Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Rap Rock songs of all time 2017, Rap music and rock music haven’t always played well together. The two have a rather uneasy alliance that only a handful of artists have really mastered over the years. Compared to the number of hip hop artists, or the number of people playing rock and roll music, you can easily see how the pool of crossover groups isn’t a huge list to pick from. That being said, every artist that made this list of the best Rap Rock Songs of All Time have proven themselves within this niche genre and shown a remarkable blend of the two distinct styles in a unique and profound way.
- 10. “Nookie” – Limp Bizkit – Significant Other (1999)
- 9. “Last Resort” – Papa Roach – Infest (2000)
- 8. “Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1994)
- 7. “Numb/Encore” – Linkin Park & Jay-Z – Collision Course (2004)
- 6. “Boom” – P.O.D. – Satellite (2001)
- 5. “Bawitdaba” – Kid Rock – Devil Without A Cause – 1998
- 4. “Killing In The Name” – Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1991)
- 3. “In The End” – Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)
- 2. “Undead” – Hollywood Undead – Swan Songs (2008)
- 1. “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (1994)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Rap Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. “Nookie” – Limp Bizkit – Significant Other (1999)
Limp Bizkit is a great example of rap and rock coming together. While the band was never quite taken as seriously as front man Fred Durst would have likely appreciated, the group still saw a great deal of successes through the late 1990s and early 2000s. Significant Other was one of the group’s most popular albums, and this was largely due to the single “Nookie”. This track would essentially give rap rock fans a glimpse into what Fred Durst was willing to endure in a relationship with the girl if the sex was still on point. Well, dysfunctional relationships and rock and roll do tend to go a little hand in hand.
9. “Last Resort” – Papa Roach – Infest (2000)
When Papa Roach dropped their debut album Infest, audiences were swept away in the incredible sounds that the album produced. Heavy driving distortion paved the way for powerful rap inspired anthems. None had quite the impact from this album as “Last Resort”, which would be the first single from the group to that point period and featured a pretty great guitar riff through the better part of the song. Papa Roach would write this song about depression and not having a credible relationship that can pull him back out of the deep seeded pain that the singer feels.
8. “Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1994)
Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the veterans that have made this list, being one of only three groups that have offerings on the Rap Rock list that have the bulk of their successes through the early 1990s. The single “Give It Away” was a southern California Rock explosion of sound. The band had already seen great success through singles like “Under The Bridge” and “Breaking The Girl” prior to this song coming out, but this seemed to be the first commercially released introduction to Anthony Keatus’s (lead singer) affinity for hip hop and rap stylings. The success of this album would encourage many other subsequent singles from the group to feature the unique hip hop aspect from the group.
7. “Numb/Encore” – Linkin Park & Jay-Z – Collision Course (2004)
Linkin Park seems to be one of the primary groups for pulling rap and rock together in a way that is really pleasing to the broader rock audience. With this being said, the band has made the list twice. Once as just a release that they created specifically on their own, and for this collaborative effort with rap giant Jay-Z for a 2000 mash up release EP. The band would take 6 of their best singles to date and 6 of Jay-Z’s library of hits and bring them together in a way that simply had not been done before. This EP, while not broadly appreciated for its quality, is truly a remixer’s masterpiece. The one single that came off of the album for circulation was “Numb/Encore” which featured primarily the lyrical content of Jay-Z’s “Encore” performed to the beat and instrumentation of Linkin Park’s “Numb”.
6. “Boom” – P.O.D. – Satellite (2001)
Southern California bred a lot of people that thoroughly enjoyed putting rap music and rock music together in marketable ways. From the early album releases like The Fundamental Elements of Southtown to the band’s current successes, P.O.D. have become pioneers of the genre in their own right. The band would see their greatest successes through their 2001 release Satellite, which would have several hit singles on it including the rock anthem “Boom”. This song talks about how everyone is trying to do rap/rock music now, but that they’ve been doing it all along.
5. “Bawitdaba” – Kid Rock – Devil Without A Cause – 1998
Kid Rock is a rock artist that has done a lot of flipping and flopping with the subgenres throughout his career. However, Devil Without A Cause would see the greatest look at Kid Rock performing rap and rock together. Specifically the finest example of his particular style and delivery would be his early single release of “Bawitdaba” from the album. The song is basically listing who the song is either trying to be written for or what the song is written against, but ultimately it doesn’t seem to matter as everyone can do well to “get in the pit and try to love someone”.
4. “Killing In The Name” – Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1991)
Rage Against the Machine are quite literally pioneers of the sound of rock music that is almost always rapped. While many of these artists on this list dip in and out of rapping through tracks that they compose, few of them like Linkin Park and Rage Against the Machine have made it a point to make each and every song featuring a rap oriented feel and delivery. “Killing In The Name” was one of the band’s earliest singles, but it set a tone that would carry them throughout the years of success that they would see after the release of their debut album Rage Against The Machine.
3. “In The End” – Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)
As earlier mentioned, Linkin Park would be featured on this list twice. First they would make the list as a collaborative effort with long time rapper Jay-Z, but now they are making the list specifically of their own accord. The group has always mixed hard rock along with the rapping of secondary vocalist Mike Shinoda. “In The End” was one of the debut singles from the band’s first major album release Hybrid Theory. While this album would feature several tracks that could have easily made this list, the vast successes of this individual single is what would solidify its place on this list and any discussion about the best Rap Rock tracks for years to come.
2. “Undead” – Hollywood Undead – Swan Songs (2008)
Hollywood Undead is a rap group from the Los Angeles area. The band originally consisted of 6 members, each of whom rap/sang through various tracks on the albums. In addition to vocally performing, the members of the group were also providing the instrumentation for each track, which most often consisted of live drums, distorted guitars and bass. Perhaps the finest example of the band’s ability to seamlessly blend hard rock music and rap lyrical stylings together would be the band’s debut single release “Undead” from their first major album release Swan Songs. This would serve as an introduction to the group and its members, but it would also be a dis track towards all of those people that never thought they could make it big.
1. “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (1994)
The Beastie Boys are likely the most known of all of the artists on this list for their contributions to rap music throughout their careers. With that being said, their ability to commonly blend their rap songs with a rock back track was enough to push the 3 man rap team up to the number one position on this list. Their song “Sabotage” would feature excellent guitar work which would provide the backing track to all of the rapping that the trio would do throughout the song.
Rap and rock music might not always have the best history of playing nicely with one another, but these artists on this list show that it has been done successfully for over 25 years. Each of these artists and groups listed above have taken their own spin on everything from the rapping to the composition and instrumentation of their individual tracks. While they all belong exclusively to the Rap Rock genre, no two of the artists sound the same. That in itself is a testament to the diversity of this niche genre, and makes it well worth checking out for those that aren’t already in love with it.