Songs The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time  

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List Rules Only hip-hop or rap songs. No R&B, pop or rock songs

What are the greatest hip hop songs of all time? Deciding which songs are the most iconic in such a diverse genre can be a daunting task, but that's exactly what's going on right here, right now. Many of the songs listed here are cuts on some of the best hip hop albums ever recorded by notable rappers and hip-hop artists like Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan. Vote for your top choices on this all-time top rap song list, vote down any hip hop songs you don't like and of course, add any of your favorites that might be missing. You can also rerank this list of the best hip hop songs in any order you want.

Any list of the greatest hip hop songs should include cuts like "Juicy" from The Notorious B.I.G., arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time. And yeah, several hip hop songs on this list were recorded by some of the most legendary, greatest rappers of the 1980s (Run D.M.C. and The Sugarhill Gang are two shining examples) and some of the best overall hip hop crews in music history.
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1
713 348
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2
508 235
Stan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dido

3
429 203
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
315 172
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5
250 131
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

6
249 136
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
328 138
C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

8
277 92
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dr. Dre

9
314 140
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

10
381 153
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

11
240 86
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

12
219 97
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The Notorious B.I.G.

13
192 103
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14
275 109
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15
159 100
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nas

16
209 99
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50 Cent

17
224 90
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

18
154 110
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udontneedtoknowmyname added The Sugarhill Gang

19
243 57
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20
245 111
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Eminem

21
206 51
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22
254 78
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23
131 77
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Public Enemy

24
126 56
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Coolio, L.V.

25
154 42
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time