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The Best '80s Rap Songs 

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Updated March 27, 2019 2.3k votes 404 voters 31.6k views 51 items

What are the best songs from the Golden Age of Hip Hop? To answer that question, let's rank the best '80s rap songs that truly defined the decade and inspired future hip hop artists to come.

"Sucker M.C.'s" by Run-D.M.C is a good place to start when ranking the best rap songs from the '80s. This single was the launch of Run-D.M.C's career, but it's also widely considered to be a work that inspired an entire movement of new hip hop artists. "Express Yourself" by N.W.A was also a massively popular '80s rap song, despite lacking profanity on an album that was abrasive and in your face. Other great hip hop songs from the '80s include "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie, "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow, and "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy.

Vote up your favorite '80s hip hop songs on this ranked list, and add any tracks that aren't here already.

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The Sugarhill Gang
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Message Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
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Boyz-n-the-Hood Eazy-E
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I'm Bad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
I'm Bad L. L. Cool J.
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Young MC
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Public Enemy
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Biz Markie
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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
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Push It Salt-N-Pepa
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Slick Rick
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Beastie Boys
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Tone-Lōc
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Eric B. & Rakim, Rakim
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The Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
The Show Doug E. Fresh
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LL Cool J
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Run–D.M.C.
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Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick
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Jam on It Newcleus
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Planet Rock Soulsonic Force
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Big Daddy Kane
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Kurtis Blow