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The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time 

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Public Enemy are widely considered some of the best rappers ever and are rightfully inducted in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Public Enemy albums, with the help of your votes. Formed by Chuck D and Flavor Flav as students at Long Island’s Adelphi University in 1986, Public Enemy were one of the first hip-hop groups to fuse the political frustration of the African-American community and hard-hitting samples of rock and R&B, led by the production team of the Bomb Squad and Terminator X. They were so influential out of the gate; their first four albums – beginning with Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987) through Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Back (1991) – instantly went gold and platinum.

This Public Enemy discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Public Enemy albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Public Enemy singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Public Enemy album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Public Enemy album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

The list you're viewing contains albums like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and Fear of a Black Planet (1990). This list of popular Public Enemy CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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It Takes a Nation of Mil... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Producer: Rick Rubin, The Bomb Squad

Length (mins): 00:58:00

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Fear of a Black Planet ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Producer: The Bomb Squad

Length (mins): 01:03:21

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Apocalypse 91… The Enemy... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Producer: Gary G-Wiz, The Bomb Squad

Length (mins): 00:52:02

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Yo! Bum Rush the Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Muse Sick‐N‐Hour Mess Ag... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Producer: Gary G-Wiz, The Bomb Squad

Length (mins): 01:14:28

Genres (Music): Gangsta rap, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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How You Sell Soul to a S... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Label: SLAMjamz Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
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Greatest Misses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
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There’s a Poison Goin On... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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The Evil Empire of Every... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Hip hop music

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Most of My Heroes Still ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Hip hop music

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Man Plans God Laughs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
Man Plans God Laughs
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Planet Earth: The Rock a... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
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Nothing Is Quick in the ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
Nothing Is Quick in the Desert
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New Whirl Odor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Label: SLAMjamz Records

Genres (Music): Instrumental, Gangsta rap, Rock music, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, + more

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Beats and Places is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
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Revolverlution is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Producer: Gary G-Wiz, The Bomb Squad

Length (mins): 01:14:44

Genres (Music): Gangsta rap, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Remix of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time
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Rebirth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop

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MKL VF KWR: Revolverluti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Public Enemy Albums of All Time