Best Rap Songs

The Top Ten

1 Lose Yourself - Eminem Lose Yourself - Eminem Cover Art

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!

Easily the best rap song ever. I remember hearing it for the first time and nearly broke down with tears streaming down my face. And it had nothing to do with the content - I had no idea who Eminem was at the time, his story, his other songs, nor did I care much for rap. It was all about the moment of realization that I'm experiencing true genius. Every beat, every word, the intensity, the conviction with which the words are delivered. And the technical mastery - rhymes within rhymes within rhymes - intertwined - but not in a "fake" way with nonsense words or something like that - and none of it takes away from the message, the telling of the story. Then, when fully in awe you're convinced that nothing can top this, he goes and doubles-up in the "baby momma" part of the song and you're left shamed with the thought that your previous amazement was at someone just warming up. It is humbling. It is the realization that whereas other songs can be rated on say a 1-100 scale, this guy ...more

2 Changes - 2Pac Changes - 2Pac Cover Art

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

The 12 year olds voting every Eminem song under the sun ad nauseum will never know what real hip hop sounds like.

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

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

For me personally, it's the greatest rap song ever made in history, in terms of rhymes and storytelling no one can beat biggie smalls

4 Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre Cover Art

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

This is a gangsta rap classic dealing with the lifestyle of music, money and violence (the "G" stands for "Gangsta"). Rap was rapidly evolving in the '80s and early '90s, and while many older rap songs tend to sound dated, this remains popular and is a favorite at parties and clubs.

5 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

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.

Eminem has been acclaimed as one of the most lyrical rappers of all time and this is good proof of that. This truly shows the more emotional and meaningful side of Eminem, talking about an obsessed fan who takes his obsession too far. Shame that 19 years later, morons decided it would be "cool" and "quirky" to call yourself a stan without knowing the actual meaning.

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

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!

The beat, the lyrics, the flow, the story telling... everything about this song is absolutely magnificent

This song has LEGEND written all over and it will always be in peoples hearts, Nas has to be the greatest of all time!

The raw spitting that Nas displays is incredible. This, to me, is the epitome of late 90s early 2000s Hip-Hop.

7 The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five Cover Art

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.

I’m glad to see this high on the list. When I was younger, I thought that Steve Harvey rapped this. Lol.

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

Such a huge song that it's impossible to not have heard it somewhere, even if you haven't heard the whole song. The signature synthesizer riff has been sampled by a million hip-hop artists and is the primary reason this group became the first ever hip-hop act admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007). This song was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the United States National Recording Registry, and is also #51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (the second highest for any song released in the 80�s.) One of the first old school rap songs to address POVERTY, the struggles and frustrations of living in the ghetto - and it was selected by the Registry for this exact reason.

8 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...

Oh my God!? I love Eminem he is my favorite rapper. But sorry Not afraid is maybe of his personnally top15 but I never put it 8th in a top 10 of BEST rap songs of ALL TIME. After Proof's death, hmmm, I won't say Eminem turned boring, but he does not have that sparkle in his eyes on stage anymore and we can all understand that, unfortunately this could have been better if it would have been written before Eminem got sad and depressive. I know it's a "come back" song but still would have been even better if it was the 1999-2005 Eminem that would have write it. And now I'm losing the point, sorry guys but this isn't a top10, maybe top50 but I just can't imagine it's 8th. And I'm not a hater, Eminem is the best ever, he is my favorite by far, but go listen to Stan, Lose Yourself, Role Model, The Way I am, and you'll understand why this song isn't a top10...

9 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.

This song influenced the real world, not just the rap world, top 20 100%

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

I don't care what or how you feel about rap it is the catchiest music of all genera by far from the different styles and how far its evolved no other style of music has you stop and listen to what the performers next verse will be better than rap music. There are to many artists to thank for what they have contributed to it such as grand master flash melly mell Kool Moe Dee or to the more present like ice cube Tupac and Eminem. I'm just greatful I have been lucky enough to have been abl to experience the majority of its growth. I look forward to the many more great songs and artist yet to become.

10 Rap God - Eminem Rap God - Eminem Cover Art

The beat and lyrics are so great. It will take a while to learn the lyrics lol

what I love about this song the most is that eminem takes so many rapping abiliites and shows them off in a single 6 minute song, with refrences to his old songs and respect to legends!

The only true rap anthem that pays respect to the rap greats while displaying his incredible range of vocal and lyrical skills. The greatest rap song ever made

Why is this song tenth on this list and tenth on the best Em song list. That makes no sense.

The Newcomers

? Take a Step Back - Ski Mask the Slump God & Xxxtentacion Take a Step Back - Ski Mask the Slump God & Xxxtentacion Cover Art

its nice

? Clout - Offset Clout - Offset Cover Art

The Contenders

11 I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common Cover Art

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.

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

I can't believe people would vote for songs by kanye west, 50 cent, eminem, lil wayne, and douche bag soulja boi. Songs these days always have to go with a dance. This song is deep. Not like crank that or stonger, where you just dance. I hate how those types of songs are always popular.

12 California Love - 2Pac California Love - 2Pac Cover Art

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!

Dre is the best hip-hop producer of all time. I love his MC work too. Pac was awesome here. Killer song. This is what comes to mind when I think what's the best hip-hop song ever!

