Lil Nas X has taken the music industry by storm ever since his breakout single “Old Town Road” dropped in December of 2018. Since then, the pop sensation has collaborated with some of the most notable names in music including BTS, DaBaby, Nas, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Barker, Young Thug, and Cardi B.
Additionally, just 13 months after releasing “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X earned six GRAMMY nominations, including one for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. At the end of the night, Lil Nas X took home two awards, cementing himself as a versatile singer that is here to stay.
Who is Lil Nas X?
Born Montero Lamar Hill, Lil Nas X chose his stage name as an homage to legendary rapper Nas. However, before the fame, Lil Nas X lived in the greater Atlanta area where he became an extremely savvy internet personality.
After posting short-form comedy videos on Facebook and Vine, Lil Nas X struck gold on Twitter. Back in 2017, the then high school student started secretly going viral for his Nicki Minaj fan account, @NasMaraj. However, the now-suspended account wasn’t just used for stanning Nicki Minaj. @NasMaraj had hundreds of thousands of followers and would constantly go viral for creating various memes and scenario threads.
After his rise to fame, Lil Nas X initially denied that the account was his but has since admitted to being the owner. Around the same time, Lil Nas X dropped out of the University of West Georgia in order to pursue his music career. After a few months of crashing on his sister’s couch, he finally recorded his breakout hit, “Old Town Road.”
Lil Nas X songs for every mood
Since Lil Nas X’s transition from Twitter star to Billboard star, he hasn’t put out a ton of music. However, every song he has put out absolutely SLAPS. Despite his small catalog of music, the singer seems to have a song for EVERY SINGLE MOOD.
In preparation for his upcoming album Montero, we’ve gone through and listened to every song ever released by Lil Nas X. So, if you’re curious which Lil Nas X track you should listen to based on your current mood, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list below of 7 Lil Nas X songs for every mood.
Lil Nas X songs for when you’re in a great mood: “Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)”
Key Lyrics: “Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ / You can’t tell me nothin’”
“Old Town Road” put Lil Nas X on the map, and it’s the perfect song to vibe out to when you’re in a great mood. The track was first released on December 3, 2018, and quickly began racking up streams thanks to its growing popularity on TikTok.
Within the first month of its release, “Old Town Road” was the official anthem and inspiration behind the “Yeehaw Challenge” that overtook TikTok in late 2018. A quick look at this YouTube compilation will have you nostalgic over the app’s early days.
Success on social media allowed the track to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 83. However, controversy struck in March of 2019 when “Old Town Road” appeared on both of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The music publication decided to remove it from the country charts, and the backlash only increased the song’s popularity. On April 13, 2019, “Old Town Road” reached number one on the Hot 100, where it would stay for a record-breaking 19 consecutive weeks.
In order to double down that “Old Town Road” was in fact a country song, Lil Nas X, now with Columbia Records, released a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus. The singer had always wanted the country star to hop on the track, as you can see from this tweet, sent out just a day after the initial song’s release:
twitter please help me get billy ray cyrus on this pic.twitter.com/UDoeiOZqc1
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) December 5, 2018
The remix’s music video, released in May, was commercially and critically acclaimed, further proving that Lil Nas X is here to stay.
During “Old Town Road’s” historic stay atop the Billboard charts, Lil Nas X made history by becoming the first artist to come out as gay while having the number one record.
Just over a year after its release, “Old Town Road” would go on to win Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the GRAMMYs. Additionally, the track has sold over 18 million records, becoming the 14th highest-selling digital single of all time.
“Old Town Road” was also responsible for some hilarious memes, so let’s look back at some of the best.
billboard: we’re going to be assholes and take your country song off the charts—
billy ray cyrus: pic.twitter.com/W8l2P66DPb
— rebecca mix, proud daughter of a costco employee (@mixbecca) April 5, 2019
Me: I hate country mus…
*Listens to Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]*
Also me: pic.twitter.com/Xo1kIpynd2
— Gary B 🏴🦁🦁🦁 (@GaryBolton91) April 5, 2019
Me before I listened to the “Old Town Road” remix vs. me after pic.twitter.com/O7tA7zP9e0
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) April 5, 2019
Me whenever I hear country music:😒
Me listening to the Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus remix of old town road pic.twitter.com/qhuGd6uCHz
— Summer Parv ☀️😎🌻🍉⛱🌊 (@RealPattyWap) April 5, 2019
Lil Nas X songs for when you’re moving on: “Panini (feat. DaBaby)”
Key Lyrics: “I thought you want this for my life, for my life / Said you wanted to see me thrive, you lied”
Lil Nas X followed up “Old Town Road” with a killer track to listen to while moving on. “Panini” sees the singer discuss fans who are very supportive of you while you’re unknown yet turn on you once the fame hits. However, the song’s themes of possession as well as DaBaby’s verse on the remix make it the perfect post-breakup song.
