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.

1
8,526 3,587
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
6,166 3,074
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
6,232 2,708
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
6,076 2,514
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
6,111 2,564
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
6,806 3,057
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
4,717 2,014
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
4,295 2,255
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,716 1,672
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
6,257 2,590
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
4,275 1,801
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

12
3,309 1,478
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
3,368 1,602
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
3,823 1,814
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Famous Schizophrenics

15
2,731 1,859
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
4,350 2,038
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
4,680 2,261
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,714 1,845
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,831 1,274
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

20
2,882 818
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,518 1,083
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

22
2,178 882
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
2,460 775
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
2,534 1,018
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

25
3,023 1,591
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,926 966
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,391 1,394
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,448 1,023
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
2,011 648
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,050 953
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
1,980 908
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,794 998
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,673 515
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

34
1,561 1,049
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,614 729
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Rock Vocalists

36
2,403 1,124
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

37
2,142 617
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,559 656
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,751 566
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,379 504
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,553 636
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,358 692
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

Overdoses, Electrocutions, And Other Times Musicians Nearly Died On Stage

43
1,529 761
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
1,222 461
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
1,234 604
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,106 634
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
1,077 580
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
1,076 326
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,046 561
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,032 535
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E