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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544 247
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2
357 145
Stan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dido

3
326 157
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
238 110
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5
194 85
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

6
199 98
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
251 109
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

8
195 60
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9
174 69
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The Notorious B.I.G.

10
249 113
C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

11
201 49
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dr. Dre

12
320 126
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

13
132 84
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udontneedtoknowmyname added The Sugarhill Gang

14
192 75
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Eminem

15
129 71
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nas

16
157 74
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17
184 72
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur

18
162 68
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50 Cent

19
178 67
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

20
160 35
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21
105 59
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Public Enemy

22
180 47
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23
95 71
Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

24
73 30
Renegade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
jarment26 added Eminem, Jay-Z

25
208 69
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26
119 28
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

27
113 49
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28
119 34
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29
69 26
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30
91 42
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Coolio, L.V.

31
51 19
Til I Collapse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

32
93 51
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Eminem

33
86 27
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34
58 50
Flava in Ya Ear is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Craig Mack

35
56 49
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36
84 48
Jesus Walks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Kanye West

37
48 46
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38
50 24
The Way I Am is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem

39
38 16
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40
47 36
Not Afraid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem

41
38 27
Ain't No Half Steppin' is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Big Daddy Kane

42
71 26
F**K the Police is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

43
60 37
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Jabapac added Tupac Shakur

44
64 40
Ruff Ryder's Anthem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

45
60 50
99 Problems is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Jay-Z

46
69 27
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47
51 41
Ms. Jackson's Chamber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Outkast X Dirty Projectors

48
69 47
Insane In The Brain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Cypress Hill

49
70 30
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50
44 27
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