13 Hit 'Em Up - 2Pac Hit 'Em Up - 2Pac Cover Art

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.

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

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

Can't think of a song, any genre, that is delivered with the same raw power. 2Pac: REAL.

14 Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang Cover Art

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.

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!

The classic and original is the best of all time! Played at a lot of clubs and is the first ever hip hop song!

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

So agree, Rap is the best genre with the best song inside of it, which is this one. F--- the' Polise

This is the finest rap to ever be produced. You have to give the love to NWA!

That's the gangsta rap's hymn, it should be on the first place

Is it bad that this is my favorite rap song?

16 Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre Cover Art

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

HOW THE HELL IS NOT AFRAID AHEAD OF THIS SONG?!?!?! Even as a complete stan of eminem, it has to be said that not afraid ISN'T EVEN THAT GOOD! Eminem is incredible in this song, Credits to Dre too, he had a great flow as well but WHY ISN'T THIS IN THE TOP TEN?!?!?!

17 Real Mutha******' G's - Eazy-E Real Mutha******' G's - Eazy-E Cover Art

Eazy-E is a great legend and this song is so hardcore!

This song is so hardcore, I love the lyrics and it is so popular in Gangsta Rap Dissing

RIP Legend what a song! this shut up Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Death Row Records

The true meaning of Eazy-E, a stirring rivalry between to friends heated up with Dre Day by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, frustrated Eazy-E decided to mix his own little diss track, Real G's has to be one of the best Diss Songs ever made besides Hit Em Up

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

The best piano beat of all time, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck killed on here, their story telling was so vivid.

so influential on the genre, great lyrics, can't leave it out the top 20 in my opinion.

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!

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

The greatest club song of all time! The best 50 Cent song! The greatest rap song! Should be up there with Crank That and Lose Yourself! For the win!

50 really went hard on this one, he has a unique rap style (due to a bullet that fractured his jaw). And this is still a really hot song today.

50 cent men thier is enough word to discribe the rapper talent he is a gift from god. probaly the best rapper alive behind 2pac and lil wayne.

One of the best lyrically written tracks, accompanied by a unique but amazing flow. This rap song has to be one of the best rap songs I have ever listened to. 50 Cent also manages to add a 'happy' feel, to a otherwise depressing beat, by starting off by going "Party Like It's your birthday".

20 Forever - Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem Forever - Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem Cover Art

Damn! This is one of the best collaborations in the hip-hop industry. I love this song.. The best of the best.. Fantastic men

4 legends putting together 4 legendary verses what more could you ask for

Yes for this song to not be filled with my favorite rappers of all time this is a very high quality well timed rap song for the ages collectively they put it down.

This one's amazing. Whenever you have four of the best rappers ever in one song, you are definitely in for something great.

21 Till I Collapse - Eminem Till I Collapse - Eminem Cover Art

This was the second eminem song I ever heard. Then I instanly liked it and became a fan

Best song on the album.(and that says a lot considering this is one of the greatest albums ever.

Till I collapse is probably the only Eminem song that stayed popular for 12 years - Unnamed Google User Remade

I have nothing to say about this song other than the fact that it's awesome sure eminem has other fantastic songs like lose yourself not afraid monster without me and etc. But this one stands out for me

22 Fight the Power - Public Enemy Fight the Power - Public Enemy Cover Art

Not any songs in top 10 of public enemy? ARE YOU INSANE?. They're rap legends and the pioneer of rap hip hop in my opinion

This song is the ultimate riot anthem. It also sent a message around the world about standing up to racism or criticism.

All because of do the right thing

An essential for Conscious and Political Hip Hop.

23 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

Why does everyone think liking Lil Wayne meaning hating Ice Cube? I like BOTH!

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

GREAT TO SEE AN UNDERGROUND RAP SONG HERE!

I personally think there are better songs than DWTD, but there should be at least one underground rap song on this list, and Dance With The Devil is that song. I think I. T is the most overrated underground rapper ever, people even say he's better than Eminem and Nas (laugh out loud, I. T is great but he isn't THAT good! ) but there are loads of underground rappers better than Immortal Technique.

Still, this song is amazing, the first time I heard it, I wasn't even listening to the lyrics but after a while, I decided to listen to the lyrics completely.

I was blow away, this is the only rap song that managed to hit me harder than Eminem's song 'Stan' and trust me, Stan was a powerful song. Lyrically, this is one of Immortal Techniques best songs and definitely deserves to be here.

But what is Crank That and Ice Ice Baby on this list? Those songs are awful and don't deserve to be on this list at all.

thank you for helping to expose great rappers like Tech

Is is probably the most emotional song I have ever had, it totally moved me. I expected it to be a normal every day rap, but when I heard this I just stopped everything I did, played a second time and just thought about my life. This song is so true and very sad. Be prepared to listen...

that is the only song I'd put up there with "Stan" in terms of story telling

25 Runaway - Kanye West

Absolute masterpiece from Kanye. Probably the only song I like from him and it’s in my top ten.

Listen to the full 8 minute and 29 second version of Runaway, it will blow you away. You will be wondering why it's not in the top 20. Runaway is pure, raw material which should be respected on a high level. My all-time favourite rap song from anyone.

The Piano Simply Gives You Goosebumps With Soothing Lyrics.

One of the longest hip hop songs, and it never loses the listener's interest.

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