The Best Hip Hop Songs of the 1990s

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In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at the best hip hop songs of the 1990s. If you’re a fan of hip hop, then this is definitely a blog post you’ll want to check out!


The 1990s was a golden age for hip hop. With the release of seminal albums such as Nas’ Illmatic, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, the genre reached new heights in terms of both commercial and critical success. But the 1990s was also a decade that saw the emergence of a number of other important hip hop artists, including Jay-Z, Outkast, and Lauryn Hill.

In this article, we’ll countdown the 20 best hip hop songs of the 1990s. From gangsta rap classics to party anthems, there’s something for everyone on this list. So put on your headphones, crank up the volume, and get ready to reminisce about one of hip hop’s greatest decades.

The Best Hip Hop Songs of the 1990s

Hip hop music first gained popularity in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it truly became a mainstream genre. And in those few short years, the 1990s saw some of the best hip hop songs ever recorded. Songs like “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre, and “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G. helped define a decade of music.

“Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg

“Gin and Juice” is a song by American rapper Snoop Dogg from his debut album Doggystyle (1993). The song was produced by Dr. Dre and features a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Dat Nigga Daz. It samples the Isaac Hayes song “Hung Up on My Baby” and was released as the third single from Doggystyle in January 1994. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Rap Songs chart. “Gin and Juice” is considered to be one of Snoop Dogg’s signature songs.

The song’s lyrics describe a party where alcohol and drugs are consumed, sex is prevalent, and police are avoided. The second verse contains a reference to then-president Bill Clinton’s 1992 visit to Compton, California, where he allegedly tried to eat fried chicken with a fork, which was seen as out of touch with the inner city. “Gin and Juice” became one of Snoop Dogg’s most popular songs and helped launch his career. The song has been sampled or parodied by many artists, including Rihanna, Puff Daddy, psy, DJ Quik, and Kendrick Lamar.

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” is a single from American rapper Dr. Dre’s 1992 solo debut album, The Chronic. It features fellow American rapper Snoop Dogg and is Dre’s first single as a solo artist. The song became one of the most well-known songs from the album and Dre’s career, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number one on both the U.S. R&B and Rap charts. The single was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

“Regulate” by Warren G

“Regulate” is a song performed by American rapper Warren G. It was released in 1994 as the lead single from his debut album, Regulate… G Funk Era. Co-written and produced by Michael McDonald of the 1970s rock band The Doobie Brothers, “Regulate” features a distinctive sample of the group’s hit song “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”. The track became a massive commercial success, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a certified platinum single.

“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

Can’t Touch This is a song co-written and performed by MC Hammer from his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. The track was produced by Rick Rubin with co-production credit to Alonzo Miller. The song is recognized as one of the most popular songs of the 1990s.

The song features a hybrid of hip hop and dance elements accompanied by fast-paced rapping by Hammer. In addition to being a commercial success, the song received Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The music video features Hammer dancing around in baggy pants and a flat top hat, while doing various hammer-themed dance moves.

“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Released in 1992, “Baby Got Back” was a huge commercial success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. The song’s popularity was due in part to its controversial music video, which featured female dancers with very large behinds. Despite the criticism, “Baby Got Back” is now considered one of the most iconic songs of the 1990s and is still played regularly on radio and television.


In conclusion, the 1990s were a golden era for hip hop music. new subgenres and styles were developed, and the music became more popular and mainstream than ever before. While there are too many great songs to list them all here, these ten are definitely some of the best of the best.

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