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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2
484 233
Juicy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.
3
569 281
Stan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dido
4
362 198
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5
281 152
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur
6
283 158
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.
7
362 154
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
349 155
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
308 112
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Eminem, Dr. Dre
10
415 163
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur
11
280 98
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
12
240 107
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The Notorious B.I.G.
13
307 122
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14
180 115
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nas
15
238 112
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50 Cent
16
254 100
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Tupac Shakur
17
205 117
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18
280 62
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19
265 124
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Eminem
20
165 126
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udontneedtoknowmyname added The Sugarhill Gang
21
230 56
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22
279 81
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23
153 66
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Coolio, L.V.
24
139 89
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Public Enemy
25
174 51
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time