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.

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1
6,990 2,762
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
5,006 2,436
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
5,065 2,124
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
4,911 2,032
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
4,926 2,067
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
5,573 2,539
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
3,777 1,656
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
3,464 1,829
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,037 1,355
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
5,107 2,109
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
3,514 1,470
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

12
2,717 1,210
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
2,796 1,301
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
2,246 1,500
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Famous People Who Were Relentlessly Bullied

15
3,088 1,499
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
3,455 1,630
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
3,688 1,746
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,016 1,512
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,071 892
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
2,314 645
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,325 1,046
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

22
2,053 853
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

23
1,600 798
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
1,762 745
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
2,410 1,284
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,946 623
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,925 1,123
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
1,653 770
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The 300 Best Albums of the 00's

29
2,003 820
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

30
1,677 735
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
1,649 541
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
1,486 811
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
1,384 581
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,722 498
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,300 858
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Punk Movies

36
1,883 895
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

37
1,277 409
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
1,242 551
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,406 477
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,280 541
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,135 424
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,267 633
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The 13 Best Theories About Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

43
1,092 578
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
983 378
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
915 525
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

46
1,000 500
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
873 492
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
824 260
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
835 485
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
779 314
Tical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tical Method Man