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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.

list ordered by

1
7,142 2,832
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
5,108 2,489
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
5,153 2,182
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
5,001 2,077
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
5,030 2,100
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
5,683 2,579
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
3,861 1,683
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
3,537 1,860
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,093 1,372
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
5,204 2,136
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
3,568 1,484
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

12
2,751 1,225
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
2,840 1,307
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
2,288 1,515
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

15
3,141 1,520
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
3,531 1,656
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
3,768 1,787
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,081 1,533
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,096 908
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

20
2,357 1,062
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

21
2,342 660
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

22
2,452 1,300
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
2,076 863
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

24
1,613 811
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
1,789 752
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,960 636
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,957 1,136
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,034 836
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
1,680 782
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

30
1,697 742
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
1,666 549
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

32
1,511 822
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
1,392 594
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,931 905
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

35
1,321 867
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

36
1,740 509
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,289 417
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

38
1,256 557
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,421 486
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,291 549
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,149 430
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,276 645
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Breaking The Law: Weird And Wild Stories About Judas Priest

43
1,105 587
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

44
995 383
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
1,007 506
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

46
921 530
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
878 498
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
833 264
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
845 444
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E

50
849 488
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time