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
[Newest]You better lose yourself in the music, the moment

You own it, you better never let it go (go)

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

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.
[Newest]Number 1 song Tupac is my homie for life

3Juicy - 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
[Newest]There is deference between its and 2pac,

4N.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."
[Newest]I'm sorry for all the other rappers. But this track from Nas beats it all. Hands down best rap out there.

5Stan - 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
[Newest]Your biggest fan this is stan

6Dance 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...
[Newest]So if the devil asks you to dance, you better say never, 'cause a dance with the devil might last you forever

7Put 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
[Newest]Nothing beats the Big L

8Straight 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...

9In Da Club - 50 Cent
One of the best slow flow songs ever
You'll find me in the club listening to this
Just joking, not bad though

10Drop 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

The Contenders

11C.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.

12Runnin' - Dying to Live - 2pac & Biggie

13Shook 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)
This should be in the top ten! The ones who have watched 8 mile know this! The way Eminem destroys Papa Doc using the beat of this song and his awesome rap is just phenomenal!
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

14End of Days - Vinnie Paz

15One Mic - Nas
Incredibly powerful lyrics delivered through a great beat providing images of Nas' experiences and observations which are clear to the listener

Simply put, this song is without question #1 on my personal list.

Great wordplay.
Vivid imagery.
Incredible beat.
Awe inspiring.
Not my favorite but it deserves a much higher spot.

16I 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


The lyrics of this song are deeper than any other song on this list.
This is best song forever,

17Knockout - Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj
Wow.. an awesome hip-hop song got a little pop but still its awesome.. Love YMCMB

18Hate 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.

19The 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!
The greatest hip-hop song ever
With a message and a true rap classic
The beat is awesome and catchy and the message behind it must be heard
Must be the best


20F*** Tha Police - N.W.A.

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