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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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111 39
C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

3
145 68
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

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126 48
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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98 24
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111 45
Stan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Stan Eminem, Dido

7
105 45
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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86 40
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.

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90 43
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86 37
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90 46
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

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82 47
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udontneedtoknowmyname added Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang

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78 30
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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70 33
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Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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80 38
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

The Best Hip Hop Logos Of All Time The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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76 44
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
One Mic Nas

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55 14
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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49 11
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47 11
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63 34
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Fight the Power Public Enemy

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74 37
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In da Club 50 Cent

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51 16
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60 40
Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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57 28
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76 44
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My Name Is Eminem

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35 9
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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55 30
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28 8
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36 19
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

The Best Dressed Women in Hip-Hop Things Competitive People Are Competitive About

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32 16
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Jabapac added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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28 9
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34 21
Ms. Jackson's Chamber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ms. Jackson's Chamber Outkast X Dirty Projectors

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39 23
Ruff Ryder's Anthem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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25 7
Protect Ya Neck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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33 14
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28 10
I Used to Love H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 36 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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44 29
Insane In The Brain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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37 29
Flava in Ya Ear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Flava in Ya Ear Craig Mack

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34 16
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25 8
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Get Around Tupac Shakur

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47 33
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48 29
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21 12
Ain't No Half Steppin' is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ain't No Half Steppin' Big Daddy Kane

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22 7
It Ain't Hard to Tell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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34 23
Jesus Walks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Jesus Walks Kanye West

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38 34
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17 4
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23 10
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25 16
Many Men - 50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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48 33
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Mockingbird Eminem