On September 7, fans everywhere were devastated to hear of the passing of rapper Malcolm James McCormick, better known by his stage name Mac Miller. Miller died unexpectedly at the age of 26 from an apparent drug overdose. In 2011, Miller rose to fame after releasing his debut album “Blue Slide Park.” Since then, he has released “Watching Movies with the Sound Off”, Faces, “GO:OD AM”, “The Divine Feminine”, and his most recent project that was released just last month, “Swimming”. Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, G-Eazy, Elton John, Drake, Khalid, J. Cole, Niall Horan and plenty of other members of the music industry have paid tribute to Miller and publicly mourned his death. It’s an understatement to say that Miller will be greatly missed. Here are 10 top tracks from Miller throughout his entire music career.


  1. “Missed Calls”


“Missed Calls” is one of the songs off Miller’s debut album “Blue Slide Park”. To this day, it is still admired and regarded as one of Miller’s best songs for its relatable lyrics and slow tune.


  1. “Donald Trump”


Another track off of Miller’s debut album is “Donald Trump”. The music and lyrics are fun and original, describing Miller’s aspirations to become a rapper and his rise to fame.


  1. “Knock Knock”


This classic came out eight years ago on Miller’s fourth mixtape “K.I.D.S.” It’s an extremely upbeat song with an original sound, and it’s definitely one of the best from this mixtape.


  1. “Objects in the Mirror”


This song is from the 2013 album “Watching Movies with the Sound Off”. Listening to it is a spiritual experience because it has the most soothing sound paired with deep, poetic lyrics about finding a significant other.


  1. “Ladders”


“Ladders” is one of the tracks off of Miller’s most recent album, “Swimming”. It starts off slow, but then the beat completely picks up and flows perfectly with lyrics about going through good times and bad times.


  1. “My Favorite Part” (ft. Ariana Grande)


Miller worked in collaboration with his girlfriend at the time, Ariana Grande, on this track. The lyrics are a true testament for how much Miller and Grande truly loved each other. Miller opens the song by saying, “You just don’t know how beautiful you are, and baby that’s my favorite part. You walk around so clueless to it all, like nobody gonna break your heart.”


  1. “Stay”


This song is from Miller’s album “The Divine Feminine”, an album that explores the journey of love and is inspired by women in a very broad way. “Stay” has a slow yet fun sound and includes instrumentals from a saxophone, which surprisingly flows well and really adds to the overall sound.


  1. “Cinderella” (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)


This song was written about Miller’s girlfriend at the time, Grande. Although the lyrics are pretty descriptive, the music has an endearing sound, and this track is also from “The Divine Feminine”.


  1. “Hurt Feelings”


From his latest album “Swimming”, “Hurt Feelings” has a unique sound and is about how Miller’s career has changed/affected his life.


  1. “Best Day Ever”


This is the most fitting song to finish off the playlist. The lyrics and music are meaningful as it is, but they are even more bittersweet now that Miller has passed.


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