Best Hip-Hop and Rap Songs of All Time

I collected 10 lists of the Best Rap and Hip-Hop songs of all time from various sources on the Internet and combined them into a single meta-list.  Here are the results – every song that was listed by three or more of the original sources.  I was a little surprised that more recent songs did not make the list – only nine songs from 2000-Present, and none from 2007-Present.  For a list of Best Hip Hop and Rap Albums, go here.

On 8 Lists
The MessageGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1982)

7 Lists
Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ ThangDr. Dre, feat. Snoop Doggy Dog (1992)
It Was A Good DayIce Cube (1993)
C.R.E.A.M.Wu-Tang Clan (1993)
StanEminem, feat. Dido (2000)

6
Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A. (1988)
Mind Playin’ Tricks on MeGeto Boys (1991)
JuicyNotorious B.I.G. (1994)

5
Rapper’s DelightSugar Hill Gang (1979)
Planet RockAfrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force (1982)
Fight The Power
Public Enemy (1990)
Mama Said Knock You OutLL Cool J (1990)
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
Dear Mama
2Pac (1995)

4
Push ItSalt-N-Pepa (1986)
Walk This WayRun-D.M.C., feat. Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
Children’s StorySlick Rick (1988)
ScenarioA Tribe Called Quest, feat. Busta Rhymes (1992)
Keep Your Head Up2Pac (1993)
Shook Ones Pt. IIMobb Deep (1994)
RegulateWarren G, feat. Nate Dogg (1994)
I Used To Love H.E.R.
Common (1994)
Gin & JuiceSnoop Dogg, feat. Dr. Dre (1994)
Gangsta’s ParadiseCoolio (1995)
California Love2Pac, feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman (1995)
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)Jay Z (1998)
In Da Club50 Cent (2003)

3
The BreaksKurtis Blow (1980)
La Di Da DiDoug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew (1985)
Top Billin’Audio Two (1987)
Paid in FullEric B. and Rakim (1987)
I Need LoveLL Cool J (1987)
Rebel Without A PausePublic Enemy (1987)
Ain’t No Half Steppin’Big Daddy Kane (1988)
Parents Just Don’t UnderstandDJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1988)
The SymphonyMarley Marl, feat. Masta Ace, Craig G, Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap (1988)
Just A FriendBiz Markie (1989)
Me, Myself and I De La Soul (1989)
The Humpty DanceDigital Underground (1990)
O.P.P.Naughty By Nature (1991)
Protect Ya NeckWu-Tang Clan (1993)
New York State of MindNas (1994)
I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get ByMethod Man, feat. Mary J. Blige (1995)
The CrossroadsBone Thugs-N-Harmony (1996)
Ms. JacksonOutkast (2000)
B.O.B.Outkast (2000)
Get Ur Freak OnMissy Elliot (2001)
Lose YourselfEminem (2002)
99 ProblemsJay Z (2004)
Jesus WalksKanye West (2004)
What You KnowT.I. (2006)