Best rap songs of all time


What is with rap songs and rap in general that can always make us dance and want be able to rap the Lamar out of it? Is it for the bouncy lyrics, the swagger that only rappers have or simply the easy and catchy beats that if an 90s rap song comes on the radio now, you still feel like ‘my best song has come on’ and can’t stop moving about? We don’t know what exactly is that makes In The Club by 50Cent stick in your head and instantly give the ‘It’s Friday’ mofo excitement.

And what is that makes a rap song a ‘best rap song of all time’? We can’t deny we have had to be looking into Billboard charts and number of records sold to come up with a fairly unbiased chart of songs, otherwise amongst artists who have disappeared, those who have locked up and the ones that still make history in music today, the criteria for deciding who makes the news could be rather debatable. And yes, we did also use our personal taste as well, and that’s why you won’t find any of those mumble songs here on D360 chart of legendary rap songs. Are we sure Post Malone is going to be in this very same chart of a music editorial in 20 years’ time? You can hate it as much as you like, but regardless of fast the music industry is today, certain icons will never fade.

What we know is that we are about to revive some of the classics amongst the best rap songs of all time and bring you some of 2019 best rap lyrics too.

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100) The Light, Common

Year: 2000
Album: Like Water for Chocolate

Rapping doesn’t get better than this when an artist can put into rhythmic words into dope bars making it one of the most upbeat love letters you would ever see, a confession, the one of Common’s love for a woman: a love declaration, some of the best rap lyrics of all time.

99) The Champ, Ghostface Killah

Year: 2006
Album: Put It on the Line

From the album Fishscale, WuTang Clan member Ghostface Killah established that he is one of the most vibrant wordsmiths, together with his unique style of rhyming, one of the best in rap history.

98) Everyone nose, N.E.R.D.

Year: 2008
Album: Seeing Sounds

Why are there so many women in the line for the bathroom? The point N.E.R.D. makes is that they are not just waiting to freshen up their makeup.  Pharrell Williams with Chad Hugo released a rap song with a groovy vibe.  

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97) Bad Boyz, Shyne

Year: 2000
Album: Shyne

One of the best rap songs coming out in 2000, one that you would hear anywhere, with Barrington Levy’s voice and Shyne’s angry flow. Bad Boyz has a literal meaning to it as he was sent to jail for gun charge.

96) Burn Hollywood Burn, Public Enemy ft Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane

Year: 1990
Album: Fear of a Black Planet

A song that explores themes dear to the rap movement of the 90s such as Hollywood exploitation of black actors and actresses related tp the film industry controversy with Afro-American casting.

95) Passin' Me By, The Pharcyde

Year: 1992
AlbumBizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

“Passin’ Me By” is one of the biggest tracks of The Pharcyde debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, one of the best rap songs of the 90’s that shows another side of the story to gangsta rapping, a funny one.

94) Family Affair - Mary J. Blige

Year: 2001
Album: No More Drama

From the album No More Drama, that sold 320,000 copies sold in its first week after the release, Family Drama, produced by Dr.Dre,  was one of her biggest successes.

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93) It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube

Year: 1992
Album: The Predator

What are the things that make up for a good day in Ice Cube’s head? Sex, drugs, playing basketball and getting drunk. This is a good day in the head of a gangsta rapper of the calibre of Ice Cube, one of the happiest rap songs he has ever written.

92) The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground

Year: 1990
Album: Sex Packets

From the album Sex Packets, The Humpty Dance is sung by Shock G’s alter ego, ‘Humpty Hump’ and it is a tribute to Humpty’s sexual verve, something of a paradox due to his unlikely sexy aspect. Shock G looks gives him unique personality, with the Groucho glasses and the colourful clothes.

91) Oopsy Daisy, Chipmunk

Year: 2009
Album: I Am Chipmunk

British rapper Chipmunk released a referential song to The Saturdays, a British pop girl band: funny enough, when Oopsy Daisy came out it reached number one in the British charts, knocking The Saturdays down to second position.

90) Perfect Gentleman, Wyclef Jean

Year: 2001
Album: The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book

The Haitian Rapper, formerly member of the group Fugees, is also famous for featuring in one of the highest selling singles of the 21st century, Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira. While Perfect Gentleman did not peak worldwide, it reached number 4 on the British chart.

