Best Rap Songs
The Top Ten
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 ral song ever. it contains very good lyrics.V 840 Comments
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
How could you do biggie so wrong?V 108 Comments
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
WHAT TBIS IS INJUSTICE! Though Lose yourself may have a better beat and flow same with juicy, THIS SONG IS A LITERAL CLASSIC! Even people who hate rap and say it’s awful with its foul language they like this song! You know why? For the same reason it’s the best rap song ever because this has the best meaning and lyrics ever! As the wise late great 2pac said “We gotta start making changes.” - steelers1979V 286 Comments
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.
The greatest of all time. It tells a storyV 151 Comments
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
Snoop dog/ dr Dre, u know this song is gonna be goodV 56 Comments
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! "
It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going underV 33 Comments
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.
There has or never will anyone even remotely great as Nas in his prime. He's in a whole different league. One of his bests.V 63 Comments
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
boss disV 59 Comments
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...
I love this song.This song should to be on 2rdV 148 Comments
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!
CALIFORNIA LOVE BABY!V 27 Comments
I hold back sometimes I don’t
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!
This song describes the black culture.It is so motivating, the lyrics are hauntingly awesome. The flow and the beat of the song is unmatchable.One of the best rap song of all time.V 65 Comments
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
rip easy eV 51 Comments
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
Listened to it everyday for 2 years, still not oldV 48 Comments
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
With Dear Mama 2pac gave us real song, so touching emotional and spiritual. He told the whole truth from the lyrics. I love Tupac for his realness.V 31 Comments
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 thatV 14 Comments
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!
CREAM, Juicy, Resist the temptation, life's a bitch, and the world is yours, are the top 5V 31 Comments
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
You guys are stupid, this song should at least be 20!
Great lyrics, hype beat, and fantastic flow. If not number 1, this song is a definite top ten, not 18 - Killerdrummer
Gets me pumped when watching real steel love itV 7 Comments
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.
How could this song be this low.Mike Shinoda or any of the guys in FOrt Minor are good but not my favorite but this song is just awesome.Vote this up people.-DarkBoi-XV 130 Comments
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!
IconicV 18 Comments
#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
FabV 48 Comments
Best lyrics of eminem in this song and it deserves to be in top ten
Rap god is the best rap song ever. Eminem is really a rap god.
Simply the best Rap song ever...
Rap god is awesome I learned the fast part and he got like 100 words in 15s! Go Eminem (or Marshall)V 53 Comments
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
DOPE!V 16 Comments
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. - robertoantonioortuso
All because of do the right thing
Rap with a good message
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
San Andreas... - Datguyisweird666V 22 Comments
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 - bobsmith
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...
This song is simply incredible. The plot twists, expertly built up by the well developed main character through clever narration, at the end will leave you speechless. Furthermore, the lyricism is sublime throughout the song. I didn’t catch one lazy bar in it. The first time I heard this song, I was speechless, my eyes filled with tears. I just have with one question that irritates and confuses me: why in the world is this only #24, and that bland, overplayed, pop garbage “Not Afraid” is all the way at #9?
This song, is played at funerals, you could play it! IT is so sad and is always played on the radio! Eminem has really made a masterpiece of this song!
When I'm Gone just carry on! This album was Eminem's farewell and then he came back! But he had a massive farewell with this song!
This is my favourite Eminem song it should be higher up! Have you ever loved someone so much you'd give an arm for not the expression no litterally give an arm for:') 88'
This song is a true masterpiece of emotion and rap I would listen to all the time if I could - tomhammond2V 26 Comments
Damn! This is one of the best collaborations in the hip-hop industry. I love this song.. The best of the best.. Fantastic men
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.
Only here for Eminem and Drake but rest of the two are lame rappers. - HellohiV 9 Comments
Still DRE is the Doctors best song ever made! The beat is memorable and Snoop Dogg is also very good!
This is my favourite song ever, the beat is mint and the lyrics are awesome! Should definitely be in the top 5 along with nuthin but a G thang
This expresses West Coast Rap, with its amazing beats and great rapping from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, one of the greatest legends in the game.
