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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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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136 59
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179 73
Dear Mama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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149 63
Nuthin' But a G Thang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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147 62
C.R.E.A.M. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

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134 63
Keep Y Ahead Up is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

9
152 70
Stan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Stan Eminem, Dido

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119 55
Big Poppa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.

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126 50
Hail Mary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

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92 21
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90 21
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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101 43
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Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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114 52
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114 45
Shook Ones, Part II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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udontneedtoknowmyname added Rapper's Delight The Sugarhill Gang

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Fight the Power Public Enemy

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62 14
2pac Changes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

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93 55
One Mic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
One Mic Nas

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105 52
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My Name Is Eminem

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83 39
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97 49
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In da Club 50 Cent

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51 14
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49 13
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The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

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77 53
Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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57 27
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

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55 28
Ruff Ryder's Anthem is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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Flava in Ya Ear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Flava in Ya Ear Craig Mack

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Protect Ya Neck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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58 33
Insane In The Brain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Jabapac added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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37 12
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40 14
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Get Around Tupac Shakur

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38 13
F**K the Police is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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It Ain't Hard to Tell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time

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42 27
Ms. Jackson's Chamber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ms. Jackson's Chamber Outkast X Dirty Projectors

The Most Disrespectful Diss Tracks In Hip Hop History

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32 16
Renegade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
jarment26 added Renegade Eminem, Jay-Z

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38 17
I Used to Love H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
I Used to Love H.E.R. Common, Common Sense

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28 17
Ain't No Half Steppin' is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ain't No Half Steppin' Big Daddy Kane

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Ether is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time
Ether Nas

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