Rolling Stone Lists 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time

    The upcoming issue of Rolling Stone features a list of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. After asking a panel* consisting of artists, record producers, industry professionals and music journalists, the publication came up with its list of 50. 

    Not to surprisingly the top picks are dominated by old school records. We’ve listed the top 10 below and you can visit Rolling Stone to see the complete list or pick-up the print issue when it hits newstands on Dec. 7.


    Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

    1.    “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

    2.    “Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang

    3.    “Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force

    4.    “Sucker M.C.’s” – Run-DMC

    5.    “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” – Geto Boys

    6.    “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg

    7.    “Fight the Power” – Public Enemy

    8.    “Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G.

    9.    “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A.

    10.  “Paid in Full” – Erik B. and Rakim


    *Complete list of panelists

    Busta Rhymes
    Big Boi, Outkast
    Luther Campbell
    Mike Diamond, Beastie Boys
    Jermaine Dupri
    Adam Horovitz
    Talib Kweli
    MC Lyte
    Tom Morello
    Questlove, The Roots
    Vernon Reid
    Boots Riley, The Coup
    Pete Rock
    Rick Rubin

    Journalists/Music Executives
    James Bernard, former editor, The Source
    Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone
    Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management
    Reginald Dennis, former editor, The Source
    Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone
    Will Hermes, Rolling Stone
    Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone
    Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records
    Alan Light, journalist
    Monica Herrera, Rolling Stone
    Jonathan Ringen, Rolling Stone
    Dante Ross, Warner Bros.
    Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
    Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone