VH1’s Top 100 Hip Hop Songs of all Time

From the folks that have made a name for themselves out of lists along with the countdown shows about them, VH1 releases their list of 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.  Here’s the list below:

  1. Fight the Power – Public Enemy
  2. Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
  3. Nuthin’ but a G Thang –  Dr. Dre
  4. Rock this Way– Run DMC f. Aerosmith
  5. The Message– Furious Five
  6. Straight Outta Compton – NWA
  7. Juicy– Notorious BIG
  8. Gin and Juice– Snoop
  9. Push It– Salt-N-Pepa
  10. The Breaks– Kurtis Blow
  11. Hard Knock Life– Jay Z
  12. I Can’t Live Without My Radio– LL Cool J
  13. CREAM– Wu Tang Clan
  14. I Get Around– Tupac
  15. Stan– Eminem
  16. Get Ur Freek On– Missy Elliott
  17. Baby Got Back– Sir Mix-A-Lot
  18. In Da Club– 50 Cent
  19. Colors– Ice T
  20. Gold Digger– Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
  21. Planet Rock– Afrika Bambaata & Soul Sonic Force
  22. OPP– Naughty By Nature
  23. BOB– Outkast
  24. Paid In Full– Eric B and Rakim
  25. Killing Me Softly– Fugees
  26. U Can’t Touch This– MC Hammer
  27. Hold It Now, Hit It– Beastie Boys
  28. It Was A Good Day– Ice Cube
  29. The Humpty Dance– Digital Underground
  30. Check the Rhyme– Tribe Called Quest
  31. How You Like Me Now– Kool Moe Dee
  32. It’s All About the Benjamins– Diddy & The Family feat. BIB, Lil Kim, The Lox
  33. The Crossroads– Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  34. Insane In The Brain– Cypress Hill
  35. Ladies First– Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love
  36. Hot In Herre– Nelly
  37. It Takes Two– Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
  38. Gangsta’s Paradise– Coolio
  39. Wild Thing– Tone Loc
  40. It’s Like That– Run DMC
  41. That’s The Joint– Funky 4 + 1
  42. Roxanne’s Revenge– Roxanne Shante
  43. Hate It Or Love It– The Game feat. 50 Cent
  44. I’ll Be There For You (You’re All I Need To Get By)- Method Man feat. Mary J Blige
  45. Mind Playing Tricks On Me– Geto Boys
  46. Me, Myself, And I– De La Soul
  47. Bust A Move– Young MC
  48. One Love– Nas
  49. My Philosophy– Boogie Down Productions
  50. Da Block Is Hot– Lil Wayne
  51. The Show– Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
  52. I’ll Be– Foxy Brown
  53. Money, Power, Respect– Lox feat. DMX, Lil Kim
  54. Cha Cha Cha– MC Lyte
  55. Lean Back– Terror Squad feat. Fat Joe & Remy
  56. Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check– Busta Rhymes
  57. I Get The Job Done– Big Daddy Kane
  58. What’s Your Fantasy– Ludacris feat. Shawna
  59. Shimmy Shimmy Ya– Ol’ Dirty Bastard
  60. I Need Love– LL Cool J
  61. Children’s Story– Slick Rick
  62. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That)- Digable Planets
  63. Rollin’ With Kid N Play– Kid ‘n Play
  64. What They Do– The Roots
  65. Love Rap– Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three
  66. Jump Around– House of Pain
  67. Feel So Good– Mase
  68. What You Know– TI
  69. I Used to Love HER– Common
  70. Pop Goes The Weasel– 3rd Base
  71. Freaks Come Out At Night– Whodini
  72. Supersonic– JJ Fad
  73. The Choice Is Yours– Black Sheep
  74. You Gots To Chill– EPMD
  75. Crush On You– Lil Kim feat. Lil Cease
  76. Still Not A Player– Big Punisher feat. Joe
  77. Cold Crush Brothers At The Dixie– Cold Crush Brothers
  78. Tennessee– Arrested Development
  79. Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Stop Drop)- DMX
  80. Hard Out There For A Pimp– Three 6 Mafia
  81. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss– PM Dawn
  82. Treat ‘Em Right– Chubb Rock
  83. Me So Horny– 2 Live Crew
  84. Roxanne Roxanne– UTFO
  85. Definition– Black Star
  86. Now That We Found Love– Heavy D & The Boyz
  87. We Tryin’ To Stay Alive– Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee All Stars
  88. What U Waitin’ 4– Jungle Brothers
  89. Oh Boy– Cam’ron
  90. The Reminisce Over You (TROY)- Pete Rock & CL Smooth
  91. Ridin’– Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone
  92. Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo– Yo-Yo
  93. Lapdance– NERD feat. Lee Harvey & Vida
  94. Make ‘Em Say Ugh– Master P feat. Silkk, Fiend, Mia-X, Mystikal
  95. Cars With The Boom– L’Trimm
  96. Parents Just Don’t Understand– DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  97. Who’s That Girl– Eve
  98. Regulate– Warren G
  99. Get Low– Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins
  100. Just A Friend– Biz Markie

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Here’s an excerpt from billboard.com talking about this VH-1 countdown…

In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs” and “VH1 Rock Doc: NWA: The World’s Most Dangerous Group” will air Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, respectively.

“100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs” is a five-part series that will count down the best hip-hop songs of all time, revealing the story behind each hit and updating viewers on what the respective artists are doing today. It will also feature original interviews and archival performances by Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Outkast, Eminem and Grandmaster Flash, to list a few.


  1. Fight the Power is my jam and remains in my iPod. I was just running to it today!

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