To the B-Boys and Girls: Source Magazine's top 151 Rap Songs of All Time


Jun 3, 2003
Source Magazine's top 151 Songs of All Time
The new issue of the Source lists the following songs in order:

1. The Message- Grandmaster Flash
2. Rapper's Delight- The Sugarhill gang
3. Sucker MCs- RUN DMC
4. La Di Da Di- Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick
5. Fight The Power- Public Enemy
6. Top Billin- Audio Two
7. Paid In Full- Erick B and Rakim
8. Dear Mama- 2Pac
9. Fuck Tha Police- N.W.A.
10. Mind Plain Tricks On Me- Geto Boys
11. Planet rock- Afrika Bambaataa
12. The Symphony- Marley Marl
13. The Reminisce Over You (T.R.OY)- Pete Rock & CL Smooth
14. Rock The Bells- Ll Cool J
15. Roxanne, Roxanne- U.T.F.O.
16. Friends- Whoodini
17. Aint No Half Steppin- Big Daddy kane
18. My Philosophy- BDP
19. So What'Cha Sayin- EPMD
20. I Need Love- LL Cool J
21. Nuthin But A G Thang- Dr. Dre
22. The World Is Yours- Nas
23. I used to Love H.E.R- Common
24. Paper Thin- MC Lyte
25. Slow Down- Brand Nubian
26. One More Chance (Remix)- The Notorious B.I.G.
27. Tonite- DJ Quik
28 Cream- Wu-Tang Clan
29. Dwyck- Gang Starr F/Nice & Smooth
30. Scenario- ATCQ
31. Tha Croosroads- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
32. The Show- Doug E. Frehs f/Slick Rick
33. King of Rock- Run DMC
34. Ill Street Blues- Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
35. PSK (What Does It Mean?)- Schoolly D
36. Erick B is President- Eric B. and Rakim
37. The Bridge Is Over- BDP
38. The Breaks-Kurtis Blow
39. Dead Presidents- Jay-Z
40. Nobody Beats The Biz- Biz Markie
41. Who Shot Ya- The Notorious B.I.G.
42. It Takes Two- Rob Base and E-Z Rock
43. Raw- Big Daddy kane
44. Ha- Juvenile
45. Children's Story- Slick Rick
46. I Got It made- Special Ed
47. Paul Revere- The Beastie Boys
48. Straight Outta Compton- N.W.A.
49. Bonita Appelbaum- A Tribe Called Quest
50. They Want EFX- Das EFX
51. Keep Ya Head Up- 2Pac
52. Hard Knock Life- Jay-Z
53. Shook Ones Pt. II- Mobb Deep
54. Treat 'Em Right- Chubb Rock
55. Ladies First- Queen Latifah
56. Deep Cover- Dr. Dre & Snoop
57- OPP- Naughty By Nature
58. Summertime- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
59. The Choice Is Yours- Black Sheep
60. Push It- Salt "N Pepa
61- Who Got Da Props- Black Moon
62. Electric Relazation- A Tribe Called Quest
63. Flava In Ya Ear- Craig Mack
64. Gin and Juice- Snoop Dog
65. Time's Up- O.C.
66. Juicy- The Notorious B.I.G.
67. Protect Ya Neck- Wu tang Clan
68. It's All About The Benjamin's Remix- Puff Daddy
69. Still Not A Player- Big Pun
70. What They Do- The Roots
71. How I Could Just Kill A Man- Cypress Hill
72. Ebonics- Big L
73. T.O.N.Y.- C-N-N
74. Me, Myself & I- De La Soul
75. Ruff Ryder's Anthem- DMX
76. It Was A Good Day- Ice Cube
77. Come Clean- Jeru The Damaja
78. Elevators- Outkast
79. Tonight's Da Night- Redman
80. I Seen A Man Die- Scarface
81- Self Destrcution- Stop The Violence Movement
82. Ms. Jackson- Outkast
83. Freaky Tales- Too Short
84. Put Your hands Where My Eyes Could See- Busta Rhymes
85. Ante Up Remix- M.O.P.
86. Broken language- Smoothe Da Hustler f/Trigger Tha Gambler
87. Hip Hop- Dead Prez
88. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)- Digable Planets
89. Brooklyn Zoo- ODB
90. Stress- Organized Konfusion
91. Ice Cream- Raekwon
92. Bucktown- Smif N Wessun
93. Passing Me By- The Pharcyde
94. Gas Face- 3rd Bass f/KMD
95. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World- Keith Murray
96. Bling Bling- B.G.
