80s Music The Best '80s Rap Songs  

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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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Young MC
2
11 8
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Push It Salt-N-Pepa
3
9 6
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7 4
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Tone-Lōc
5
7 4
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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
6
8 7
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The Sugarhill Gang
7
6 5
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6 5
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Boyz-n-the-Hood Eazy-E
9
5 4
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Beastie Boys
10
4 3
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Eric B. & Rakim, Rakim
11
8 8
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7 7
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Biz Markie
13
6 6
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Big Daddy Kane
14
5 5
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Sucker M.C.'s Run-D.M.C.
15
5 5
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16
5 5
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Slick Rick
17
4 4
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Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick
18
4 4
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LL Cool J
19
4 4
The Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
The Show Doug E. Fresh
20
3 3
Sucker MCs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
Sucker MCs Run D.M.C.
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3 3
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Run–D.M.C.
22
2 2
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Run–D.M.C.
23
3 4
I'm Bad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
I'm Bad L. L. Cool J.
24
3 4
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Message Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
25
3 4
Tramp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rap Songs
Tramp Run-D.M.C.