Known even by non rap listeners... just a legendV 25 Comments
MOST OVERRATED SONG IN THE WORLD
I just happen to live in Paris this song offends me and my culture
How come blacks think they can use this word about our own race. the word n***** offends me by anyone who uses it and I will not stand for this anymore. I am no longer tolerating these offensive comments and society needs to see that racism exists within the black culture... being brought upon ourselves by rappers like jay z and k west.
This songs is very stupid and the lyrics are completely pointless. And jay zebra and coco west both suck - 12cc
Song is awesome and should definitely be in the top 20 anything lower is a crime.
Not the best rap song, but the beat is pretty good. - SwagFlicks
Oh noo not higher than I seen a man dieV 7 Comments
This song is so good! Thank GOD it has a good position on this list, give it a chance the third or fourth time over and you will find it to be such a great song!
this is in Eminem's top 3 songs of all time for sure! this craps all over Not Afraid and it is even better than Stan! This song has a great lyrical meaning! and this is what makes it so good, the unique style of Eminem's rap singing is phenomenal
The greatest Eminem songs, Stan was good but it was too out of tune! But this has the greatest chorus in Eminem history!
Such a flow. Such energy and emotions. Such brutally personal lyrics. Why is it so low?V 19 Comments
Told from the eyes of a guy that grew up in a Gangsta's Paradise.
This song was the one that made me start actually listening to rap lyrics. Until this one came out I hated the genre. Loved it.
This song has a real message from a guy who lived in the gangsta world and lived through it his whole life this song is amazing
Amazing song - jameelSAUCEV 25 Comments
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. - realesttalk
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.
Oh look at that handsome man rapping to the beat! Makes 21st century music better than ever!V 16 Comments
The greatest lyrics ever spoken! 99 Problems is the greatest Jay-Z song ever made! It will put a hole through, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, BirdMan, and other corny rappers! Jay-Z is the true MC of brooklyn!
I think that dirt off your shoulder should also be in here. That gets me going. There are tons of other songs that deserve to be in here but I don't have time to list them.
JAy-Z is the greatest rapper of all tim, and is a legend! 99 Problems is the greatest song I have ever heard in my life! It is my favorite and It deserves to be in the top 25! Jay-Z can be better than most rappers, including 50 Cent!
So lyrical and deep. Jay has the best flow.V 19 Comments
I bet that 90% of people that have contributed a vote to this list have never even heard this song. The first verse of the song, by AZ, is considered one of the greatest verses of all time if not the greatest. This verse is so good that he has loomed in its shadow for the entirety of his career, just like Illmatic did to Nas. The first time I heard this song, my jaw dropped at how complex the rhymes were. Please, if you haven't listened to it, head onto Youtube right now and give it a shot, you won't regret it. - Totalbeasto001
I feel like most people on this page haven't even listened to this song because if they had they would understand the brilliance of probably the greatest single verse of all time by AZ, and it wasn't even his song!
Connects witchya teaches ya how to deal wit the life
Why is this song not higher on the list? This is way better than anything by Kanye West. Great rhyming by Nas and AZ, and a true message. Life can really be a bitch sometimes.V 4 Comments
The most underrated rap song ever. Brilliant lyrics, great beat and meaning! - Mushroom99
Amazing usage of sampling, paved the way for many rappers who are open about their religion. The first verse is packed with thrilling imagery, while the second is just as good.
Kanye shares his spirituality, mixed with a great beat and great chorus. He might be hated today but this album is still one of the best
Beautiful masterpieceV 12 Comments
This is in almost everybody's top 10 and is the best song off the greatest rap album of all time. Why is vanilla ice, soulja boy and eazy on this list? Everyone knows eazy didn't write any of his raps
It is considered a classic by many and is on almost every single Hip-Hop top 10, and in top 100's its in the lower numbers. The flow is insane, all of the layering and sublayering of sick rhymes and assonance again is absolutey insane. Nas is better rapper than pretty much everyone, at least back in the Illmatic. I would consider putting up some different songs from Illmatic, they are all amazing.
This song and What You Know are my favorites. Why they aren't higher on this list, I don't know.
Ok, how can so many bad songs be ahead of thisV 6 Comments
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. - yaygiants16
The Piano Simply Gives You Goosebumps With Soothing Lyrics.
