I was 10 years old when I started listening to rap music. I was introduced to it by Eminem's song, Stan and since then I have not been able to leave this genre. The best thing about hip-hop is the trueness which its songs bring in. This allowed me to feel the nature of the songs and enjoy the aura that these songs create. The tracks connected with me and as a fan of rap, I can guarantee that you will also be able to feel the same connect after listening to all the songs mentioned on this list.
Rappers including 2Pac Shakur, Eminem, Biggie Smalls, and Jay-Z took the world by storm. But, this genre is not just about solo play, many groups like N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, and Outkast also ruled the industry with ease.
With so many players in the game, there have been many brilliant songs released in the last 40 years, but not all the songs can make it into the list of top 20. Here, we have compiled our list of greatest rap songs of all time. So, keep reading and listening. ;)
Lil Wayne is one of the most well-known rappers of the 21st century. His sixth studio album, Carter III featuring the song, A Milli cemented him as one of the greats in the game. Wayne's style of rapping suits the addictive beat and you just cannot ignore the songs, especially this one.
This Run-DMC track was especially for the teenagers of the streets of New York. The song is regarded as the entry of hip-hop artists into the new school.
The third single from Cool J's debut album is regarded as one of the best songs of his career and also in the hip-hop genre. The name of the track has bells in it, but nothing like it can be heard in the beat of the song.
Finding a hip-hop lover who has not listened to this track is virtually/practically impossible. The audience were expecting a lot from 50 as he was the protege of Eminem and Dr Dre and this track proves how beautifully he delivered it.
This song by the dynamic duo of Big Boi and André 3000 is featured on many lists of best tracks. The track was inspired by André's relationship with Erykah Badu and her mother. The song has a fun beat and serious lyrics about breakups, relationships, and divorces.
This is probably the best song of Mobb Deep's career. It was released as the sequel of their promotional single, Shook Ones, but has less profanity. The record has been referenced by many great rappers including The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas.
This track from the hip-hop group Beastie Boys is immortal. It tells a fictional story of how Beastie Boys met, and legendary Rick Rubin produced it.
This second single from Snoop Dogg's debut album, Doggystyle is considered as the best work by the rapper until this date. It was featured on the eighth spot on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop list. Sorry, but we think the 13th spot is right for it.
This track by Geto Boys established the South as a dominant force in the music. It is also the highest charting single released by Geto Boys.
Rakim is without a doubt one of the greatest rappers the world has ever seen, but he becomes more dominant when he is with Eric B. The tracks released by the duo were great and Paid In Full is one of those.
I was confused between Fight the Power and Rebel Without a Pause by the group, but I chose, Fight the Power because of critical reception and records.
The song has two breathless verses and the meaning of C.R.E.A.M. and that is Cash Rules Everything Around Me. It is the visualization of life in reality and proves that a person's status depends on the money s/he has.
Want to know the lifestyle and thinking of Jay-Z? You really need to listen to this song. It talks about having sex with females without getting emotionally attached to them.
Nas gave one of the greatest lyrical descriptions about New York with this record. The track is one of my favourites, and it paints the picture of the city like anything.
These two G's create magic whenever they are together. Snoop Dogg wrote the whole song, and he gave one of best descriptions of the life of a G.
Probably the greatest song which legendary Biggie Smalls recorded in his short life. The record talks about Biggie's life and how we became nobody to somebody.
When it came to talking about women, no one in the industry did or has done it better than Tupac. The record is foreground of Tupac's thug life and his unconditional love towards his mother, Afeni Shakur. Tupac's storytelling goes from the struggles of his mother to the absence of his dad.
This song was released when hip-hop was trying to find its feet. It is also considered as the song which introduced rap to the people of New York and the world. The track was inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.
This is probably the greatest lyrical description of a person's life by Eminem. The song gave hip-hop and Eminem its first Oscar. I think it is enough to tell you how legendary the song is.
No song in the history of hip-hop even comes close to this masterpiece. The song blew everyone away in the music industry because of the lyrics. Many artists and groups like N.W.A., The Notorious B.I.G., and Lil Wayne have mentioned it in their lyrics which is enough to tell how important the record has been in the industry.
What's on your greatest rap songs' list? Let us know in the comment section. :)