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100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Songs

Criteria: The 100 songs listed here were chosen for Impact, Influence, Lasting Popularity, and Quality in the world of Rap and Hip-Hop. All realms of Rap/Hip-Hop are included.

Newly added names are in Red
Last Updated: 2018-10-04
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  1. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  2. Fight The Power - Public Enemy
  3. Nuthin But A "G" Thang - Dr. Dre
  4. It's Like That - Run-D.M.C.
  5. Rappers Delight - Sugarhill Gang
  6. Juicy - Notorious B.I.G.
  7. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
  8. Paid in Full - Eric B. & Rakim
  9. Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith
10. Fuck Tha Police - N.W.A
11. Rock the Bells - LL Cool J
12. Children's Story - Slick Rick
13. Jesus Walks - Kanye West
14. Hey Ya - OutKast
15. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
16. Rosa Parks - Outkast
17. Gin & Juice - Snoop Doggy Dogg
18. Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
19. Keep Ya Head Up - 2 Pac
20. Humble - Kendrick Lamar
21. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock
22. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A
23. It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
24. Stan - Eminem
25. NY State of Mind - Nas
26. Me Myself and I - De La Soul
27. California Love - 2Pac (feat. Dr. Dre)
28. The Show - Doug E. Fresh w/Slick Rick
29. I Used To Love H.E.R. - Common
30. The Bridge Is Over - Boogie Down Productions
31. Bring The Noise - Public Enemy
32. 99 Problems - Jay-Z
33. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
34. Shed So Many Tears - 2 Pac
35. Eric B. is President - Eric B. & Rakim
36. Push It - Salt-n-Pepa
37. Ms. Jackson - Outkast
38. It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube
39. Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
40. Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
41. Cha Cha Cha - MC Lyte
42. C.R.E.A.M. - Wu Tang Clan
43. Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
44. My Philosophy - Boogie Down Productions
45. You Gots to Chill - EPMD
46. Mind Playing Tricks on Me - Geto Boys
47. Dear Mama - 2pac
48. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
49. I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need - Method Man w/ Mary J. Blige
50. The World Is Yours - Nas
51. Set It Off - Big Daddy Kane
52. Rock Box - Run-D.M.C.
53. Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest
54. Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs N Harmony
55. I Need Love - LL Cool J
56. O.P.P. - Naughty By Nature
57. Sucker M.C.s - Run-D.M.C.
58. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
59. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
60. U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah
61. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
62. Lose Yourself - Eminem
63. Passin' Me By - The Pharcyde
64. Murder Was the Case - Snoop Doggy Dogg
65. Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
66. Ain't No Half-Steppin' - Big Daddy Kane
67. What You Know - T.I.
68. La Di Da Di - Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh
69. Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest
70. The Definition - Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Black Star)
71. Just A Friend - Biz Markie
72. All About the Benjamins - Puff Daddy w/Lil Kim, The LOX & The Notorious B.I.G.
73. Wild Thing - Tone-Loc
74. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
75. Get At Me Dog - DMX
76. My Name Is... - Eminem
77. Triumph - Wu-Tang Clan
78. Regulate - Warren G. w/ Nate Dogg
79. The Choice Is Yours - Black Sheep
80. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
81. In Da Club - 50 Cent
82. Ladies First - Queen Latifah w/ Monie Love
83. I Ain't No Joke - Eric B. & Rakim
84. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
85. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z (feat. Alicia Keys)
86. I'm Bad - LL Cool J
87. Lyte As A Rock - MC Lyte
88. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
89. One Mic - Nas
90. The Symphony - Marley Marl (feat. Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane)
91. Top Billin' - Audio Two
92. I Got 5 On It - The Luniz
93. Elevators (Me & You) - Outkast
94. You Got Me - The Roots
95. Paul Revere - The Beastie Boys
96. Colors - Ice T
97. Dirty South - Goodie MOB
98. Tennessee - Arrested Development
99. Boyz-N-The-Hood - Eazy E
100. Roxanne, Roxanne - U.T.F.O.

