Best Rap Songs

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1Lose Yourself - Eminem

The best rap song ever. Every lyric and word in the song counts and none is wasted. The beat is catchy and the song is well produced. Eminem also seamlessly switches from the 3rd person to the 1st person point of view.

Its actually best song ever... When I heard this it pumped me up and I also started rapping its actually best song ever and no can be as great as eminem... He's the best selling man in hip hop ever... Love you em...

It's Eminem! The best thing about this guy is his attitude of bringing out the raw truth through his songs. Stan touches my heart because it brings out the fragility of life. It makes us look past the words and delve deeper into the true meaning of the song. It brings out frustrations, obsessions and guilt. It gives us a peek into the master-rappers conscience, as it brings out his vulnerability. Truly a cultural milestone! Deserves every single sale and rank it has ever made. Proves precisely why Marshall is the best. Bravo!

This song has so much passion and tells such a deep story... Em tells us his life, how he grew up and how he managed to get to where he is today. He raps from the heart. And he takes us to another place, an escape from here. And many of us can relate with having that one moment, one shot, trying to grasp that chance of a lifetime. And as he tells us his story, we can relate to that feeling. Pain. He finally breaks free, he took the chance. This song is the best song ever cause it's has so many emotions rolled together.

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2Changes - 2pac

Changes open peoples eyes to what they could do to better their life with just something as simple as listening to the world around you. ONLY you can change your life.. Only You and plan your future. and if everyone fights to make the changes as a whole for the world.. it is possible that we could be living in harmony rather then war

Pac's lyrics always moved me, and I'm sure that's the case with others too. He's was a lyrical revolutionary. Changes was one of his best.

In my opinion 2pac is the greatest rapper ever, with his songs he really changes the meaning of rap music for all the time. We hope at near future we'll see great musicians like him. And of course changes is in the top of my list

Changes is the best way to face the problems.

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3Juicy - Notorious B.I.G.

Timeless classic. Crank That shouldn't be here at all and Remember The Name is a dope song but it isn't anything special.

This was one of the best songs of its time I don't even get why its its ranked so low it should be right at the top next to Eminem

Probably the most inspirational ^^ eye opening song ever. Sick flow along with smart lyrics as well

Amazing lyrics. great beat setup

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4Stan - Eminem

this song got me into rap. this is still one of the only rap songs I know to tell such an engaging story. the lyrics are suburb. the tension in it is so well done. I could go on like this...

Highest accomplishment of lyricism... Simple lyrics but deep meaning

Personally this is in my opinion just one of the best songs ever made.

Best ever no challenge

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5Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre

This by many critics is voted in the top 3 rap songs of all time! And these are REAL Hip Hop critics who know what there saying. This song eats any thing Lil Wayne had made! Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre two legends in the game. A real classic!

The 2 rap legends in this song make this song one of the best.. It deserves itself in the top 5 spot... Dr dre at his best... And the lyrics is the most awesome... Making it a classic.. This song has made its place in the history of rap... Ain't nuthin but a g thangg baby!

1 2 3 and to th 4 snoop doggy dogg and dr dre is at the door

Best rap song of all time, all the way

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6Hit Em Up - 2Pac

This song has such an amazing beat! Kinda reminiscent of old classic rap fused with modern rap beat. The background score is A.
The manner in which 2pac raps in this song is so chilled out.

Best diss song ever, and by one of the most legendary rappers ever. Good beat, nice lyrics, but no hating on B.I. G fools good too You know it's true just admit laugh out loud

Is the best song of all time. Don't forget Tupac not is a rap singer but a soldier. Bad boy killer forever and ever. Tupac is the king

2pac was just the best artist ever! And he still remains in our modern day societies genre.

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7The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

such a huge song that it’s impossible to not have heard it somewhere, even if you haven’t heard the whole song. The signature synthesizer riff has been sampled by a million hip-hop artists and is the primary reason this group became the first ever hip-hop act admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007). This song was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the United States National Recording Registry, and is also #51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (the second highest for any song released in the 80’s.) One of the first old school rap songs to address POVERTY, the struggles and frustrations of living in the ghetto—and it was selected by the Registry for this exact reason.

I wish all these modern day rappers and wanna be gangstas would sit down and listen to this song. It's titled the message for a reason. It isn't glorifying thug life, it's telling you to smarten up and aspire to something better. #1 by far.

