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There are a lot “Top List” going around in The Culture.  From the “Top 50 Rapper from Atlanta” to the “Top 50 Black Movies”.  Well here’s a new one… “The Top 25 Hip Hop Songs of All Time.”

 

What makes this list different from the others?  Well to start, we actually know where this one comes from.  (The other ones just sorta pop up on the net with no backstory)  This list is from BBC.  They asked 108 influencers (including critics, artists, producers, and photographers) from 15 different countries to name their personal top 5 hip-hop tracks of all time.  Over 280 songs were mentioned but these are the Top 25 that made the list.  (I even threw in some music videos for ya!) 

 

25.*     Alright, Kendrick Lamar (2015)
25.*     Rosa Parks, OutKast (1998)
24.       All Of The Lights, Kanye West ft. Rhianna, Kid Cudi (2010)

23.       Grindin’, Clipse (2002)
22.       Lose Yourself, Eminem (2002)
21.       Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill (1998)
20.       International Players Anthem, UGK ft. OutKast (2007)

19.       U.N.I.T.Y., Queen Latifah (1993)
18.       Fuck Tha Police, NWA (1988)
17.       It Was A Good Day, Ice Cube (1992)
16.       B.O.B., OutKast (2000)

15.       They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1992)
14.       Rapper’s Delight, Sugarhill Gang (1979)
13.       Paid In Full, Eric B & Rakim (1987)
12.       Runaway, Kanye West ft. Pusha T (2010)
11.       Electric Relaxation, A Tribe Called Quest (1993)
10.       Dear Mama, Tupac Shakur (1995)

9.         N.Y. State Of Mind, Nas (1994)
8.         Passin’ Me By, The Pharcyde (1992)
7.         93 ’Til Infinity, Souls of Mischief (1993)
6.         C.R.E.A.M., Wu-Tang Clan (1993)

5.         Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang, Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg (1992)
4.         The Message, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1982)
3.         Shook Ones (Part II), Mobb Deep (1995)

2.         Fight The Power, Public Enemy (1989)

1.         Juicy, Notorious B.I.G. (1994)