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89) Shut Up, Black Eyed Peas

Year: 2003
Album: Elephunk

Who is telling to zip it? Apparently while recording the song with and Taboo their girlfriends wouldn’t stop ringing them and kept interrupting the good vibe going. A negative was immediately turned into a positive, hence the title ‘Shut up’.

88) Pass Out, Tinie Tempah

Year: 2009
Album: Disc-Overy

How about some British rap to fill the chart of best rap songs ever? A digital only release that won best British Single at the 2011 Bafta Awards, thanks also to the collaboration with Labyrinth.

87) I’ll be Missing You, Puff Daddy ft Faith Evans

Year: 1997
Album: No Way Out

A rap ballad that had to be included in the list of best rap songs ever: this how you take a song – The Polices’s Every Breath You Take – and make it you own, although Sting owns 100 % of the royalties.

A tribute to the loss of Notorious B.I.G. with the lyrics:

My thoughts, Big, I just can’t define
Wish I could turn back the hands of time
Us in the six, shop for new clothes and kicks
You and me takin’ flicks

86) Aston Martin Music- Rick Ross feat. Drake & Chrisette Michelle

Year: 2010
Album: Teflon Don

From the Album Teflon Don, Aston Martin Music features vocals by Drake and Chrisette Michelle: the video o the song could work as an Aston Martin TV advert, with V8 Vantage Volante, DBS V12 Volante, DB9 Volante and Rapide all appearing.

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85) Beautiful, Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell Williams

Year: 2003
AlbumPaid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$

From the album Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$, the melodic verses sung by Pharrell Williams might not strike as rap best ever, but you have to wait for Snoop Dogg’s bars to kick in and you’ll understand how this unlikely blend went mainstream.

84) Dilemma, Nelly ft Kelly Rowland

Year: 2002
Album: Nellyville

A number one hit in ten countries, almost a romantic rap affair, one of Nelly’s greatest moments that sold more than 7,6 million copies worldwide. Have you ever checked out the internet parody meme of Dilemma online?

83) It’s Tricky, Run-DMC

Year: 1987
Album: Raising Hell

Co-produced by Rick Rubin – read on his bearded beats here – It’s Tricky is the testimony of one of the pioneers of new school hip hop music. A rap song about a rap song, how can it not be in the list of the best rap songs ever?

82) I Know What You Want, Busta Rhymes ft. Mariah Carey

Year: 2003
Album: It Ain’t Safe No More…

It’s sexy, it’s hot and it’s Busta Rhymes: I Know What You Want would have been too slow piece that had the dancefloor melting. One of the best songs by Busta Rhymes featuring one of the best voices and personalities of pop music.

No matter what I do in the world you never leave me
Fall back ma I’ll make ya lifestyle easy
I appreciate the things ya do to please me
Lookin’ at my daughter you’ll never do me greasy

81) If I Ruled the World, Nas and Lauryn Hill

Year: 1996
Album: It Was Written

This single is considered one of the best rap songs of all times by many publications: Nas stated that initially they didn’t reveal that the female voice was Lauryn Hill’s and when it did, the single became a sensation.

80) Mind Playing Tricks on Me, Geto Boys

Year: 1991
Album: We Can’t Be Stopped

When is it that your mind plays tricks on you? Everyday, but for Geto Boys it goes deeper and they explore themes such as post traumatic stress disorder: it is Geto Boys’ highest charting single and one the best rap songs of the 90s.

79) Ain’t no Half-Stepping, Big Daddy Kane

Year: 1988
Album: Long Live the Kane

Considered one of the best MC’s in hip hop and of the best rappers of golden age New York rap, Big Daddy Kane has been able to influence rap style amongst some of the most famous rappers.

So pick a B.C. date cause you are history
I’m the authentic poet to get lyrical
For you to beat me, it’s gonna take a miracle

78) Get Em High, Kanye West

Year: 2004
Album: The College Dropout

It took as much as time as rolling up joint to put together the beat for Get Em High, and this is what makes it one of the best rap songs ever. Kanye West for once is less introspective and talks about one of themes all rappers are bound to write about.

77) U.N.I.T.Y – Queen Latifah

Year: 1994
Album: Black Reign

Winner of a Grammy Award, U.N.I.T.Y is one of the best rap songs performed by a female artist.  With themes such as domestic violence and about disrespect of women in society, this rap song is still current.

