VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever


The arguments go on forever. Is old school better than new school? What’s the hardest gangsta joint around? Which MC has the hippest flow? And, of course: what’s the drop-dead deep-ass dopest rap track ever made? Well, we can all chill on that last question for awhile. Our 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs countdown has the answer. It’s part of a ramp-up to this year’s rather incredible Hip Hop Honors show.

All summer long fans have been voting on the list. VH1 combined their opinions with those of hip-hop culture vultures and next week, for five nights, the show runs down the ranking, offering interviews with artists and pundits, breaking out classic footage, and dropping some superstar science on all the tracks involved. It airs Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 3 at 10 pm ET.

Now, the big question, which one made the top of the list? Was Public Enemy (check the video above) number 10 or number 1? Make the jump and find out.

Watch a video playlist with LOTS of the 100 Greatest entries.


01 Public Enemy / Fight The Power
02 Sugarhill Gang / Rapper’s Delight
03 Dr. Dre / Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith/ Walk This Way
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five / The Message
06 N.W.A. / Straight Outta Compton
07 Notorious B.I.G. / Juicy
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg / Gin and Juice
09 Salt-N-Pepa / Push It
10 Kurtis Blow / The Breaks

Check out our Video Vixens playlist, featuring some serious badunkadunks.

11 Jay-Z / Hard Knock Life
12 L.L. Cool J / I Can’t Live Without My Radio
13 Wu-Tang Clan / C.R.E.A.M.”
14 Tupac / I Get Around
15 Eminem / Stan
16 Missy Elliott / Get Ur Freak On
17 Sir Mix-A-Lot / Baby Got Back
18 50 Cent / In Da Club
19 Ice T / Colors
20 Kanye West ft/ Jamie Foxx / Gold Digger

Check our Hip Hop Threads playlist for the most stylish moves in the game.

21 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force/ Planet Rock
22 Naughty By Nature / OPP
23 Outkast / B.O.B.
24 Eric B and Rakim / Paid in Full
25 Fugees / Killing Me Softly
26 MC Hammer / U Can’t Touch This
27 Beastie Boys / Hold it Now, Hit it
28 Ice Cube / It Was A Good Day
30 Digital Underground / The Humpty Dance
30 Tribe Called Quest / Check the Rhime

Check out our Hip Hop A-Z playlist for rap that covers the alphabet.
31 Kool Moe Dee / How Ya Like Me Now
32 Puff Daddy & The Family ft/ Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and The Lox/ It’s All About The Benjamins
33 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony / Tha Crossroads
34 Cypress Hill / Insane In The Brain
35 Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love / Ladies First
36 Nelly / Hot In Herre
37 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / It Takes Two
38 Coolio / Gangsta’s Paradise
39 Tone-Loc / Wild Thing
40 Run-DMC / It’s Like That

Check out our video playlist of tracks by this year Hip Hop Honors honorees
41 Funky 4 + 1 / That’s the Joint
42 Roxanne Shante / Roxanne’s Revenge
43 Game, The ft. 50 Cent / Hate It or Love It
44 Method Man ft/ Mary J. Blige / I’ll Be There For You /You’re All I Need to Get By
45 Geto Boys / Mind Playing Tricks On Me
46 De La Soul / Me, Myself, And I
47 Young MC / Bust A Move
48 Nas / One Love
49 Boogie Down Productions / My Philosophy
50 Lil’ Wayne / Tha Block Is Hot

Check out our Hip Hop By the Borough playlist of Brooklyn music.

51 Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew / The Show
52 Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z – I’ll Be
53 Lox ft. DMX and Lil’ Kim / Money, Power, Respect
54 MC Lyte / Cha Cha Cha
55 Terror Squad ft/ Fat Joe and Remy / Lean Back
56 Busta Rhymes / Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check
57 Big Daddy Kane / I Get the Job Done
58 Ludacris ft. Shawna/ What’s Your Fantasy
59 Ol’ Dirty Bastard / Shimmy Shimmy Ya
60 L.L. Cool J / I Need Love

Check out our Hip Hop Collabos playlist for clips of artists sharing the creativity.

61 Slick Rick / Children’s Story
62 Digable Planets / Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
63 Kid ‘n Play / Rollin’ With Kid N Play
64 The Roots / What they Do
65 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three / Love Rap
66 House Of Pain / Jump Around
67 Mase / Feel So Good
68 T.I. / What You Know
69 Common / I Used to Love H.E.R
70 3rd Bass / Pop Goes the Weasel

Check out a video playlist by all the “Lils” in the music, from Lil Wayne to Lil Kim.

71 Whodini / Freaks Come Out at Night
72 J.J. Fad / Supersonic
73 Black Sheep / The Choice Is Yours
73 EPMD / You Gots To Chill
75 Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease/ Crush on You
76 Big Punisher ft. Joe/ Still Not A Player
77 Cold Crush Brothers / Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie
78 Arrested Development / Tennessee
79 DMX / Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Stop Drop)
80 Three 6 Mafia ft. Paula Campbell/ Hard Out Here For A Pimp

Check out a video playlist by New School hip hop superheroes.

81 PM Dawn / Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
82 Chubb Rock / Treat ‘Em Right
83 2 Live Crew / Me So Horny
84 UTFO / Roxanne Roxanne
85 Black Star / Definition
86 Heavy D. and the Boyz / Now That We Found Love
87 Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars / We Tryin’ to Stay Alive
88 Jungle Brothers / What U Waitin’ 4
89 Cam’ron / Oh Boy
90 Pete Rock & CL Smooth / They Reminisce Over You(T.R.O.Y)

Check out Lil Wayne answering lots of questions about sex and romance.

91 Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone / Ridin’
92 Yo-Yo / Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo
93 N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vida / Lapdance
94 Master P ft. Sikk, Fiend, Mia-x and Mystical / Make ‘Em Say Ugh
95 L’Trimm / Cars With The Boom
96 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince / Parents Just Don’t Understand
97 Eve / Who’s that Girl
98 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg / Regulate
99 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft/ Ying Yang Twins / Get Low
100 Biz Markie / Just A Friend

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