TOP 25 Hip-Hop Songs of all Time

BBC Music polled over 100 critics in 15 countries to find the best hip-hop song ever. Here’s the top 25 Hip Hop songs of all time.


This morning, I got up and began doing my morning routine, B12, shower, coffee, give my dog fresh water. I look at my news feed and see this article “The Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.” Oh, was I in for a surprise. I’ll admit, I didn’t read the article first and went straight to the list. For you, I’ll do the same. 

BBC Music polled over 100 critics in 15 countries to find the best hip-hop song ever. Here’s the top 25 list. (Warning: Some song titles on this list contain language some readers may find offensive)

25.*     Alright, Kendrick Lamar (2015)
25.*     Rosa Parks, OutKast (1998)
24.      All Of The Lights, Kanye West ft. Rhianna, Kid Cudi (2010)
23.      Grindin’, Clipse (2002)
22.      Lose Yourself, Eminem (2002)
21.       Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill (1998)
20.       International Players Anthem, UGK ft. OutKast (2007)
19.       U.N.I.T.Y., Queen Latifah (1993)
18.       Fuck Tha Police, NWA (1988)
17.       It Was A Good Day, Ice Cube (1992)
16.       B.O.B., OutKast (2000)
15.       They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
14.       Rapper’s Delight, Sugarhill Gang (1979)
13.       Paid In Full, Eric B & Rakim (1987)
12.       Runaway, Kanye West ft. Pusha T (2010)
11.        Electric Relaxation, A Tribe Called Quest (1993)
10.       Dear Mama, Tupac Shakur (1995)
9.        N.Y. State Of Mind, Nas (1994)
8.        Passin’ Me By, The Pharcyde (1992)
7.        93 ’Til Infinity, Souls of Mischief (1993)
6.        C.R.E.A.M., Wu-Tang Clan (1993)
5.        Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang, Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg (1992)
4.        The Message, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1982)
3.        Shook Ones (Part II), Mobb Deep (1995)
2.        Fight The Power, Public Enemy (1989)
1.         Juicy, Notorious B.I.G. (1994)

Wow! What a list. To see fellow mates make the top 10 is dope as funk! 

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Torrey's a digital media designer at Tact Boogie Digital Media and partner at Khykel Music Enterprises. He's been in business over 15 years, starting with an idea and a business card. His passion is helping people make meaningful statements that enhance the lives of others.

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