It is very stupid that this song is not number 1!
Everyone knows "don't push me because I'm close to the edge! "

It's a bit like a rap version of in the ghetto by elvis Presley I think

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8Not Afraid - Eminem

LOVE this song... It has so much emotion and is so well written! Eminem's the best rapper ever! Long live king of rap!

There's something about this song that just gives you the shivers because it's so good


Dope track by one of the greatest rock rap artists ever. It's more lyrical than most people give it props for trust me

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9One Mic - Nas

How could anyone put soulja boy infront of Nas? One mic the best song ever. Amazing words and flow

Nas is a genius and one mic is a very good song. It should be way higher on this list. No one in real life likes or cares about vanilla ice. Since we are talking about wack rappers, why is soulja boy even near the list? He's not rap or hiphop. Its all just club music.

The Fact That It gets Louder Makes It The BEST SONG EVER!

That is amazing song

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10California Love - 2pac and Dr Dre

Dre and tupac are great rappers, this this song shows off both of their skills as rappers

Tupac and Dr Dre are excellent rappers and this is just another boost for them

Should easily be in the top five, one of the best rap songs of all times and made by one of the best rappers ever!

Should be WAY before Changes, California Love, Dear Mama and Hit 'Em Up are is bests

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The Newcomers

?Illuminate - Ab-Soul
?Sure Shot - Beastie Boys

The Contenders

11N.Y. State of Mind - Nas

Nas is critically acclaimed and his song NY State of Mind is an unbelievably good hit. Nas' best hit, hands down! The beginning is unbelievable, "Straight out the dungeons of rap, were fake n***'s don't make it back! " how can you forget that! Every hip hop fan knows that Nas and his album Illmatic are the biggest hall mark in Hip Hop history. The lyrics are good, the beat is good and it will sleigh songs like Crank That and even should be in the top ten because of how good it is! Marc L. Hill of PopMatters describes "N.Y. state of Mind" as a standout track on Illmatic claiming that it "provides as clear a depiction of ghetto life as a Gordon Parks photograph or a Langston Hughes poem. "The song is also one of a few rap songs to be featured in the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. It is featured on Nas' 2007 greatest hits album as the only non-single song in the album, and on the 1999 compilation Best of D&D Studios, Vol. 1. Steve 'Flash' ...more

The greatest rap song of all time, from the greatest hip hop album of all time! Illmatic and this song, left a huge positive scar in the hip hop industry, also Nas is very inspirational!

This song has LEGEND written all over and it will always be in peoples hearts, Nas has to be the greatest of all time!

This song is much better than Not Afraid. Should be at least #8.

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12Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.

MY god, this song should be further up on the list... This is the rap I started listening to! Def paved the way for todays rappers

Oh my God THIS The best song ever not rap just besrt music track ever recorded, whats wrong with you people all with ya new school bulls..T. THsi Is the best Song. No Doubt Hands Down

Such a great song, so true to the hood! This song deserves mad respect and should crack the top 20! It's raw and real.. It's depressing to know that there is no longer this kind of music anymore.

MAD RESPECT to Yella, Eazy, Ren, Ice Cube and Dre

One of the greatest tracks of all times

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13Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre, Eminem & Snoop Dogg

You should be ashamed that this isn't in the top 10 and that that soulja boy crap is ahead of this song.

Groundbreaking song... Start of west coast style. Greatest lyrical flow.

Probably the best song ever made in history... Just listen to Dre's last verse

Why isn't this song in the top 10?

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14Dear Mama - 2pac

Dear Mama is said to be Tupac's greatest song! It should be within the top 4! With this song, Tupac directly told us that he has a heart and appreciates mothers around the world "YOU ARE APPRECIATED! "

this is why Tupac is a legend because he could speak from his heart and mean every word he said. He was and always will be the greatest rapper of all time

Tupac sang about real problems, this song, with "Brenda's got a baby" and "Keep your head up" are the real treasures of rap music and everything it represents. I think you all should hear and vote for this song.

The best it should be at the place of changes

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15Remember The Name - Fort Minor

This just makes you push your limits to greater heights and makes you feel as if you can achieve anything you want.

mike shinoda is one of the best in the business... you see how he raps not even caring where beats are placing him but he just stick to them after all..