76) Super Bass - Nicki Minaj

Year: 2011
Album: Pink Friday

After Missy Elliott’s Work it in 2002, Super Bass became the highest charting solo record by a female artist of all times. With 2 million views, the video, featuring Minaj’s pink head, has been an internet sensation.

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75) Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

Year: 1988
Album: He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper

Will Smith is the Fresh Prince and this song had to be in the best rap songs of all times, if anything because of the lyrics, we have all got problems with our parents. The song became a recurring referral in the TV Sit Com ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

74) Still Not A Player, Big Pun

Year: 1998
Album: Capital Punishment

Who said that the 90s rap scenes was dominated by east coast or west coast? Puerto Rican/American Big Pun found a way to swim through the fast flows of established rappers. He passed away following a fatal heart attack in 2000.

73) What U See Is What U Get - Xzibit

Year: 1998
Album: 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

You know, there are times in which rap can get really poetic and sweep you off your feet with great lyrics: this is what Xzibit managed to do with his ‘What U see Is What U get’ verses like

And so it was written, and after all these things
I saw another angel come down from heaven

which he actually adapted from the Bible, Book of Revelations Chapter 18, verses 1-2.

72) Fame, GZA

Year: 2002
Album: Legend of the Liquid Sword

A song elaborated around celebrity names: it is the 10th track off the “Legend of the Liquid Sword” – the 4th solo studio album by Wu Tang’s GZA.  It had to be in this chart as some of the best rap lyrics of all times.

Tyra Banked the money that Chaka Khaned the poor
Alicia Keyed his car for givin Melba Moore


71) Remind My Soul - Akrobatik

Year: 2003
Album: Balance

From the album Balance, remind My Soul by Akrobatik is a great rap song for its isolated drumming and the breakbeats are made precious by bass buzz.

70) Slippin, DMX

Year: 1998
Album: Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

DMX’s Slippin is his way of telling his story of hitting rock bottom – apparently – in the world of rap. May this instead be his way to get himself back amongst the top rappers, together with some of the best rap songs ever?

69) Flava In Ya Ear - Craig Mack

Year: 1994
Album Project Funk da World

Who cares if Craig Mack didn’t make at least 3 or for out of our best raps songs of all times chart? All it matters is that he has come out with this hit.

68) Purple Lamborghini – Skrillex&Rick Ross

Year: 2016
Album: Suicide Squad: The Album

Out of Suicide Squad soundtrack this must be one of the best rap songs you can find on there, one you’d want to check out on Spotify straight away. We have got it here.

67) Life Goes On, 2Pac

Year: 1996
Album: All Eyez on Me

From the Fourth studio album by 2Pac, Life Goes On is amongst the best rap songs ever, as it also would be his last one before his death . The album was recorded just after 2Pac got out of jail after Suge Knight and Jimmy Iovine paid the $1.4 million bail necessary.

66) Ladies First, Queen Latifah

Year: 1989
Album: All Hail the Queen

The music video of Ladies First by Queen Latifah has been described as a feminist anthem: not the kind of language spoken by the later successes of hip hop and rap, where with money come women or better “b******”.

65) Work It, Missy Elliot Ft 50 Cent

Year: 2002
Album: Under Construction

If it hadn’t been for Missy Elliot changing the game for female rappers, we don’t know who would have done it: the lyrics are so rude and far away from soft feminine melodies that this song is one of the best rap songs of all times with words such as “badonk-a-donk-donk”

Love the way my butt go bum-bump-bum-bump-bump

Keep your eyes on my bum-bump-bum-bump-bump

And think you can handle this badonk-a-donk-donk

64) Rebirth of Slick – Digable Planets

Year: 1992
Album: Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)

Ishmael Butler “Butterfly”, Craig Irving “Doodlebug” Mary-Ann Vieira “Ladybug Mecca”, known as Digable Planets did create one of the best rap songs of all times and more than a decade after this hit, they have reunited and even held a tour in 2016.

63) Country Grammar – Nelly

Year: 2000
Album: Country Grammar

Not bad for a debut single! Country Grammar is in fact what introduced Nelly and his different sound to the world: its melody is in fact taken from a popular children song, but stuffed with things children should not be repeating.

62) Ante Up - M.O.P.

