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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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4,096 1,803
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Lose Yourself Eminem

2
2,201 1,180
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Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

3
1,934 1,065
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4
1,094 496
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BigGoldzman added Shook Ones, Part II Mobb Deep

5
1,948 808
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aldous_42 added Still D.R.E Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

6
1,634 660
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Fendarr added It Was a Good Day Ice Cube

7
2,203 778
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Fendarr added Stan Eminem, Dido

8
1,777 682
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LorenzoWhyte added Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

9
1,251 493
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C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

10
979 217
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Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

11
1,374 680
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LorenzoWhyte added Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

12
1,118 450
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emily-hardin added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

13
1,446 401
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LorenzoWhyte added California Love (feat. Dr Dre) Tupac Shakur

14
1,094 357
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M_Wright_Whyte added Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

Famous People Who Were Relentlessly Bullied

15
1,451 445
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Fendarr added N.Y. State of Mind Nas

16
903 230
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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

17
1,018 450
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BigGoldzman added Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

18
1,363 427
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CameronStokes added The Real Slim Shady Eminem

19
1,132 436
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The Next Episode Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

20
839 284
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LorenzoWhyte added Changes

21
578 288
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emily-hardin added Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) Eazy-E

The Best Rap Songs of 2018

22
822 346
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Gin and Juice Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

23
759 316
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LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'Em Up (feat. Tha Outlawz)

24
1,141 305
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'Till I Collapse Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

25
661 307
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LorenzoWhyte added Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

26
936 400
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BigGoldzman added Maad City Kendrick Lamar

27
772 320
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CameronStokes added Sing for the Moment Eminem

28
686 292
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The Best Rap Songs About Education

29
495 185
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
879 400
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Not Afraid Eminem

31
375 213
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jill_valley added Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

32
668 293
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33
656 232
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LorenzoWhyte added Ambitionz az a Ridah Tupac Shakur

34
494 118
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The Way I Am Eminem

35
500 281
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wiabux added Ruff Ryder's Anthem DMX

The Best Dogs for City Living

36
522 245
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37
408 178
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Ether Nas

38
722 247
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Ms. Jackson OutKast

39
623 317
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99 Problems Jay-Z

40
585 288
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41
364 195
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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Fight the Power Public Enemy

42
370 214
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BigGoldzman added Many Men (Wish Death) 50 Cent

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353 230
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BigGoldzman added It's Tricky Run–D.M.C.

44
356 201
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BigGoldzman added Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

45
365 224
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BigGoldzman added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

46
479 209
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CameronStokes added Guilty Conscience Eminem, Dr. Dre

47
392 211
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LorenzoWhyte added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

48
338 177
Hit 'em Up is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'em Up

49
613 207
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Without Me Eminem

50
163 89
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emily-hardin added Children's Story Slick Rick