When it comes to settling on the coolest rappers around, then Snoop Dogg would probably win the award. But he’s not only cool in his approach but also with the way he pulls his songs together and lets you know exactly what he’s thinking.
He has been producing track after track for decades, and that has made it quite easy to gather together our list of the 31 best Snoop Dogg songs of all time.
1. Sensual Seduction
A slow seduction of rap with a smooth jazz undertone makes Sensual Seduction the best song on Snoop Dogg’s list. Released in 2007 and formerly titled Sexual Eruption, it was later censored and changed to its current name. The track was punchy without slapping, and the blend was a master mix of Shawty Redd’s production.
2. Gin and Juice
Containing some of the audience’s most favorite topics, including booze, sex, and money, Gin And Juice will ride out the most smooth rap tones, clapping to the rhythm of Snoop Dogg’s usual genius vocals and rap flow. Released in 1994 from the album Doggystyle, it’s a sure winner for most G-Funk fans, delivering every time, even in 2022.
3. Lodi Dodi
Much loved La Di-Da-Di, performed by Doug E. Fresh, was the beatbox version that showed off Snoop Dogg’s clear drop bars talent as he eases into the upbeat lyrics. Lodi Dodi is remixed and retitled by the rapper, and people love the easy beats, gentle flow, and traditional style.
4. Drop it Like it’s Hot
Many see this song as iconic as Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams use white noise, drum beats, and tongue clicks to create a minimal beat that had both fire and rhythm, landing on the Top 100 US Billboard hits. Later, it was named the hottest rap song of the decade by Billboard. Released in 2004 as part of R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, it’s still a hit today in mainstream music.
One of the stand-out things with this track is the way it blends together aspects of R&B along with rap. Snoop Dogg breezes his way through the song with his usual laid-back and confident flow. We also appreciate the harmonies in the background that add real depth to the track. It’s smooth and excellently pulled together, just as you would expect from him.
6. Still Smokin
This track is awesome as it comes across as something of a throwback to the days when Snoop Dogg hit the scene. Yet, there’s more of a maturity around it all, which you cannot ignore, and there’s no doubt he has managed to develop his art, leading to something that just works significantly better than you expect.
7. Who Am I? (What’s My Name)?
As soon as you listen to this track, you will notice how Snoop Dogg becomes a real masterclass when it comes to the delivery aspect. It’s so slick and smooth that you feel you are sitting there, being educated on how to put this type of song together. He’s laid-back and offers enough tongue twisters in the lyrics to make you sit up and take notice.
8. Nuthin’ But a G Thang
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre get together in this track, and what you then have is one serious combo capable of delivering a song that is simply outstanding. The depth of the beat takes you through the track with ease and the link between Dr. Dre having more of an aggressive stance compared to the cool Snoop Dogg works well. The chemistry between the two is astonishing, and you cannot help yourself but feel drawn into the song from the first bars.
9. California Roll
This song features Stevie Wonder, and that’s a combination you would not expect. Yet, it means you have this blend of soul and rap, and it’s stunningly good. It does come with that sort of chilled aura you expect from Snoop Dogg, but the track is also pulsating at the same time. We feel the vibe you get from this song automatically makes it one of the best blends of these two musical genres you will ever hear.
10. Young Wild and Free
This track also features Bruno Mars and Wiz Khalifa, and it ultimately means you have three different musical styles all coming together as one. However, it’s Snoop Dogg who stands above all others with his customary charismatic style and laid-back flow. You can just sense that spitting out his lyrics takes no effort whatsoever, and that is a talent not every rapper has. Yet, he has it in spades as you will see from this piece.
Throughout this track, we get a glimpse of just how good Snoop Dogg is when it comes to storytelling. He pulls you along, creating imagery as you go, and then there’s his always chilled vibe pumping out bars without stressing out. But that’s what we love about him and his unique take on producing music, and it helps with this song as the hook is a bit weak, but he pulls it through with style.
12. The Next Episode
Released along with Dr. Dre, this is another stunning combo track between the two rappers. A thumping beat and a hypnotic hook grabs hold of you, and before you know what’s going on, you find yourself immersed in the song. For many, this is an iconic track, and it has that pulsating vibe as you soak up the chemistry that occurs between the two.
13. Murder was the Case
This track came from a short film of the same name, and it gave Snoop Dogg another opportunity to really showcase his talents as both an actor and a music artist. Directed by Dr. Dre, it is all about storytelling throughout, and the song brings in a heavy funk groove and drums that turn the beat supersonic. It’s one of those tracks most people will pass by, and that’s a shame as it’s beautifully put together in the style only the rapper can achieve.
14. California Gurls
Snoop Dogg created this song with Katy Perry, and it shows his versatility as an artist when you check out the different people he works with. It does mean it blends pop with rap, but that’s not always a bad combination. In this instance, you have the chilled vibe of him alongside the high energy of Perry, and it makes you feel you are bouncing between the two in what just feels like a cool track from beginning to end.
15. Lay Low
Also featuring Nate Dogg, this is one of those tracks where you become completely absorbed into what it’s offering. With a solid beat and Snoop Dogg offering those smooth bars, it’s a joy to listen to. The inclusion of Nate Dogg just offers something a bit different since he really was the King of Hooks. It ultimately means you feel as if you are wrapped up in cotton wool as you listen to Snoop Dogg taking you on a comfortable ride through the song.
