I have been a DJ for 25 years now and can honestly say I have played every single one of these songs live at gigs. Some of them not so much anymore...but that doesn't mean I don't remember how powerful the song was, is or can still be. Music is in a horrible state right now and the only way to change the culture is by educating the youth. Some may feel there is a lack of underground stuff listed here but there is a reason for it. These days EVERYTHING is underground so I feel those songs belong on an underground 'revival of hip-hop' list to be made years in the future.
I believe that 2 things are true about this list.
1) It is an incredible batch of music I have assembled here and keep in mind I am a DJ who plays live shows so yes, I am gonna show some love do the dancefloor dittys that some hip-hop snobs would scoff at.
2) In 2 years time, I will think it is a lame list and wanna do it over again because I will be more of a snob by then. I know this because I wrote this hub 2 years ago and it was incredible how lame the list got.
After each 10 I have included a non-hip-hop track that has it's roots in hip-hop and denoted by ***************on either side.
1. -- The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) ~~ Black Sheep
2. -- Juicy ~~ The Notorious B.I.G.
3. -- Reminisce (T.R.O.Y.) ~~ Pete Rock & CL Smooth
4. -- Passin' Me By ~~ The Pharcyde
5. -- Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight) ~~ KRS-One
6. -- Straight Outta Compton ~~ N.W.A.
7. -- Scenario ~~ A Tribe Called Quest ft. Busta Rhymes
8. -- Keep Ya Head Up ~~ 2Pac
9. -- Nothin But A G Thang ~~ Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
10. -- It Was A Good Day ~~ Ice Cube
**************This is How We Do It ~~ Montell Jordan**************
11. -- Planet Rock ~~ Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
12. -- Mona Lisa ~~ Slick Rick
13. -- If I Ruled The World ~~ Nas & Lauryn Hill
14. -- Shook Ones Part II ~~ Mobb Deep
15. -- Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me ~~ Geto Boys
16. -- The Message ~~ Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
17. -- C.R.E.A.M. ~~ Wu-Tang Clan
18. -- The Light ~~ Common
19. -- White Lines ~~ Grandmaster Melle Mel
20. -- You're All I Need To Get By ~~ Method Man & Mary J. Blige
*********************Crazy ~~ Gnarls Barkley************************
21. -- Hypnotize ~~ The Notorious B.I.G.
22. -- It Takes Two ~~ Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
23. -- The Bridge Is Over ~~ Boogie Down Productions
24. -- La Di Da Di ~~ Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D
25. -- Feelin' It ~~ Jay-Z & Mecca
26. -- Hand On The Pump ~~ Cypress Hill
27. -- Rosa Parks ~~ OutKast
28. -- Run's House ~~ Run DMC
29. -- '93 ‘til Infinity ~~ The Souls of Mischief
30. -- Push It ~~ Salt N Pepa
**********************Rockit ~~ Herbie Hancock**********************
31. -- Renee ~~ Lost Boyz
32. -- I Know You Got Soul ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
33. -- Ain't No Fun ~~ Snoop Doggy Dogg
34. -- Still Not a Player ~~ Big Pun & Joe
35. -- Fight the Power ~~ Public Enemy
36. -- Player's Ball ~~ OutKast
37. -- Award Tour ~~ A Tribe Called Quest
38. -- I Used to Love H.E.R. ~~ Common
39. -- Hot Potato ~~ Freestyle Fellowship
40. -- Umi Says ~~ Mos Def
****************Pump Up The Volume ~~ M/A/R/R/S***************
41. -- The Humpty Dance ~~ The Digital Underground
42. -- Get It Together ~~ Beastie Boys & Q-Tip
43. -- Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman
44. -- Luv 2 Luv U (rmx) ~~ Timbaland & Magoo
45. -- Doin' It ~~ LL Cool J
46. -- Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness) ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
47. -- M.E.T.H.O.D. Man ~~ Wu-Tang Clan
48. -- A Rollerskating Jam Named 'Saturdays' ~~ De La Soul
49. -- Top Billin' ~~ Audio Two
50. -- Rappers Delight ~~ Sugar Hill Gang
****************************Da Butt ~~ E.U.*************************
51. -- B.O.B. ~~ OutKast
52. -- Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See ~~ Busta Rhymes
