20 Greatest Rap Songs Which Changed The Hip-Hop Industry Forever
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Some songs are meant to be greatest, and they are classified according to the genre, same is the case with hip-hop. The best hip-hop songs are those which touch your heart and soul. They make us think of things which life has given us. So, we have tried to compile the list of best rap songs of all time. You will not be able to stop your feet from dancing and your mouth from rapping on these amazing hip hop tracks. 

I was 10-year-old when I listened to the first rap song, it was Stan by Eminem. It had a tremendous effect on me, and since then, I have not been able to separate myself from this genre. As a fan of rap music, I have always loved the truth which each song carries. You can feel the magic and aura of a song, and most importantly you can relate yourself to it. It has been said that if you are facing any problem and it is hard to get over it, you can just put your headphones ON and listen to a hip-hop track. 

Some of the prominent rappers like Tupac Shakur, The Notorious Big, Ice Cube, Nas, Jay Z and Eminem have the world talking from their tracks. In the early 90s, groups like N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, Run-D.M.C. ruled the hip-hop industry and became the main topic of conversation. 

The hip-hop industry has evolved a lot in the last 25 years, and when I look back at it, there are so many songs which can be regarded as the best, but not all songs can make to the list of best rap songs. 

We at WittyFeed have compiled best rap songs of all time which changed the industry forever. It is just our list, so check it out!

20. N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton (1988)

20. N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton (1988)

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When N.W.A. arrived on the hip-hop scene, no one thought that they would take the world by storm. Straight Outta Compton is the song of N.W.A.'s first album of the same name. The song and album talk about the problems faced by most of the people on the street and the music from Dr. Dre surely made people realize of the things to come.

19. Lil Wayne- A Milli (2008)

19. Lil Wayne- A Milli (2008)

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Lil Wayne is one of the most prolific rappers of the 21st century, and he proved it with this track from The Carter III. Wayne goes hard in this song which has an addictive beat. The song is regarded as one of the best by Weezy which even won him a Grammy in 2009 for the Best Rap Solo Performance.

18. The Notorious B.I.G.- Hypnotize (1997)

18. The Notorious B.I.G.- Hypnotize (1997)

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The song was released eight days before Biggie's death, and it became one of the anthems in the hip-hop industry at that time. The track was released as the first single from The Notorious B.I.G.'s album, Life After Death. The song is one of the best examples of East Coast hip-hop and was produced by Puff Daddy.

17. 50 Cent- In Da Club (2003)

17. 50 Cent- In Da Club (2003)

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Well, it is hard to find a rap fan who has not heard this song. There were many expectations from 50 Cent as he was the protege of Eminem and Dr Dre and he more than delivered. The song is still played at many clubs despite being released 14 years ago. It was also the first single from his album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

16. Mobb Deep- Shook Ones Part II (1995)

16. Mobb Deep- Shook Ones Part II (1995)

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Mobb Deep held one of the strongest positions in rap industry in the 90s. There is always a saying that sequels are not better than originals, but this song proved that they could be and even more than that. It does not have curse words like the first one, but it is still considered as one of the best rap songs in East Coast history.

15. Jay Z- 99 Problems (2003)

15. Jay Z- 99 Problems (2003)

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The third single from 'The Black Album' became one of the most discussed songs of the decade. The hook of the track was taken from Ice-T's song, 99 Problems which was released in 1993. The second verse talks about Jay's life experience in New York City in the 90s.

14. Common- I Used To Love H.E.R. (1994)

14. Common- I Used To Love H.E.R. (1994)

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When Common dropped his album Resurrection in 1994, there were already many prominent songs and rappers in the hip-hop scene. But still, he managed to cement himself as one of the greatest. This is one of his best songs and he single-handedly personified rap. He dared to assign a gender to hip-hop and did it with perfection.

13. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five- The Message (1982)

13. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five- The Message (1982)

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Many would say that it should be in top ten, but I think it belongs here. When 'The Message' was released, it knocked every single person in the music industry out. It was one of the first songs which talked about the inner city life in New York City. Many artists like Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, N.W.A., and Lil Wayne mentioned the song in their lyrics, and it is enough to tell you the importance the song carries in the rap industry.

