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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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Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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180 77
Stan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Stan Eminem, Dido

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166 70
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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Juicy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

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C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

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Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

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Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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107 26
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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138 56
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

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129 62
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.

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Cute Babies Who Grew Up to Be Movie Stars

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Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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udontneedtoknowmyname added Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang

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2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Forgot You Loved

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One Mic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
One Mic Nas

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My Name Is Eminem

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Fight the Power Public Enemy

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In da Club 50 Cent

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79 56
Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

The Best Hip Hop Logos Of All Time

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Ruff Ryder's Anthem is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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Renegade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
jarment26 added Renegade Eminem, Jay-Z

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Insane In The Brain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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Protect Ya Neck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

The Best PS3 RPGs of All Time

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F**K the Police is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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Flava in Ya Ear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Flava in Ya Ear Craig Mack

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Jabapac added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Get Around Tupac Shakur

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It Ain't Hard to Tell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

The Best Songs on The Doors' Self-Titled Debut Album

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Ether is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ether Nas

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Mockingbird Eminem

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57 40
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Ms. Jackson's Chamber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ms. Jackson's Chamber Outkast X Dirty Projectors

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Jesus Walks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Jesus Walks Kanye West

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39 19
I Used to Love H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Used to Love H.E.R. Common, Common Sense

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29 19
Ain't No Half Steppin' is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ain't No Half Steppin' Big Daddy Kane