Photo: via Reddit

Songs The Best Roots Songs of All Time  

Voteable
271 votes 45 voters

List Rules Vote for your favorite The Roots songs, not just singles and hits.

List of The Roots songs, ranked from best to worst by the Ranker community. Most people at this point might know The Roots better as the dexterous house band for The Tonight Show, but they landed that gig after establishing an over fifteen year career of sonic adventure. Started in high school by voracious audiophile Questlove and nascent rapper Black Thought, The Roots evolved over the years from a live hip-hop band to musical journeymen recording with people as diverse as Booker T to Elvis Costello. What's most remarkable though is the consistency of their recorded output. They have peaks and valleys like any other artist, but a mediocre Roots track is few and far between.

The Roots' well known singles You Got Me and Here I Come are here as well as a plethora of ringers that come from nearly every one of their albums. If you think something's slipped by us or you have your own Roots era you'd like to highlight, add or rerank away. Simply click the "Rerank List" button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like.

1
18 4
Ranker Video
The Seed (2.0) Phrenology

2
16 5
Ranker Video
You Got Me Things Fall Apart

3
6 0
Ranker Video
Adrenaline! Things Fall Apart

4
14 4
Ranker Video
The Next Movement Things Fall Apart

5
10 1
Ranker Video
The Fire How I Got Over

6
11 3
Ranker Video
What They Do Illadelph Halflife

7
9 2
Ranker Video
Here I Come Game Theory

8
7 1
Ranker Video
Don't See Us Things Fall Apart

9
7 1
Ranker Video
Now or Never How I Got Over

10
7 1
Ranker Video
Dear God 2.0 How I Got Over

11
7 1
Ranker Video
How I Got Over How I Got Over

12
8 2
Ranker Video
Dynamite! Things Fall Apart

13
8 2
Ranker Video
Mellow My Man Do You Want More?!!!??!

14
5 0
Ranker Video
Doin’ It Again How I Got Over

15
8 3
Ranker Video
Proceed Do You Want More?!!!??!

16
5 0
Ranker Video
Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New Things Fall Apart

17
6 1
Ranker Video
Without a Doubt Things Fall Apart

18
6 2
Ranker Video
Break You Off Phrenology

19
4 0
Ranker Video
Guns Are Drawn The Tipping Point

20
4 1
Ranker Video
Sacrifice Phrenology

21
3 0
Ranker Video
Game Theory Game Theory

22
3 0
Ranker Video
Step Into the Realm Things Fall Apart

23
3 0
Ranker Video
The Lesson, Part 1 Do You Want More?!!!??!

24
3 0
Ranker Video
Don’t Say Nuthin’ The Tipping Point

25
3 0
Ranker Video

26
3 1
Ranker Video
Rock You Phrenology

27
3 1
Ranker Video
Star/Pointro The Tipping Point

28
3 1
Ranker Video
Singing Man Rising Down

29
2 0
Ranker Video
Long Time Game Theory

30
2 0
Ranker Video
Hustla How I Got Over

31
2 0
Ranker Video
In the Music Game Theory

32
2 0
Ranker Video
Respond/React Illadelph Halflife

33
3 2
Ranker Video
Thought @ Work Phrenology

34
3 2
Ranker Video
Tomorrow ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

35
3 2
Ranker Video
Water Phrenology

36
2 1
Ranker Video
Pussy Galore Phrenology

37
2 1
Ranker Video
I Can’t Help It Rising Down

38
1 0
Ranker Video
Act Too (The Love of My Life) Things Fall Apart

39
1 0
Ranker Video
Lighthouse undun

40
1 0
Ranker Video
One Time undun

41
2 2
Ranker Video
Quills Phrenology

42
2 2
Ranker Video
Don’t Feel Right Game Theory

43
0 0
Ranker Video
Rising Down Rising Down

44
0 0
Ranker Video
? vs. Rahzel Do You Want More?!!!??!

45
0 0
Ranker Video
The Spark Things Fall Apart

46
0 0
Ranker Video
Make My undun

47
0 1
Ranker Video
Criminal Rising Down

48
0 1
Ranker Video
When the People Cheer ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

49
0 1
Ranker Video
Black Rock ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

50
0 1
Ranker Video
The Dark (Trinity) ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin