music 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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2,016 813
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Lose Yourself Eminem

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1,146 595
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Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

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1,045 524
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1,033 425
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aldous_42 added Still D.R.E Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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941 354
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LorenzoWhyte added Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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891 332
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Fendarr added It Was a Good Day Ice Cube

7
802 389
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LorenzoWhyte added Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

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1,123 411
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Fendarr added Stan Eminem, Dido

9
523 189
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emily-hardin added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

10
496 187
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BigGoldzman added Shook Ones, Part II Mobb Deep

11
708 245
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The Next Episode Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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836 281
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Fendarr added N.Y. State of Mind Nas

13
740 304
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C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

14
844 240
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LorenzoWhyte added California Love (feat. Dr Dre) Tupac Shakur

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614 198
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M_Wright_Whyte added Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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384 65
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Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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563 242
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BigGoldzman added Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

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298 124
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emily-hardin added Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) Eazy-E

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366 79
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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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709 251
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CameronStokes added The Real Slim Shady Eminem

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561 228
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Gin and Juice Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

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464 176
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LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'Em Up (feat. Tha Outlawz)

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477 154
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LorenzoWhyte added Changes

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467 196
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LorenzoWhyte added Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

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501 214
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BigGoldzman added Maad City Kendrick Lamar

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486 191
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228 74
No Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
emily-hardin added No Vaseline Ice Cube

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361 179
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wiabux added Ruff Ryder's Anthem DMX

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218 111
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jill_valley added Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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414 146
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LorenzoWhyte added Ambitionz az a Ridah Tupac Shakur

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606 202
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'Till I Collapse Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

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413 196
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CameronStokes added Sing for the Moment Eminem

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246 124
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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Fight the Power Public Enemy

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339 161
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471 266
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Not Afraid Eminem

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427 239
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99 Problems Jay-Z

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258 157
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BigGoldzman added It's Tricky Run–D.M.C.

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465 176
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Ms. Jackson OutKast

39
249 129
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BigGoldzman added Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

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404 204
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256 110
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Ether Nas

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257 151
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BigGoldzman added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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191 48
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The Way I Am Eminem

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285 150
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LorenzoWhyte added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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349 198
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231 146
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BigGoldzman added Many Men (Wish Death) 50 Cent

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229 127
Hit 'em Up is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'em Up

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300 143
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CameronStokes added Guilty Conscience Eminem, Dr. Dre

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201 108
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249 152
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