53. -- They Want EFX ~~ Das EFX
54. -- It Ain't Hard to Tell ~~ Nas
55. -- Hard Knock Life ~~Jay-Z
56. -- Seed 2.0 ~~ The Roots & Cody ChestnuTT
57. -- Friends - Whodini
58. -- Don't Believe The Hype ~~ Public Enemy
59. -- Mass Appeal ~~ Gang Starr
60. -- Treat Em Right ~~ Chubb Rock
**********Last Night a DJ Saved My Life ~~ Indeep*************
61. -- Bonita Applebum ~~ A Tribe Called Quest
62. -- Spottieottiedopaliscious ~~ OutKast
63. -- Big Pimpin' ~~ Jay-Z
64. -- The Bridge ~~ MC Shan & Marley Marl
65. -- South Bronx ~~ Boogie Down Productions
66. -- Da Rockwilder ~~ Method Man & Redman
67. -- Sometimes I Rhyme Slow ~~ Nice & Smooth
68. -- So What Cha Sayin' ~~ EPMD
69. -- Ebonics ~~ Big L
70. -- The World Is Yours ~~ Nas
***********************Funk You Up ~~ Sequence*********************
71. -- Don't Let it Go to Your Head ~~ Brand Nubian
72. -- Chief Rocka ~~ Lords of the Underground
73. -- Come Clean ~~ Jeru the Damaja
74. -- Juice (Know the Ledge) ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
75. -- I Get Around ~~ 2Pac
76. -- Rock The Bells ~~ LL Cool J
77. -- Lose Yourself ~~ Eminem
78. -- My Philosophy ~~ Boogie Down Productions
79. -- Check The Rhime ~~ A Tribe Called Quest
80. -- A Day At The Races ~~ Jurassic 5
******************Christmas In Hollis ~~ Run DMC********************
81. -- Shimmy Shimmy Ya ~~ Ol' Dirty Bastard
82. -- Slam! ~~ Onyx
83. -- It's Like That ~~ Run DMC
84. -- Bring The Noise ~~ Public Enemy
85. -- Affirmative Action ~~ Nas & Foxy Brown
86. -- Superstarr Part Zero ~~ k-os
87. -- Runnin' ~~ The Pharcyde
88. -- Got Your Money ~~ Ol' Dirty Bastard
89. -- Woo Ha!!! (Got You All In Check) ~~ Busta Rhymes
90. -- Ms. Fat Booty ~~ Mos Def
***********************Hey Ya! ~~ OutKast ***********************
91. -- Children's Story ~~ Slick Rick
92. -- Nappy Headz (rmx) ~~ The Fugees
93. -- Eye Know ~~ De La Soul
94. -- Lyrics of Fury ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
95. -- So Whatcha Want ~~ Beastie Boys
96. -- Hit It From The Back ~~ Mobb Deep
97. -- NY State of Mind ~~ Nas
98. -- Getto Jam ~~ Domino
99. -- Ego Trippin ~~ The Ultramagnetic MC's
100. -- Mistadobalina ~~ Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
**********Hey DJ ~~ World Famous Supreme Team**************
101. -- California Love ~~ 2Pac & Dr. Dre
102. -- Killing Me Softly ~~ The Fugees
103. -- You Got Me ~~ The Roots & Erykah Badu
104. -- Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos ~~ Public Enemy
105. -- One Mic ~~ Nas
106. -- Just To Get A Rep ~~ Gang Starr
107. -- Horse & Carriage ~~ Cam'ron & Ma$e
108. -- Heart of the City ~~ Jay-Z
109. -- Be Faithful ~~ Fatman Scoop
110. -- Oh Shit ~~ The Pharcyde
*********Love of My Life ~~ Erykah Badu feat. Common********
111. -- Dead Presidents ~~ Jay-Z
112. -- Definition ~~ Black Star
113. -- Head Banger ~~ EPMD / K-Solo / Redman
114. -- Soul On Ice ~~ Ras Kass
115. -- Jump Around ~~ House Of Pain
116. -- Hip Hop ~~ Dead Prez
117. -- Forgot About Dre ~~ Dr. Dre & Eminem
118. -- I Got It Made ~~ Special Ed
119. -- Jam On It ~~ Newcleus
120. -- Ante Up! ~~ M.O.P. & Busta Rhymes
*************Breaker's Revenge ~~ Arthur Baker************
121. -- Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) ~~ Digable Planets
122. -- What We Do ~~ Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z
123. -- Straight Out The Jungle ~~ The Jungle Brothers
124. -- How I Could Just Kill A Man ~~ Cypress Hill
125. -- Sabotage ~~ Beastie Boys
126. -- Make You Feel That Way ~~ Blackalicious
127. -- Sally ~~ Stetsasonic
128. -- 360* (What Goes Around) ~~ Grand Puba
129. -- Bring The Pain ~~ Method Man
130. -- Outta Here ~~ KRS-One
***********Family Affair ~~ Mary J. Blige ft. Jadakiss*************
131. -- 99 Problems ~~ Jay-Z
132. -- Notorious Thugz ~~ Notorious B.I.G. & Bone Thugz n Harmony
133. -- Shut Em Down ~~ Public Enemy (Pete Rock Remix)
134. -- Protect Ya Neck - Wu-Tang Clan
135. -- Live at the Barbecue - Main Source feat. Nas, Akinyele
136. -- Fat Pockets (rmx) ~~ Showbiz & A.G.