One of the longest hip hop songs, and it never loses the listener's interest.
One of the most underrated rap songs of all time.V 3 Comments
The lyrics & flow are insane as usually when it comes 2 Eminem
Such a great rap song and vintage Eminem if anyone asks me about the song! The most complete hip hop music ever heard!
Eminem is the greatest artist at this present moment and back then he was only better than he is today!
Are you kidding me? This song is the best! Pure Hip Hop. The lyrics are fire and they are funny! I love this song, to all those out there who haven't listened to it press listen to sample and change your life! - B0S5J4M3SV 14 Comments
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?
This was lit before lit was a thingV 8 Comments
This song has a great beat, the lyric is amazing.
Makes you feel good and kind of like a boss, that kind of song you can hear 10 years later and still feel excited while hear it..
Kanye West most definitive and complete song! The true pump up and motivational rap song!
The most amazing and mind blowing rap song ever produced period! Kanye West went old school on this one!
This song will never get old. It may not have the messages but I believe the music so good that it should be higher - Iam_rsdxiiV 9 Comments
Listen to these lyrics, great story and a lot of meaning
One of the best in my opinion. This should be higher up on the list. Tons of meaning and other stuff like that you all get the point though
I think the only reason this isn't higher is because em has a lot of other songs up high on this list. This song in my opinion should be higher but people get mad because Em is at the top of just about every rap subject on this website.
You can’t find any lyrics better than this.V 10 Comments
This is a cover version of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". This song is awesome, they even had steven tyler to work with them
Great song should be higher on this list
Are you serious? This song should be in the top 20, it's so amazing!
This should be in the top tens. This is snoop dogg's best - SoloPotato
How is this 43rd it should be at least at the top 25
This should be in top ten I mean it's better than one mic-nas
Very underrated song. And so is Big L. You've gotta be kidding me if this goes right here. - nolvorite
This song has the crazy nice lyrics. Its got great flow and real depth too. Big L really puts a lot into this song, and he doesn't go light either. It all just works out to make a great song.
Well this is a little low... Big L is one of the best rappers of all time. This song is probably one of my favourites! I don't know why people love all the new stuff when this is better.
RIP Big L
It's a good songV 10 Comments
What how is this not in the top ten this song started gangsta rap, you know, the style of rap that everyone thinks is the best. Yeah this song was the beginning of it all
Should definitely by top 10 in my opinion
How can you not love this song? Helped with the rise of NWA, a bad ass song
Putting this at 47 is straight disrespectfulV 2 Comments
Wow man. This song makes me feel.. there's no word to describe this. I'm voting this for top ten. Never has anything made me feel like this. It's great. Listen to it. You really should. Let's roll.
It is a amazing song.. No words to describe it.. I just recommend it. Watch it and decide yourself
The song with the greatest flow ever! Bone Thugs are the greatest group of all time! This song the Crossroads is so tight! Listen to it frequently and just relax to its gentle beat and awesomeness!
This song is so inspirational that I'm performing it in a local concertV 18 Comments
His so amazing, in my opinion he is one of the greatest rappers of all time.
This should be higher up the list! So smooth and such an awesome flow, catchy chorus and one of the best beats in any rap song. A hip hop classic!
In my top 5, no clue how it's so low. Biggie still has the best flow in the game almost 20 years after his death. Not as good as loose yourself, changes, juicy, and Stan, but still an amazing song that should be at least in the top 10
1. Lose Yourself
2. Straight Outta Compton
3. California Love
4. Fight the Power
Ridiculous One-liners, preposterous metaphors, relentless rhythm speed, all interwined into a crazy beat. Surely the best mix ever!
Lyricism and Knowledge with a bit of a story. He uses sick metaphors, flows nicely and paints you a picture. I feel like this song is one of the songs that is a blueprint for what Hip-Hop should be.
Nas is amazing and no ones uses a better vocab except maybe em
NAS WROTE THE HIP HOP BIBLE. THIS SONG IS IN IT. IT WOULD BE THE PART WHERE JESUS IS BEING RESSURECTED. THE BEST PART that's RIGHT.V 1 Comment
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