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Best Hip-Hop Songs of All-Time


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.*************************

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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

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:

Nice List..

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 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 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 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


j.perioid mixtapes



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:



My philosophy-bdp

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:


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

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:

big dreamers........

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:

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 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:

Very good

Jim on July 14, 2011:

Excellent blog, you should visit best funk and groove

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

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:


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

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

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:

















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.

Chìza on December 27, 2010:

Hey this is chiza from Kenya. Man u waz high on e or sthng wen writing the list, the list is upside down, where is pac, dre at the top? Go to hell

edhuckle on December 23, 2010:

a serious omission here is ...

Twice Inna Lifetime - Black Star (for me this is the best one ever!).

.... on December 22, 2010:

Another good song i think is thugish ruggish bone-bone thugs...

robjk on December 20, 2010:

sorry for the double post, but that entire Nine Livez record is sickening.

BDP-Getto Music-'Who protects Us From You'?

Bushwick Bill-'Little Big Man'--just the facts that a lil' bro (no disrespect) is hittin it is fresh.

Smif-N-Wessun-Dah Shinin'-'Sound Bwoy Bureill'

The D.O.C.-No one can do it Better-'Mind Blowin'/'The Grande Finale'.

i have to stop or i'll be here all day. good thinkin!

robjk on December 20, 2010:

your hit list is the tops! I have like 77gb on my itunes and i'd be here forever doing a list of any kind.

here's one i think people sleep on, or, never even heard NINE, album Nine Livez, 'Tha Cypha'.

ckeck it.

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