Best NBA 2K Songs of All Time
The NBA 2K franchise is one of the most popular sports franchises in the world. Developed by Visual Concepts and released annually since 1999, the basic premise of the game is to emulate the sport of basketball and, more specifically, the NBA.
And, as the last remaining officially licensed NBA video game, NBA 2K is sought after by throngs of basketball fans, looking to put their skills on display and against friends and family.
But, one of the most enticing aspects of the NBA 2K series is the list of songs included in each title. These songs not only add a bit of motivation and triumph to the game but also help to fully immerse the player in the game.
Below, we are going to review the best NBA 2K songs of all time. These songs have been featured on previous NBA 2K series and will definitely help you get more excited for both the start of the NBA season and for your own NBA 2K journey.
Kanye West ft Jeezy – Amazing
“Amazing” was recorded in 2008 and released in 2009 by vocalist Kanye West and appears on his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. Featuring guest appearance from Young Jeezy, the song received worldwide acclaim and praise on both the composition and structure.
And, having been included in NBA 2K10 and NBA 2K13, it is definitely worth another listen.
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Viva La Vida, which translates from Spanish as Long Live Life, is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. Released in 2008, the song was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
As the album’s second single, it debuted to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first number-one single in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
In addition, the song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009.
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Get Lucky was recorded in 2012 and released in 2013. Written and performed by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, it featured American musicians Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Released as Daft Punk’s lead single from their fourth and final studio album, Random Access Memories, it was released to wide acclaim and praise.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us
Can’t Hold Us was recorded between 2009-2010 and released in 2011. Written and performed by the hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, it did not begin to receive mass attention and appeal until 2012 and 2013, when it reached the number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition, the music video for the song was nominated for the Best Music Video at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. It was also listed as “The Most Streamed Song of 2013” by Spotify.
Nas – The World Is Yours
The World Is Yours is a 1994 song by rapper Nas. His fourth single on his debut album Illmatic, it is considered by many music critics as one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded. In addition, it was ranked seventh greatest rap song of all time by About.com and it reached number 13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart in 1994.
MGMT – Electric Feel
Electric Feel is a song by the rock band MGMT and was released in 2008, on their second single Oracular Spectacular. In the United States, the song originally peaked at number 20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but reached a new peak of number 14 almost three years after the original peak, due to a resurgence in sales from exposure on The Voice.
Nas ft Puff Daddy – Hate Me Now
Hate Me Now is the second and final single by rapper Nas and features Sean Combs. Released in 1999 on Nas’ third studio album I Am…., the song was ranked number 119 on XXL’s 250 Best Songs of the 1990’s.
Trippie Redd ft Travis Scott – Dark Knight Dummo
Dark Knight Dummo is a song by Trippie Redd and features vocals from fellow rapper Travis Scott. Released on December 6, 2017, it was the lead single from Redd’s debut studio album Life’s a Trip. It is his first single as a lead artist to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and is certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.
Jay Z – Public Service Announcement
Public Service Announcement was released by Jay-Z on his eight studio album, The Black Album. Released in 2003, the album was reportedly his final one before his retirement. The album is one of the best of his career and includes additional hits such as Change Clothes, Dirt Off Your Shoulder, and 99 Problems.
Drake – Started From the Bottom
Started from the Bottom is a song by Drake and was released as the first single in his third studio album Nothing Was the Same. The song was written by Drake, Michael Coleman, and Noah “40” Shebib. Started from the Bottom peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 but remains one of our all time favorites.
DJ Khaled ft Ace Hood – 365
365 is a song by DJ Khaled and was included in his album, I Changed a Lot. Released on October 23, 2015, the recording sessions took place between 2014 and 2015. The album features guest appearances from notable rappers and hip-hop artists, including Future, Rick Ross, Boosie Badazz, Jeezy, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Fetty Wap, Yo Gotti, Trick Daddy, French Montana, Meek Mill, Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Trey Songz, Jeremih, Ace Hood, Vado, Jay-Z, Mavado, John Legend, Usher and Fabolous.