The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time Songs

The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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List Criteria: Only hip-hop or rap songs. No R&B, pop or rock songs

What are the greatest hip hop songs of all time? Deciding which songs are the most iconic in such a diverse genre can be a daunting task, but that's exactly what's going on right here, right now. Many of the songs listed here are cuts on some of the best hip hop albums ever recorded by notable rappers and hip-hop artists like Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan. Vote for your top choices on this all-time top rap song list, vote down any hip hop songs you don't like and of course, add any of your favorites that might be missing. You can also rerank this list of the best hip hop songs in any order you want.

Any list of the greatest hip hop songs should include cuts like "Juicy" from The Notorious B.I.G., arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time. And yeah, several hip hop songs on this list were recorded by some of the most legendary, greatest rappers of the 1980s (Run D.M.C. and The Sugarhill Gang are two shining examples) and some of the best overall hip hop crews in music history.
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    Lose Yourself is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Tupac Shakur

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    Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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    The Notorious B.I.G.

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    Wu-Tang Clan

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    California Love (feat. Dr Dre)... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    Mobb Deep

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    Gin and Juice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Tupac Shakur

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    Nas

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    Eminem, Dido

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    Rapper's Delight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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    The Sugarhill Gang

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    The Notorious B.I.G.

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    Fight the Power is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    Public Enemy

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    Dr. Dre - Still D.r.e. Ft. Sno... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    Hypnotize is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    The Notorious B.I.G.

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    In da Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    50 Cent

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    50 Cent - 21 Questions Ft. Nat... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    Eminem, Dr. Dre

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    Jay-Z

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    My Name Is is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    Eminem

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    Ain't Nuthin' but a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    The Real Slim Shady is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    Eminem

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    If I Ruled the World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    Nas

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    N.Y. State of Mind is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Lay Down Your Weapons Rita Ora... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    Common, Common Sense

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    Purple Pills is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Life Goes On is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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    Wu-Tang Clan

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    Hit Em Up is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    It's Like That is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Big Daddy Kane

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    Craig Mack

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    Kanye West

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    Cypress Hill

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    Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
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    Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


    Eminem

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    The Message is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Killing Me Softly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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    Passin' Me By is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time


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