Greatest Albums 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. Whether you're a fan of more recent hits or those classic hip hop albums, be sure to vote up what you think are truly the greatest rap albums of all time.

list ordered by

1
12,039 4,917
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

2
10,169 4,902
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

3
8,476 4,113
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
8,137 3,729
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
8,047 3,306
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
8,287 3,346
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
6,288 2,655
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added N.W.A

8
5,703 2,683
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
5,640 2,730
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
8,821 3,349
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar

11
5,540 2,967
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

12
5,802 2,393
2001 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

13
4,937 2,148
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

14
4,457 2,236
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
6,096 2,766
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

16
4,366 1,965
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

17
6,677 3,064
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,417 2,104
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,857 1,143
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,566 2,410
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,635 1,613
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
3,183 1,372
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,775 1,185
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
3,249 1,280
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
3,081 1,028
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,370 1,213
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
3,220 1,828
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
3,303 1,313
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,572 827
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,657 1,205
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,832 824
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
3,406 1,520
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

33
2,366 1,235
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
2,474 1,206
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
2,254 709
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
2,119 701
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,953 824
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,718 652
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,737 880
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

40
1,828 931
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,948 1,331
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,899 779
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,511 605
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
1,931 955
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,141 653
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

46
1,105 620
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,807 1,072
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,396 587
Section.80 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar

49
1,344 702
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,308 725
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots