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Dec062012

"Rolling Stone" Ranks the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

Facebook.com/NotoriousB.I.G.Rolling Stone has rolled out its list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time, complete with a special intro from Questlove

The top 10 includes Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," which Quest recalls hearing on the radio for the first time when he was eight.  He spent the next month performing the song at school, "in exchange for snacks or hand-holding with girls in gym class," he writes.

The #1 song on the Rolling Stone list, though, is Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," with Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock" coming in at #3.  Not all the tunes pre-date 1983, though.  Dr. Dre's 1992 single "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," with Snoop Doggy Dogg, comes in at #6, while Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 hit "Juicy" ranks at #8 on the Rolling Stone list.

Further down the list, Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" featuring UGK comes in at #16.  Then there's 2Pac's "Dear Mama" at #18, with 50 Cent's "In Da Club" at #20.  LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells" trails at #21, while Eminem's "Lose Yourself" ranks #28.

Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" is #32 on the list, OutKast's "Rosa Parks" is #36 and Missy Elliot's "Get Ur Freak On" is #38.  But Missy isn't the only female emcee on the list.  Lauryn Hill's "Lost Ones" earns her #45 on the list, followed by Salt-n-Pepa, whose "Push It" smash ranks #46.

The Rolling Stone 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time was comprised of picks from a panel of artists, record producers, industry professionals and music journalists. 

Here's 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

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