Rap The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time  

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List Rules Only albums that are considered the greatest rap or hip hop albums of all time

What are the best hip hop albums of all time? The answer, of course, is totally subjective. Everyone has differing opinions about which hip hop and rap albums should be ranked on top, and that's what this list is all about. Vote for your personal favorite hip hop albums ever, and vote down those albums listed that you don't feel are worthy of the honor.

The hip-hop albums here represent decades of great music from notables rappers and hip-hop artists -- some we've lost, and others who continue to make great music year after year. Some of the biggest and best hip hop albums ever made include classics like The Chronic from Dr. Dre, Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy, Paid in Full by Eric B. and Rakim and N***az4Life by N.W.A. And no list of amazing hip hop albums would be complete without Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang Clan and Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.

If your favorite hip hop album isn't listed here, by all means, add it. And don't forget to include whatever great 2017 hip hop albums you loved. They might be new, but some are instant classics.

1
8,548 3,594
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
6,179 3,088
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.

3
6,246 2,718
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
6,091 2,519
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
6,125 2,573
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

6
6,825 3,061
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
4,730 2,020
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added Straight Outta Compton N.W.A

8
4,307 2,264
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,723 1,680
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

10
6,278 2,595
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

11
4,289 1,804
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

12
3,322 1,480
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

13
3,377 1,604
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

14
3,831 1,815
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Famous Schizophrenics

15
2,739 1,864
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
4,367 2,044
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

17
4,696 2,268
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,719 1,848
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,839 1,277
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

20
2,888 824
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,527 1,085
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

22
2,185 884
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
2,541 1,019
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

24
2,465 777
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
3,029 1,596
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,931 968
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,402 1,397
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,453 1,026
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

The Best Hip Hop Logos Of All Time

29
2,018 649
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,056 957
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,982 911
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
1,800 1,000
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,678 517
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

34
1,567 1,053
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,619 731
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Rock Vocalists

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2,415 1,126
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

37
2,152 619
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,564 656
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,761 567
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,384 504
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,561 636
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,364 693
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

Overdoses, Electrocutions, And Other Times Musicians Nearly Died On Stage

43
1,534 764
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
1,225 461
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
1,237 604
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,108 636
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

47
1,083 580
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

48
1,079 326
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,051 561
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,033 537
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E