Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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The Top Ten

Lose Yourself - Eminem
Come on, 8? This songs got it all! Amazing lyrics, inspirational words and its got EMINEM! I was expecting it to be a little higher.
The greatest most inspiring song from the worlds greatest rapper
Can't get better than this... Energy oozes outta this song... I lost myself totaly in the music
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2Changes - 2pac
This song is simply amazing! The beat is one of the greatest of all time and 2pac has certainly made a change in the hip-hop/rap industry.
Beautiful song in ever sense of the word: extremely socially conscious, great flow that 2pac delivers, powerful and true images delivered through the song secures this song in this spot.

Changes is the greatest song ever. Tupac will come back and save hip hop. Greatest rapper of all time.
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3N.Y. State of Mind - Nas
A great song off of the best hip hop album in history!

Who else could spit such a good song in 1 take that was written in 1 hour. Nas is one of the greatest to ever rap.
White boy pump up music and the #1 Tupac track among posers ranks above this? This song is GOAT! It illustrates the feelings of anxiety and danger that come from living in the ghetto with unpretentious, and poetic lyrics. No hypocritical messages, no showing off, just pure hip-hop. "Every song to come after is superfluous."
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4Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
Was and is an inspiration to everyone who has listened to the song. Also one of the best songs ever. Even if the guy wasn't dead, people still would've listened to it the same amount of times. It's that good.
This list is pretty bad, and this is song is by FAR better than any other song on the list. Biggies flow and rhymes are incredible, making ready to die (in my opinion) top 5 rap albums EVER
Juicy.. A good song and it has good picture for those who dream big.. It is a song I think it should be on the 1st spot becouse of the message and the flow
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5Put It On - Big L
The fact the Lose Yourself is higher then Big L disgusts me. Big L was and will always be the best lyricist! Punchlines King all day!
Big L is the most underrated rapper of all time if he hadn't died he might have been the best ever


He was one of the best
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6Stan - Eminem
I love this song it is to be the most heart touching rap songs
This song is a masterpiece!
Tis is my favourite song it deserves to be on no 2
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7Dance With the Devil - Immortal Technique
This is the rap song kids and teens and all gangbangers and wannabe thugs need to hear its more than enough to set someone on the right path and can teach the kids why its important not to fall down such a road it can change a persons life and especially those who wants to be hard will understand what it really means this song makes Eminems songs bout his sad life happy
This song is amazing, one of few left with a story line that actually makes sense.
a mix of juggerness and diggerness...
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8In Da Club - 50 Cent
One of the best slow flow songs ever
Just joking, not bad though
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9C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan
The Wu honestly revolutionized all of Hip Hop culture. One of the last groups around that still make "real motherf*****' Hip Hop". Also listen to their songs "Triumph", "Reunited" and the all time classic "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' To F With"!
Nothing. NOTHING stands above this song. Enough' said.
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10Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
whoa don't even get me started on this gem. It can be easily said that this song is what sparked the whole west coast gangster rap movement great song.

In the club beat the Gangster Rap Anthem? Oh dear people...
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The Contenders

11Drop the World - Eminem Ft Lil Wayne
This is like lil waynes only awesome performance besides the one in chris browns look at me now. The lyrics in the starting verses are amazing but what makes it a legendary song is eminems rap. That's what makes it and amazing song
Its just over the lyric
This song is good expect for that sucky lil wayne
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12I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common
Yo Big L, Im happy for you, and imma let you finish but I used to love h. e. r. was the best hip hop song of all time of ALL TIME! :) jk but still.. this song deserves to be in the top ten, it was a amazing song in every way


This is best song forever,
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13End of Days - Vinnie Paz Listen to sample

14Shook Ones Part II - Mobb Deep
This should be in the top 5 for the beat alone this is queen bridges ultimate representation of hip hop besides Nas of course classic song! Definitely better than lose your self ( although I love that song as well)
I got you stuck off the realness... Best song in rap history not only is it a top 5 beat but prodigy gives one of the verses ever
Amazing song that seem to always be overlooked.
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15One Mic - Nas
Incredibly powerful lyrics delivered through a great beat providing images of Nas' experiences and observations which are clear to the listener

