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We've compiled a list of the best rap songs ever recorded. These songs will make you groove so hard that you'll wish you were in a nightclub dancing to these epic classic rap tracks. Which are the best hip-hop songs? Does your favorite rap star have a song on the list? Vote up the songs you think deserve to be called the best top 10 rap songs ever. 
 
Rap music started on the streets of New York City in the late seventies. That sound that came out of the South Bronx and Brooklyn emerged into a global subculture which has permeated every corner of the planet. But we've all had that moment where you have to ask yourself, which of the millions of rap songs recorded can be considered the best? Does great hip hop have to do more with lyrics, flow, attitude, swagger, performance, off-stage antics? 
 
Are the best rappers of all time Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur? Or has Jay-Z eclipsed them? Is Jay-Z himself over? Is Kanye West the next reigning champion of hip hop? Who are the best MCs, and how were they responsible for creating so many awesome tunes? Whatever the case may be, many of these artists have worked all their lives and put their careers on the line to perform heartfelt flows to the masses. Long live rap music, and the MCs who made it all possible.
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3,720 1,612
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Lose Yourself Eminem

2
1,738 934
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3
1,975 1,055
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Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

4
955 397
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BigGoldzman added Shook Ones, Part II Mobb Deep

5
1,987 692
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Fendarr added Stan Eminem, Dido

6
1,464 592
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Fendarr added It Was a Good Day Ice Cube

7
1,751 734
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aldous_42 added Still D.R.E Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

8
1,597 621
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LorenzoWhyte added Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

9
1,134 442
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C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

10
833 171
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Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

11
1,263 629
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LorenzoWhyte added Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

12
1,308 360
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LorenzoWhyte added California Love (feat. Dr Dre) Tupac Shakur

13
985 399
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emily-hardin added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

14
973 319
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M_Wright_Whyte added Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

Famous Schizophrenics

15
1,321 411
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Fendarr added N.Y. State of Mind Nas

16
775 197
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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

17
907 407
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BigGoldzman added Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

18
1,218 388
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CameronStokes added The Real Slim Shady Eminem

19
1,032 403
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The Next Episode Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

20
748 252
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LorenzoWhyte added Changes

21
514 254
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emily-hardin added Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) Eazy-E

The Best Rap Albums of 2018

22
701 284
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LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'Em Up (feat. Tha Outlawz)

23
758 318
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Gin and Juice Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

24
622 275
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LorenzoWhyte added Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

25
1,015 287
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'Till I Collapse Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

26
852 359
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BigGoldzman added Maad City Kendrick Lamar

27
639 265
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28
681 291
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CameronStokes added Sing for the Moment Eminem

Crazy Rap Rumors You Won't Believe Are Actually 100% True

29
437 159
No Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
emily-hardin added No Vaseline Ice Cube

30
343 184
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jill_valley added Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

31
784 366
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Not Afraid Eminem

32
610 214
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LorenzoWhyte added Ambitionz az a Ridah Tupac Shakur

33
470 253
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wiabux added Ruff Ryder's Anthem DMX

34
594 274
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35
479 227
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The Best Cities for a Bachelor Party

36
662 229
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Ms. Jackson OutKast

37
413 107
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The Way I Am Eminem

38
368 165
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Ether Nas

39
573 300
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99 Problems Jay-Z

40
330 178
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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Fight the Power Public Enemy

41
527 269
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42
330 197
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BigGoldzman added Many Men (Wish Death) 50 Cent

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323 217
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BigGoldzman added It's Tricky Run–D.M.C.

44
332 186
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BigGoldzman added Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

45
333 209
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BigGoldzman added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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367 197
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LorenzoWhyte added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

47
432 195
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CameronStokes added Guilty Conscience Eminem, Dr. Dre

48
312 167
Hit 'em Up is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'em Up

49
555 199
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Without Me Eminem

50
331 164
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LorenzoWhyte added I Get Around Tupac Shakur