Nobody compares to the Wu-Tang Clan. Period. From the moment they exploded onto the music scene from out of the slums of Staten Island, they've been a dominate force in the culture.
They have a sound that has been often imitated yet never duplicated, mixing eerie beats with unforgettable stanzas.
This musical powerhouse composed of RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Kills, and Cappandonna, have consistently entertained their legions of fans while breaking down sonic and racial barriers.
Let's take a look at 10 of the all-time best Wu-Tang Clan songs to see which ones stand out from their catalog of classics.
10 Iconic Wu-Tang Clan Songs You Need to Listen To
Are you a lover of the Wu-Tang Clan? To consider yourself a #1 fan, you've got to know these Wu-Tang Clan Songs. Here are 10 you should memorize lyrics to!
1. "It's Yours" (1997)
Let's start our list of iconic Wu-Tang songs with this anthem designed to be performed in a packed stadium, stuffed with a wide range of references including everything from Saddam Hussein to Santa Clause.
RZA's chorus was a call out to the audience: "It's Yours!/The world in the palm of your hand/It's yours!/Twenty-three million of useful land/It's yours!/The seed and the black Woman/It's yours!/Double LP from Wu-Tang Clan/It's yours!"
2. "Reunited" (1997)
This song was penned to commemorate Wu-Tang's much-anticipated reunion after a lengthy time apart. And it definitely lit a fire under the hip-hop community, leading to solo offers to many of the individual members of the group.
The strings on the song sounded clean, yet the rhyming was as hardcore as ever before.
Ol' Dirty Bastard says on the track "I don't walk, I get carried". Ironic since his various personal and legal problems would keep him away from most future work with WTC.
3. "Bring da Ruckus" (1993)
This track from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was like a rocket fired from the battlefield. RZA's production skills brought shell-shocked sound effects that demonstrated the group's never-back-down worldview.
The track is raw and shows no mercy, and definitely belongs on any list of their top 10.
4. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" (1993)
Another track from Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" is a showcase of U-God's lyrical prowess, such as with "Speakin' of the Devil - psych!/No, it's the God, get your shit right!"
The lyrics of this track are a take-no-prisoners anthem, spitting venom with every verse.
5. "Can It Be All So Simple" (1993)
Again from 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), this track is a duet featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.
The lyrics take the listener on a journey describing how these men ended up in a life of crime when they were "ignorant and mad young". Part haunting confessional, and part enthralling lament of the choices of youth, "Pops was a fiend since 16/Shootin' that 'that's the shit!' in his bloodstream'.
The 1995 remix was an amped-up reworking of the original, as well as featuring all-new lyrics.
6. "Triumph" (1997)
Next on our list is a track off of Wu-Tang Forever, an album made the first time the group reunited after the members had disbanded to pursue solo projects.
Triumph features a six-minute run time and lacks a chorus. All 10 core members can be heard on the recording, with Ol' Dirty Bastard handling the intro.
7. "Method Man" (1993)
With Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Method Man appeared on nearly every track, firmly establishing himself as the first breakout star of the group. His charisma overflowed on "Method Man", showcasing his talents in this quirky and incredibly fun track chock-full of pop culture references.
A bit of trivia that many of the most hardcore fans probably already know, Method's name is actually derived from Shaolin slang for weed.
8. "Tearz" (1993)
Yet another track from the classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is a morality tale of what goes around comes around.
The track describes Rakeem drinking and smoking, watching girls and bragging about dirty deeds from the recent past. What he doesn't realize is that at that same moment his younger sibling is being gunned in the street.
RZA's lyrics of lament are haunting, "I taught him all about the bees and birds/But I wish I had a chance to say these three words..."
9. "Protect Ya Neck" (1993)
This track was the first Wu-Tang song, raw and super-heated, inventive, and filled with morbid humor.
"I smoke on the mic like smoking' Joe Frazier/The hell raiser, raising hell with the flavor"
It's not hard to see why this track arrived on the hip-hop scene like a stick of dynamite. Released by Loud Records in May 1993, this was the Wu's opening shot off the instant classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Featuring eight distinctive voices and packed full of quotable lines, there was no denying that Wu was a force to be reckoned with.
10. "C.R.E.A.M." (1993)
"My life got no better/Same damn 'Lo sweater/Times is rough and tough like leather"
This track is all about money, the lack thereof, and the desire to get rich. "C.R.E.A.M." (Cash Rules Everything Around me). The lyrics are filled with a tone of economic depression and laments of living a troubled youth.
It's a mesmerizing song, filled with the unforgettable hook, "Dollar dollar bill, y'all". Even after nearly thirty years, the track hasn't lost a single ounce of its power or soul.
The Wu-Tang Clan at its Very Best
There's a reason why the Wu is still a dominant force in the hip-hop culture. With lyrics and beats that can't be denied or ignored, the group created a sound that will continue to move listeners for decades to come.
This list of Wu-Tang Clan songs barely scratches the surface of their greatness and influence on generations of hip-hop fans. Any list of Wu-Tang greatest hits is destined to leave off many fan favorites.
This group is part of music and cultural history. Their music is a part of the soundtrack of our lives, leaving a legacy that will become more important with each passing year.
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