Rolling Stone unveils top 50 hip-hop songs of all time [Click Inside]

The Daily News writes:

Hip-hop has always been about the message. Now Rolling Stone has certified it.

In the magazine’s first ever rap-oriented best-of list, a blue-ribbon panel of experts judged Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s 1982 track, “The Message,” to be the greatest hip-hop song of all time.

The groundbreaking song crowns the mag’s list of 50 top rap tracks in history. Rolling Stone called it “the first to tell, with hip hop’s rhythm and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America.”

The piece rose from the raw experience of pioneering rappers in the South Bronx and paved the way for all politicized hip-hop to come.

Several other cuts in Rolling Stone’s top ten also have political resonance, including “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy (at No. 7) and “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. (9). Both acts have been nominated for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Befitting a New York-born art form, the Top Ten heavily favors stars from our city, including Sugarhill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight,” No. 2) , Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force (“Planet Rock” No. 3), Run DMC (“Sucker M.C.’s 4), Notorious B.I.G. (“Juicy” 8) and Eric B. and Rakim (“Paid in Full” 10).

The highest-charting female rapper on the list is Missy Elliott, whose “Get Your Freak On” came in at No. 38.

Judges for rankings included artists, record producers, industry professionals and music journalists.

The full list of 50 hip-hop songs will appear in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which hits stands 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

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Comment by L2daCapitalV on December 10, 2012 at 2:52am
Not true without Tupac the dear mama track..The rest is shoot to hell!
Comment by Earth on December 7, 2012 at 3:34pm
Hell nah, alot of that list is amazing, but not all top 10 at all. 50 GREATEST hip hop songs? Not mine.
Comment by SMP on December 7, 2012 at 12:52am
It seems that all Joseph can think about is related to sucking Eminem's di-ck lol, you punk as-s geeks are hilarious.
Comment by SMP on December 7, 2012 at 12:47am
LMAO @ TTS that dumb hoe meant "ethered" (like the Nas song), @jay only 2 posts and both about the same que-er as-s hoe, fa-ggotry is trending nowadays and you see hoes like Joseph Fugate who think they're cool by being, not hard to spot. You might be a homo though, can't say I know you lol.
Comment by BuckDat on December 6, 2012 at 6:52pm
That would be a great list for most INFLUENCIAL actually...maybe minus Juicy...i'd put CREAM or Protect your NEck in its place and a TRibe song over Geto Boys. Songs that had hugest impact on either creating whole sub-genres or making others wanna rap. But also...just like how The Message, Rapper's Delight and Sucker MC's had such an influence on making whole generations of people want to be b-boys and'd have to stick something like Rock-it by HErbie Hancock for influencing COUNTLESS people to want to DJ.
Comment by AZIM RAZAK on December 6, 2012 at 5:57pm
Comment by swag out on December 6, 2012 at 5:19pm
Nice List! Joe Pesch
"Im Through There"
Assault With Intent
Comment by him on December 6, 2012 at 5:18pm
n face it, their is no "greatest song" only YOUR personal favorite
Comment by him on December 6, 2012 at 5:18pm
to me #6 is the #1 party track and as influential as hard knock life...both of those songs set the tone for the next few years.
paid in full might be the best old school joint next to know the ledge
i liked cant truss em more than fight the power
and even tho the message is timeless juicy is more lyrical and the beat is just as good
everyone has their own taste anyway
Comment by Joseph Fugate on December 6, 2012 at 4:41pm
God damn T.T.S is that profile pic really u? Jesus, you look like that guy off of Sling Blade. And you won't get a hot fudge sundae from me so do not strut my way s-lut : )

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