Not my favorite but it deserves a much higher spot.
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16Knockout - Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj
Wow.. an awesome hip-hop song got a little pop but still its awesome.. Love YMCMB
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17Hate It or Love It - The Game
Westsyd 2 death... Games the real OG
A little too soon to be on this list I think not, another song that depicts the struggles of growing up in the 'hood with amazing flow and powerful imagery with a great beat produced to back it up. This song resonates with you when you hear from beginning to end.
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18Love Lockdown - Kanye West
Very good song but very underrated please vote
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19F*** Tha Police - N.W.A. Listen to sample

20Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story - Jedi Mind Tricks Listen to sample

21Ether - Nas Listen to sample

22It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube

This list is obviously a joke if Drake and Lil Gayne are above this monster. This is the song that got me into rap. Its so chill and Cube throws out the rhymes from hell. Also shows how a "a good day" was for bangers on the WC

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23Not Afraid - Eminem
If this is there in number 23...I don't really know what type of songs are there in the top 10 list...its a song that can give anybody goosebumps!
Ever best rap... From our homie boy EMinem... (y)
Best song ever from RAP GOD! Eminem!
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24Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G. Listen to sample

2599 Problems - Jay-Z
Excellent production by rick rubin
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26Everyday Struggle - The Notorious B.I.G
This song is so underrated! It's not very well known because it was not a single but it can be found on biggies "ready to die" album which is one of the greatest albums. And this song is biggies best song without a doubt! Biggie raps about the struggles and problems he faced everyday living in the ghetto and how harsh his life was. The lyrics are so clever and his flow is just amazing. This is real hip hop. A very underrated song from biggie smalls. If you have not heard this song then listen to it right now! It's awesome!
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27Forever - Drake ft Kanye west, Lil wayne, Eminem Listen to sample

28Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
Jay Z's creativity shines through this masterpiece that delivers intelligent lyrics with a great beat and sample.

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29Headlines - Drake Listen to sample

30Renegade - Eminem & Jay - Z Listen to sample

31G Code - Geto Boys Listen to sample

32Runnin' - Dying to Live - 2pac & Biggie Listen to sample

33Whatever You Like - T.I.
This song is the greatest hip-hop song of all time made and produced by the greatest rapper alive, T.I. king is the best album ever, and that's why T.I. is and deserves to be the King of the South.
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34Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J

A perfect song to use in a workout but if you look past that you hear a young and ambitious LL Cool J delivering a powerful anthem that challenge those who oppose him.

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35Heartless - Kanye West Listen to sample

36Right Above It - Lil Wayne Ft Drake Listen to sample

37Nuthin But a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre Listen to sample

38Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep spit fire like this before they were signed by G-Unit and dumbed there lyrics down


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39Fight The Power - Public Enemy
This song is emotionally lyrical in its message. Public Enemy are known by the Music scene to reach out there hand to the black community and sing about problems with America
Super socially conscious song incredibly powerful lyrics, not a lot needs to be said about this song.

Should be number 1. Amazing lyrics and one of the most important hip hop songs of all time
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40The Show Goes On - Lupe Fiasco Listen to sample

41Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
A group of thugs that can harmonize like none other. This track shows the brotherhood they shared.
Amazing song that was dedicated to Eazy E


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42California Love - 2Pac Listen to sample

43Mathematics - Mos Def Listen to sample

44Passin' Me By - The Pharcyde Listen to sample

45N***** in Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West
Amazing song how can it be 48th its an amazing rap/hip hop song, well at least it made the top 50
Amazing song I love the beat and the combination of kanye west and Jay Z
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46Low - Flo Rida Listen to sample

47The Format - AZ Listen to sample

48Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa Listen to sample

49Reunited - Wu-Tang Clan Listen to sample

50No Love - Eminem Listen to sample

51Reality Check - Binary Star

Little known group only had one album before they split but great song about what has happened to the culture of Hip Hop


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52Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
Are you kidding me? This should be number 1!
First relevant hip-hop song nuff said.

The first successful hip-hop song!
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53Rap God - Eminem
Best hip hop song of all time. There's no doubt. Just see the variations of em in this song
The most complete hip hop song ever... Beat is catchy.. Em' is unbeatable

54Regulate - Nate Dogg & Warren G

The best hip hop song ever! I promise!