Despite initial confusion, “Panini” is a reference to the character of the same name from the Cartoon Network series Chowder. Lil Nas X confirmed that the character’s possessive nature over Chowder was an inspiration for the song.
this is panini, not the damn sandwich pic.twitter.com/cbuzmaJTt1
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) May 11, 2019
However, despite the fact that the song has nothing to do with the delicious sandwich, Lil Nas X couldn’t resist joining celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen to whip up a delicious panini.
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) July 3, 2019
Lil Nas X songs for when you want to turn up in some cowboy boots: “Rodeo (feat. Cardi B)”
Key Lyrics: “I’ma take you from this party, we might go and have some sex / Or we do that later on, now we lit like cigarettes”
In this Lil Nas X song, he brings back his signature country trap style for “Rodeo,” and it absolutely SLAPS. The track—which sounds like a modern outlaw banger—sees the singer join forces with Cardi B.
“Rodeo’s” production in the opening seconds sounds like it is straight out of a Mexican standoff from an old country-western movie. However, once the beat kicks in, “Rodeo” becomes one of the hypest songs off of Lil Nas X’s EP, 7.
While Lil Nas X sings about staying with his girl through thick and thin, Cardi B raps about what she’d do if she caught her man cheating in her critically-acclaimed guest verse.
The love for Cardi B’s verse on “Rodeo” is through the roof.
Cardi’s verse on Rodeo was my preference
— Ariana (@soldegold) June 4, 2021
What’s your favorite musical collaboration Lil Nas X has done so far?
— major 🍵 #1 ꜱᴄᴏᴏᴘ ꜱᴛᴀɴ (@lilnasxmajor) June 7, 2021
cardi snapped on Rodeo verse 😭
— songsforquan (@laquanchillando) June 8, 2021
Meanwhile, fans are calling “Rodeo” Lil Nas X’s best song!
Unpopular opinion: rodeo is lil nas x’s best song
— thyra | she/her | minor 🎰 (@thyraisCUUl) June 5, 2021
“Rodeo” has EVERYONE hyped.
— Kimberly🌺 (@KimberlyG001) August 11, 2019
Lil Nas X songs for when you’re feeling confident: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Key Lyrics: “I’m not fazed, only here to sin / If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can”
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” is a fantastic song to jam out to when you need a confidence boost. The song’s LGBTQA+ themes and lyrics prove that Lil Nas X doesn’t care what anyone else thinks and that he is now at a place where he is confident and proud of his sexuality.
The song’s two titles, “Montero” and “Call Me By Your Name,” show that Lil Nas X is comfortable showing fans his true self. “Montero” is pulled from the artist’s birth name, Montero Hill, and “Call Me By Your Name” is a reference to the LGBTQA+-themed romance novel and film of the same name. Through the song’s title, Lil Nas X is unapologetically telling audiences that he is proud of who he is.
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” had a somewhat controversial rollout, however, the song was praised by many critics and became Lil Nas X’s second track to appear atop the Billboard Hot 100. The track is currently the most popular single from the singer’s upcoming album, Montero.
Honestly, who doesn’t have “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” on repeat?
confession i still listen to montero (call me by your name) literally every day
— rat bf (@trophyrat) June 3, 2021
We’ve all been singing “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” since the moment it came out.
Wow okay Montero (call me by your name) is a bop its been stuck in my head for hours
— Jade | wangxian brainrot (@Jadethecryptic) June 4, 2021
My husband is wandering around the house singing Montero (Call Me By Your Name) like he’s channeling his inner @LilNasX and I’m here for it.
— Crille 🏰🎠 (@crilleacree) June 4, 2021
This song’s replay value 💯💯💯
first time i listened to lil nas x’s montero i was like huh this is good but it’s not super my thing but i hit repeat anyway and now it’s set on a constant loop not sure how this happened
— Aruni M. (@aruni_93) June 8, 2021
This is 100% facts.
You always stay in the car, even if you have arrived at your destination, if Montero by @LilNasX comes on
— heidi (@heidi_saba) June 4, 2021
Someone edit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” over an anime opening credit sequence ASAP!