137. -- What They Do ~~ The Roots
138. -- Fudge Pudge ~~ Organized Konfusion
139. -- Just A Friend ~~ Biz Markie
140. -- Buddy (Native Tongue Decision) ~~ De La Soul, Jungle Bros., ATCQ, & Monie Love
***********************Creep ~~ TLC****************************
141. -- Wickedest Man Alive ~~ Naughty By Nature
142. -- One To Grow On ~~ UMC
143. -- DWYCK ~~ Gang Starr ft. Nice & Smooth
144. -- Can't Knock The Hustle ~~ Jay-Z w/ Mary J. Blige
145. -- That's The Joint ~~ Funky 4+1
146. -- Hit It Run ~~ Run DMC
147. -- Get Em High ~~ Kanye West & Talib Kweli & Common
148. -- Tonite ~~ DJ Quik
149. -- Funky Child ~~ Lords of the Underground
150. -- The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel ~~ Grandmaster Flash
***********Double Dutch Bus ~~ Frankie Smith*************
151. -- Eric B. is President ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
152. -- The Way I Am ~~ Eminem
153. -- Baby Got Back ~~ Sir Mix-A-Lot
154. -- Get By ~~ Talib Kweli
155. -- Poor Georgie ~~ MC Lyte
156. -- Big Momma Thang ~~ Lil' Kim & Jay-Z
157. -- 911 is a Joke ~~ Public Enemy
158. -- Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik ~~ OutKast
159. -- Can I Get Open? - Original Flavor
160. -- Express Yourself ~~ N.W.A.
***********Fast Car - Wyclef Jean & Paul Simon***************
161. -- Walk This Way ~~ Run DMC & Aerosmith
162. -- Sock It 2 Me ~~ Missy Elliott & Da Brat
163. -- Soul Flower (rmx) ~~ The Pharcyde
164. -- Stan ~~ Eminem ft. Dido
165. -- Vocab (rmx) ~~ The Fugees
166. -- Smooth Operator ~~ Big Daddy Kane
167. -- Sugar (Gimme Some) ~~ Trick Daddy, Cee-Lo, Ludacris
168. -- Summertime ~~ DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
169. -- I Ain't No Joke ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
170. -- Steppin' in the A.M. ~~ 3rd Bass
********Moments in Love b/w Beat Box ~~ Art of Noise**********
171. -- Dead Wrong ~~ The Notorious B.I.G. & Eminem
172. -- Murder Rap ~~ Above The Law
173. -- Streets of New York ~~ Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
174. -- Back in the Day ~~ Ahmad
175. -- Shake Your Rump ~~ Beastie Boys
176. -- Triumph ~~ Wu-Tang Clan
177. -- Beat Bop ~~ K-Rob vs. Rammelzee
178. -- Only You (rmx) ~~ 112 w/ Puff Daddy & The Notorious B.I.G.
179. -- Insane in the Brain ~~ Cypress Hill
180. -- I Got To Have It ~~ Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs
***********The Bubble Bunch ~~ Jimmy Spicer************
181. -- Around the Way Girl ~~ LL Cool J
182. -- Hip-Hop ~~ Royce Da 5'9"
183. -- Fakin the Funk (rmx) ~~ Main Source
184. -- Gucci Time ~~ Schooly D
185. -- The New Style ~~ Beastie Boys
186. -- Big Poppa ~~ The Notorious B.I.G.
