This article will introduce you to some of Lil Peep’s best songs.
Born Gustav Elijah Åhr, Lil Peep was one of the greats of the emo rap scene before his tragic death in November 2017.
Lil Peep was well-known as an artist who shared his struggles openly in his lyrics and with his fans, meaning that many of his fans feel a special connection with him. Blending elements of rap and rock, many of Lil Peep’s songs deal with themes of depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as his personal struggles with bipolar disorder.
Two albums have been released in his name. His debut album was Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt.1 (2017). Lil Peep’s second album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt.2 (2018) was released posthumously. Songs from some of his early EPs also feature on this list.
Let’s dive in and check out the best Lil Peep songs in the artist’s discography.
10. Benz Truck (гелик) (2017)
The opening track from Lil Peep’s debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1, ‘Benz Truck’ has a slow and gloomy mood over a brooding trap beat.
Unlike many of the songs on this list, the lyrics to the track are not so deep – the song is basically about a truck. The mysterious word Гелик (pronounced ‘ga-lik’) is simply Russian for G-wagon, which is another name for Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.
With over a quarter of a billion streams on YouTube, and well over a quarter of a billion streams on Spotify, the track is amongst Lil Peep’s most popular songs of all time.
9. white tee Feat. Yung Bruh (2016)
One of Lil Peep’s early songs, ‘white tee’ perfectly captures the bedroom-based Soundcloud vibe that spawned Peep’s distinctive sound.
The track features Lil Tracy when he went by the name of Yung Bruh, and the lo-fi video captures the energy of the young rappers at this formative and exciting moment in their career when everything looked so promising.
The track was an instant classic when Peep dropped it, and today it forms a foundational part of his legacy. With nearly a quarter of a billion streams on Spotify, it is amongst the most popular Lil Peep songs.
8. beamer boy (2017)
‘beamer boy’ is one of the early tracks that saw Lil Peep gain underground popularity. The Platinum-certified track came from his 2016 EP California Girls.
The lo-fi video perfectly fits the Lil Peep aesthetic, while the poppy hook, combined with a jangly acoustic guitar, and trap beat is low-key iconic. It’s easy to see why this track went off in Lil Peep’s early days.
Today, the track has around half a billion streams across all platforms, with around 400 million streams on Spotify alone.
7. awful things Feat. Lil Tracy (2017)
The fruits of Lil Peep’s long-term collaborations and friendship with Lil Tracy, ‘awful things’ is the artist’s third highest charting song.
The screamo-influenced track reached number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 after Peep’s death. It features on Peep’s debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1.
Lil Peep and Lil Tracy worked on a lot of projects together, however, the video to this track is testament to way in which Lil Tracy was occasionally left in Lil Peep’s shadow, mostly likely due to management decisions.
The video, which has over a quarter of a billion views, depicts a tense relationship in the context of Lil Peep’s antagonistic relationship with school.
6. Life is Beautiful (2018)
The bittersweet ‘Life is Beautiful’ is a sad and stirring track which sees Lil Peep delve into the paradoxes of life. The song chillingly sees Peep describe his own death saying, “there comes a time when everybody meets the same fate / I think I’ma die alone inside my room.”
The slow and melodic track has characteristically minimal production, with a slow trap-influenced beat. The song features on Peep’s second album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2.
The refrain “Isn’t life beautiful? I think that life is beautiful” hits hard every time, making this track one of the artist’s most poignant songs, as well as one of his most popular.
The song has around half a billion streams combined across all platforms.
5. Witchblades Feat. Lil Tracy (2017)
‘Witchblades’ is one of several Lil Peep hits that feature Lil Tracy, who was a close friend of Peep, and a fellow member of GothBoiClique collective.
The track comes from the posthumously released EP Castles II (2021) – a collaborative record of Lil Peep and Lil Tracy. ‘Witchblades’ is the most popular track on the record, which was first released in 2017 then rereleased in 2021.
The track has a slow trap beat and a minor key piano loop, and in the lyrics Peep reflects on his isolation at high school, his bipolar disorder, and cocaine addiction.
The track has well over half a billion streams across platforms, placing it amongst the most-streamed Lil Peeps songs.
4. Save That Shit (2017)
A brooding emo rap anthem, ‘Save That Shit’ was the fourth single from Lil Peep’s debut album.
The track has a distinctive, bluesy melody and a slow, ominous atmosphere. The lyrics allude to what seems to be toxic relationship that is breaking down. The lyrics suggest an ambivalent view on the relationship, with some lyrics suggesting it could be fixed, and others suggesting he has given up.
With nearly half a billion streams on YouTube and well over half a billion streams on Spotify, the track is one of the most popular Lil Peep songs.
3. Spotlight (2018)
‘Spotlight’ was the first Lil Peep song that released posthumously, at the request of the artist’s mother. Produced by Marshmello, the song has that slow and spacious feel characteristic of Lil Peep.
Marshmello spoke extremely highly of Lil Peep, and explained in an interview that he had no plans to release the track until Peep’s mother asked him to. About the track and about Peep, Marshmello said, “Peep brought an excitement to music that was unparalleled to anybody I’ve ever met… This record is dedicated to Peep’s mother, family, friends and his fans.”
The track has around half a billion streams across different platforms.
2. Star Shopping (2019)
The 2019 non-album single ‘Star Shopping’ is almost always counted amongst the best Lil Peep songs by fans and critics alike.
The moody and atmospheric track uses minimal, guitar-based instrumentals. The lyrics see Lil Peep describing a relationship that seems to be falling apart, with the girl’s friends and family disapproving of him. The artist paints a picture of isolation and conflicted feelings about his self-worth.
The spacious yet bleak mood and slow hip-hop beats makes it a Lil Peep classic. With over three-quarters of a billion streams on Spotify, it is clearly one of Lil Peep’s most popular songs.
1. Falling Down Feat. XXXTentacion (2018)
‘Falling Down’ is the bonus track on Lil Peep’s posthumously released second album. Featuring XXXTentaction, the song is a tragic collaboration between two artists that both died far too young.
The song was released as the lead single to Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2. With its slow tempo and guitar based instrumentals, the track is more in the realm of emo and pop than rap.
The song peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and has amassed almost one billion streams on Spotify.
Released after the artist’s death, the song went on to become on Lil Peep’s most popular songs.
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