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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 & added by udontneedtoknowmyname The Sugarhill Gang

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    the people's #1 The Notorious B.I.G.

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    Dido, Eminem

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    Nas

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    Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre

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    Tupac Shakur

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    The Notorious B.I.G.

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    Wu-Tang Clan

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    Tupac Shakur

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    ranked low on reranks Lay Down Your Weapons Rita Ora Ft. K Koke

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    new! Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Jay-Z

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    Craig Mack

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    Tupac Shakur

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    Jay-Z

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    Outkast

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    Queen Latifah

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    Big Daddy Kane

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Boogie Down Productions

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    Mobb Deep

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    Cypress Hill

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    LL Cool J

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    Eminem

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    ranked low on reranks D12

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kanye West

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Outkast, Urban Underground Society

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    ranked low on reranks Lil Wayne Mirror

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    ranked low on reranks Eminem

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    DMX

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    Clipse

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    Kanye West

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    DMX

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    A Tribe Called Quest

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks All That I Got Is You Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killah

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    ranked low on reranks Fly Nicki Minaj

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks A Tribe Called Quest

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    Eminem, Dr. Dre

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    Many Men - 50 Cent

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    Eminem

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    Spacebound Eminem

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    Echo Royce Da 5'9

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    Eminem

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    often listed & added by jarment26 Eminem, Jay-Z

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    I Need a Doctor

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    Stan: A Tribute to Eminem

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    Rap God

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    Talking to Myself Eminem

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    Common, Common Sense

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    Masquerade Nicki Minaj

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    Eminem

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    Nas

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