187. -- Callin Out ~~ Lyrics Born
188. -- It's So Hard ~~ Big Punisher
189. -- Jazz (We've Got) ~~ A Tribe Called Quest
190. -- Because I Got It Like That ~~ Jungle Brothers
*************The Rain ~~ Oran "Juice" Jones**************
191. -- Black Superman ~~ Above the Law
192. -- Ms. Jackson ~~ OutKast
193. -- Flava In Ya Ear (rmx) ~~ Craig Mack ft. Notorious BIG / Puff Daddy/ Rampage / LL Cool J / Busta Rhymes
194. -- I'll Be Around ~~ Cee Lo & Timbaland
195. -- King Of Rock ~~ Run DMC
196. -- Gin & Juice ~~ Snoop Doggy Dogg
197. -- Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down ~~ Brand Nubian
198. -- Lesson One (The Payoff Mix) ~~ Double Dee & Steinski
199. -- Everything's Gonna Be Alright ~~ Naughty By Nature
200. -- U.N.I.T.Y. ~~ Queen Latifah
*****************Rapture ~~ Blondie**************************
201. -- Bust A Move ~~ Young MC
202. -- Zulu War Chant ~~ Afrika Bambaataa
203. -- Ice Cream ~~ Raekwon ft. Method Man
204. -- Slow Down ~~ Brand Nubian
205. -- Boyz N The Hood ~~ Eazy-E
206. -- The Show ~~ Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
207. -- Southern Fried Intro ~~ Ludacris
208. -- ATLiens ~~ OutKast
209. -- Roun' The Globe ~~ Nappy Roots
210. -- Regulate ~~ Warren G & Nate Dogg
*****Break Dance - Electric Boogie ~~ West Street Mob*******
211. -- Mic Checka ~~ Das EFX
212. -- My Melody ~~ Eric B. & Rakim
213. -- The Roof Is On Fire ~~ Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three
214. -- The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) ~~ Missy 'Misedemeanor' Elliott
215. -- Shake Ya Ass ~~ Mystikal
216. -- Case of the P.T.A ~~ Leaders of the New School
217. -- Work the Angles - Dilated Peoples
218. -- Apache ~~ Sugar Hill Gang
219. -- Talkin' All That Jazz ~~ Stetsasonic
220. -- Strong Island ~~ J.V.C Force
*************The 900 Number ~~ The 45 King***************
221. -- Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas & Benz ~~ Lost Boys
222. -- Sucker MC's ~~ Run DMC
223. -- I Got a Story To Tell ~~ Notorious B.I.G.
224. -- Paul Revere ~~ Beastie Boys
225. -- Rock Dis Funky Joint - Poor Righteous Teachers
226. -- Freaky Tales ~~ Too $hort
227. -- Ain't No Half Steppin ~~ Big Daddy Kane
228. -- Ruff Ryders Anthem ~~ DMX
229. -- Poppa Large (East Coast Rmx) ~~ The Ultramagnetic MC's
230. -- The Originators ~~ The Jaz & Jay-Z
****************Can U Feel It? ~~ Original Concept**************
231. -- Peter Piper ~~ Run DMC
232. -- Off the Books ~~ Beatnuts ft. Big Pun & Cuban Link
233. -- Mo $ Mo' Problems ~~ Notorious B.I.G., Puffy & Ma$e
234. -- I Got 5 On It ~~ Luniz
235. -- O.P.P. ~~ Naughty By Nature
236. -- Guantanamera ~~ Wyclef Jean & Lauryn Hill
237. -- Put it in Your Mouth ~~ Akinyele ft. Kia
238. -- Go Stetsa I ~~ Stetsasonic
239. -- 6 N' The Mornin' ~~ Ice-T
240. -- Can I Kick It? ~~ A Tribe Called Quest
**********Hip-Hop Be Bop ~~ Mantronix**********************
241. -- Who Got Da Props? ~~ Black Moon
242. -- Throw Ya Gunz ~~ Onyx
243. -- Supersonic ~~ J.J. Fad
244. -- Time's Up ~~ O.C.
245. -- Party and Bullshit ~~ The Notorious B.I.G.
246. -- La La La (excuse me miss again) - Jay-Z
247. -- I'll Bee Dat ~~ Redman
248. -- It's Yours ~~ T La Rock & Jazzy Jay
249. -- You Know My Steez - Gang Starr
250. -- Daytona 500 ~~ Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon
po j simpson on March 19, 2016:
Would have had King Tee on here. He was true west coast hip hop. CMW first release Its a Compton Thing had the classic late night hype. Just my opinion it was a very east coast biased list. Much love for you putting JVC Force on the list
Jordan from Denver, CO on January 09, 2016:
Great list! And I don't think it's east coast biased, a majority of hip hops best have come from the east coast. Not hating on the west coast, it's just fact.
denniz lee on October 07, 2014:
K-os......oh man, a classic....nice post
Derps on June 17, 2013:
Jam on it by run dmc best song of ALL TIME!
Kruis on March 25, 2013:
where is the boot camp click? ogc?
DeezNutz on February 10, 2013:
Not in the least bit east coast biased.
JK on January 13, 2013:
Dope list, son. Thanks for posting.
jjjj on January 07, 2013:
i don't understand how this can be a good list without rakim and krs in top 20!
al on December 05, 2012:
great list . keep it up
Joe Veny on November 18, 2012:
Awesome list, heaps of great tracks I forgot about thanks for the memories :)
Lybrah on October 23, 2012:
I really liked this article. A lot of great songs on here.
Dan on July 02, 2012:
Thanks for your work, don't stop brother.
big V on May 15, 2012:
hey dude, i'm from portugal and i have to say: GREAT WORK MAN! really, its very good indeed. I'm not dj but i listen hip hop since i know myself. I wonder why you have few tracks from dr dre and other west coast rappers. Big up man!
Ms. Tical on May 07, 2012:
GREAT list....my ipod is now breathing...
