Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Hip Hop songs of all time 2017, Now around for (can you believe it?) forty years, hip hop has shown the durability of most any other genre of music. Born in the ghetto, hip hop was fashioned by African Americans who incorporated salsa rhythms, African conga and bongo drums, then exploded in popularity, mostly because of the internet and social media sites such as MySpace and YouTube.
Protest is in the DNA of hip hop, be it standing against the law, police or prisons. Hip Hop gave a voice to those who felt they had none, particularly inner city youths in places such as the South Bronx in New York City. Hip Hop became a platform for artists to expose their political and social messages to the rest of America, whom they perceived as being unaware of the plight of the ghetto. A disorganized mass of protest, anger and defiance has now evolved into a profitable genre, embraced by many outside the mainstream, yet dismissed by others.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of hip hop songs that serve as an anthem for those who embrace the genre. We’ve culled the list down to these, our picks for the Top Ten Best Hip Hop Songs Of All Time.
- 10. WILD THING – Tone Loc
- 9. RAPPER’S DELIGHT – Sugarhill Gang
- 8. NUTHIN’ BUT A “G” THANG – Dr. Dre
- 7. WALK THIS WAY – Run DMC, featuring Aerosmith
- 6. GIN AND JUICE – Snoop Doggy Dogg
- 5. LOSE YOURSELF – Eminem
- 4. BABY GOT BACK – Sir Mix A Lot
- 3. GANGSTA’S PARADISE – Coolio
- 2. U CAN’T TOUCH THIS – M.C. Hammer
- 1. FIGHT THE POWER – Public Enemy
Here we present the list of top 10 best Hip Hop songs of all time 2017.
10. WILD THING – Tone Loc
The Hip Hop answer to The Trogg’s hit, American rapper Tone Loc scored a hit with Wild Thing, placing this song at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. From his album Loc-ed After Dark, the title is a reference to the phrase “doin’ the wild thing,” which is a euphemism for sex. Producer Matt Dike heard the phrase “Wild Thing” in Spike Lee’s film “She’s Gotta Have It,” and requested Young MC write the lyrics. Wild Thing sold over two million copies, also rising to number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
9. RAPPER’S DELIGHT – Sugarhill Gang
Significant enough to be included in NPR’s list of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century, Rapper’s Delight was preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2011. Recorded in just one take, the hit is generally considered the song that introduced Hip Hop to America, and the world. Charting all over the world, Rapper’s Delight sold over two million copies, and has been featured in movies, television shows and commercials.
8. NUTHIN’ BUT A “G” THANG – Dr. Dre
Reaching number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Singles and Tracks chart. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang is the hit from Dr. Dre’s debut album. The song, a duet by Dr. Dre and rapmaster Snoop Doggy Dogg, is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Certified platinum with over 1.3 million sales, Dr. Dre’s hit scored at number 31 on the U.K. charts.
7. WALK THIS WAY – Run DMC, featuring Aerosmith
A top ten hit in 1977 for Aerosmith, Walk This Way scored again in 1986 in the version of the song often credited as helping break hip hop music into mainstream pop music. Run-DMC took the hit to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, outpacing Aerosmith’s original version, and peaking at number eight on the U.K. charts. The hit propelled Run DMC into the mainstream, and would influence hip hop for years to come. Run DMC ostensibly invented the fusion of rock and hip hop, which would come to be known as rap rock.
6. GIN AND JUICE – Snoop Doggy Dogg
From his debut album “Doggystyle,” Gin And Juice shot to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1995, was certified gold and sold 700,000 copies. The tune’s theme details a party full of sex, marijuana and alcohol, as described in the chorus:
Rollin’ down the street smokin’ indo
Sippin’ on gin and juice
Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind).
The song’s video depicts a teenaged Snoop Dogg throwing a wild house party after his parents leave. His parents return home all angry and evicts the partygoers to confront Snoop Dogg.
5. LOSE YOURSELF – Eminem
From the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile, Lose Yourself is the highly acclaimed 2002 hit considered by many critics to be Eminem’s finest work, as well as one of the best hip hop songs of all time. An international smash hit, Lose Yourself topped the charts in 18 countries, including the U.K. and Australia. The hit won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003, making it the first ever rap song to have received this award, as well as winning a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo.
4. BABY GOT BACK – Sir Mix A Lot
“I like big butts and I cannot lie.” So goes the line from Sir Mix A Lot’s hit that made its way into pop culture vocabulary. Baby Got Back sold almost 2.4 million copies from its 1992 release, being bested only by Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. Baby Got Back caused somewhat of a firestorm with its bold and blatant sexual lyrics about women, and references to female buttocks. Despite the controversy, the hit peaked at number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992, and won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
3. GANGSTA’S PARADISE – Coolio
The mammoth hit from Coolio was the number one biggest selling single of 1995, won Coolio a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and two MTV Awards, and numerous other awards. An international hit, topping charts in numerous countries, Gangsta’s Paradise sold over 5.7 million copies. The song is a lament of life in the ‘Hood, and the cyclical nature of violence.
2. U CAN’T TOUCH THIS – M.C. Hammer
From his signature album “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” U Can’t Touch This rocketed to the top of the charts in 1990 and was an international hit. The album sold over 18 million copies, and the song samples the opening riffs from Rick James’ hit Super Freak, which led to legal action being filed against Hammer, who settled with James by giving him credit, which earned James millions in royalties. Winning numerous awards for Hammer, the smash hit established him as a hip hop icon.
1. FIGHT THE POWER – Public Enemy
Commissioned by film director Spike Lee for his 1989 film “Do The Right Thing,” Fight The Power became the anthem for politicized black youths in American ghettos. Nothing is sacred in the song, with Elvis Presley and John Wayne being smeared in the angry lyrics. But nothing can dispute the success of the hit, which rose to number one on Billboard’s U.S. Rap Singles chart, and charted in the U.K. and the Netherlands, and sold over 500,000 copies.
Hip Hop is born of struggle and hardship, protest and anger, and is the voice of the disenfranchised and disillusioned. With all that, hip hop has been hugely successful, and has woven its way into the mainstream of American music, even being heard now in upper middle class suburbs.