record he’s left in his wake is nothing short of staggering. Nearly a dozen official projects are dwarfed by triple the amount of guest spots and just as many street singles, unceremoniously leaked tracks, and forgotten snippets.

Thug’s versatility is as apparent as his prolificacy. It’s hard to find a point of reference for his style without cherry picking the best attributes from 12 different artists in 4 different genres. Rap is built on intangibles - it’s not just your bars, it's your ability to deliver them in a captivating manner day in and day out. And during his relatively short run, Thug has not only mastered every trick in the book, he's written about seven new editions.

The best Young Thug songs are carnal in their lust and primal in their aggression. They juxtapose exuberant wealth with heartbreaking loss, loyalty and family with the unpredictable nature of fame. And, more often than not, his melodies become infectious earworms, refusing to loosen their grip on your frontal lobe until the next bop Thug wills into existence. Once you’ve plunged down the rabbit hole, it can honestly start to feel as if you're simply replacing old Thug classics for new ones.

All this considered, creating a definitive list of “Best Young Thug Songs” is impossible. The ten biggest fans will have 10 different lists. This is simply ours. We chose to focus on his best solo efforts - that means, no guest spots or songs with features on them. But solo Rich Gang material, leaks and all other loosies are all on the table. The list might inadvertently favor older material, but that’s only because we’ve had more time to sit with those songs. 

So yes, this means that song you’re thinking of won't be on here. Yes, the other one too. Yes, we agree that they all deserve a spot on here, but no, we won’t change our list for you. Yes, we’d love to see your own lists in the comment section.

Without further delay, here are HotNewHipHop’s Top 50 Solo Young Thug Songs.