10 Best Songs by Lenny Kravitz

The greatest hits from famous multi-instrumentalist.

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10 Best Songs by Lenny Kravitz

Kravitz's sonic template combined good old-fashioned rock & roll with glam, soul, and psychedelia, making him a massive success. Today Lenny Kravitz has become one of those who dominate the world musical Olympus. For many, he is a musical Guru. He is often compared to such legends of the outgoing musical generation as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Here are 10 songs by Lenny Kravitz.

10. "I Belong To You", album "Greatest Hits"

“I Belong to You” is one of his most sensual songs. This ballad is all kinds of laid-back and sexy.

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9. "Where Are We Runnin'?", album "Baptism"

It was the first single from his 2004 album, Baptism, and showed that Kravitz wasn’t going to be mellowing out anytime soon.

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8. "Can't Get You Off My Mind", album "Circus"

It was about this song that Kravitz said in an interview: "That lyric was not a pastiche. It came out of me naturally, just as all my lyrics do. I don't analyze songwriting, I simply write."

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7. "Believe", album "Let Love Rule"

This rock ballad finds Kravitz singing of the power of faith. He explained on a Reddit AMA the song is, "about the power of God, self and positive thinking, which all equates to love."

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6. "American Woman", album "Greatest Hits"

This was originally recorded by Canadian group The Guess Who in 1970, But at the request of the studio, which shot Austin Powers 2, The Spy Who Shagged Me, Lenny made a cover specially for the film.

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5. "Dig In", album "Lenny"

It’s got all the elements of a classic Kravitz rock song, including an addictive chorus and great rhythm. It’s hard to forget this song once you’ve heard it.

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4. "Lady", album "Baptism"

The song is believed to be written about Kravitz's then-girlfriend, Nicole Kidman. "Lady" was the most successful song from Baptism on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #27.

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3. "Again", album "Greatest Hits"

This was the only new song on Kravitz' Greatest Hits album. It helped the album sell over 3 million copies, become the best selling album of his career and won the 2000 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

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2. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over", album "Mama Said"

Kravitz has said he wrote this song about the breakdown of his marriage to actress Lisa Bonet, and the heartbreak is oozing all over this song. This ballad is one of Kravitz’s best ballads. It remains his highest-charting hit of his career in the U.S., where it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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1. "Fly Away", album "5"

Among all the songs of Lenny, it was this one that stayed on the charts longer than any - already 41 weeks, but it did not rise above the 12th place in the end. However, it’s one of the songs that won Kravitz a Grammy.

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    Are You Gonna Go My Way???
    Blues for sister someone? Mr Cab Driver? What the fuck are we saying? Live? It's your life? Let love rule? This list is a joke, you only chose singles
    I think because that's the really obvious one that everyone knows. It's like putting the Final Countdown in a Europe top ten, or Breaking the Law in a Priest one.
    10) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 9) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 8) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 7) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 6) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 5) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 4) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 3) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 2) Are you Gonna Go My Way? 1) Fly Away
    Heh, not the biggest Lenny Kravitz fan, but I just scrolled thru the list and have absolutelly unintentionally read all the song titles exactly in tune of that song and realized if afterwards. This is what impact an famous songwriter should have on us.
    Where did this list come from ? Omitting Are You Gonna Go My Way is a joke. It's his 'biggest' hit IMO.
    Yeah this list has no source and no author. Pathetic really, but kind of expected from UG.
    LK has so many hits.  Just keeps writing and putting out good music.  Tough to narrow down this list.  I would have added: Are you Gonna Go My Way Let Love Rule Always On The Run
    I remember when I was a kid I loved Fly Away and i'm happy it's on the list, but ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY SHOULD BE ON THIS LIST MORE THAN FLY!!
    Damn, I've always liked Lenny Kravitz a whole lot, but you kind of forgot he had so many hits. Dig In and Lady especially. His music videos are all pretty sweet. Again Are you Gonna Go My Way is the best, who wouldn't want to play THAT venue? Again and Fly Away are two of the first videos I ever saw.
    Poor phrasing in that one sentence; it's "Again, Are you Gonna Go My Way," as in, other people have commented on that, not Again the song, and Are you Gonna Go My Way.
    American Woman is NOT a Lenny Kravitz song. It is an atrocious decrepit mutation of a song.
    He was one of my major influences to learn to play, back in the 90's.   Fun songs, cool riffs and a stylish dude.    'Always on the Run' with Slash was pretty good too.
    I remember the first time I saw American Woman on TRL, that was the moment I decided I wanted to play guitar.  I thought "this guy is just the coolest".  Sure now my opinion has shifted as my influences in guitar have grown, but at that moment, he was what I thought rock guitar was.
    Same for me!   I went out and bought an Ashton amp and a cheap Yamaha guitar after I saw that clip.