97. Off The Books- The Beatnuts
98. Player's Anthem- Junior M.A.F.I.A.
99. The Humty Dance- Digital Underground
100. Rugulate- Warren G
101. Headbanger- EPMD f/Redman, K-Solo
102. looking At The Front Door- Main Source
103. I Get Around- 2Pac f/Digital Underground
104. Ain't No Nigga- Jay-Z and Foxy Brown
105. How About Some Hardcore0- M.O.P.
106. Colors- Ice-T
107. Funkified- Da Brat
108. All I Need- Method Man f/Mary J. Blige
109. Bitch betta Have My Money- AMG
110. Pistolgrip-Pump - Volume 10
111. Wrong Side of Da Tracks- Artifacts
112. How High- Method man & Redman
113. Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)- Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz
114. Streiht Up Menace- MC Eiht
115. Nightmares- Dana Dane
116. Twinz- Big Pun & Fat Joe
117. Whoa- Black Rob
118. Soul Food- Goodie Mob
119. Lay It Down- 8Ball & MJG
120. Stan- Eminem
121. That's The Joint- Funky Four- One
122. Lost Ones- Lauryn Hill
123. Rocket Full of Sones- UGK
124. Tear Da Club Up- Three 6 Mafia
125. Chief Rocka- Lords of the Underground
126. Bout It Bout It- Master P.
127. Captain Save Ho- E-40
128. Ain't No future In Yo' Frontin'- MC Breed
129. Nann Nigga- Trick Daddy
130. PO' Pimpin'- Do Or Die f/Twista
131. I Got 5 On It- The Lunz
132. All That I Got Is You- Ghostface Killah f/Mary J. Blige
133. Fu-Gee La- The Fugees
134. The Formula- D.O.C.
135. '93 'Til Infinity- Souls of Mischief
136. Music- Erick Sermon
137. In Da Club- 50 Cent
138. Bow Down- Westside Connection
139. Country Grammar- Nelly
140. Gangsta Bitch- Apache
141. Put It In Your Mouth- Akinyele
142. Ego Trippin- Ultramagnetic MCs
143. Jump Around- House of Pain
144. Throw Ta Gunz- Onyx
145. Fat Boys- The Fat Boys
146. Wild Wild West- Kool Moe Dee
147. Definition- Black Star
148. Always On Time- Ja Rule f/Ashanti
149. Jeeps Lex Coups, Bimas & Benz- The Lost Boyz
150. Southern Hospitality- Ludacris
151. Mad Izm- Channel Live
Aug 23, 2003
i really have to disagree with this list. I dont know who selected it, but somehow I doubt it a general survey of rap fans. Maybe a survey of source's readers or source's editors favorite.

Only 3 2pac songs on the list and he is accepted by most as the greatest rapper of all time. There are also too many old school rap songs at the top. These songs should be respected for defining a genre, but by no means should they be considered some of the best rap songs made. Rap was forming back then and wasnt refined until the mid 90's. This was the best time for rap, imo. Some of the songs need to be moved up and some just need to be taken off.

where is victory? dangerous? notorious(the song)?
those are just some of the popular ones that would be on the list.

some others that probably don't meet the 'standards' for this list, whether they are too new or just never made it to the billboards, are:
"Gravel Pit" - WuTang
"Superthug" - Noreaga
"Fuck Dying" - Ice Cube
"Run, Rabbit, Run" - Eminem
"My Words are Weapons" - D12
"Stop Being Greedy" - DMX
"Shit on You" - D12

Just about any 2pac song, but the top ones being: Life Goes On, California Love, Hit 'em up, Changes, Gangsta Party, and the list goes on and on

just my opinion... consider the source, a 21 year old white kid, LOL
and jeez, Puff Daddy does not belong on this list!


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Jun 3, 2003
Man some of those songs brought back hella memories! I wish I was a kid again! *sigh* :(
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