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
12,808 5,208
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

2
10,800 5,399
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

3
8,973 4,325
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
8,595 3,918
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
8,489 3,449
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
8,827 3,467
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
6,611 2,801
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
6,084 2,922
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
6,034 2,988
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
5,861 3,124
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

11
9,419 3,520
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar

12
6,156 2,489
2001 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

13
5,207 2,243
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
4,760 2,419
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
4,603 2,087
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
6,461 2,916
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
7,130 3,222
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,644 2,188
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
4,093 1,215
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,765 2,503
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,835 1,700
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
3,334 1,442
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
3,424 1,347
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

24
2,931 1,237
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
3,219 1,097
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
3,411 1,906
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

27
2,470 1,284
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

28
3,519 1,401
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,711 882
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,994 894
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,798 1,266
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,491 1,295
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,226 745
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

34
3,624 1,603
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
2,387 744
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
2,599 1,249
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
2,042 867
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,812 690
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
2,045 1,381
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,877 976
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,829 931
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,982 827
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,583 644
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
2,028 1,004
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,200 700
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

46
1,213 690
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,965 1,134
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,407 739
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,586 770
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,498 646
Section.80 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar