Top Rap Songs of All Time

Top rap songs
When hip-hop first started coming out in the 70s, most people said that it's just a fad and will go away soon. Three decades filled with stars like grandmaster Flash, Rakim, Tupac and Eminem, it gets crazy trying to separate the best from the rest. This definitive list is guaranteed to get you time-traveling through the best of all the rap artists there are.
Rap has always been a hit with Afro-Americans. Now, with names as diverse as Eminem, Fort Minor, Ludacris and 50 Cent giving some really great rap songs for all music lovers to listen to, rap music has cut across this barrier of race and is a very popular music genre among millions of people worldwide. Initially considered as just a fad, rap music has come a long way since the 1970s, the time when these songs became popular for the first time.

Some of the best rappers have given such great music that they really deserve a place in the list of the greatest rap musicians. However, considering the quality of songs that have been produced by the rap music industry, to come up with top 10 songs can be quite a task. Nevertheless, given below is a carefully selected list of rap songs.

10 Most Popular Rap Songs

Here are the biggest rap songs according to public opinion.

C.R.E.A.M.
Wu-Tang Clan
Short for Cash Rules Everything Around Me, it is the most famous song by the group.
Changes
Tupac
This was Tupac's song on how the situation of poverty just never seems to change.

I Used To Love H.E.R.
Common
The realism in this track just can't be emulated by anyone else. By far one of the best rap songs ever made.
Dear Mama
Tupac
One of the most amazing son-to-mother songs, not just in rap alone, but over all of music. Very emotional stuff.

Lose Yourself
Eminem
You will not find a more inspirational rap song than this one and it fits perfectly into the movie 8 Mile. It's one of the biggest reasons why Eminem stayed famous.
Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
This was the Doctor's first song off his debut solo album. The song ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 and will still top a lot of what is made today.

One Mic
Nas
You can definitely make out the influence of Phil Collins in this song. I think the song is a successful experiment with changing vocal volume in a rap song.
Regulate
Warren G and Nate Dogg
This is the song that Nate Dogg blew up with. The background is a great rags-to-riches story, where Nate recorded his piece in the songs in his run down apartment closet.

Stan
Eminem
A dark song with a simple message: don't deify an artist so much that it consumes your life. Just enjoy the music. The music is based on "Thank You" by Dido, who played Stan's wife in the video.
The Message
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
You can feel Grandmaster Flash's strength flowing through this slow number. It's another great example of just how observant he was about his surroundings.

Other Great Rap Songs

Your rap experience will not be complete until you listen to these songs. There are lot of popular as well as some underground artists that have defined the genre.

Organized Konfusion | Walk Into the Sun
DJ Skitz | Fingerprints Of The Gods
Atmosphere | Sound is Vibration
George Watsky | Pale Kid Raps Fast
Eric B & Rakim | Lyrics of Fury
OutKast | Ms. Jackson
Audio Two | Top Billin'
Afrika Bambaataa | Planet Rock
2Pac | Keep Ya Head Up
Jay-Z | Dead Presidents II
Geto Boys | Mind Playin' Tricks on Me
N.W.A. | Straight Outta Compton
Brand Nubian | Slow Down
It Was a Good Day | Ice Cube
LL Cool J | I Need Love
Boogie Down Productions | My Philosophy
The Pharcyde | Passin' Me By
Big Daddy Kane | Ain't No Half Steppin'
Mos Def | Mathematics
Kurtis Blow | The Breaks
Talib Kweli | Get By
Westside Connection | Bow Down
Beastie Boys | Paul Revere
Mobb Deep | Shook Ones II
DMX | Slippin'
A Tribe Called Quest ft. Busta Rhymes | Scenario
O.C. | Time's Up
Scarface | I Seen A Man Die
Craig Mack | Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony | Tha Crossroads
Gang Starr ft. Nice & Smooth | Dwyck
Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh | La di da di
Marley Marl | The Symphony
Run-DMC & Aerosmith | Walk This Way
Slick Rick | Children's Story
M.O.P. | Ante Up(Remix)
Aasim | Hip Hop 101
Salt-N-Pepa | Push It
Artifacts | Wrong Side of da Tracks
A Tribe Called Quest | Electric Relaxation
Naughty By Nature | OPP
DJ Quik | Tonite
Special Ed | I Got It Made
Big Daddy Kane | Raw
Eminem | Mosh
Black Moon | Who Got da Props
Eric B. and Rakim | My Melody
UGK | Ridin' Dirty
The Notorious B.I.G. | Who Shot Ya?
Slum Village | Reunion
Jadakiss | Why
50 Cent | Many Men (Wish Death)
Kool Moe Dee | I Go To Work
Jay-Z ft. Mary J Blige | Can't Knock The Hustle
Mos Def | Umi Says
Souls of Mischief | 93 'Til Infinity
Lauryn Hill | Everything Is Everything
Common | The 6th Sense
Sugarhill Gang | Rapper's Delight
Lupe Fiasco | Kick, Push
Nas | N. Y. State of Mind
LL Cool J | Mama Said Knock You Out
The Game | Dreams
Wu-Tang Clan | Protect Ya Neck
Cypress Hill | How I Could Just Kill A Man
Big Pun | Still Not A Player
Biz Markie | Nobody Beats The Biz
Fabolous | Breathe\r\nIt Was A Good Day | Ice Cube
Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige | All I Need
Da Brat | Funkdafied
Common | The Light
Coolio | Gangsta's Paradise
Pete Rock & CL Smooth | They Reminisce Over You
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince | Parents Just Don't Understand
Kanye West | Jesus Walks

Author's Picks - Top 10 Rap Songs

I couldn't possibly leave my own opinion out now, could I? These are my favorite tracks, which I did find to have quite a large fan base.
  • California Love | Tupac Shakur
  • Dance With the Devil | Immortal Technique
  • Drop | The Pharcyde
  • Fight for Your Right To Party | Beastie Boys
  • Fight the Power | Public Enemy
  • Gin and Juice | Snoop Dogg
  • Juicy | Notorious B.I.G.
  • King of Rock | Run-DMC
  • My Band | D12
  • 'Till I Collapse (Remix) | Eminem, Nate Dogg, Tupac, 50 Cent
If a few songs have been left out or missed, and if you think that they deserve a mention in the above list, feel free to add them by way of the comments column below.
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