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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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    Eminem More
    93
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    most listed
    Rapper's Delight

    The Sugarhill Gang More
    84
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    the people's #1
    Juicy

    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    82
  4. 4
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    Eminem, Dido More
    78
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    Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg More
    76
  6. 6
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    Nas More
    75
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    75
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    Tupac Shakur More
    74
  9. 9
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    Snoop Dogg More
    73
  10. 10
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    Wu-Tang Clan More
    72
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    Public Enemy More
    70
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    Tupac Shakur More
    70
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    Run-D.M.C., Jason Nevins More
    69
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    Tupac Shakur More
    66
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    Lay Down Your Weapons Rita Ora Ft. K Koke

    65
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    63
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    Craig Mack More
    61
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    new! Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)

    Jay-Z More
    61
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    Tha Crossroads

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony More
    61
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    Purple Pills

    D12 More
    60
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    Fugees More
    59
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    Tupac Shakur More
    58
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    Eminem More
    57
  24. 24
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    Jay-Z More
    55
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    Outkast More
    55
  26. 26
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    Queen Latifah More
    55
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    50 Cent More
    54
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    Ain't No Half Steppin'

    Big Daddy Kane More
    54
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    Run-D.M.C. More
    54
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    Cypress Hill More
    53
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    Boogie Down Productions More
    53
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    Mobb Deep More
    52
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    LL Cool J More
    52
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    Nas More
    52
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    Busta Rhymes More
    52
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    Eminem More
    52
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    My Band

    D12 More
    51
  38. 38
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    Lil Wayne Mirror

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    Urban Underground Society, Outkast More
    49
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    Kanye West More
    48
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    Check the Rhyme

    A Tribe Called Quest More
    48
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    All That I Got Is You

    Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killah More
    48
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    Eric B. & Rakim More
    48
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    Mockingbird

    Eminem More
    47
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    DMX More
    47
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    Clipse More
    46
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    Missy Elliott More
    46
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    Kanye West More
    46
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    The Pharcyde More
    45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Party Up

    DMX More
    45
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