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55The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Without this song it can be said that socially conscious rappers would have ceased to exist and hip-hip would have never gone through the golden age of Public Enemy or inspire amazing musicians like 2pac and Nas.

Hear this song and tell me I'm wrong if you do so you are an idiot.

This song created hip hop what more do you want!
Just listen to the beat and the lyrics
This is the perfect hip hop song ever
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56Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
Og only 59? This song is better than 95% of before!
Ok.48.. Howw!?
All those newbies and showing sympathy towards 2pac cause he died a mysterious death and eminmen's bad past, listen to this..
It gives you chills up and down the spine every time you listen to it.
Please I urge everyone to at least listen to this song once. Those who have took the pain of scrolling down rogjt to this level. Please give it a shot.
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57Az Chi Begam - Yas
A great Persian song

58Jesus Walks - Kanye West Listen to sample

59Who Got The Props? - Black Moon
Classic Hip Hop from members of Boot Camp


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60Sabotage - Beastie Boys
The only true white rappers
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61Bedrock - Young Money Listen to sample

62Lighters - Bad Meets Evil Listen to sample

63Sky's the Limit - Lil Wayne

64What You Know - T.I. Listen to sample

65Cıktık Yine Yollara - Norm Ender
Respect the Norm Life!. )

66Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre Listen to sample

67Bring The Pain - Method Man
first single off of his debut album Tical


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68Mood Swing - Asheru & Talib Kweli

Chill song laid back and fresh lyrics


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69American Boy - Estelle

Its a cool song definitely not the best... But its a really cool mix between hip hop and that kind of r and b thing. Not the best out there but I feel it deserves some more props. Good song to listen to then start rapping as well really catchy and its like you actually want to ge this song suck in your head

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70The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground Listen to sample

71Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj & Drake
I can't believe female rap is this underrated. And for those people who keep whining how Nicki is super overrated, the reality is actually the opposite. Listen to this, one of her best songs, like, I don't even listen to Super Bass or Starships, excuse you.
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72One Love - Nas Listen to sample

73Revolutionary - Immortal Technique Listen to sample

74Money to Blow - Birdman, Lil Wayne & Drake Listen to sample

75Ghetto Gospel - 2Pac Listen to sample

76Ye Rooze Khoob Miad - Hichkas
A great Persian song

77Acid Raindrops - People Under the Stairs Listen to sample

78Knock You Down - Keri Hilson
Let me hear it frst
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79Black Cowboys - Jeru The Damaja Listen to sample

80Mass Appeal - Gang Starr Listen to sample

81Last of a Dying Breed - Ludacris Listen to sample

82Yeah - Usher Listen to sample

83All of the Lights - Kanye West Listen to sample

84Fast Lane - Bad Meets Evil Listen to sample

85Supa Dupa Lemonade - Big Sean Listen to sample

86Castle Walls - T.I. Listen to sample

87Affirmative Action - Nas Listen to sample

88Made You Look - Nas Listen to sample

89Gorgeous - Kanye West, Kid Cudi & Raekwon Listen to sample

90F.A.M.E. - Young Jeezy Listen to sample

91Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac Listen to sample

92They Reminisce Over You - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
No song in this day and age could EVER top this PLATINUM material song! No YMCMB, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, etc could make ANYTHING remotely close! Lupe added on to the legand props to him as well.
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93Boyz-N-The-Hood (Remix) - Eazy-E
To me eazy e is the best rapper.he is the god father of rap and king of rap. This is jassidy this is my bbm pin 22D885E6 RIP EAZY-E
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94The Way I Am - Eminem
Dumb Idiots How can this song be at 91? This is the song I love most of Eminem
This song should be in the top 10 you idiots
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95Feather - Nujabes

96Halls of Illusions - Insane Clown Posse Listen to sample

97Mutha Made 'Em - Smokin' Suckaz wit Logic

Intense. The song builds up slowly until it reaches its inevitable climax.
Simply a great song, not only for Hip-Hop fans. Worth checking it out!


98It's Like That - Run DMC Listen to sample

99King of Rock - Run DMC Listen to sample

100Only God Can Judge Me - 2pac Listen to sample

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This list was created 6 years, 38 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list contains 145 items, has been remixed 8 times.

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