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
7,967 3,324
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
5,773 2,871
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
5,922 2,505
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
5,702 2,356
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
5,699 2,419
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
6,360 2,910
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
4,366 1,905
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
4,040 2,117
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
3,473 1,584
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
4,015 1,710
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
5,800 2,455
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
3,135 1,386
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
3,170 1,516
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
3,559 1,712
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Famous Schizophrenics

15
2,564 1,769
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
4,015 1,935
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
4,285 2,120
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,461 1,760
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
2,394 1,023
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
2,720 761
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,659 1,205
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

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2,381 971
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

23
2,348 714
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,846 914
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
2,791 1,510
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,056 838
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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2,202 1,331
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,317 966
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

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1,925 905
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,921 611
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
1,882 873
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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1,679 961
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,573 475
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
1,569 686
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,474 619
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Rock Vocalists

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1,481 1,009
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,994 596
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
2,195 1,074
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

39
1,658 544
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

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1,485 611
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,313 482
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,298 659
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

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1,441 736
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,143 446
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

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1,171 580
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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1,062 605
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

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1,036 555
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

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1,033 301
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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993 545
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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955 364
Tical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tical Method Man