101. P.S.K. (What Does It Mean) - Schoolly D
102. Shook Ones, Pt II - Mobb Deep
103. Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini
104. Big Pimpin' - Jay Z
105. All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar and SZA
106. Deep Cover - Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg)
107. It's the Joint - The Funky Four + 1
108. A Milli - Lil Wayne
109. Crush On You - Lil Kim
110. Life Is...Too $hort - Too $hort
111. Ridin' - Chamillionaire (feat. Krayzie Bone)
112. 6 In the Mornin' - Ice T
113. Bust A Move - Young MC
114. Dead Presidents, Pt II - Jay-Z
115. Electric Relaxation - A Tribe Called Quest
116. I Got It Like That - The Jungle Brothers
117. Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
118. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - P.M. Dawn
119. King of Rock - Run-D.M.C.
120. Feel the Heartbeat - Treacherous Three
121. Welcome to the Terrordome - Public Enemy
122. B.O.B. - Outkast
123. Slow Down - Brand Nubian
124. It Ain't Hard to Tell - Nas
125. Treat 'Em Right - Chubb Rock
126. I Can't Live Without My Radio - LL Cool J
127. Mass Appeal - GangStarr
128. Crossover - EPMD
129. Funkdafied - Da Brat
130. Come Clean - Jeru Da Damaja
131. Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass
132. How I Could Just Kill A Man - Cypress Hill
133. Rockin' It - The Fearless Four
134. Proceed - The Roots
135. Hail Mary - 2Pac
136. I Got It Made - Special Ed
137. Buddy - De La Soul w/The Jungle Bros, Monie Love & Q-Tip
138. Dre Day - Dr. Dre w/Snoop Doggy Dogg
139. The Light - Common w/Erykah Badu
140. Bring the Pain - Method Man
141. Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew
142. Streets of N.Y. - Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo
143. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys
144. Flava In Ya Ear (remix) - Craig Mack
145. Rubberband Man - T.I.
146. The Vapors - Biz Markie
147. I Seen A Man Die - Scarface
148. Smooth Operator - Big Daddy Kane
149. White Lines (Don't Do It) - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
150. Brown-Skinned Lady - Mos Def & Talib Kweli
151. Ruffneck - MC Lyte
152. Follow the Leader - Eric B. & Rakim
153. Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...) - Jay-Z
154. I'm Still #1 - Boogie Down Productions
155. Whatta Man - Salt N Pepa w/En Vogue
156. Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
157. Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest
158. Still Not A Player - Big Pun w/Joe
159. If I Ruled the World - Kurtis Blow
160. Express Yourself - N.W.A
161. Rebel Without A Pause - Public Enemy
162. Jam Master Jay - Run-D.M.C.
163. Cell Therapy - Goodie MOB
164. Woo-Hah (Got U All In Check) - Busta Rhymes
165. No Time - Lil Kim w/Puff Daddy
166. Five Minutes of Funk - Whodini
167. Fuckin' Problems - A$AP (feat.Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar)
168. I Ain't Mad At Cha - 2Pac
169. Back That A** Up - Juvenile
170. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Elliott
171. It's Funky Enough - The D.O.C.
172. One Day - UGK
173. Warning - The Notorious B.I.G.
174. Mona Lisa - Slick Rick
175. Go Crazy - Young Jeezy
176. We Want Eazy - Eazy E
177. Through the Wire - Kanye West
178. Steady Mobbin' - Ice Cube
179. 911 Is A Joke - Public Enemy
180. Fu-Gee-La - The Fugees
181. Street Struck - Big L
182. The Way You Move - Outkast (feat. Sleepy Brown)
183. Insane In the Brain - Cypress Hill
184. Sugar Hill - AZ
185. Around the Way Girl - LL Cool J
186. Words I Manifest - GangStarr
187. Hip-Hop - Dead Prez
188. Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos - Public Enemy
189. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See - Busta Rhymes
190. Ms. Fat Booty - Mos Def
191. Hip Hop Junkie - Nice & Smooth
192. Road to Riches - Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo
193. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco
194. Straighten It Out - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
195. Get By - Talib Kweli
196. Gravel Pit - Wu-Tang Clan
197. Low - Flo Rida (feat. T-Pain)
198. Space Age Pimpin' - Eightball & MJG
199. Chief Rocka - Lords of the Underground
200. Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa

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  by Kendrick Lamar - 2012


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Run-D.M.C.
Sugarhill Gang
2pac
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LL Cool J
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