Doc on April 26, 2012:
Really good list, variety. But how about adding some of Goodie Mob, Def Squad, H.E.A.L., more KRS-One, Scientifik, Chino XL, Gangstarr (as many said above), Heltah Skeltah, etc. There are so many missing this list.
But as i already, good list overall.
Chris on April 22, 2012:
I gotta say you got great taste in music/hip hop. This list is very legit. The young people today can benefit from music like this. Yes, the state of music is in a sad state, not because of a lack of talent, but because of a lack of demand/economy. The worst thing that happened to music is the Mp3 and downloading and the decline of music stores. A real shame. I'm hoping one day we can get back to a state where music is relevant again and people start creating music like the list you have posted.
Floyd on April 08, 2012:
Need help on finding out the name of this old school song...the hook says "Liberty City" get on up or something like that...song has a fast beat and a miami feel to it. Please help..thanks.
Jamookie on April 02, 2012:
What about Black Superman by Top Authority, DJ Quik: Tonite, MC Eiht: Str8 up menace, Gang Starr: DWYCK?
I'd add N2Deep (Back to the Hotel) and AMG (Bitch Betta Have my Money) because they are my favorites from a long time ago.
Best list I've saw and I love you didn't fill your list with Pac, Biggie, Eminem, Jay-z, etc....They deserve their spots, but so do many of the others on the list since they MADE hip-hop.
Thanks for this list....revamped my playlists now for some old skool...now if I could just get Ed Lover and Dr. Dre to narrate between I'd be set!
mosaicman from Tampa Bay, Fl on March 24, 2012:
Hey Funk, great lists and awesome discussion that you've sparked. Thanks for keeping the old school songs alive. Many youth of today either don't know or can't appreciate the great music that was "old school hip hop." I grew up in the late 80's and 90's so these songs hit deep to my soul!
truetube on March 19, 2012:
Watch this hip hop track on youtube
YefreMeKwaku on March 19, 2012:
This list is ill bruh. Thanks for taking me way back.
Josch_berlin on March 12, 2012:
hi nice list & good comments! i have some more:
-Funkdoobiest feat Daz Dillinger - Papi Chulo
-Nine - Lyin' King
-Bahamadia - 3 The Hard Way
-Lifer's Group - Belly Of The Beast
-Smif-N-Wessun - Wreckonize
-Sunz of Man - The Plan
-Simple E - Play My Funk
-Lost Boyz feat. Canibus & Tha Dogg Pound - Music Makes Me High (Remix) - 1996
and many more on y.t.:/user/josch61
so i´m out pace!
gonzalo on March 07, 2012:
jedi mind tricks
dany the dog on February 19, 2012:
tu pac shakur is the greatest all over the time. P.S. The Legend
ikonthehollgram on February 15, 2012:
yo weres jedi mind tricks, vinny pazs not the best rapper but stoop the emeny of mankind is the greatest dj ever and they've been in the game since before 1999. or R.A. the rugged man, biggie who said he was the best he has seen. you gotta give respect to Vietnam Story by ra and jmt.
Twisted Big Toe on January 28, 2012:
Great list but Times Up by O.C needs to be at least somehwere in or near the top 20.
ABK G on January 26, 2012:
Where is ALOE BLACK- I NEED DOLLAR ???????????????
teacher Juan on January 23, 2012:
Hello, I am an English teacher from Venezuela and I will work with the ten most representative bands of hip hop. It is for my master program. Will someone can help me with this information, please? In advance, thank you very much for your help!
yoman on January 19, 2012:
yo man dis iz nice man and great keep it up Yo!
Evan TLB on January 17, 2012:
you website it's nice man, new music is shit now a days I'm only 17 but ol school is the way
Evan tlb on January 17, 2012:
Yoo you gotta add some more big l
Big l- games females play
seattleamilehigh1 from Seattle, Washington on January 10, 2012:
great list brother, hip-hop heads unite, ha ha. Seriously though I like the list, though I'd love some more NW love ;) Anyways, looking forward to following aong in the future!
danielle on January 06, 2012:
hey i love to rap but i keep them persanol snd there getting better and better i love them.....
Raskcal mali on January 04, 2012:
i'm a big fan of your work
will on January 03, 2012:
Souls of Mischief - Live and Let Live
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on January 01, 2012:
apparently u r dumb. it's spelled site and who leave comments on sites they don't like? don't "leave comments", just leave. :)
emily b on January 01, 2012:
hey this sight is dumb i don't like it what so ever!!!!!!!!
marc b on December 31, 2011:
KICK THE BALL-KROWN RULERS
Aidan on December 30, 2011:
Good list but i would add just lose it - eminem or sing for the moment and stil dre
Jeff B from NJ on December 30, 2011:
Short and sweet - You basically hit the nail on the head. The only song I would want to add is Schoolly D - Saturday Night (it's like the original gangsta rap song). My only criticism was 31 to 40 was ehhh and the list can be shortened/cleaned up. Eliminate Seed 2.0 and Luv to Luv you rmx for example.
ina on December 17, 2011:
man sollte diese 2 ein halb jahre arbeit unter einem copyright schützen!
