Choosing the best hip hop songs of all times is not that easy, but incredibly fun. Hip hop fans know that there is a great number of various styles that have contributed to the genre in all possible ways. The popularity of hip hop music has stretched to all parts of the world and different changes reflect this. However, our list includes songs that always delighted and innovated. These are top tracks that have all chances to appear in the play-lists of our children and grandchildren.
RUN DMC – Sucker M.C.’s
This song was released in 1983 on an audio-cassette at the B-side of the album It’s like That. This release became Run-D.M.C.’s first single and marked the beginning of their career. Today, it is regarded as a new school hip hop with minimalistic sound and the street atmosphere.
Nas – The World Is Yours
The World Is Yours is a song recorded by Nas in 1994. This is a single from his first album Illmatic. Some music critics agree that The World Is Yours is the greatest hip hop song ever existed.
Dilated Peoples – You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run
The song You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run is from the 4 th album of the West Coast hip hop group know as Dilated Peoples. This one is the most well-known and widely recognized hit from this album.
Aesop Rock – Daylight
Daylight is a song recorded by a popular American hip hop artist Aesop Rock in 2002. In 2015, it was included into Fact’s list of quot;100 Best Indie Hip Hop Records of All Times
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Shimmy Shimmy Ya is a song and a second single composed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard. It has been included into the album called Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and produced by RZA, a Wu Tang Clan member and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s friend. This track was ranked #59 by VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
N.W.A. – Fuck the Police
Fuck the Police is a song composed by a gangsta rap band N.W.A. This track is from the album Straight Outta Compton and it also appears on N.W.A’s Greatest Hits album. Rolling Stone ranked this composition #425 on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics of this radical song approve the violence against the police.
Wu-Tang – C.R.E.A.M.
The song C.R.E.A.M. (stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me) is a song by a hip hop band from New York Wu-Tang clan. This song is from their studio album called Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993). It was produced by the band’s leader RZA.
2Pac – California Love
California Love is a song by 2Pac. It was recorded with the participation of Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre and released as 2Pac’s single after he emerged from jail in 1995. Perhaps, this is one of the best and well-known songs that brought success to 2Pac. In 1997 it was nominated for Grammy Award as the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (feat. Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre) as well as the Best Rap Solo Performance.
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
No Sleep till Brooklyn is a track composed by the New York hip hop band Beastie Boys. This song is from their debut studio record Licensed to Ill. The song is full of references, and even the title is a word-play on the album No Sleep Till Hammersmith by the Motörhead.
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Lose Yourself is a song composed by a well-known American rapper Eminem. In 2002 it also served as a soundtrack for the movie 8 Mile. It was written and produced by Eminem and released as a single in 2002.