I like this song because it gives you an inspiration to continue on, work toward your goals, achieve greatness, and, in the end, fight for what you feel right and for what you want in life.

Really an Awesome Song

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16I Used To Love H.E.R. - Common

I have no idea how this song isn't at least in the top ten.. and how poppin bottles and crank that are above it. I think if everyone voting on this list listened to this song before they voted, the turnout would have been different. - Atliens

Cannot even imagine why this song isn't top 3, Common is the reason hip-hop still means something and this song demonstrates that. I really don't understand how Solja boy gets more recognition than common, for shame society

I can't believe people would vote for songs by kanye west, 50 cent, eminem, lil wayne, and douche bag soulja boi. Songs these days always have to go with a dance. This song is deep. Not like crank that or stonger, where you just dance. I hate how those types of songs are always popular. - ogwestside

This song opens eyes on what is the real rap and in what it has changed.

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17Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique


I personally think there are better songs than DWTD, but there should be at least one underground rap song on this list, and Dance With The Devil is that song. I think I. T is the most overrated underground rapper ever, people even say he's better than Eminem and Nas (laugh out loud, I. T is great but he isn't THAT good! ) but there are loads of underground rappers better than Immortal Technique.

Still, this song is amazing, the first time I heard it, I wasn't even listening to the lyrics but after a while, I decided to listen to the lyrics completely.

I was blow away, this is the only rap song that managed to hit me harder than Eminem's song 'Stan' and trust me, Stan was a powerful song. Lyrically, this is one of Immortal Techniques best songs and definitely deserves to be here.

But what is Crank That and Ice Ice Baby on this list? Those songs are awful and don't deserve to be on this list at all.

thank you for helping to expose great rappers like Tech - bobsmith

Is is probably the most emotional song I have ever had, it totally moved me. I expected it to be a normal every day rap, but when I heard this I just stopped everything I did, played a second time and just thought about my life. This song is so true and very sad. Be prepared to listen...

Scary song but amazing

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18Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang

The greatest rap song from the greatest rap group of all time. The Master D, Big Bank and Wonder Mike remain the best trifecta ever. - scobob

I was never that into rap, and then my mate introduced me to rappers delight. OH MY GOD. Rappers delight is clearly the best rap song, I mean, it may lack some of the meaning and depth of other rap songs, but it makes up for that with some dope rhymes and fresh boogie. I have taken the time to learn damn near the whole fifteen minutes of this song, and its become a sort of party trick, but every time I listen to this song it gets better.

The best song of all time and deserves to be in the top ten, legendary status. All rappers should respect this masterpiece and bow down to the old school legends like Grandmaster Flash and The Sugarhill Gang!

This song has taught us how to boogie like never before. No other rap song compares to it! - Swank

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19C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan

CREAM is the greatest rap song ever made! The Wu Tang Clan are the most influential figures in Hip Hop history and this deserves a higher spot!

Old School definitely smashes new school. You Can't be a classic like this one! Wu Tang's finest song, it should be in the top ten!

As much as this song gets quoted, there is no reason for this song to be so low on the list. Rza does his thing and makes one of the best beats of his career right out of the gate. Method man creates a simple yet very catchy and funny hook while Rae and INS deliver two of the best verses in hip hop history. "As the world turns I learned life is hell, livin' in the world ain't no different from a cell. "

My favorite hip hop song of all time I believe. Raekwon and Inspectah Deck's verses here are amazing, Method Man's hook is legendary but my favorite part is the very emotional and musical beat from RZA.

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20Fight The Power - Public Enemy

Not any songs in top 10 of public enemy? ARE YOU INSANE?. They're rap legends and the pioneer of rap hip hop in my opinion

This song is the ultimate riot anthem. It also sent a message around the world about standing up to racism or criticism. - robertoantonioortuso

All because of do the right thing

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Top Remixes (168)

1. What You Know - T.I.
2. Changes - 2pac
3. Not Afraid - Eminem
1. Lose Yourself - Eminem
2. Hit Em Up - 2Pac
3. Juicy - Notorious B.I.G.
1. One Love - Nas
2. Hurt Me Soul - Lupe Fiasco
3. Bad Guy - Eminem

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