Top Rap Songs of All Time


Rap has always been a hit with Afro-Americans. Now, with names as diverse as Eminem, Fort Minor, Ludacris and 50 Cent giving some really great rap songs for all music lovers to listen to, rap music has cut across this barrier of race and is a very popular music genre among millions of people worldwide. Initially considered as just a fad, rap music has come a long way since the 1970s, the time when these songs became popular for the first time.

Some of the best rappers have given such great music that they really deserve a place in the list of the greatest rap musicians. However, considering the quality of songs that have been produced by the rap music industry, to come up with top 10 songs can be quite a task. Nevertheless, given below is a carefully selected list of rap songs.

10 Most Popular Rap Songs

Here are the biggest rap songs according to public opinion.


Wu-Tang Clan

Short for Cash Rules Everything Around Me, it is the most famous song by the group.Changes


This was Tupac’s song on how the situation of poverty just never seems to change.

I Used To Love H.E.R.


The realism in this track just can’t be emulated by anyone else. By far one of the best rap songs ever made.Dear Mama


One of the most amazing son-to-mother songs, not just in rap alone, but over all of music. Very emotional stuff.

Lose Yourself


You will not find a more inspirational rap song than this one and it fits perfectly into the movie 8 Mile. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Eminem stayed famous.Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

This was the Doctor’s first song off his debut solo album. The song ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 and will still top a lot of what is made today.

One Mic


You can definitely make out the influence of Phil Collins in this song. I think the song is a successful experiment with changing vocal volume in a rap song.Regulate

Warren G and Nate Dogg

This is the song that Nate Dogg blew up with. The background is a great rags-to-riches story, where Nate recorded his piece in the songs in his run down apartment closet.



A dark song with a simple message: don’t deify an artist so much that it consumes your life. Just enjoy the music. The music is based on “Thank You” by Dido, who played Stan’s wife in the video.The Message

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

You can feel Grandmaster Flash’s strength flowing through this slow number. It’s another great example of just how observant he was about his surroundings.

Other Great Rap Songs

Your rap experience will not be complete until you listen to these songs. There are lot of popular as well as some underground artists that have defined the genre.

Organized Konfusion | Walk Into the Sun

DJ Skitz | Fingerprints Of The Gods

Atmosphere | Sound is Vibration

George Watsky | Pale Kid Raps Fast

Eric B & Rakim | Lyrics of Fury

OutKast | Ms. Jackson

Audio Two | Top Billin’

Afrika Bambaataa | Planet Rock

2Pac | Keep Ya Head Up

Jay-Z | Dead Presidents II

Geto Boys | Mind Playin’ Tricks on Me

N.W.A. | Straight Outta Compton

Brand Nubian | Slow Down

It Was a Good Day | Ice Cube

LL Cool J | I Need Love

Boogie Down Productions | My Philosophy

The Pharcyde | Passin’ Me By

Big Daddy Kane | Ain’t No Half Steppin’

Mos Def | Mathematics

Kurtis Blow | The Breaks

Talib Kweli | Get By

Westside Connection | Bow Down

Beastie Boys | Paul Revere

Mobb Deep | Shook Ones II

DMX | Slippin’

A Tribe Called Quest ft. Busta Rhymes | Scenario

O.C. | Time’s Up

Scarface | I Seen A Man Die

Craig Mack | Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony | Tha Crossroads

Gang Starr ft. Nice & Smooth | Dwyck

Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh | La di da di

Marley Marl | The Symphony

Run-DMC & Aerosmith | Walk This Way

Slick Rick | Children’s Story

M.O.P. | Ante Up(Remix)

Aasim | Hip Hop 101

Salt-N-Pepa | Push ItArtifacts | Wrong Side of da Tracks

A Tribe Called Quest | Electric Relaxation

Naughty By Nature | OPP

DJ Quik | Tonite

Special Ed | I Got It Made

Big Daddy Kane | Raw

Eminem | Mosh

Black Moon | Who Got da Props

Eric B. and Rakim | My Melody

UGK | Ridin’ Dirty

The Notorious B.I.G. | Who Shot Ya?

Slum Village | Reunion

Jadakiss | Why

50 Cent | Many Men (Wish Death)

Kool Moe Dee | I Go To Work

Jay-Z ft. Mary J Blige | Can’t Knock The Hustle

Mos Def | Umi Says

Souls of Mischief | 93 ‘Til Infinity

Lauryn Hill | Everything Is Everything

Common | The 6th Sense

Sugarhill Gang | Rapper’s Delight

Lupe Fiasco | Kick, Push

Nas | N. Y. State of Mind

LL Cool J | Mama Said Knock You Out

The Game | Dreams

Wu-Tang Clan | Protect Ya Neck

Cypress Hill | How I Could Just Kill A Man

Big Pun | Still Not A Player

Biz Markie | Nobody Beats The Biz

Fabolous | BreathernIt Was A Good Day | Ice Cube

Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige | All I Need

Da Brat | Funkdafied

Common | The Light

Coolio | Gangsta’s Paradise

Pete Rock & CL Smooth | They Reminisce Over You

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince | Parents Just Don’t Understand

Kanye West | Jesus Walks

Author’s Picks – Top 10 Rap Songs

I couldn’t possibly leave my own opinion out now, could I? These are my favorite tracks, which I did find to have quite a large fan base.

  • California Love | Tupac Shakur
  • Dance With the Devil | Immortal Technique
  • Drop | The Pharcyde
  • Fight for Your Right To Party | Beastie Boys
  • Fight the Power | Public Enemy
  • Gin and Juice | Snoop Dogg
  • Juicy | Notorious B.I.G.
  • King of Rock | Run-DMC
  • My Band | D12
  • ‘Till I Collapse (Remix) | Eminem, Nate Dogg, Tupac, 50 Cent

If a few songs have been left out or missed, and if you think that they deserve a mention in the above list, feel free to add them by way of the comments column below.

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