Year: 2000
Album: Warriorz

If you want to listen to something that gets you jumping off your chair, click on the link below and get M.O.P.ped, and if you didn’t know it, M.O.P stands for Mash Out Posse.

61) Why - Jadakiss

Year: 2004
Album: Kiss of Death

One of the best rap protest song is what Jadakiss, produced by Havoc, came up with: the song was no stranger to controversy, thanks to the verse:

Why do niggas push pounds of powder?

Why did Bush knock down the towers?

60) Breathe – Fabolous

Year: 2004
Album: Real Talk

East coast gangsta rap, this is what Fabolous is about. The New York feel and catchy and easy to sing along lyrics in a sample titled with an appropriate metaphor “Breathe”, apparently referring to CPR: 4 chest compressions to one breath of air. Fab “kills his competition to the point that they need CPR”.

59) Fu-gee-La- The Fugees

Year: 1995
Album: The Score

Produced by queen Lauren Hill, The Fugees had a unique reggae plus rap, plush hip hop, plus R&B sound: even if they are no longer together, it is clear they have produced some of the most unique and best rap songs of all times.

58) All I Need - Method Man ft. Mary J Blige

Year: 1994
Album: Tical

One of the best rap and R&B collaborations of all time with one of the icons amongst women in this genre.

57) Bring The Noise - Public Enemy

Year: 1987
Album: Less Than Zero

“Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy is a rap song containing several shout outs to other artists, even from completely different genres: Yoko Ono, Anthrax but also LL Cool J.

56) Grindin – Clipse

Year: 2002
Album: Lord Willin’

The electro funk beat of Grindin, created by the Clipse and produced by Neptunes featuring Pharrell Willimas is amongst one of the greatest rap songs with its percussive drum and woodblock arrangement.

From ghetto to ghetto

To backyard to yard

I sell it whipped, unwhipped

And soft, to hard

55) A Milli - Lil Wayne

Year: 2008
Album: Tha Carter III

A Milli won the best rap solo performance at 2009 Grammy Awards from one of the best freestyle rappers ever.

54) Mass Appeal – Gang Starr

Year: 1994
Album: Hard to Earn

One of the most acclaimed voices in hip hop, Guru, who died in 2010, has created a flow to speak directly to his critique. Gang – Starr, no a onetime wonder for sure.

 A lot of rappers be like one-time wonders
Couldn’t say a fly rhyme if there was one right under

53) Fear – Kendrik Lamar

Year: 2017
Album: Damn

Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax

Wonderin’ if I’m livin’ through fear or livin’ through rap


Out of Kendrik Lamar’s latest album DAMN, ‘Fear’ is a amongst 2017 best rap songs too as we get to understand the true Lamar’s views on many current topics.


52) The Story Of O.J - JAY-Z

Year: 2017
Album: 4:44

With The Story Of O.J JAY-Z is addressing racial tensions in America: this 2017 best rap song pays tribute to both Colin Kaepernick and the late comedian/activist Dick Gregory.

51) ShETHER, Remy Ma ft Nicky Minaj

Year: 2017

It’s the eccentric Nicki setting hip hop alight with her raps in what can only be described as a diss track. For 2107, one of the best rap songs coming out

50) Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.

Year: 1997
Album: Life After Death

Hypnotize” was Biggie’s greatest moment, being at the top of the charts weeks after his murder in March 1997. “Poppa been smooth since days of Underoos,” is a great example of some of the best rap lyrics ever written.

49) In My Head, Jason Derulo

Year: 2009
Album: Jason Derülo

It is one of Derulo’s sexiest songs: originally thought to be named ‘In My Bed’, in My Head was top of the charts worldwide, how not to include it in the top best rap songs of all times?

48) I’ll Be Missing You, P.Diddy

Year: 1997
Album: No Way Out

It isn’t the song form The Police hit ‘Every Break You Take’: it is actually one of the most famous songs by P.Diddy, who dedicated it to Notorious B.I.G

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47) Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys

Year: 2009
Album: The Blueprint 3

A true tribute to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s hometown: the city of New York: created by singer-songwriter-producer Angela Hunte, Empire State of Mind is an anthem, one of the best rap songs of all times all New Yorkers should be proud of.

46) Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool Jay

Year: 1990
Album: Mama Said Knock You Out

With samples from James Brown’s “Funky Drummer,” the Chicago Gangsters’ “Gangster Boogie,” Sly & The Family Stone’s “Trip to Your Heart” and the drum break from Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance”, Mama Said Knock You Out is the best song by LL Cool Jay.

45) Forever, Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem

Year: 2009
Album: Forever (International Version)

A joint forces effort for one of the best rap songs of all times, Forever is structured like a rap battle, in which Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne give way to one of the best rappers of all times, Eminem.

44) Thrift Shop, Macklemore

Year: 2012
Album: The Heist

Have you all been ‘popping some tags’? Thrift Shop by Macklemore is a catchy and happy rap song that conquered the charts thanks to the video in which Macklemore changes into improbable thrift shop clothes.

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43) Put your Hands Where My Eyes Can See, Busta Rhymes

Year: 1997
AlbumWhen Disaster Strikes

Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See, from the album When Disaster Strikes is a hip-hop single reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with some proper rapping of course by 11 Grammy Award winner Busta Rhymes.

42) Crank That, Soulja Boy

Year: 2007

Not only does this extremely pumping beats fill the best rap songs of all times with plenty of energy, but they also conquered one of the most copied playlists of all times, that would be Michael Phelps’ pre-race.   

41) Candy Shop, 50 Cent

Year: 2003
Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Named Best Rap Song at 2006 Grammy Awards, 50 Cent’s lollipops have become one of the most danced  and best dance floor rap/hip hop songs of all times. Sexy and cool, the video and the song scream Friday night all over.

40) Rapture, Blondie

Year: 1981
Album: Autoamerican

If you google ‘who made the first rap song ever’, what comes up isn’t gangsta rap, but the feminine and beautiful graceful voice of Blondie in Rapture. It was the first song ever to feature rap vocals and lyrics.

39) King of Rock, Run DMC

Year: 1985
AlbumKing of Rock

With their second album, and the hit King of Rock, Run DMC established who they were, their look, and who they wanted to stand up to. With this song they were not only attempting to send hip hop to the mainstream, but to have hip hop songs next to other genres.

38) Hate it or Love it, The Game

Year: 2005
Album: The Documentary

One of the best rap songs of all times, with best rap lyrics too, best flow, and storytelling ability: The Game makes many references to other rap songs and hip hop icons, making this song a true tribute to the late 80’s/early 90’s style of rap.

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37) P.I.M.P, 50 Cent

Year: 2003
Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

We dunno what you have heard about him, but 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P , mixed by Dr. Dree and later remixed by  Snoop Dogg, is a clear statement of the rapper’s involvement.

36) Fight Music, D12

Year: 2001
Album: Devil’s Night

Fight Music by D12 has been considered as best D12 song ever: the lyrics are insane, the beat is crazy, they all spit sick bars, and it just makes you want to king hit something.

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35) The Real Slim Shady, Eminem

Year: 2000
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

This is the sing that probably gave rap mainstream quality even in the UK: the music video of the song, where he wears a superhero costume and an asylum straightjacket. Amongst Eminem’s successes, this is one of the best rap songs ever.

Read also: The best outfits to copy from Eminem and Best Eminem songs of all time

34) You Can Do It, Ice Cube

Year: 1999
Album: Next Friday

There’s a female voice that has made this tune an unmistakable and unique rap song, and it is the voice female rapper Ms. Toi.. She together with Ice Cube, one of N.W.A members as well, put words into sound in one of the best 1990’s rap songs.

You can do it put your back into it
I can do it put your ass into it
You can do it put your back into it
I can do it put your ass into it…

33) Stan, Eminem ft Dido

Year: 2000
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

No wonder Stan by Eminem is in the list of best rap songs: it was number one in eleven countries and its popularity was so huge that the word Stan has been included in the Oxford Dictionary to describe an overly obsessed fan.

32) Mathematics, MOS DEF

Year: 1999
Album: Black on Both Sides

Rapping mattered because talked about relevant issues back in the 90s: Mos Def’s hit talked about adding up some of the most idiomatic issues related to African American and thanks to his ‘calculations’, Mathematics is one of the best rap songs of all times.

31) New York State of Mind, Nas

Year: 1994
Album: Illmatic

A true depiction of ghetto life is what made New York State of Mind by Nas one of the best rap songs ever: Nas sold over 25 million records worldwide.

