Top Rap Songs of All Time

Melodyful Staff Nov 4, 2018
When hip-hop first started 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 list guarantees 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 like Eminem, Fort Minor, Ludacris and 50 Cent giving some really great rap songs, rap music has cut across this race barrier and is a very popular music genre  worldwide. Initially considered as just a fad, rap music has come a long way since 1970s, when this genre first gained popularity.
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, here 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 won't find a more inspirational rap song than this. It fits perfectly into the movie 8 Mile. It's one of the biggest reasons why Eminem is famous.

♫ Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
This was the Doctor's 1st song off his debut solo album. It ranked 2nd on the Billboard Hot 100 and will still top a lot of what is made today.
♫ One Mic
Nas
You can make out the influence of Phil Collins in this song. This song was 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. It's 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 ConnectionBow 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 | Breather
♫ 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

♫ 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