Best Tyler The Creator Songs

Updated on April 29, 2024

Tyler, the Creator is a boundary-pushing artist who has carved out a unique and influential space in the music world. Marking his career with innovation and artistic evolution, Tyler, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, has consistently challenged convention and defied categorization.

His discography spans a wide range of genres, from hip-hop and R&B to alternative and experimental music. In this article, we'll explore some of the best songs that define Tyler's unique style and evolution as an artist.

1. “Earfquake” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"Earfquake" the most commercially successful track from Tyler, the Creator's album "Igor" is a bittersweet love song. The song, which is accompanied by an iconic music video, explores the theme of dependence on a partner despite the abuse.

With moody piano chords and distorted drums, Tyler masks his emotional pain while delivering a memorable chorus that sticks in your mind. In this lead single from "Igor", Tyler captures the experience of falling in love and how it can destroy your entire world while masking the underlying pain with an upbeat melody.

2. “See You Again” (feat. Kali Uchis) (2017)

Album: Flower Boy

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"See You Again" - a dreamy song from Tyler, The Creator's 2017 album "Flower Boy", the mesmerizing vocals of Kali Uchis, who also contributed to the previous album "Cherry Bomb". This song, with lines like "Can I get a kiss? And can you make it last forever?" and "Wonder if you look both ways when you cross my mind," evokes a romantic ambiance.

Interestingly, Tyler himself considers it his favorite from the album. "Flower Boy," marked by tranquil tracks like "Boredom" and "Where This Flower Blooms," achieved Gold certification from the RIAA in 2018. Beyond its musical allure, "See You Again" reflects Tyler's journey toward a more fluid and mature sound, which began to blossom with this ethereal song.

3. “Yonkers” (2011)

Album: Goblin

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"Yonkers", the lead single from Tyler's 2011 debut album "Goblin", serves as a defining statement of his artistic style. The title and rapid pace playfully reference and parody New York hip-hop. The song is known for its controversial lyrics and provocative music video.

In "Yonkers", Tyler raps about his frustrations, inner demons, and dealing with critics. The song's minimalist beat and aggressive delivery set it apart and established Tyler as a bold and unapologetic hip-hop voice.

4. “Who Dat Boy” (feat. ASAP Rocky) (2017)

Album: Flower Boy

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"Who Dat Boy" is a prime example of Tyler's experimental production style and clever lyricism, exploring his struggles with self-identity in the verses while delivering a memorable and catchy chorus. The track's production is eclectic, blending elements of trap, soul, and funk, highlighted by a remarkable guitar solo bridging the verses and chorus.

Tyler's confident and distinctive vocal delivery, coupled with A$AP Rocky's feature, creates a powerful and unforgettable musical combination.

5. “She” (feat. Frank Ocean) (2011)

Album: Goblin

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"She" is a song by Tyler, the Creator from his album "Goblin." Featuring Frank Ocean, it combines Tyler's unique style with Frank's soulful vocals. "She" delves into the depths of Tyler, the Creator's crush on the girl, emphasizing the idea that her rejection is unthinkable. However, what truly distinguishes the song is Tyler's exceptional production prowess.

He juxtaposes disturbing lyrics with mythic and romantic production, creating a captivating atmosphere that adds complexity to the song's themes of desire and attraction. This unique combination of lyrical intensity and ethereal production is a testament to Tyler's artistry and sets "She" apart as a standout track.

6. “Boredom” (2017)

Album: Flower Boy

Producer: Tyler Okonma

7. “Gone, Gone / Thank You” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma

8. “911 / Mr. Lonely” (feat. Frank Ocean & Steve Lacy) (2017)

Album: Flower Boy

Producer: Tyler Okonma

Tyler, The Creator's 2017 single, "911/Mr. Lonely", takes a melancholic and introspective journey into the depths of loneliness and the struggle to connect meaningfully.

Departing from his earlier work, both in style and theme, the song features a somber, slow-paced melody that complements its poetic and introspective lyrics. It paints a vivid picture of the desire for companionship as one struggles with isolation and disconnection from the world.

Part of the double track "911/Mr. Lonely" from the "Flower Boy" album, it showcases Tyler's artistic evolution and willingness to delve into darker emotions, providing a contrast to his more recent lyrical focus on wealth and success. This song is a testament to his growth as an artist and his exploration of the complexities of self-discovery and isolation.

