Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Top 100 Rap/Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

Originally posted 6/8/2011; updated 7/11/2019.

This list was created by aggregating more than 30 best-of lists focused on rap and hip-hop songs. Also factored in were sales, chart performance, video and audio streaming, and overall status in Dave’s Music Database. To make this list, songs had to appear on at least 7 of the lists and appear in the top 20% of Dave’s Music Database. Here are the results:

1. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
2. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
3. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
4. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
5. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
6. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995)
7. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)
8. It Was a Good Day…Ice Cube (1993)
9. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
10. Planet Rock…Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (1982)

11. Straight Outta Compton…N.W.A. (1989)
12. Mind Playing Tricks on Me…Geto Boys (1991)
13. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
14. Juicy…The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
15. C.R.E.A.M….Wu-Tang Clan (1994)
16. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)
17. Dear Mama…2pac (1993)
18. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)…Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
19. California Love…2pac with Dr. Dre & Roger (1996)
20. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)

21. Push It…Salt-N-Pepa (1987)
22. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
23. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
24. Shook Ones Part II…Mobb Deep (1995)
25. Hypnotize…The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
26. Bust a Move…Young M.C. (1989)
27. I Need Love…LL Cool J (1987)
28. Get Ur Freak On…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2001)
29. Gin & Juice…Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
30. O.P.P….Naughty by Nature (1991)

31. Regulate…Nate Dogg & Warren G (1994)
32. The Humpty Dance…Digital Underground (1990)
33. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)
34. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
35. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992)
36. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
37. Wild Thing…Tone Loc (1988)
38. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)
39. The Real Slim Shady…Eminem (2000)
40. Drop It Like It’s Hot…Snoop Dogg with Pharrell Williams (2004)

41. Fuck tha Police…N.W.A. (1989)
42. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
43. Big Poppa…The Notorious B.I.G. (1995)
44. Live Your Life…T.I. with Rihanna (2008)
45. Me, Myself and I…De La Soul (1989)
46. Candy Shop…50 Cent with Olivia (2005)
48. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
49. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
50. Scenario (remix)…A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes (1992)

51. Keep Ya Head Up…2pac (1993)
52. Tha Crossroads…Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1996)
53. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990)
54. Killing Me Softly…Fugees (1996)
55. 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004)
56. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
57. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)…Beastie Boys (1986)
58. Whatever You Like…T.I. (2008)
59. Jump Around…House of Pain (1992)
60. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)

61. Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990)
62. My Name Is…Eminem (1999)
63. Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002)
64. What You Know…T.I. (2006)
65. Mama Said Knock You Out…LL Cool J (1991)
66. Can’t Hold Us…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton (2011)
67. It Takes Two…Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)
68. The Breaks…Kurtis Blow (1980)
69. Jump…Kriss Kross (1992)
70. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)

71. Not Afraid…Eminem (2010)
72. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)…Jay-Z (1998)
73. Doo Wop (That Thing)…Lauryn Hill (1998)
74. Hate It Or Love It…The Game with 50 Cent (2005)
75. Tennessee…Arrested Development (1992)
76. See You Again…Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth (2015)
77. Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness)…Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
78. God’s Plan…Drake (2018)
79. The Monster…Eminem with Rihanna (2013)
80. Right Round…Flo Rida & Ke$ha (2009)

81. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
82. Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993)
83. Without Me…Eminem (2002)
84. Black Beatles…Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane (2016)
85. Lean Back…Terror Squad with Fat Joe & Remy (2004)
86. No Diggity...Blackstreet with Dr. Dre (1996)
87. Humble…Kendrick Lamar (2017)
88. Ridin’…Chamillionaire with Krayzie Bone (2006)
89. Big Pimpin’…Jay-Z with UGK (2000)
90. Gettin’ Jiggy wit It…Will Smith (1997)

91. A Milli…Lil Wayne (2008)
92. Whatta Man…Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue (1994)
93. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
94. Old Town Road…Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)
95. Fancy…Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX (/2014)
96. Hotline Bling…Drake (2015)
97. Rockstar…Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
98. Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down…Puff Daddy with Mase (1997)
99. Niggas in Paris…Jay-Z with Kanye West (2011)
100. The Show…Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew (1985)


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