Dan in Japan from Hiroshima, Japan on December 03, 2011:
Thanks, this is a great list. I don't have any "shoulds" for you, just happy to see someone giving credit to some often-overlooked hip hop classics. I loved how well-represented the Native Tongue Posse was. Especially "A Rollerskating Jam named Saturdays" That's one of my favorites of all times, and of course all the classic ATCQ tracks from the "Low End Theory." So smart and positive and cool...Twenty years ago must have been some kind of golden age for mainstream rap.
RamzSA on December 02, 2011:
Dope list I must say. I think there needs to be a Heavy D and the Boyz track in there. Keith Murray deserves a spot as well. Arrested Development and EPMD should be in there. Definitely a hip Hop lesson for me.
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on November 30, 2011:
I'll do it but it'll cost you a pretty big tip!
RichofDesMoines on November 29, 2011:
Can Anyone make me an mp3 cd of all these?? I'm way behind...I'll paypal a tip...
lowgun4 on November 23, 2011:
I'm so glad you didn't put lil Wayne on the list. I think it was great except that 50 cent was absent from the top 100. also I'm glad eminem is still at large because he is pointing hip hop in the right direction again.
catalina on November 17, 2011:
love this list!!!! do you have more.....Ive been trying to find this song can't remember it....they played it on the radio all day on mixes....around the craig mack era?? Ill check back on here for updates.....
DJ Caj Chris on November 16, 2011:
Great list, really brings me back. I always liked "Ugly People be Quiet" by Cash Money and Marvelous too. It's real old school battle stuff.
DJ Inferno on November 16, 2011:
Brilliant list. Thanks. Now lets update it.
Cemal on November 14, 2011:
I'm looking for a dope track from the eighties the only thing I can remember in the title was something with Susy or something like that and there was a dope human beatbox in the whole song thnx
tchalla on November 13, 2011:
I cant believe that The Symphony by the Juice Crew AllStars is not somewhere on the list; but nice list anyhow
Pete Fanning from Virginia on November 04, 2011:
This list is great! You're hired!!!
elvin cortes on November 02, 2011:
NATE DOGG - CONCRETE STREETS!!!!!
BxBoy on October 21, 2011:
nice list, needs "Flow Joe" by Fat Joe on there
shoutpost from CA, USA on October 05, 2011:
nice hub, but this one can go on for a long time, since Hip Hop is always changing and updating itself. Great selections BTW.
Weezy on October 05, 2011:
Gotta have more eminem in there you need mockingbird when im gone my name is pretty much every em song is amazing he is the king of the rap game man
Mza on October 05, 2011:
only things missing are
gza- liquid swords
method man- 420 (great song)
wu tang- gravel pit
wu tang- bring da ruckus
wu tang- da mystery of chessboxin'
gza- clan in da front
wu tang- aint nothin to fuck wit
method man and redman- how high part 2
method man and busta rhymes- what's happenin
other than that perfect, just had to throw in some wu tang
Swap on September 30, 2011:
Unlovable by Darren hayes
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on September 26, 2011:
LUNIZ was def on this list but I must have made an error somewhere. Thanks for the Heads Up!
ivan on September 26, 2011:
Missed luniz got 5 on it
Lil troy wanna be a baller
And lil bit more 2pac and eminem n wat about ice cube
Tunechi on September 18, 2011:
Where is weezy lil wayne should be up here ya digg
andy on September 13, 2011:
jal on September 11, 2011:
STEREO on September 02, 2011:
Nice list .. Missed some classics though. Just off the top ..
Ghostface Killah - Assassination Day
Souls of Mischief - Cab Fare
East Flatbush Project - Tried By 12
Raekwon - Verbal Intercourse
Black Moon - I Got U Opin (remix)
Black Moon - Buck'em Down (Remix)
Method Man - Bring the Pain
pgdort from Rio de Janeiro on August 29, 2011:
greetings to good music, should always be remembered.
check out my hub: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/ChronicMendes
barbuswagg on August 28, 2011:
eminems not even in the top 75. his first is 77. his songs should have really been ranked a lot higher. songs like my names is and without me deserve top 50
Lance on August 27, 2011:
I know a lot of ppl try to leave em out of hiphop cuz he's not like nas rakim big L or any of those guys as far as old school hiphop content, but putting Stan at 164 on the list is the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard, that is easily a top 10 song of all time, if not top 5...i gave you power by nas is maybe my favorite hiphop song of all time!
