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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260 113
Stan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Stan Eminem, Dido

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276 135
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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285 119
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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221 95
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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133 29
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162 71
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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156 40
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217 98
C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

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178 83
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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167 63
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

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149 40
Forgot About Dre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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144 58
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Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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190 62
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158 59
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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143 65
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102 23
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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137 53
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My Name Is Eminem

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118 73
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udontneedtoknowmyname added Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang

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113 63
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
One Mic Nas

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104 43
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79 22
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132 63
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In da Club 50 Cent

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96 54
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Fight the Power Public Enemy

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83 35
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

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65 22
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88 63
Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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59 22
F**K the Police is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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52 25
Renegade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
jarment26 added Renegade Eminem, Jay-Z

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74 42
Jesus Walks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Jesus Walks Kanye West

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62 27
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52 20
Protect Ya Neck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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53 21
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Get Around Tupac Shakur

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46 18
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59 35
Ruff Ryder's Anthem is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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57 43
Flava in Ya Ear is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Flava in Ya Ear Craig Mack

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Jabapac added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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43 17
It Ain't Hard to Tell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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67 43
Insane In The Brain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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Mockingbird Eminem

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41 23
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35 22
Ain't No Half Steppin' is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ain't No Half Steppin' Big Daddy Kane

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40 23
Scenario is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Scenario A Tribe Called Quest

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29 14
Ether is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ether Nas

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37 16
Til I Collapse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time