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
763 366
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2
544 257
Stan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dido

3
460 216
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
270 144
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

5
335 187
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6
265 144
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
350 147
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
333 145
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

9
294 103
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dr. Dre

10
266 92
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

11
398 158
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

12
297 113
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13
231 104
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The Notorious B.I.G.

14
169 107
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nas

15
201 113
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16
243 95
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

17
226 108
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50 Cent

18
266 59
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19
258 118
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Eminem

20
160 118
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udontneedtoknowmyname added The Sugarhill Gang

21
218 52
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22
268 80
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23
142 60
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Coolio, L.V.

24
137 82
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Public Enemy

25
163 46
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time