Top 10 Best Rap Love Songs

When it comes to the universal language of love, no genre is off-limits, not even rap. Whether you're a seasoned hip-hop head or just dipping your toes into the pool of poetic verses and bass-heavy beats, you'll find that rap music has a surprising amount to say about love. From the highs of first love and passionate romances to the lows of heartbreak and unrequited love, rap love songs offer a unique perspective on these all too human experiences.

In the world of rap, love songs take on a nuanced dimension that sets them apart. These tracks, often infused with real-world experiences and complex emotions, showcase the genre's lyrical richness and its ability to convey depth of feeling. Whether it's a sweet serenade from LL Cool J, a heartfelt declaration from Tupac, or a soulful lament from Drake, rap love songs manage to be raw and authentic while still packing a punch.

Love, in the world of rap, isn't always sunshine and roses. It can be gritty, challenging, and intensely real. It's about love found in the most unexpected places, love lost in the harsh realities of life, and love that endures despite all odds. It's a multi-faceted exploration of emotions that everyone can relate to, presented through deft wordplay and compelling beats.

So, what do you think are the best rap love songs of all time? Which tracks made your heart flutter, brought a tear to your eye, or perfectly articulated your feelings?
The Top Ten
1 I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man

Every rap and R&B collaboration released in the 1995 owes a royalty check to Method Man and Mary J Blige. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

2 I Need Love - LL Cool J

Hip-hop's original loverboy made this classic back when lovey-dovey rap was deemed a novelty. Today, it's still one of the best hip-hop songs ever -- love or otherwise.

3 The Light - Common

There's so much going on here: J. Dilla's steady drums, James Poyser's pristine keys, that indelible Bobby Caldwell sample. Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the rhymes. Common puts it down, matching Dilla's potent production with his own poetic bagel.

4 Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest

"Bonita Applebum" was the first single off Tribe's debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Word has it the song was an ode to a high school shawty. Bonus points for safe sex: "I got crazy prophylactics."

5 You Got Me - The Roots

The Roots struck gold with this smooth gem off Things Fall Apart. Jill Scott wrote the R&B part but the label picked Erykah Badu to bring exposure to the record. With all respect to the wonderfully talented Scott, Badu made the suits seem like prophets.

6 Crazy in Love - Eminem

When you listen to this song you can really feel what his feeling. Eminem is the greatest.

Seriously underrate song should at least come within his top 20

7 Eye Know - De la Soul
8 Mahogany - Eric B & Rakim
9 Love the Way You Lie - Eminem
10 Space Bound - Eminem
The Contenders
11 Teenage Love - Slick Rick

Golden words from the greatest storyteller in rap: "If it's not true love, you shouldn't deal wit it." The best part is that the message is always in season.

12 21 Questions - 50 Cent

Most love songs entail guys teasing girls with wild promises. 50 Cent turned the tables on "21 Questions," which takes the form of a relationship interview. "I'm asking questions to find out how you feel inside," he raps. Oh, and you can't question the genius of "I love you like a fat kid loves cake." After dropping that line, Fif went on to bag Vivica Fox, Ciara, and Chelsea Handler.

"21 Questions" expertly jumps into the mindset of a person at arguably the most critical point in a romantic relationship: whether to carry on the relationship in a more serious direction, or to accept that the relationship wasn't meant to last. 50 Cent asks 21 Questions "to find out how [his partner] feel[s] inside," lovingly wondering if he "was hit and hurt, would [she] be by my side? If it was time to put in work would [she] be down to ride? " With a catchy, melodious instrumental, paired with smooth vocals by Nate Dogg, "21 Questions" develops a tender side of 50 Cent, diverging from the other angry, aggressive tracks on "Get Rich it Die Trying," like "Back Down" and "Many Men (Wish Death)." A creative song effective in touching the hearts of listeners, "21 Questions" not only remains as one of 50 Cent's best songs, but it also stands as one of, if not the, greatest love ballads in the rap genre.

13 Brown Skin Lady - Black Star

Sometimes playful, sometimes treacly, "Brown Skin Lady" is always beautiful. Cocoa butter sales probably spiked after Kweli rapped, "Your skin is the inspiration for cocoa butter." Smooth

14 Stan - Eminem

Best eminem song in my opinion.

15 Dear Mama - 2pac

Dear Mama is the epitome of a mother-son relationship in hip-hop. It radiates so much love and appreciation.

16 P**** Monster - Lil Wayne
17 Kiss Me Thru the Phone - Soulja Boy Tell'em
18 When I'm Gone - Eminem
19 All About U - 2Pac
20 Love. - Kendrick Lamar

Heard this was inspired by his own relationship, because Lamar says love also has friendship and that his woman is his 'hommie for life'.

21 Me and My Bitch - The Notorious B.I.G
22 Take Care - Drake
23 25 to Life - Eminem
24 Out of My Head - Lupe Fiasco
25 '97 Bonnie & Clyde - Eminem
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