Bro i swear that Lil nas -Montero fits in every anime opening
— Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. (@HoodieJa1) June 8, 2021
Lil Nas X songs for when you’re in your feels: “SUN GOES DOWN”
Key Lyrics: “You need an instant ease / From your life where you got plenty / Of every hurt and heartbreak / You just take it all to the face”
“SUN GOES DOWN” is the most emotional song in Lil Nas X’s entire catalog, and it’s the perfect song to play when you’re in your feels.
The track is a new style for Lil Nas X, and it sees the pop star sing softly about the loneliness and identity struggles he felt when he was a teen. However, what is so great about “SUN GOES DOWN” is that it allows Lil Nas X to have a conversation with his younger self and be there for listeners who are struggling with the same things.
The track ends with hope as Lil Nas X finds happiness and peace through the therapeutic revisiting of his past. Check out our full review and reaction to the “SUN GOES DOWN” music video here!
“SUN GOES DOWN” feels like a hug every time we listen to it.
what song feels like a hug?
— Twitter Music is listening to Thot Shit (@TwitterMusic) June 7, 2021
This track is literally flawless.
@LilNasX – sun goes down is such a good song. Me in a song.
— blue flame 🔥 (@Blueflame4L) June 4, 2021
Is “SUN GOES DOWN” already the song of the summer?
@LilNasX sun goes down is my summer song 💖
— 𝕽𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖊𝖑 🦋 (@raxch182) June 5, 2021
It’s honestly therapeutic.
Sun goes down 🎶 really pulled me out of a funk this morning @LilNasX 💖
— M⚡️ (@saasmxney) June 4, 2021
Lil Nas X songs for when you feel like flexing: “HOLIDAY”
Key Lyrics: “Switch the genre on you h*es, do a rock hit / I got the biggest d*mn song, f*ck the charts, sis, I don’t need ’em”
Sometimes, you just gotta flex, and there isn’t a better song to stunt to than “HOLIDAY.” The song sees Lil Nas X at his most boisterous—and we’re here for it. After all, Lil Nas X has plenty to be brag about, and sometimes we all need a little break in order to proudly flex out historic accomplishments.
Consider it a gift anytime “HOLIDAY” randomly starts playing.
to the person in my exam who’s phone began playing holiday by lil nas x randomly: thank you
— “ tobi neonsalt „ merry pride 😀 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@neonsalt_) June 8, 2021
“HOLIDAY” is an instant mood lifter.
there are few songs that bring me joy and for some reason holiday by lil nas x is one of them
— isadora machado (@isad0raa) June 9, 2021
He has seen the light!
Lol I definitely slept on Lil Nas x..Holiday is my shit
— fLEX Lew-Thor (@leftmy_Mark) June 7, 2021
Lil Nas X songs for when you’re feeling empowered: “C7osure (You Like)”
Key Lyrics: “Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold / This is what I gotta do, can’t be regrettin’ when I’m old”
“C7osure (You Like)” is the ultimate empowering song. The track sees Lil Nas X telling his loved ones that he is ready to grow and nothing, not even fear or worry, is going to hold him back.
While the track was initially thought to be about Lil Nas X’s rapid ascent into stardom, on June 30, 2019—the last day of Pride Month—the singer tweeted that the true meaning behind the song’s lyrics has to do with his sexuality. Thus, with “C7osure (You Like),” Lil Nas X confirmed that he is part of the LGBTQA+ community.
some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨ pic.twitter.com/O9krBLllqQ
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
A truly empowering song, “C7osure (You Like)” shows that we all need to live life without regrets and trust that everything will work out if we stay true to ourselves and take leaps of faith.
“C7osure (You Like)” is criminally underrated.
c7osure by @LilNasX doesnt get enough hype
— dear god its me margaret (@bichhomiequan) June 2, 2021
This track is a true masterpiece.
this masterpiece! Every song is very well mastered and C7osure is just pleasing to my ears. https://t.co/EfeL3JNt0b
— callmeLD 🎸ROCKSTAR TAPES SOON (@itsyaboilildan) June 7, 2021
So many fans connected with “C7osure (You Like)”
The song that made me less afraid 💗💜💙 https://t.co/TnGkKORslk
— cosmic 🤍 (@wholuvscosmic) June 6, 2021
When this came out I was so depressed at the lowest point of my life I really needed a push In the Right direction
Than I listened to 7 and I didn’t feel so alone anymore I felt like i could listen and forget all my problems
And c7osure Made me so fucking strong 🤍 https://t.co/5lM83XoSww
— cosmic 🤍 (@wholuvscosmic) June 8, 2021
Did your favorite Lil Nas X song make the list? Let us know in the comments!
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