Pilzy Lee on August 26, 2011:
Crazy list` holmes euphoria all the way!!
Dren on August 20, 2011:
Lil Wayne...you guys serious?
Always Coming Back Home To You - Atmosphere, that's a classic track. And I agree, Summertime should show up somewhere on there. That'll always be a classic track. Good list though, found a few I forgot about.
Kollin on August 10, 2011:
All those people up there talking about how Drake and Lil' Wayne n' how all these modern crappers should be on the list, man...
I respect different music tastes, but seriously, y'all need to educate yourselves on what real hip-hop is, that disgusts me seeing comments like that.
Kollin on August 10, 2011:
Nice List...I would've put Damn It Feels Good To Be Gangster by the Geto Boys in there and high up. Also, Streight Up Menace by Mc Eiht is also underlooked, that piano at the end is sick. What's My Name and Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg i think should be there up there too.
I'm surprise Electric Relaxation is not up there of all A Tribe Called Quest songs, that is my favorite.
And how about I'll Be Around by Rappin' 4-Tay?
One of my favorite hip-hop songs that i understand why it is not on the list is, Diamonds & Mac 10's by Shyne, that beat is just off the hook.
Anyways, tight list.
joka on August 10, 2011:
it a good arrangement but, i don't song like me against the world or changes
Becca Luck from Manchester on August 02, 2011:
thoroughly approve of your list. What a great idea for a hub + provided me with a handy playlist for this fine Tuesday morning!
what on July 22, 2011:
Respiration by Black Star isn't even ON the list?
Kieron Walker from Saratoga Springs, NY on July 20, 2011:
Lots of good stuff on the list. Not sure if there was a particular order on it though. That #1 isn't the best one on the list, but that's just my opinion. I can respect yours.
Definitely took me back though. I might have to go download some later.
Rodney on July 15, 2011:
Jim on July 14, 2011:
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mocencan on July 13, 2011:
Coolio - Gangstas paradise, Ol dirty bastard - Ghetto superstar, Missy Elliot - For my people, Christina Aquilera - Can't hold us down, and more 2Pac, more Eminem, more Cypress Hill missing in this list...
AgesMGMT from New York on July 07, 2011:
damn intense list... I didn't think it was going to go all the way to 250.. a lot of bangers on it. Good shit although how did Black Sheep "The Choice is Yours" get to number 1? I think half the songs on the list could have overtaken that number 1 pick. It is a hot song though definitely a classic
legit ass nigga on June 13, 2011:
people askin why theres no lil wayne or drake is because those beat niggas cant hang with real hip hop the good back in the day shit
Jopawa on June 08, 2011:
Niice list, I would have added
Tupac- Hit em up
Dogg Pound- Lets Play House
Robiin69 on April 25, 2011:
sweet list i have to say, saw alot of familiar sonf picked out, like 95% u listed there i got :p
CoolHandKen on March 30, 2011:
Just turned 39 years old yesterday. I'm a Caucasian guy from southern New Jersey who grew up listening to Classic Rock as a kid. I was then introduced to HipHop around 1985 (my interest started to drop off in the early 90's). Anyway, I'm glad to have found this HugPage.
Any love for the Fresh 3 M.C.'s - Fresh ? It is one of my favorites.
TheLadyCoco from Georgia on March 15, 2011:
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR LIST I WOULD'T CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT IT IT SHOWS WHAT TYPE OF SWAGG THAT YOU HAVE AS A DJ. IT'S HOT MY FAV WAS LORDS OF THE UNDERGROUND YOU BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF OLD MEMORIES WITH THAT ONE.
Ian D on March 10, 2011:
Good list, got great respect for you and your knowledge BUT...and it;
's a MASSIVE BUT..where is the Masta Ace??? There must be 5 minimum that could be on there and you've missed them all!
Me & The Biz
Jeep Ass Niggah
Jack B Nimble
Top Ten List
and many many more.....
Billy on March 07, 2011:
Wre Big L on this list?
Evan Brown on March 06, 2011:
Why Is There No Lil Wayne On This?
Sara on March 04, 2011:
TLC had great rap hits too!
janx on March 02, 2011:
everyone know how opinions are but here is mine......get off dudes jock, its his list & its here to give us a memory or a reminder of the classics so with that being said here it goes.....WAMP-WAMP playboy good list! IM a huge "kast fan so everyything pre '02 is there. i.e. Aquemini the whole album is at the top then add ATLiens to that then u can follow up with git up, git out.....for u pac fans if he was around today he would be dissed by most hip hop fans for his mainstream style (ja-rule) he was a classic because of his time! think sports legends, do u really think an oscar robertson could play in today's nba. hell no, but i give pac his due because of him being at the top when hip hop/rap was coming into the every home across the country. he had some classics but cmon look deep inside urself & ask if u would be all over his junk today.
kev on February 15, 2011:
wish you had download links for all these possible rapidshare or something along those lines
SJ on February 06, 2011:
Nice! I had to check this list to make sure I have or know most of these songs so I wouldn't lose my license to practice blackness. It's been on suspension several times, and I just can't risk any more violations. Luckily, I can dance, keeps the jury quiet for now, but still...
