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

OVERRATED AND OVERPLAYED, and that is coming from a white dude. Any track on Nas’ Illmatic kills this one with ease!

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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

The best ever

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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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21 Knockout - Lil Wayne

I like this song

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

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

22 Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G.

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

23 Runnin' (Dying to Live) - 2Pac

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

24 Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story - Jedi Mind Tricks & R.A. the Rugged Man
25 Me Against the World - 2pac
26 How Much a Dollar Cost - Kendrick Lamar

Easily the pinnacle of the new era of hip hop

27 Love Lockdown - Kanye West

Very good song but very underrated please vote

28 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

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 best one

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29 It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube

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

30 Forever - Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem

How is this not much higher? 4 of the best in arguably their best song.

This is the best

The best

31 Everyday Struggle - The Notorious B.I.G

This song is so underrated! It's not very well known because it was not a single but it can be found on biggies "ready to die" album which is one of the greatest albums. And this song is biggies best song without a doubt! Biggie raps about the struggles and problems he faced everyday living in the ghetto and how harsh his life was. The lyrics are so clever and his flow is just amazing. This is real hip hop. A very underrated song from biggie smalls. If you have not heard this song then listen to it right now! It's awesome!

Easy top 10 my second favorite song only behind shook ones II. What does it not have? It's a cool beat with story about Biggie's suicidal thoughts. That was the whole idea of this album. Cool flow, catchy chorus, meaning, you really can't go wrong with this song. Very underrated

32 Hail Mary - Tupac
33 Hard Knock Life - Jay Z

Jay Z's creativity shines through this masterpiece that delivers intelligent lyrics with a great beat and sample. -

34 Headlines - Drake
35 99 Problems - Jay-Z

Excellent production by rick rubin

36 The Symphony - Juice Crew
37 Ether - Nas

Ether - Takeover.Nass absolutely murdered Jay-Z on this track.Ether is the best diss song of 21st century and one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.

38 Super Lyrical - Big Pun
39 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.

What the g funk anthem at 42?

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40 Not Afraid - Eminem

If this is there in number 23...I don't really know what type of songs are there in the top 10 list...its a song that can give anybody goosebumps!

Ever best rap... From our homie boy Eminem... (y)

Best song ever from RAP GOD! Eminem!

This is pure 'pop rap' definitely doesn't deserve to be near the top 10 as some have mentioned.

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41 Jesus Walks - Kanye West

How is this even...

42 Things Done Changed - The Notorious B.I.G.
43 Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J

A perfect song to use in a workout but if you look past that you hear a young and ambitious LL Cool J delivering a powerful anthem that challenge those who oppose him. -

44 Right Above It - Lil Wayne & Drake
45 Whatever You Like - T.I.

This song is the greatest hip-hop song of all time made and produced by the greatest rapper alive, T.I. king is the best album ever, and that's why T.I. is and deserves to be the King of the South.

46 Heartless - Kanye West
47 She Will - Lil Wayne
48 The Format - AZ
49 California Love - 2Pac

Should bring the top 15

50 The Show Goes On - Lupe Fiasco
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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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