J. Cole performs during day 3 of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 30, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Cole World: Exploring Dreamville CEO J. Cole's Highest Charting Singles

J. Cole is known as a lyrical genius, and for good reason. Here's a breakdown of the rapper's number one hits, according to the charts.


Nov. 22 2023, Updated 7:53 a.m. ET

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Beyond his success with Dreamville Fest, pro basketball, and other enterprising ventures, J. Cole is a fan-favorite rapper who built his career on thought-provoking raps that keep fans intrigued and inspired.

Cole is a prime example of an artist who has reached commercial success but has stayed true to his roots, and we all know how rare that can be. The "Crooked Smile" MC has had six albums that peaked at number one.

But which of his singles have done the best on the charts? Here's a list of J. Cole hits that have secured the No. 1 spot.

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"First Person Shooter" — Drake (featuring J. Cole)

 (L-R) Drake and J. Cole locking fingers at First Down Friday in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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It takes a lot of grit and consistency to still top the charts a decade after blowing up, and J.Cole definitely fits the bill.

The Germany-born MC teamed up with Drake for "First Person Shooter," a song that displays the music chemistry and undeniable pen game that these two share.

On the track, Cole and the Canada-born icon go back and forth with their raw lyricism. The song made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As of this writing, it's maintained a spot on the charts for six weeks and counting.

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"my.life" — J. Cole (featuring 21 Savage and Morray)

J. Cole's "my.life" appeared on his sixth studio album, The Off-Season, and showcased his lyrical evolution as an artist.

The album saw J. Cole step out of his comfort zone and included cameos from longtime collaborators and rookies in the rap game alike. "my.life" featured 21 Savage and Morray and the result was a No.1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

"All My Life" — Lil Durk (featuring J. Cole)

Lil Durk teamed up with J. Cole for "All My Life," a chart-topping hit that saw Durk temporarily shift away from his usual sound and focus on an more positive message.

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During an interview with Apple Music's The Nadeska Show, Durk said that the song took two years to come to fruition because he wanted to make sure that "All My Life" was the right fit for Cole.

The rapper said at the time: "In my eyes, he a legend. If you have a chance to do a song with a legend, it be like, will you send them something just to send it, just to say you got one? Or you gone make it stick?"

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"So that’s why I never just sent him a record ’cause I’m like, ‘I want something that’s gon’ stick,’" he added.

Durk's plan worked because the song debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and maintained that spot for seven weeks.

Honorable mention: "No Role Modelz" — J. Cole

An honorable mention that keeps making the rounds when Cole's music catalog is brought up is the song "No Role Modelz." Although the track did debut at No. 1, it is still considered one of his most memorable songs.

The North Carolina-raised rapper used elements of humor coupled with his signature, unmatched punch lines and lyrical genius on "No Role Modelz."

The song was a prophetic take on the evolution of pop culture in the digital era.

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