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
9,366 4,269
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

2
11,075 4,551
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

3
7,809 3,872
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
7,586 3,508
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,522 3,123
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
7,715 3,161
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
5,887 2,464
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
5,263 2,381
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
5,164 2,416
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
5,199 2,757
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

11
5,408 2,230
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

12
8,143 3,182
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
4,578 2,033
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
4,111 2,027
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
4,042 1,831
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
5,643 2,599
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
6,106 2,883
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,125 1,988
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,568 1,044
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,349 2,292
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,407 1,522
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
2,992 1,284
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,615 1,094
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
3,064 1,198
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
2,913 957
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,254 1,138
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
3,006 1,733
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
3,064 1,232
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,401 773
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,503 1,121
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,219 1,158
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,629 752
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,339 1,145
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
3,144 1,440
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
2,131 660
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
1,996 657
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,849 771
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,771 871
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,619 607
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,848 1,268
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,636 819
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,428 556
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

43
1,085 602
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

44
1,826 900
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,791 736
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

46
982 548
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,638 992
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,283 656
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,243 678
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

50
1,274 721
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy