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
7,927 3,310
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
5,741 2,854
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
5,894 2,494
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
5,679 2,342
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
5,672 2,407
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
6,326 2,904
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
4,341 1,899
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
4,024 2,108
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,457 1,579
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
3,997 1,704
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
5,774 2,446
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

12
3,122 1,381
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
3,156 1,511
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
3,539 1,705
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s

15
2,554 1,756
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
3,992 1,930
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
4,258 2,111
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,443 1,751
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,385 1,015
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
2,705 759
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,645 1,202
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

22
2,370 968
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

23
2,339 711
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
1,838 909
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
2,777 1,504
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,048 837
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,189 1,328
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,310 962
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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1,919 901
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

30
1,912 609
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

31
1,878 869
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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1,673 958
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
1,566 474
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
1,470 614
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,564 686
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
1,476 1,004
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,983 593
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
2,181 1,071
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

39
1,650 544
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,479 611
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,294 656
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

42
1,306 482
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Most Disrespectful Diss Tracks In Hip Hop History

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1,435 733
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
1,140 445
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
1,167 580
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,059 603
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
1,032 555
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
1,028 300
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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990 545
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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952 364
Tical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tical Method Man