Best Hip Hop Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lose Yourself - Eminem Lose Yourself - Eminem Cover Art

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

The song has a really good beat and rap I listen to it every day

Can't get better than this... Energy oozes outta this song... I lost myself totaly in the music

2 Changes - 2Pac Changes - 2Pac Cover Art

Changes is the absolute best, for sure better than lose yourself, so inspirational we need to follow what he says in this song

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.
FANTASTIC

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.
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This song is probably the most influential in hip-hop history and is a masterpiece, all the way from how the song is made to the message it portrays. Deserves the number one spot.

3 Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G. Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G. Cover Art

I love all his songs I like his song big poppa the most but this is a great song to

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!

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

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.

This song really described everything going on in NY and elsewhere hood related. Could be considered a history of the times in an anthropological aspect. Nothing is watered down. Very raw and taps the main nerve of true hip hop and the streets with its imagery and very structured lyricism and rhythm. His voice rivals that of guru from gang starr. He's like a rakim on steroids. I love the Wu-Tang; however I truly believe this is the best hip hop song of all time built on the secondary secondary foundations provided by rakim, Kool g rap, krs-1 and others from what I consider the alpha platform. The beta platform includes groups like the sugar Hill gang, treacherous three, grandmaster flash, rum dmc and public enemy. He truly personifies the lyric " I'm bringing rappers to a new plateau ". I know for a fact no one can mess with him. Name one song that's better than a New York state of mind. It encapsulates an era at its pinnacle and as such should be considered a time capsule ...more

5 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

Despite the fact that I love Eminem, I'd still say this was much better. You just cannot help admiring Eminem's story reciting skills and the way he changes his way of talking (Rapping) to distinguish between Eminem and Stan. Love it.

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

6 Put It On - Big L Put It On - Big L Cover Art

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!

Nothing beats the Big L

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

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...

I listened to it and I pretty much cried. How can parents not like this type of music?! I mean the language doesn't matter, but it's the message that matters.

8 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. Cover Art

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

9 Nuthin But a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre

Why the heck is this 36!?!? Biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen! This should be in the top 5, honestly "Not Afraid" and "Put It On" ahead of this? This is classic hip hop and by far the best West coast rap song ever by the man Dre himself. This list is crap! - xxea7xx

Everyone here is a retard for not voting this to be in the top 10.

This song is classic, classic lyrics and rhyme, should be upper than this in the list.

This should be in the top ten

10 Shook Ones Part II - Mobb Deep Shook Ones Part II - Mobb Deep Cover Art

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!

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

The Contenders

11 The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Cover Art

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. -

Not a very convincing recommendation but I ain't disappointed - tequila

This song created hip hop what more do you want!

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

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

12 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan Cover Art

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.

The magic of this song, makes me feel Brooklyn at 80's

13 Dear Mama - 2pac Dear Mama - 2pac Cover Art

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

Should have been higher than changes

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

14 It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube Cover Art

Every verse is a masterpiece from Cube. Some of the best lyrics in any rap song ever with a great beat as well.

Shake em up' shake em up' shake em up shake up

This should be in the top 10

This list is obviously a joke if Drake and Lil Gayne are above this monster. This is the song that got me into rap. Its so chill and Cube throws out the rhymes from hell. Also shows how a "a good day" was for bangers on the WC

15 In da Club - 50 Cent In da Club - 50 Cent Cover Art

One of the best slow flow songs ever

This songs great to dance to

You'll find me in the club listening to this

Just joking, not bad though

16 F*** tha Police - N.W.A. F*** tha Police - N.W.A. Cover Art

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

Yeah this song is impressive!

Hardcore yo

Lyrics still so relevant to this day.
P.S. Mc Ren doesn't get a lot of credit.

17 Knockout - Lil Wayne Knockout - Lil Wayne Cover Art

I like this song

Seriously... y I s this even in this list... its not even hiphop... Autotuned crap

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

Lil Wayne Drake and all of young money shouldn't even touch this list - DaWyteNight

18 Hurt Me Soul - Lupe Fiasco Hurt Me Soul - Lupe Fiasco Cover Art

Honestly one of the best hip hop songs ever - DaWyteNight

19 Drop the World - Eminem Drop the World - Eminem Cover Art

Not the best song but it does deserve to be up there with the greatest

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 top...best lyric

20 One Mic - Nas One Mic - Nas Cover Art

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.

Creative.
Unique.
Powerful.
Uplifting.
Great wordplay.
Vivid imagery.
Incredible beat.
Awe inspiring.
Timeless.

Not my favorite but it deserves a much higher spot.

This is a mad song

21 Runnin' (Dying to Live) - 2Pac Runnin' (Dying to Live) - 2Pac Cover Art

This song is great. You guys may think that this was just put together for the cash, but if you actually listen to the whole song, it's beautiful. It makes u wonder how good Tupac and biggie could have been not only if they hadn't been killed, but if they had actually made some collaboration. Tupac's crisp lyrics mixed with biggies booming voice creates a masterpiece that you want to listen to over and over again.

No way. The fact that these were verses never meant to be together and put together post mortem by record companies for a last squeeze of $$$ is weak. Horrible sounding chorus. - axiom

I love this song

22 How Much a Dollar Cost - Kendrick Lamar How Much a Dollar Cost - Kendrick Lamar Cover Art

Easily the pinnacle of the new era of hip hop

But! where is M.A.A.D. CITY? is a much better song than this one...!

One of the 🐐, maybe not top 15 but deserves a higher place

23 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Cover Art

It's one of the most amazing hip hop ever...

Come on people!

Listen to this.

I don't know why people think coolio is a joke? I just don't know why - Themusicman

Get chills when he starts rapping the beginning

The lyrics are brilliant.

24 What They Do - The Roots What They Do - The Roots Cover Art
25 Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G.

This is a great song, and Puff Daddy plays his part in the phone call

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