For a Syracuse student, Mayfest is easily one of the most fun and memorable (or not-so-memorable) weekends of the year. The performers for this year’s Mayfest/Block Party event will include Chance the Rapper and The Chainsmokers (insert ear-piercing screams here). Both artists are huge in the music entertainment industry right now, and it’s truly an honor that they are coming to perform at SU.
Here is a definitive ranking of the top 10 best Chainsmokers and Chance the Rapper songs.
- #SELFIE– The Chainsmokers
#SELFIE, released in 2014, put The Chainsmokers on the map. The music video for the song became widely popular and instantly went viral. This song is basically how The Chainsmokers became famous.
- Somewhere in Paradise– Chance the Rapper, R. Kelly and Jeremih
“Somewhere in Paradise” is a great song to listen to when you’re just craving good vibes. Chance’s voice is matched perfectly with the clapping beat in the background. If you haven’t heard it, you’re missing out BIG TIME.
- Until You Were Gone – The Chainsmokers & Tritonal ft. Emily Warren
This song features majestic vocals by Emily Warren. The beat leads up to an intense drop, and you just can’t help singing along. I am literally listening to it as I write this and I can’t stop dancing in my seat.
- All My Friends – Chance the Rapper ft. Tinashe
This two-on-one song is too good to be true. An actual money team right here. This song is way too relatable to college students, and you’d be lying if you said you didn’t know every word. “All My Friends” is the beat that comes on at every party and will continue to for years to come, as all your friends stay wasted.
- New York City – The Chainsmokers
I’m a little biased because I am from New York City (and the girl who actually sings the vocals on this was my friend in high school). However, this song marks a transition in the kind of music The Chainsmokers have been releasing. New York City is a slower song with softer beats and vocals. It still includes a sick beat drop and catchy lyrics though, and just kills it.
- Cocoa Butter Kisses – Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Twista
One of Chance’s earlier songs released in 2013, this track literally defines his music. It showcases his unreal rapping skills and keeps a consistent beat you just have to tap your foot to. The three different vocals go well together and make the song successful.
- Roses – The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES
Everyone with ears knows this one. “Roses” is the kind of song that gets everyone riled up when it’s played. People always sing the part where there are literally no lyrics, so they just sing the beat. That’s when you know your song resonates with a crowd.
- Show Me Love – Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal
If you don’t tear up when this song plays, you have no soul. “Show Me Love” is an actual masterpiece. When I first heard this I felt as if I was being liberated. If you haven’t seen the Coca-Cola anti-bullying ad that features this song, I highly recommend you watch it (with a box of tissues).
- Don’t Let Me Down– The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Similar to “Until You Were Gone,” this song features a female vocalist who nails it. Starting off with soft vocals and a steady beat, Daya’s voice really draws you in. She leads the song into an incredible beat, as usual.
- Sunday Candy – Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
“Sunday Candy” is not only the best Chance song, it is just genuinely the best song ever created (IMO for now). Donnie Trumpet’s voice is holy, which is why this song reaches you at an emotional level. “Sunday Candy” is what made me realize how talented Chance is.