Rap The Best Rap Songs of All Time  

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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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1
6,659 2,781
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Eminem

2
3,717 1,410
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Fendarr added Eminem, Dido

3
3,076 1,780
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4
2,808 1,173
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

5
3,332 1,746
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The Notorious B.I.G.

6
2,358 721
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CameronStokes added Eminem

7
1,801 510
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Eminem, Dr. Dre

8
2,449 1,024
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Fendarr added Ice Cube

9
2,893 1,149
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aldous_42 added Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

10
1,834 720
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emily-hardin added N.W.A

11
1,637 433
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

12
1,780 857
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BigGoldzman added Mobb Deep

13
2,179 632
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

14
1,831 748
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Wu-Tang Clan

15
1,875 913
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

16
1,690 573
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M_Wright_Whyte added The Notorious B.I.G.

17
2,051 631
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Fendarr added Nas

18
1,841 458
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Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

19
1,486 661
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BigGoldzman added Coolio, L.V.

20
1,297 445
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LorenzoWhyte added

21
1,133 456
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LorenzoWhyte added

22
1,557 582
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

23
890 422
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emily-hardin added Eazy-E

24
1,250 478
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CameronStokes added Eminem

25
981 246
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Eminem

26
1,426 617
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Eminem

27
1,108 465
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Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

28
1,408 564
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BigGoldzman added Kendrick Lamar

29
1,100 435
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30
925 422
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31
890 422
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

32
790 301
No Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
emily-hardin added Ice Cube

33
1,039 299
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Eminem

34
899 388
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35
734 200
Rap God is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
Eminem

36
531 109
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50 Cent

37
519 317
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jill_valley added Wu-Tang Clan

38
921 326
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LorenzoWhyte added Tupac Shakur

39
735 299
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CameronStokes added Eminem, Dr. Dre

40
716 334
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41
971 329
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OutKast

42
820 426
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Jay-Z

43
566 270
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Nas

44
629 378
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wiabux added DMX

45
515 291
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BigGoldzman added 50 Cent

46
259 50
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pocorn added Eminem

47
472 265
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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Public Enemy

48
476 308
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BigGoldzman added Run–D.M.C.

49
303 128
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Eminem

50
320 143
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Eminem