I don't see anything by DMX?? Did I miss it? Come on, "It's dark and hell is hot"??
I think Eminem--but NOT for "The way I am"
Love that SOMEBODY said Will Smith's "Summertime." I will be dancing to that until my cold dead body is underground, or scattered around.
THANK YOU for Lost Boyz, "Jeeps, lex, coupes bimas..." "who's the best? I want the best to come test me! So I could release some stress from my chest, G. Is you down to go pound for pound, toe to toe, blow for blow, round for round," that should be some country's national anthem.
Think "Ruff Neck" is the best thing MC Lyte ever did.
Happy someone plugged "Bombs Over Baghdad"
I'm voting for "I'll be," Foxy Brown. I got nicknamed "ill" from that chick.
"No time for Fake Ones," Lil Kim. "You da best, papa--now watch mama..."
And who's the guy whose using "nigga" as a username?? Him and I need to talk. I'm saying...it's the internet, we have company. You can't say "nigga" when there's company...
Tupac's "Papaz song" --"...now that I finally found you stay the F* away from me." or "Round and Round."
Kanye's "Gold Digga" should go somewhere. I know the suburbs overplayed and ruined it, but it's good. And by the suburbs, I include myself in that.
Thanks for this!! It was fun! lots of memories.
Xavier Lewis on January 31, 2011:
Hey man great list! I have a lot to look up (songs i haven't heard) which could explain why I don't agree with the placement of Blackstar's Definition. That song has an amazing amount of emotion for what hip-hop is supposed to be and how it has been skewed among what life is like for people.
Consider great lines such as:
"People thinkin MC is short hand for misconception
Let me meditate, set it straight, came to the conclusion
that most of these cats is featherweight"
"I said Manhattan keep on makin it (Bo!), Brooklyn keep on takin it (Bo!)
So relax we're takin it back, Redhook where we're livin at"
and from the chorus plainly stated:
"It's kind of dangerous to be an emcee
They shot Tupac and Biggie
Too much violence in hip-hop, why O"
My opinion, it belongs in top 50 but again, i haven't heard all of these songs so that could be a premature assessment. Thanks for the list! You know it's a sick list since you've been getting comments for 15 months. Thanks again.
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on January 23, 2011:
He's in the Top 10. Jeez. Typical, "it's all about 2Pac" fan. He was an amazing talent, even though "Hit Em Up" is the most repulsive hip-hop song of all-time.
gramps on January 23, 2011:
You be hatin on 2pac nuff said
DrCocktopus on January 21, 2011:
'The Breakdown' by People Under the Stairs
other than that, DOPE LIST
Vial on January 19, 2011:
yo you are the muther fuckin man dog..... holy shit this is so so so so so true to life... puttin guantanamera and feelin it and T.R.O.Y. i mean that is music ..... YOU PUT COMMON'S THE LIGHT ON THERE a lotta people don't even know that shit.... for real you are a god of hip hop keep doin ya thing
Mo on January 11, 2011:
nice list. but you need to refine it, move the songs around (correct order) and get rid of all the bad ones.
D$yne the bRand on January 10, 2011:
WU SYNDICATE - WHERE WUZ HEAVEN
MOS DEF, PHARAOH MONCH, & NATE DOGG-OH NO
GRAVEDIGGAZ- DIARY OF A MAD MAN
IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE- OBNOXIOUS/ DANCE WITH THE DEVIL
KRISS KROSS- JUMP
N.W.A.- EXPRESS YOURSELF
BONE THUGS 'N' HARMONY- FOR THA LOVE OF $
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL- I KNOW I GOT SKILLZ
KEITH MURRAY- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL-EST THANG
BLACK ROB- WHOA
JT MONEY- IT"S ALRIGHT
FUSHNICKENS- CAN WE ROCK
RUN DMC- DOWN WITH THE KING
JUST TO NAME A FEW OF MY FAVORITE
TDavid on January 06, 2011:
Coolio - Gangstas paradise
Tupac - Dear Mama
Grandmaster Flash - The Message
Props For The List Tho. Update it To 300 and Reorder Some of these Songs. Good Job Tho
Inspectah on January 04, 2011:
Yo, not sure if its just me but Dru Down feat Yukmouth 911 Rescue has to be there.