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

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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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678 326
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2
480 216
Stan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dido

3
412 192
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
304 163
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5
242 124
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

6
239 130
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
315 130
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
267 84
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dr. Dre

9
302 136
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
373 147
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

11
268 100
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12
188 97
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13
213 92
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The Notorious B.I.G.

14
227 83
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

15
154 97
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nas

16
222 86
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

17
203 97
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50 Cent

18
240 104
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Eminem

19
151 108
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udontneedtoknowmyname added The Sugarhill Gang

20
231 57
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21
200 46
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22
244 77
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23
128 74
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Public Enemy

24
120 53
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Coolio, L.V.

25
148 39
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time