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The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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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.

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

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    Lose Yourself

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

    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    90
  3. 3
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    Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg More
    87
  4. 4
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    often listed
    Rapper's Delight

    The Sugarhill Gang More
    84
  5. 5
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    Snoop Dogg More
    83
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    ranked high on reranks
    C.R.E.A.M.

    Wu-Tang Clan More
    81
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    It's Like That

    Run-D.M.C., Jason Nevins More
    79
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    Stan

    Eminem More
    78
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    Public Enemy More
    78
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    often listed
    Big Poppa

    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    77
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    Tupac Shakur More
    75
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    Tupac Shakur More
    75
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    often listed
    One Mic

    Nas More
    73
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    controversial
    Killing Me Softly

    Fugees More
    72
  15. 15
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    Tupac Shakur More
    72
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    Dr. Dre More
    72
  17. 17
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    72
  18. 18
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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony More
    71
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    controversial
    Hard Knock Life

    Jay-Z More
    71
  20. 20
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    My Name Is

    Eminem More
    70
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    Flava In Ya Ear

    Craig Mack More
    66
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    Hail Mary

    Tupac Shakur More
    64
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    Busta Rhymes More
    64
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    Run-D.M.C. More
    63
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    Cypress Hill More
    63
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    Big Daddy Kane More
    62
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    Shook Ones, Part II

    Mobb Deep More
    60
  28. 28
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    controversial
    Rosa Parks

    Outkast More
    60
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    In Da Club

    50 Cent More
    59
  30. 30
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    Queen Latifah More
    58
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    South Bronx

    Boogie Down Productions More
    58
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    Ruff Ryders' Anthem

    DMX More
    57
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    Nas More
    57
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    I'm Bad

    LL Cool J More
    56
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    The Real Slim Shady

    Eminem More
    56
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    99 Problems (remix)

    Jay-Z More
    55
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    Straight Outta Compton

    N.W.A More
    54
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    Ms Jackson

    Urban Underground Society, Outkast More
    54
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    Paid in Full

    Eric B. & Rakim More
    53
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    Kanye West More
    53
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    Ghostface Killah More
    53
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    Scenario

    A Tribe Called Quest More
    53
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    The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

    Missy Elliott More
    52
  44. 44
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    A Tribe Called Quest More
    52
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    The Pharcyde More
    51
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    Renegade (feat. Eminem)

    Jay-Z More
    51
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    DMX More
    51
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    Kid Cudi, Crookers More
    51
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    Grindin'

    Clipse More
    50
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    Through the Wire

    Kanye West More
    50
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