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100 Greatest Alternative Rap,
Hip-Hop Songs

Criteria: These songs were ranked based on influence, popularity, innovation, critical acclaim, and overall quality of music. Each song demonstrates a deviation from the normal subject matter/approach/aesthetic/themes of hip-hop music at any given time.

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Last Updated: 2012-06-02

100 Greatest Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop Songs text title image
  1. B.O.B. - Outkast
  2. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
  3. Me, Myself & I - De La Soul
  4. Tennessee - Arrested Development
  5. Passin' Me By - The Pharcyde
  6. Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest
  7. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
  8. Ready or Not - The Fugees
  9. Sure Shot - Beastie Boys
10. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See - Busta Rhymes
11. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
12. Unity - Queen Latifah
13. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
14. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
15. Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest
16. Mass Appeal - Gang Starr
17. What U Waitin' 4 - Jungle Brothers
18. Talkin' All That Jazz - Stetsasonic
19. Hey Ya! - Outkast
20. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Elliot
21. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - US3
22. Paper Planes - MIA
23. What They Do - The Roots
24. Breakadawn - De La Soul
25. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
26. The Choice is Yours - Black Sheep
27. Mistadobalina - Del the Funkee Homosapien
28. Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
29. I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common
30. Drop - The Pharcyde
31. Get By - Talib Kweli
32. Mr. Wendal - Arrested Development
33. What's Up Fatlip? - Fatlip
34. Gone Til November - Wyclef Jean
35. Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes
36. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
37. Fu-Gee-La - The Fugees
38. Ms. Jackson - Outkast
39. So What'cha Want - Beastie Boys
40. What's Golden - Jurassic 5
41. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
42. MC's Act Like They Don't Know - KRS-One
43. A Rollerskating Jam Called "Saturdays" - De La Soul
44. Kick, Push - Lupe Fiasco
45. 360 Degrees (What Goes Around) - Brand Nubian
46. The International Zone Coaster - Leaders of the New School
47. Ego Trippin' - Ultramagnetic MC's
48. Vivrant Thing - Q-Tip
49. Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
50. This Way - Dilated Peoples
51. Universal Magnetic - Mos Def
52. Rosa Parks - Outkast
53. Just Say Stet - Stetsasonic
54. Otha Fish - The Pharcyde
55. The Seed 2.0 - The Roots
56. I'll House You - Jungle Brothers
57. Definition - Black Star
58. Lovin' It - Little Brother
59. Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
60. Testify - Common
61. Take It Personal - Gang Starr
62. People Everyday - Arrested Development
63. Good to You - Talib Kweli
64. Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley
65. If You Must - Del the Funky Homosapien
66. Quality Control - Jurassic 5
67. Just Another Day - Queen Latifah
68. Runnin' - The Pharcyde
69. Potholes on My Lawn - De La Soul
70. You Got Me - The Roots
71. Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check - Busta Rhymes
72. Daylight - Aesop Rock
73. Umi Says - Mos Def
74. Everything is Everything - Lauryn Hill
75. Stepfather Factory - El-P
76. Modern Man's Hustle - Atmosphere
77. Breathe and Stop - Q-Tip
78. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys
79. Galang - MIA
80. Dead Dogs Two - cLOUDDEAD
81. Po' Folks - Nappy Roots
82. Raise it Up - Slum Village
83. Worst Comes to Worst - Dilated Peoples
84. Stay Cool - The Roots
85. Run (I'm A Natural Disaster) - Gnarls Barkley
86. Daydreamin' - Lupe Fiasco
87. Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) - De La Soul
88. Make Room - The Alkaholiks
89. Day 'n' Nite - Kid Cudi
90. Sock It 2 Me - Missy Elliot
91. Cell Therapy - Goodie Mob
92. Blindly Firing - Eyedea & Abilities
93. None Shall Pass - Aesop Rock
94. Drumroll (We're All Thirsty) - P.O.S.
95. Rock the House - Gorillaz
96. Elevators (Me & You) - Outkast
97. iGeneration - MC Lars
98. The Get Up - Little Brother
99. 9th Wonder (Blackitolism) - Digable Planets
100. Mad Izm - Channel Live

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