30) Last of a Dying Breed, Ludacris

Year: 2008
Album: Theater of the Mind

Amongst relatively new rap songs, Ludacris 2008 hit is a dope song, one of his best. It does not surprise that in 2014 Ludacris was featured in Forbes list “Hip-Hop Cash Kings”, as he earned a whopping $8 million.

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29) Hot in Herre, Nelly

Year: 2002
Album: Nellyville

If you went to a club back in the early 2000s and Hot in Herre didn’t come on, you were allowed to shoot the DJ. The music video is what made this song a super hit and one of the best rap songs of all times.

28) Getting’ Jiggy Wit It, Will Smith

Year: 1997
Album: Big Willie Style

Movie star Will Smith is much more than one of the greatest actors ever, he – as you may have guessed from his style in TV Series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he used to be a happy rapper, not the gangsta kind of artist.

27) Gucci Gang, Lil Pump

Year: 2017
Album: Lil Pump

One of the best rap new songs of 2017, Gucci Gang is one of hit that talks about typical rap themes: drugs, jewelry and money of course.

26) Party Up, DMX

Year: 2000
Album: …And Then There Was X

The highest charting and most successful single ever, Party Up is one of bets rap songs of all times for its catchy lyrics and DMX has had kids from all over the world dancing to his

Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind
Y’all gon’ make me lose my cool
Up in here, up in here

25) So Fresh, So Clean, Outkast

Year: 2004
Album: Stankonia

One of the most innovative, fresh and original hip hop groups ever: the song is laid back and melodic compared with other Outkast songs.

24) How I could Just Kill a Man, Cypress Hill

Year: 1991
Album: Cypress Hill

How I could just Kill a Man is the debut single of Cypress Hill, the South California Latino group: they are considered the progenitors of West Coast rap. The hit is to be considered one of the best songs of all times.

23) Gold Digger, Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx

Year: 2005
Album: Late Registration

You knew that Jamie Foxx isn’t just a pretty face from the big screen, right? In fact he features in Kanye West super hit (straight at number one in 2005): the second single by the duo sold 80,000 copies in a week, call that one of the best rap songs of all times!

22) Jump Around, House of Pain

Year: 1992
Album: House of Pain

Another amongst best rap songs ever that has been on the top of all hip hop cubs DJs playlist: as it came on, the whole dancefloor would follow instructions and start Jumping up and getting down.

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21) Get Your Feak On, Missy Elliot

Year: 2001
Album: Miss E… So Addictive

When it comes to women rappers the name that springs to mind must be Missy Elliot and Get your Freak on is the best rap song sang by a woman for decades, which won her a Grammy Award for best solo artist too.

20) Successful, Drake Ft. Lil Wayne & Trey Songz

Year: 2009
Album: So Far Gone

One of the best rappers of 2017, Drake has been honest enough to talk about success in a rather melodic song ft. Lil Wayne &Trey Songz.

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19) Fuck the Police, N.W.A.

Year: 1988
Album: Straight Outta Compton: Music from the Motion Picture

Police didn’t take it well, as you can imagine and the FBI issued a warning letter to N.W.A. for the sweet words Ice Cube had put into rhymes:

 When I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath of cops/Dyin’ in L.A.

After all, and after the riots, Fuck The police became one of the best rap songs of all times.

18) Fight The Power, Public Enemy

Year: 1990
Album: Fear of a Black Planet

Public Enemy wanted to start a revolution with Fight the Power, one of the most powerful lyrics ever written in rap history. This is how you put together a piece for Spike Lee’s movie.

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17) Protect Ya Neck, Wu-Tang Club

Year: 1992
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

They are from Staten Island and they are one of the most influential groups of the last decade: the East Coast rappers are RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa

16) Ruff Ryder’s Anthem, DMX

Year: 1998
Album: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot

Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no
That’s how Ruff Ryders roll
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop…

The sitar sound is what made this rap song one so catchy: produced by an unknown at the time Swizz Beatz, it is one of DMX’s best singles an anthem amongst the best rap songs of the 90s.

15) Runaway, Kanye West

Year: 2010
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

From My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album it represents a “toast to the douchebags“: Runaway talks about his failed relationships, a personal attempt in talking about media perception. One of the best new rap song for 2017.

