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Top 100 Rap & Hip Hop Songs of the 90s

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Posted: May 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

The 90’s has been called by many as the golden age of hip hop. It was the genre’s formative years and a time when it exhibited so much diversity. During that decade, it seemed that every new single reinvented the genre, according to Rolling Stone. Many of hip hop’s greatest artists were also in their creative peak. The era “witnessed the best recordings from some of the biggest rappers in the genre’s history”, according to AllMusic.

Nas is often named as one of the greatest hip hop artists, and his rhymes are even studied as serious literature in the universities around the world. His classic album “Illmatic” shows the 20 year old to have a “calm perceptiveness and been-there-done that attitude of a much older ghetto vet”. The Notorious B.I.G. , the Brooklyn rap great and hood storyteller produced albums that are incredibly diverse with songs ranging from the traditional, to the slick and funny, to dark epics. AllMusic describes him as having “a talent for piling multiple rhymes on top of one another in quick succession”. The West Coast rapper 2Pac, according Blaze, compensated for his “average rhyme skill” by captivating the world with heartfelt subject matter.

Scarface, Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, and Lauryn Hill are just some of the other great rap talents who created enduring songs that made the era the greatest and most influential in rap history:


001 – Nas – The World Is Yours (1994)

002 – Common – I Used To Love H.E.R. (1994)

003 – Mobb Deep – Shook Ones II (1995)

004 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy (1994)

005 – Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome (1990)

006 – Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (1994)

007 – Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. (1993)

008 – Scarface – I Seen A Man Die (1994)

009 – Luniz – I Got 5 On It (1995)

010 – Pharcyde – Passing Me By (1993)

011 – Public Enemy – 911 Is A Joke (1990)
012 – Jay Z – Dead Presidents II (1996)
013 – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P. (1991)
014 – Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (1992)
015 – Dr. Dre – Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang (1993)
016 – Craig Mack – Flava In Ya Ear (1994)
017 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa (1994)
018 – A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (1991)
019 – Nas – New York State Of Mind (1994)
020 – Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean (1994)
021 – Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It (1991)
022 – Raekwon – Guillotine Swordz (1995)
023 – Jay Z – Can’t Knock The Hustle (1996)
024 – 2Pac – Brenda’s Got A Baby (1991)
025 – Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck (1993)
026 – A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation (1994)
027 – Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Ill Street Blues (1992)
028 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Warning (1994)
029 – Snoop Doggy Dogg – Murder Was The Case (1994)
030 – Nas – Halftime (1994)

See also Top Hip Hop and Rap Songs of the 80s
Top Hip Hop and Rap Songs of the 2000s

031 – Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day (1993)
032 – OutKast – Rosa Parks (1998)
033 – Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill A Man (1991)
034 – 2Pac – Dear Mama (1995)
035 – Bone Thugs N Harmony – Tha Crossroads (1996)
036 – Artifacts – Wrong Side Of Da Tracks (1994)
037 – Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (1992)
038 – The Fugees – Killing Me Softly (1996)
039 – Public Enemy – Give It Up (1994)
040 – Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin & Juice (1994)
041 – A Tribe Called Quest – Excursion (1991)
042 – Nas – If I Ruled The World (1996)
043 – The Roots- What They Do (1996)
044 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Things Done Changed (1994)
045 – Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray (1993)
046 – OutKast – Elevators (1996)
047 – DJ Quik – Tonite (1991)
048 – Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride (1992)
049 – Gang Starr – DWYCK (1994)
050 – Bone Thugs N Harmony – Thuggish Ruggish Bone (1994)
051 – 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up (1994)
052 – Brand Nubian – Slow Down (1991)
053 – Nas – One Love (1994)
054 – Geto Boys – Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me (1991)
055 – OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994)
056 – Mos Def – Mathematics (1999)
057 – O.C. – Time’s Up (1994)
058 – Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y. (1994)
059 – Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (1993)
060 – MC Breed – Ain’t No Future In Your Frontin’ (1991)
061 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize (1997)
062 – Method Man – Release Yo’ Delf (1994)
063 – Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain (1993)
064 – Nas – Street Dreams (1996)
065 – UGK – Pocket Full Of Stones (1992)
066 – 2Pac – Changes (1998)
067 – Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (1990)
068 – Bone Thugs N Harmony – 1st of tha Month (1995)
069 – Too $hort – The Ghetto (1990)
070 – Wu Tang Clan – Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit (1993)
071 – Method Man & Mary J. Blige – You’re All I Need To Get By (1995)
072 – The Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance (1995)
073 – OutKast – Ain’t No Thang (1994)
074 – Goodie Mob – Soul Food (1995)
075 – Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Player’s Anthem (1995)
076 – Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name (1994)
077 – Warren G – Regulate (1994)
078 – The Fugees – Fu Geela (1996)
079 – Da Brat – Funkdafied (1994)
080 – Skee Lo – I Wish (1995)
081 – LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out (1991)
082 – Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth (1996)
083 – Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)
084 – Dr. Dre – Fuck Wit Dre Day (1993)
085 – Lauryn Hill – Everything Is Everything (1998)
086 – Naughty By Nature – Craziest (1995)
087 – Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See (1997)
088 – Big Pun – Still Not A Player (1998)
089 – Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance (1990)
090 – Ice Cube – Natural Born Killaz (1994)
091 – Lord Tariq & Peter Guns – Deja Vu (1998)
092 – UGK – One Day (1996)
093 – The Fugees – Ready or Not (1996)
094 – Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy (1995)
095 – DMX – Get At Me Dog (1998)
096 – Busta Rhymes – Woo Ha! Got You All In Check (1996)
097 – Method Man & Redman – Da Rockwilder (1999)
098 – Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow (1995)
099 – Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says (1999)
100 – YoungBloodz – 85 (1999)



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  • August 26, 2016 at 4:05 am s dot jones

    Not one three 6 song ??? At least 3 should be here fah sho
    Tech n9ne …….oastor troy…….crucial conflict……..omfg changr this list to top 50 MAINSTREAM RAP OF 90S

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