The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time Songs
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The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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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    most listed
    Lose Yourself

    Eminem More
    97
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Juicy

    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    86
  3. 3
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    The Sugarhill Gang More
    82
  4. 4
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    Nas More
    80
  5. 5
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    Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg More
    79
  6. 6
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    78
  7. 7
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    Tupac Shakur More
    77
  8. 8
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    Snoop Dogg More
    76
  9. 9
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    Wu-Tang Clan More
    75
  10. 10
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    Public Enemy More
    74
  11. 11
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    Run-D.M.C., Jason Nevins More
    73
  12. 12
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    Tupac Shakur More
    73
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stan

    Eminem More
    73
  14. 14
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    Tupac Shakur More
    67
  15. 15
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    Lay Down Your Weapons Rita Ora Ft. K Koke

    67
  16. 16
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    Dr. Dre More
    67
  17. 17
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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony More
    66
  18. 18
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    Jay-Z More
    66
  19. 19
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    65
  20. 20
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    Craig Mack More
    65
  21. 21
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    Fugees More
    63
  22. 22
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    Purple Pills

    D12 More
    62
  23. 23
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    Big Daddy Kane More
    60
  24. 24
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    No image
    Eminem More
    59
  25. 25
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    Tupac Shakur More
    59
  26. 26
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    Outkast More
    58
  27. 27
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    Stan

    Eminem, Dido More
    58
  28. 28
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    Queen Latifah More
    57
  29. 29
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    Run-D.M.C. More
    56
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    South Bronx

    Boogie Down Productions More
    56
  31. 31
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    50 Cent More
    55
  32. 32
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    Cypress Hill More
    55
  33. 33
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    LL Cool J More
    55
  34. 34
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    Busta Rhymes More
    54
  35. 35
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    Mobb Deep More
    54
  36. 36
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    Nas More
    54
  37. 37
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    Eminem More
    53
  38. 38
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    My Band

    D12 More
    53
  39. 39
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    Jay-Z More
    51
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Through the Wire

    Kanye West More
    51
  41. 41
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    Lil Wayne Mirror

    51
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

    Missy Elliott More
    50
  43. 43
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    Urban Underground Society, Outkast More
    50
  44. 44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Straight Outta Compton

    N.W.A More
    49
  45. 45
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    Eric B. & Rakim More
    49
  46. 46
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    Kanye West More
    49
  47. 47
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    No image
    DMX More
    49
  48. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grindin'

    Clipse More
    48
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mockingbird

    Eminem More
    48
  50. 50
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    ranked low on reranks
    Fly (feat. Rihanna)

    Nicki Minaj More
    47
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