Best Rap Songs

The Top Ten

1 Lose 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!

Best rapper ever

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2 Changes - 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

I think this is the best song ever

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3 Juicy - 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

Dang the best

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4 Stan - 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.

Changes and The Message are fighting for my personal top spot with Stan, but I think Stan just barely wins.

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5 Nuthin' 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

The best song ever made

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6 Hit '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

Yes

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7 N.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.

How isn't this higher? Are you serious? He didn't even know how to start it and yet it blew up. This is a song on one of the greatest rap albums of all time, he's for sure a top 3 rapper, in my opinion number 1 for lyricrism. VOTE UP.

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8 The 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! "

A real classic!

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9 Not 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

IT'S SO BAD FOR THIS LIST... Because ITS NOT HAVING THIS SONG IN HER TOP TENS...
come on ITS GOT TO BE IN TOP TENS...

Yes Lose Yourself is amazing when it comes to actual rhyming but Not Afraid is my favorite song, no matter what

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10 California Love - 2Pac

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!

They made a fun piece. Both Dre and Pac are absolutely incredible and awesome. 6/5 - AlphaQ

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The Newcomers

? Goosebumps - Travis Scott
? 3005 - Childish Gambino

Love this song

The Contenders

11 One 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!

Nas' Flow and Lyricism shine out in this intense track. The constantly increasing sound and speed in each verse add to the tension of this anthem. It's a constant reminder that songs can be catchy and have great beats and still mean something. The message of only needing one mic and something important to say is a lesson to every aspiring artist. The greatest rap song ever made and one of the best songs in particular to grace our ears.

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12 Straight 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

An excellent classic. Good job, NWA. 7/5 - AlphaQ

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13 Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre

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

Has good background tune love it

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14 Dear 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

This should be a lot higher - darkvader23

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15 I 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

This is a joke this song is pure, real hip-hop. The fact that its not in the top five just shows how much hip hop is dying - GandhiGarcia20

I am in love like that

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16 It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube

The most chill rap song ever. Its both feel good and raw and brings rap back to the basics. This song is my favorite rap song that completely blows that soulja boy junk out of the water

Ice Cubes greatest song, it is a DEEP gangster rap song! ICe Cube is a legend in the game and always makes dope beats, so much better than Lil Wayne and his stupid crap!

This should be above any garbage that 50 cent has ever made. One of my top 10 easily

Legendary song

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17 Shook 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

Alright 20 this is way too low someone get me a noose because this needs to be 1

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18 Rapper'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!

Now what you hear is not a test, I'm rapping to the beat! - railfan99

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19 C.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!

Dank tune

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20 Remember 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.

One part is so fast at that part Eminem says 97 words in 15 seconds which is 6.52 words in 1 sec

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