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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

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Last Updated: 11-16-2010


100 Greatest Rap Songs
  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. Children's Story - Slick Rick
  8. I Used To Love H.E.R. - Common
  9. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa
10. Paid in Full - Eric B. & Rakim

11. Rock the Bells - LL Cool J
12. Jesus Walks - Kanye West
13. Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith
14. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
15. Fuck Tha Police - N.W.A
16. Rosa Parks - Outkast
17. Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
18. Keep Ya Head Up - 2 Pac
19. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock
20. It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
21. Stan - Eminem
22. One Mic - Nas
23. Me Myself and I - De La Soul
24. The Show - Doug E. Fresh w/Slick Rick
25. The Bridge Is Over - Boogie Down Productions
26. Bring The Noise - Public Enemy
27. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
28. Shed So Many Tears - 2 Pac
29. Eric B. is President - Eric B. & Rakim
30. Push It - Salt-n-Pepa
31. Ms. Jackson - Outkast
32. It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube
33. Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
34. Big Poppa - Notorious B.I.G.
35. Cha Cha Cha - MC Lyte
36. C.R.E.A.M. - Wu Tang Clan
37. Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
38. My Philosophy - Boogie Down Productions
39. You Gots to Chill - EPMD
40. Mind Playing Tricks on Me - Geto Boys
41. Dear Mama - 2pac
42. I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need - Method Man w/ Mary J. Blige
43. The World Is Yours - Nas
44. Set It Off - Big Daddy Kane
45. Rock Box - Run-D.M.C.
46. Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest
47. Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs N Harmony
48. I Need Love - LL Cool J
49. O.P.P. - Naughty By Nature
50. Sucker M.C.s - Run-D.M.C.
51. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
52. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
53. U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah
54. Passin' Me By - The Pharcyde
55. Murder Was the Case - Snoop Doggy Dogg
56. Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
57. Ain't No Half-Steppin' - Big Daddy Kane
58. What You Know - T.I.
59. La Di Da Di - Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh
60. Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest
61. The Definition - Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Black Star)
62. Just A Friend - Biz Markie
63. All About the Benjamins - Puff Daddy w/Lil Kim, The LOX & The Notorious B.I.G.
64. Wild Thing - Tone-Loc
65. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
66. Get At Me Dog - DMX
67. My Name Is... - Eminem
68. Triumph - Wu-Tang Clan
69. Regulate - Warren G. w/ Nate Dogg
70. The Choice Is Yours - Black Sheep
71. Gangsta's Paradise- Coolio
72. In Da Club - 50 Cent
73. Ladies First - Queen Latifah w/ Monie Love
74. I Ain't No Joke - Eric B. & Rakim
75. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
76. I'm Bad - LL Cool J
77. Top Billin' - Audio Two
78. Lyte As A Rock - MC Lyte
79. The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
80. I Got 5 On It - The Luniz
81. Elevators (Me & You) - Outkast
82. You Got Me - The Roots
83. Paul Revere - The Beastie Boys
84. Colors - Ice T
85. P.S.K. (What Does It Mean) - Schoolly D
86. Boyz-N-The-Hood - Eazy E
87. Roxanne, Roxanne - U.T.F.O.
88. Shook Ones, Pt II - Mobb Deep
89. Dirty South - Goodie MOB
90. Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini
91. Big Pimpin' - Jay Z
92. Tennessee - Arrested Development
93. Deep Cover - Dr. Dre w/ Snoop Doggy Dogg
94. It's the Joint - The Funky Four + 1
95. A Milli - Lil Wayne
96. Crush On You - Lil Kim
97. Life Is...Too $hort - Too $hort
98. Ridin' - Chamillionaire w/ Krayzie Bone
99. 6 In the Mornin' - Ice T
100. Bust A Move - Young MC

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

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