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
9,529 4,427
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

2
11,293 4,616
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

3
7,943 3,920
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
7,690 3,555
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,627 3,157
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
7,826 3,199
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
5,975 2,497
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
5,346 2,446
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
5,261 2,474
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
5,260 2,803
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

11
5,483 2,267
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

12
8,276 3,220
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
4,656 2,056
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
4,187 2,069
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
4,110 1,864
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
5,728 2,638
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
6,215 2,919
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,187 2,012
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,617 1,067
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,384 2,322
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,454 1,539
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
3,031 1,303
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,648 1,116
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
3,103 1,215
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
2,943 974
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,283 1,153
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
3,053 1,757
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
3,106 1,249
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,426 788
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,527 1,141
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,675 769
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,253 1,172
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,372 1,157
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
3,204 1,454
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
2,153 672
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
2,013 667
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,871 782
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,780 888
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,643 616
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,868 1,282
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,656 834
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,812 745
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,445 569
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
1,099 614
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

45
1,843 915
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

46
1,006 563
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,673 1,011
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,295 666
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,250 690
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

50
1,285 730
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy