Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Lose Yourself - Eminem 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

Awesome wouldn't even start to describe this masterpeice

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2 Changes - 2Pac Changes - 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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3 Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G. Juicy - 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

The classic rags-to-riches autobiography, the hip-hop anthem of a lifetime, the Biggie track that brought us...him! This truly deserves to be #1!

Simply the number one by biggie smalls...G.O.A.T

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4 N.Y. State of Mind - Nas N.Y. State of Mind - Nas

A great song off of the best hip hop album in history! -

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."

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.

Be number one not 4

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5 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem

I love this song it is to be the most heart touching rap songs

This song is a masterpiece!

I bought this album on tape because my CD player was broken. When the play button popped and the first side was over was when I realized I never moved. I stood in one spot next to the dresser and listened to side A start to finish in a trance locked in to every word he was saying. Stan is the first and only song to this day to ever give me the chills at the end.

"and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to
Come to think about it, his name was... It was you damn! "

Instant goosebumps so for me it's #1

HThis is te best song ever it tells such a good story.

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6 Put It On - Big L Put It On - Big L

Big L is the most underrated rapper of all time if he hadn't died he might have been the best ever - demoz5

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!

Why he have to go... Flow only topped by B.I.G. The kid just knew how to twist the world to his whim.R.I.P.

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7 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

This song is amazing, one of few left with a story line that actually makes sense.

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

a mix of juggerness and diggerness...

Amazing song but a little high in my opinion. Should be more like 15 - 20 in my opinion - Themusicman

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8 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. Straight 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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9 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan C.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.

10 In da Club - 50 Cent In da Club - 50 Cent

One of the best slow flow songs ever

This songs great to dance to

You'll find me in the club listening to this

I Love this song from 50 he's a great rapper

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The Newcomers

? Express Yourself - N.W.A. Express Yourself - N.W.A.
? Raw - Big Daddy Kane Raw - Big Daddy Kane

The Contenders

11 Drop the World - Eminem Drop the World - Eminem

Not bad, but what makes it so good? Seriously, somebody tell me why this is better than shook ones part two - Themusicman

Eminem had 3 songs on this list he is a rap god

Its just over the lyric

Lil Wayne you are rock.your voice is just amusing to me.

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12 Shook Ones Part II - Mobb Deep Shook 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)

Any real hip-hop head knows this song is top 10 for sure. When this beat kicks my bodies natural reflex to head nod takes over for about 5:26. Scientists have proven that it is actually impossible not to nod your head to this beat whenever you hear it. - axiom

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!

This is top 5. Such a sick beat and lyrics

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13 Dear Mama - 2Pac Dear Mama - 2Pac

Should have been higher than changes

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14 End of Days - Vinnie Paz End of Days - Vinnie Paz
15 The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The 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
#1 - Dannybalboa76

The Godfather Song

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16 Hate It or Love It - The Game Hate It or Love It - The Game

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. -

Westsyd 2 death... Games the real OG

17 F*** tha Police - N.W.A. F*** tha Police - N.W.A.

So much better than strait outta compton ice cubes first verse is the best single verse of any rapper ever

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18 One Mic - Nas One 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.

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

Great wordplay.
Vivid imagery.
Incredible beat.
Awe inspiring.

Should have been higher than ny state of mind

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19 I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common I 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 - Atliens

The lyrics of this song are deeper than any other song on this list.

This is best song forever,

20 Knockout - Lil Wayne Knockout - Lil Wayne

Wow.. an awesome hip-hop song got a little pop but still its awesome.. Love YMCMB

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Top Remixes (12)

1. Lose Yourself - Eminem
2. Changes - 2Pac
3. N.Y. State of Mind - Nas
1. Knockout - Lil Wayne
2. Lose Yourself - Eminem
3. In da Club - 50 Cent
1. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
2. Changes - 2Pac
3. How Much a Dollar Cost - Kendrick Lamar

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