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!

The best ever men?

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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

A Masterpiece

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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

For those who didn't vote this - you know nothing about rap..

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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 song of Eminem...really heart touching lyrics

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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

I like this song but Dre's lyrics were whack at times "Never let me slip, because if I slip, Then I'm slipping"? What the hell

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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.

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

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

Greatest diss track ever

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7The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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.

This song just has what all other hip-hop artists seem to have forgotten. To make a good rap song it doesn't matter how many girls you say you screwed, how many blunts you say you smoked, how many guys you shot, or even how much profanity you throw out, its all about just telling your story (ies) and your views through your rhymes and it doesn't have to be anymore than that, the only one who can even get near this song is maybe em with lose yourself and Stan but damn there's just so much right with this song, now if only we could get more of these instead of another club banger by Lil Wayne or something, oh well, back to the underground

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

I'm a Nas fan, but this is the greatest rap song of all time.

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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


I love eminem but this isn't a good song :/

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9N.Y. State of Mind - Nas

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!

Nas completely underestimated himself before he saw the ratings and reviews the first album received back then. Among the album, this song takes rappers to a new plateau, encouraging older and newer rappers to try new things, having won himself the title as the greatest and most influential rapper of all time.

Way better than "Changes"! This should be like #5

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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!

Greatest rap song ever

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The Newcomers

?Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve and Gwen Stefani

Huh? Really? This song is ion the same list w the message? Can anybody put a song on this list? How does this work? B/c I have a couple of serious suggestions because old school rap is considered the "golden era" for a reason It was a high-traffic era of new and ground- breaking sounds. The artists were so creative and very few of them sounded alike. It was a time of some immaturity too b/cog that west coast-east coast battling which allowed for a lot of artists from other parts of the country being ignored. There was one group who really did brak the mold and step out into the spotlight...bone thugs n harmony made their own lane in era. They were the first rap group to win a Grammy although fresh prince won one before but it's a debate whether fresh prince was a group. I don't know. Anyway. Much love to bone and black sheep!

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The Contenders

11One 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!

Such a hard song, but "The World is Yours" should be here

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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! definitely paved the way for todays rappers

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

Should number 1. This song is awesome

Needs to be higher

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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

Best rap song ever.

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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! "

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.

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

Forever classic

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15I 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 is better than all the top 10 songs here.

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16C.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!

Cash Rules Everything Around Me. The greatest most influential song of all time! Wu Tang is the greatest group ever made!

Why is this so low on the list?

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17Rapper'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!

The song that propelled rap into the mainstream. - JackMM

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18Remember 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.

Shouldn't be this high, don't get me wrong, it's a sick track, but not this good.

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19Shook Ones, Pt. II - Mobb Deep

#22? oh hell no...
Song like this will never be made again, it's unique.
"Cause ain't no such things as halfway crooks" - epic line

How is this song ranked so low when songs like crank that are higher ice ice baby should not even be on this list much less in the top ten - Lazershow

this is top 5 in every mc's list, we need to stop voting on hip hop we need to vote on rap songs everyone come on! - chris62185

Needs to be top 10

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20Dance 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...

Dance it's the Devil leaves me with amazement every time. The lyricism is unbelievable

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Top Remixes (180)

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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