16. Deep Cover
This is an earlier track including Snoop Dogg, and it’s yet another one he has produced alongside Dr. Dre. It shows how this pair has been bouncing off one another right from the beginning. The beat in this song can only be described using one word: Atmospheric. It offers the right level of tension and emotion to the track while the lyrics glide along with that smoothness you rightfully come to expect from this pair. It’s a brilliant song to check out.
17. Tha Shiznit
We just had to include this track from his debut album because it perfectly showcases how Snoop Dogg has an amazing ability to just free-flow without stepping out of pace at any point. He works in perfect harmony with the juicy beat of the song, adding enough power at key points to make the track pump. For that alone, it’s worth checking it out.
Featuring both D’Angelo and Dr. Dre, this track takes us into familiar territory since it’s another classic track by the King of Smoothness. The song is his own interpretation of the John Lennon track of the same name, and it’s a thumping tune that has its own sense of haunting emotion, just like the original. It shows how the rapper has the ability to turn anything into his own, and it’s an absolute must to listen to for any Snoop Dogg fan.
19. Life of Da Party
This track incorporates something that’s more in line with a club-banger rather than your usual type of Snoop Dogg song. However, he once again shows he has the ability to pull it off with catchy hooks and a cool vibe that simply add to that party feel. Taken from his ninth album, the track shows him having a bit more fun, but still with his usual chilled approach to delivering his message.
20. Gangsta Luv
We love this track because it’s deceiving. You think by the name that it’s full-on rap, but in all honesty, there’s more of an R&B or soul feel to it all. But then, just when you think you have ventured onto the wrong musical genre, Snoop Dogg bursts in to deliver stunning lyrics with his free-flowing approach just to remind you that you are in his house and he has control over it all. But for us, it’s that twist of the unexpected that leaps out for us with this song, and that’s why we had to include it in our list.
21. I Wanna Rock
This track is cool as it reminds you of more halcyon days with Snoop Dogg, so it’s kind of a throwback track in a certain sense. But he has way more maturity over his art now than he did some 20 years before this track, and that still comes across with ultra-smooth production and a real West Coast vibe throughout. With the type of hook some artists can only dream of, it’s the song that makes you appreciate the artist that is Snoop Dogg.
This track sees Nas, who is from the East Coast, combine with Snoop Dogg from the West Coast to produce a sublime track showcasing the sheer talent of both musicians. It lets us see how two completely different approaches and styles still have the ability to be blended together in ways you never imagined with a sick beat pumping away building the vibe while they both deliver their lyrics in their own unique styles. It’s going to be a classic track as it simply ticks too many boxes for it to be anything different.
Done in collaboration with Justin Timberlake, this track is just a bit of fun from Snoop Dogg while it certainly opened him up to a whole new audience. While the beat is not as strong as you would like from anything involving him, the pop feel to it adds a whole lot of energy that you just cannot help but soak in even when it’s only Timberlake singing. But trust us, wait until the rapper drops his lyrics as he reminds you who the master is in an instant.
24. Just Dippin’
This track from his fourth album combines rap with a touch of pop and a whole lot of funk thrown into the mix as well. That means it leads to a juicy music cocktail that Snoop Dogg loves to serve up chilled. Nothing feels pressured or rushed from him here, and we just love the old-school feel to it, which is something that will never get old. This is just a chilling and relaxing tune in the classic Snoop Dogg style, so what’s not to love about it?
25. Gold Rush
The first thing to leap out at you with this track has to be the beat. It’s outstanding and thumps along with such a vibe you cannot help but be suckered in. You pick up a funky feel to the song helping you to bounce through the verses with Snoop Dogg creating that smooth cushion thanks to his extremely chilled vocals while he spits out his bars with real precision.
26. Boss’ Life
If we had to try to use one word to describe this track, it would probably be the word “luxurious.” That’s thanks to the production which is slick and turns a good song into something that displays absolute perfection. It also features Nate Dogg, and his vocals just add a whole other level to the track and how stunning it is to listen to. It’s not the first song this pair worked on, and the vibe between them is electric leading to this amazing track.
27. No Guns Allowed
This track is powerful, not only in its delivery but also in the message it seeks to put across. It combines an anti-violence message with enough punch throughout to ensure you understand exactly where Snoop Dogg or Lion is coming from. He pulls no punches here, and it’s clear the subject is important to him making this track a must to listen to if you want to experience a more pent-up side of the rapper.
28. Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)
With a hard beat that manages to override everything else, it’s clear what’s going to drive this song from the first few seconds. But then, you can never forget the impact Snoop Dogg then has on any track as he drops in and takes control with the utmost professionalism and a stunning ability to go through his verse, making you feel like a better person at the end. This song really is sweet like candy when you listen.
Not to be confused with his smoking device, this track came from the late 90s, and it certainly has more of that old feel to it. Yet, it’s evident that Snoop Dogg has always been capable of compiling a hot track with outlandish beats that leave you wanting more. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself grooving to this track, as that’s the kind of impact it tends to have on most people.
30. Still D.R.E.
With one of the tightest beats and hooks you will ever experience, this track combined with Dr. Dre is stunningly good, and the quality never drops at any point in the track. Snoop Dogg offers a chilled swagger to the song with his contribution while Dr. Dre sounds punchier than normal. That is a cool combination, and there’s no doubt that the track will stick in your mind for some time to come.
31. French Inhale
This track by Snoop Dogg is a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa and is a song that focuses on one of his favorite things to do, and that’s to get high. Of course, that also translates into the song being pretty laid-back, but then is Snoop Dogg ever anything other than laid-back at any point? It’s smooth and to the point, so just sit back and chill while you enjoy it.
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