9. “IFHY” (feat. Pharrell) (2013)

Album: Wolf

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"IFHY", short for "I Fucking Hate You", is a song by Tyler, the Creator from his album "Wolf".  It explores the tumultuous emotions associated with unrequited or troubled love, reflecting the album's themes of the challenges of fame. Notably, Tyler's collaboration with Pharrell, one of his biggest inspirations, was a defining moment in his career.

The song showcases Tyler's music production skills, transitioning from a raw, techno-heavy start to a sweeter, more hopeful middle. "IFHY" marked a shift in Tyler's artistic identity and laid the groundwork for his future endeavors.

10. “New Magic Wand” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"New Magic Wand" is not only Tyler, the Creator's personal favorite in his discography but also a standout for us. In the song, Tyler tries to intervene in his lover's relationship with her ex-girlfriend, using intense, buzzing sounds and snares to emphasize his emotional pleas. The bridge briefly slows the tempo before plunging us back into Tyler's emotional whirlwind.

Featuring Jessy Wilson and Santigold, "New Magic Wand" was a highlight of Tyler's performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards, where he won Best Rap Album for "Igor".

The song poignantly portrays the complexities of unrequited love, emphasizing the determination to improve in hopes of winning the love of someone special. Tyler's portrayal of jealousy and frustration makes this struggle relatable and raw.

11. “Pothole” (feat. Jaden Smith) (2017)

Album: Flower Boy

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"Pothole" is a song by Tyler, the Creator featuring Jaden Smith from his album "Flower Boy." The track explores the themes of obstacles and challenges in life, using the metaphor of a pothole in the road to represent unexpected setbacks.

Tyler raps about the importance of staying resilient and navigating these pits with determination. The song combines Tyler's signature style with Jaden Smith's guest verse, creating a reflective and thought-provoking track on the album.

12. “Answer” (2013)

Album: Wolf

Producer: Tyler Okonma

"Answer" serves as a therapeutic exploration of the emotional toll of an absent parent, offering listeners a raw and introspective experience. Tyler, the Creator delves into the complexities of this relationship, grappling not only with his father's absence but also the recent loss of his beloved grandmother.

The catchy lyrics of the song along with the melancholic beat immerse you in Tyler's world, allowing you to feel the weight of his experiences and emotions.

It's a powerful departure from Tyler's usually bold and brash style, revealing a vulnerable and contemplative side of the artist.

13. “A Boy Is A Gun” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma 

"A Boy Is A Gun" is a song by Tyler, the Creator from his album "Igor". The track explores themes of love, desire, and the complexities of romantic relationships. Tyler uses the metaphor of a gun to represent the volatility and unpredictability of his lover, comparing being with them to playing with fire.

The song features a smooth and melodic production, showcasing Tyler's evolution as an artist. It's a standout track on the "Igor" album and reflects Tyler's ability to convey complex emotions through his music.

14. “I Think” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma 

Falling in love is one of the most exciting feelings, and Tyler captures it flawlessly in his music, especially in "I Think" from his album "Igor".

This track makes a compelling case for celebrating love through dance. Its flawless execution beat and backing vocals create a vivid portrayal of the exhilaration of falling head over heels for someone, where thoughts are consumed by that special person.

Musically, "I Think" features a blend of R&B and hip-hop elements, creating a smooth and melodic backdrop for Tyler's introspective lyrics.

15. “Igor's Theme” (2019)

Album: Igor

Producer: Tyler Okonma 

"Igor's Theme" is the opening track on Tyler, the Creator's album "Igor". The song sets the tone for the album with a blend of orchestral and electronic elements. It features a haunting and cinematic instrumental with atmospheric synths and a distorted vocal sample. The lyrics allude to themes of identity and transformation, reflecting the overarching narrative of the "Igor" album.

The character of Igor appears throughout the album as a representation of Tyler's alter ego. "Igor's Theme" serves as an introduction to the world Tyler has created for the listener, preparing them for the emotional journey that follows.

All in all, Tyler the Creator has consistently pushed the boundaries of hip-hop and music in general with his unique style and thought-provoking lyrics.

The songs covered in this article are just a glimpse into his diverse and innovative discography.

From his early days with "Yonkers" to the introspective tracks like "Answer" and the genre-blending artistry of "Igor", his evolution as an artist is a testament to his creativity and versatility.

His ability to convey complex emotions and narratives through his music has won him fans around the world.