12. Nas- One Mic (2002)

12. Nas- One Mic (2002)

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When Nas dropped One Mic in 2002, it peaked on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart at number 43. Many people regarded the song as a classic, and it talks about the rapper's desire to live a simple life.

11. Dr. Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg- Still D.R.E. (1999)

11. Dr Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg- Still D.R.E. (1999)

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'Dr. Dre is the name still running the game.' Dre and Snoop collaborated to show the world that Dre is still in the rap game and knows how to run it. The song shows the importance of Dr. Dre as an artist in the hip-hop industry and tells his haters that he has not left rap.

10. Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M. (1993)

10. Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M. (1993)

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Wu-Tang has always been one of the best rap groups in the hip-hop history. C.R.E.A.M. has just two breathless verses, and then it's over. They gave the phrase, 'Cash Rules Everything Around Me' meaning and it is also regarded as one of the best rap songs of all time.

9. Eric B. & Rakim- Paid In Full (1987)

9. Eric B. & Rakim- Paid In Full (1987)

Rakim is known as one of the greatest emcees in rap, and it goes without a doubt, but he gets more dangerous when he is with Eric B. The duo released numerous songs together and Paid In Full is just another example of that.

8. Dr. Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg- Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang (1992)

8. Dr Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg- Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang (1992)

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Want to know something about overnight success? Snoop Dogg will be best one to answer it. Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang is another collaboration which showed the rapping skill of Dr. Dre and an unorthodox style of Snoop. Many critics have voted this song in the top three rap songs of all time.

7. Eminem- Stan (2000)

7. Eminem- Stan (2000)

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This track from the Marshall Mathers LP showed Eminem's skill of telling stories. Since the release of the song, people began to ask Em regarding the release of its second part which he did in 2013 with the name of Bad Guy, but it failed to match the level of Stan.

6. 2Pac Ft. Dr. Dre- California Love (1996)6. 2Pac Ft. Dr Dre- California Love (1996)

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When you have beats from Dre and lyrics of Tupac, this is what you get. Dre also showed his skills as rapper and Tupac, well he was simply invincible. The love they both share for California was carried perfectly.

5. Nas- NY State of Mind (1994)

5. Nas- NY State of Mind (1994)

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It is hard to find a song which will give you a glimpse of Nas' ability to spit fire with words. It is not an anthem on New York City rather it talks about a shooting incident. The song or should I say the whole Illmatic album cemented Nas as one of the most prominent rappers of all time.

4. Jay Z- Dead Presidents (1996)

4. Jay Z- Dead Presidents (1996)

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If you want to get some taste of Jay Z, then this is probably the song you need to listen. Jay Z's flow and rhymes all were hitting the beat at its best. It was released as a promotional song for his debut album Reasonable Doubt. The most interesting thing about the song is that Jay Z's nemesis Nas was offered to rap the chorus of the song which he declined.

3. The Notorious B.I.G.- Juicy (1994)

3. The Notorious B.I.G.- Juicy (1994)

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When Puff Daddy and Biggie get together, this is what you get. Released as the single from Biggie's first album, the song is one of the best tracks ever recorded in the hip hop industry. The song describes the life of Biggie from being nothing to becoming something huge. It is the best example of storytelling with rhymes. The song comes in the greatest hip hop songs list of many magazines.

2. 2Pac- Dear Mama (1995)

2. 2Pac- Dear Mama (1995)

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When it comes to emotional songs, no one did it better than Tupac Amaru Shakur. This song from the 'Me Against The World' album became the foreground of Tupac's thug life persona. There have been many songs dedicated to mothers in hip-hop, but none of them could match the level of this 2Pac song. Pac describes everything his mum faced while growing him up, the absence of his father and his mother's struggle with drug addiction.

1. Eminem- Lose Yourself (2002)1. Eminem- Lose Yourself (2002)

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The first hip-hop/rap song to win the Oscars. The song is featured on the soundtrack of Eminem's movie, 8 Mile. The critics praised the song for its aggressive theme and Em's rapping ability. According to Slim Shady, the song was written on the sets of 8 Mile during the breaks and was also recorded in a portable studio. It also summed up the character of B-Rabbit in the movie. 

Hope you enjoyed the list and if you think we missed something, tell us in the comment section below. 

That's all, folks! 

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