Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time


The Top Ten

1 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

Fantastic song

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2 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.

Lose yourself might have meaning. But this song changed the world for the better

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3 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!

I love Biggie and he catch a nice flow in this song. But he sounds like 2pac in this song.
Respect whatever...R.I.P

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4 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.

The best song on the best rap album ever. Enough said.

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5 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

The Best Song Of Eminem.

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6 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

He was one of the best

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

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7 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...

Best story and meaning of all time, great beat, hook, and flow.

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8 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...

The song that started it all, No explanation. True rap.

This created rap as we know it should be #1

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9 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

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 Contenders

11 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!

Best beat hands down. This is an indisputable fact. Great verses and hardest song ever.

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12 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.

Deepest regarding the genre

Most of the rappers listed infront of Common may be better than him but none of the songs infront of this one deserve to be there. This is the ulitimate GOAT hip hop song.

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13 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

That 3rd verse though. Damn

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14 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!

Pretty much the definition of pure adrenaline hip-hop. Timeless classic!

This song basically started rap, it started the idea that the M.C is more important than the dj, and this was one of the first songs where the M.C actually told a story. I think this should be number 1

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15 One 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.

Should have been higher than ny state of mind

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16 Dear Mama - 2Pac

When this song came out. I remember how much it hit to make me realize how important a mother is especially in my community

My favorite song

Should have been higher than changes

This song is beautiful. Imagine being Afeni Shakur
R.I.P Tupac and Afeni Shakur

17 End of Days - Vinnie Paz
18 Street Struck - Big L
19 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

20 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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Top Remixes (13)

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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