Rolling Stone Reveals Its ’50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time’ List

Every so often, the folks over at Rolling Stone release a new addition to their highly respected series of lists that proclaim what they feel are the best songs, albums, artists, etc. of all time. This time around, they crossed into genre territory that they hadn't touched before: hip-hop. Today, the renowned magazine unveiled its '50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time' list, and as expected, the debates over it are already heating up. "This is terrible, cliched nonsense," one viewer comment reads. "No mention of Gangstarr, The Pharcyde, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, MF Doom or a real reference to J Dilla." While opinions will certainly vary, there shouldn't be too much argument over the artists that were picked to grace the four different front covers of the special print issue (view them here), which will hit newsstands next week: 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Eminem and Jay-Z. But hey, if you do have a problem with all of this and want to know who to blame, Rolling Stone has you covered there, too. Click here to read through the list—which opens with an introduction by ?uestlove—and afterward, go here to see the names of all 33 people who had input on its creation, including Nas, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Rick Rubin and Dante Ross. And of course, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Is the list on point? What's missing and deserves to be on there, and what doesn't? In your eyes, what is the greatest hip-hop song of all time?

By: Matt Morris / News / December 6, 2012 / 7948 Views
  • masi902

    ny state of mind isn't number one. it's 31. one before jesus walks. shoot yourself.

  • Jabjal

    And let the battle of words and opinions, treachery and trollery BEGIN!

  • andre

    Why did Ye even make the list?

  • Mj_Hovito

    Same reason 50 cent did

  • andre

    shady shit.. Where's; Cypress Hill? Heavy D and the Boyz? Big Pun? Warren G or Nate? KRS-one? Bone Thugs? Ras Kass? Common? Mos Def? Gang Starr? OutKast? Q-Tip? Slick Rick? Ma$e? Ol' Dirty? Brand Nubian? weak.

  • Real Dude

    Q-Tip helped compile the list, and Outkast + Slick Rick were both there. Now, I know exactly what you mean esp. with Gangstarr Common Heavy D and Mighty Mos but it is a top 50 not 100 list, and it is best songs not artists. Maybe that's why there seems to be glaring omissions

  • Gavin

    If you read the list backward, it is essentially a reverse chronological history of hiphop.

  • ceechelle

    OMG! I'm a huge fan of Lil' Wayne and I'm disappointed he did not make the top 50...or did I miss his name? :/

  • Garrett Nutgrass

    Where's Drake? Where's Nicki? Where's Lil Wayne's "a milli" the greatest rap song EVER MADE...

    hehehehe jk

  • Ye S My D

    why does the top 10 always have to be songs that are 20-30 yrs old. i get that they paved the way but there has been some lyrical/production genius in the past 10 years.

  • Ye S My D

    the one tupac song in the top 40 is dear mama. that aint right yo

  • Yerp

    Hey old heads, get your heads out of your asses and move on to some new music
    Let me throw this out there:
    Which album would sell better & get higher reviews: GKMC or Illmatic if it released tomorrow?
    GKMC easily.

  • fuckrollingstone

    Shit is so east coast biased. This list makes it seem like NWA and pac were the only legendary hip hop artists from the west.

  • thomas

    Rolling Stone just fucked H.E.R. over

  • slick e icky

    Did u read the whole list dumb dumb snoop and cube r on there 2

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  • HipHopGuru

    That's bullshit. I love GKMC but Illmatic completely blows it out of the water.

  • Jude Francis Mcbrien

    here's a little gangster short in size a t shirt levi's is his onley disguise built like a tank yet hard to hit ice cube and eazy e cold running shit