Kid Cudi performs in support of his "Entergalactic" album release at Oakland Arena on August 21, 2022 in Oakland, California.
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From “Man on the Moon” to “Entergalactic” — These Are Our Top 5 Kid Cudi Albums of All Time

Kid Cudi's music has given us the feels for years, but five of his albums stand above the rest. Here are our favorite Cudi songs of all time!


Mar. 6 2024, Published 7:17 p.m. ET

When it comes to being an artist and an influencer, rapper Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, also known as Kid Cudi, unintentionally shaped a new generation of artists. This Cleveland-born artist’s sound and aesthetic, especially his signature calm humming, can be traced back to his early 2000s releases.

His sound has inspired many of today’s tracks. Many artists like Kanye West, Travis Scott, Jaden Smith, Logic, and A$AP Rocky directly mention being influenced by Cudi.

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His career has had such longevity that he has had the opportunity to create music with most, if not all, of the artists that he inspired in his past. Cudi is considered the founder of emo rap, and his songs are known to put you all the way in your feelings.

Tune in for Kid Cudi’s top five albums ranked below!

“Man on the Moon: The End of Day” (2009)

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Album cover for Kid Cudi's “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”

The best Cudi album is his first commercial official debut, Man On The Moon. This iconic album was mind-blowing to many of its listeners and full of instant classics. Songs like “Day n Nite” and “Pursuit Of Happiness” became instant anthems and the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and went certified platinum two times.

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This album helped Kid Cudi become one of the most prominent voices on the experimental side of 2010s hip-hop.

The Crooker’s remixed version of the hit “Day n Nite” helped Cudi land on the UK Singles Chart at No. 2, crossing over internationally.

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Speaking to subjects such as mental health — namely depression, anxiety, loneliness, existential pain, and using drugs to cope with these obstacles — this album helped thousands of people feel seen and heard. Kid Cudi Sold over 4,070,000 copies of Man on the Moon.

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“Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” (2010)

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Album cover for Kid Cudi's “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”

The follow-up to his 2009 debut, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Ragersaw Cudi explore his dark side.

MOTM2 is certified platinum and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Cudi made sure to match, and even exceed, the emotional depth of MOTM1, painting a vivid picture of his self-destructive journey.

“REVOFEV,” “Mojo so Dope,” “Erase Me – Main,” and “Mr. Rager” became instant classics. Kid Cudi sold over 1,000,000 copies of this album.

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“Kids See Ghosts” (2018)

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Album cover for Kid Cudi's “Kids See Ghosts"

In collaboration with mentor Kanye West, Cudi made what many would see as an alternative rap album. With only seven songs, Kids See Ghosts covers a lot of topics surrounding mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

The combination of Kanye’s creative production and Kid Cudi’s heavenly vocals made it an instant classic.

reddit user raved:​​“I'm amazed at how well Cudi made such odd rhythms, melodies, and percussive patterns meld into such a cool, different project”.

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“Man On The Moon III: Chosen” (2020)

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“Man On The Moon III: Chosen” (2020) album cover.

Man On The Moon III came over a decade after the first album in the trilogy.

Cudi returned to his roots of emotional openness and signature moody vocals while introducing pop-trap flows in a gratifying homecoming. His lyrics serve as a triumph of learning how to master self while battling mental health issues.

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“Entergalactic” (2022)

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Album cover for Kid Cudi's "Entergalactic"

Cudi dropped his fifth studio album under his own label, Wicked Awesome Records, and Republic.

Entergalactic is an audiovisual project that serves as the soundtrack to his adult animation project on Netflix. The album includes some beautifully written and performed love songs that offer an upbeat vibe, a contrast to Cudi’s usually somber sound.

Taking to Twitter to describe the album, Cudi wrote: “Entergalactic is a fantasy. It’s what I wish I had. I live a very lonely life, but I have hope I’ll find someone someday."

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