14) Lemon, NERD FT Rihanna

Year: 2017
Album: No One Ever Really Dies

After a seven-year absence from the scene NERD have made a comeback with the single Lemon, one of the best new rap songs as it features the incredibly beautiful and talented Rihanna, rapping herself of course.

Rihanna singing at a concert

13) Changes, 2Pac

Year: 1998
Album: Greatest Hits

Racism, the war on the drugs, the police, the tough life in the ghetto are themes 2Pac raps about in Changes, one of the best rap songs that better represent what rap and really is for.

Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares?
One less hungry mouth on the welfare!

12) My Name Is, Eminem

Year: 1999
Album: The Slim Shady LP

What’s his name again? It’s Slim Shady and with this song Eminem entered in best rap songs of the 2000s, winning a Grammy Award in Best Solo Performance Category. Produced by Dr.Dree, it was also made into a video featuring a stereotypical redneck family watching TV.

Rap singer Eazy-e

11) Boyz-n-the-Hood, EAZY-E

Year: 1988
Album: Eazy-Duz-It

Boyz-n-the-Hood is Eazy-E debut single with N.W.A , which never actually charted in the 1980s, as N.W.W was actually banned from several radio stations. As this was Eazy-E first attempts at rapping, he had to record it line by line.

10) 99 problems, JAY-Z

Year: 2003
Album: The Black Album

Ninety nine problems but a bitch ain’t one
If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain’t one, hit me

If you want to know what these 99 problems are, you really must listen to the lyrics of one of the best rap songs of all time: racial profiling, the critics, and the usual copper who wants to search his car are just some of them, women will not be on the list of course.

9) Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio

Year: 1995
Album: Dangerous Minds

As US best-selling single in 1995, Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio must be in the best rap songs chart: it was in the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds and with 5 million copies sold worldwide it is one of the best singles of all times.

8) California Love, 2Pac feat. Dr Dree

Year: 1999
Album: All Eyez on Me

What is it that 2Pac did at his come back from prison? He released one of the best rap songs of the 90s and it is in fact one of 2pac best known songs.

Now let me welcome everybody
to the Wild Wild West
A state that’s untouchable
like Eliot Ness

7) In Da Club, 50 Cents

Year: 2003
Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Who has never been jumping up and down with this terrific tune, one of the best rap songs ever that ended up in all hip hop clubs DJs playlist.

My flow,
my show brought me the dough
That bought me all my fancy things

6) Sure Shot, Beastie Boys

Year: 1994
Album: Ill Communication

Probably one of the best rap songs coming out of the 90s, Sure Shot by the white rappers the Beasty Boys is the s***.

5) Drop It Like it’s Hot, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Pharrell

Year: 2004
Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

After Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’, Snoop Dog managed to reach the top of the charts for the first time in 2004 with Drop it Like it’s Hot: with its tongue clicks and the drum machine beat it was nominated best rap song of the decade on 2009 by Billboard.

4) 'Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang', Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg

Year: 1993
Album: The Chronic

Dr Dre become the undisputed king of West Coast Rap with ‘Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’ and this is the moment where a relatively unknown Snoop Doggy Dog started delicately barking into the mike, making a statement with some of the best rap lyrics of all times.

3) Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.

Year: 1988
Album: Straight Outta Compton

If happen to have watched the eponymous movie, you already should know why Straight Outta Compton is here in third place amongst the best rap songs of all times:

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge’ is how this best rap song of all time starts. Produced by Mr Dr.Dre, who also raps the third verse following Eazy-E and Ice Cube.

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2) Juicy, The Notorious B.I.G.

Year: 1994
Album: Ready to die

Juicy is one of the best rap songs of all times as it is one that tells a personal story of how went from rags to being rich, it is the kind of rap song that spoke to all of those rappers and fans believing in the dream.

Considered a fool
cause I dropped out of school

1) Lose Yourself, Eminem

Year: 2002
Album: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile

You better lose yourself in the music,
the moment You own it,
you better never let it go
You only get one shot,
do not miss your chance to blow

Eminem didn’t let it slip and established that he’s one of the best rappers of all times, and Lose Yourself is the best rap song ever as it received innumerable awards amongst rap and non-rap songs: as one of the song to 2002 motion picture 8 Mile, it is said that Eminem recorded the three verses in one go during a break from the shooting of the movie.

Photo of Eminem singing at a concert