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
9,335 4,220
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

2
11,018 4,533
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

3
7,775 3,863
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
7,559 3,499
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,501 3,112
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
7,685 3,156
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
5,868 2,458
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
5,247 2,366
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
5,143 2,402
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
5,175 2,751
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

11
5,389 2,224
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

12
8,116 3,177
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar

13
4,098 2,021
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

14
4,565 2,030
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

15
4,028 1,827
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

16
5,631 2,588
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
6,087 2,876
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,110 1,984
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,554 1,044
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,340 2,291
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,397 1,522
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
2,985 1,283
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,602 1,093
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
3,054 1,197
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
2,900 957
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,249 1,137
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,999 1,728
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
3,049 1,232
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,391 773
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,500 1,118
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,214 1,157
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,621 750
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,334 1,144
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
3,135 1,435
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
2,120 660
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
1,990 657
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,842 771
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,766 871
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,615 607
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,842 1,268
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,632 819
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,424 556
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

43
1,082 601
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

44
1,823 898
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,785 735
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

46
976 546
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,630 990
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,281 656
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,239 678
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

50
1,269 721
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy