The Top 10 Good Rap and Hip Hop Songs

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Looking for a good rap or hip hop song to listen to? Check out our top 10 list of tracks that are sure to get you moving. From new hits to classic favorites, these songs will have you hooked.

“In Da Club” – 50 Cent

“In Da Club” is a song by American rapper 50 Cent from his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003). The song was written by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo of G-Unit, and was produced by Dr. Dre with co-production credit from Elizondo. It was released as the album’s lead single on January 7, 2003 and tops The Top 10 Good Rap and Hip Hop Songs.

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

“Lose Yourself” is a song by American rapper Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. The song was written by Eminem and produced by Eminem along with frequent collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto. It was released on October 28, 2002, as the lead single from the soundtrack. “Lose Yourself” received universal acclaim from music critics and is widely considered to be one of Eminem’s best songs. Many critics praised the song’s intense lyrical content and production. “Lose Yourself” became a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in eighteen countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the United States, “Lose Yourself” reached number one on both the Hot 100—for twelve weeks—and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs—for six weeks—charts.

The song won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003; it was also nominated for Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 46th Grammy Awards. “Lose Yourself” has been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Rolling Stone ranked it number 93 on their list of “100 Greatest Pop Songs”. The song is considered Eminem’s signature song and has sold over 11 million copies in the United States alone; in 2002 it was ranked number two on Pitchfork Media’s Top 500 songs of all time.

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“Hotline Bling” is a song recorded by Canadian rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album Views. The song samples R&B singer D.R.A.M.’s 2013 single “Cha Cha”. It was released to digital retailers on October 7, 2015, under OVO Sound and Young Money Entertainment. “Hotline Bling” peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Drake’s second highest-charting single as a lead artist in the United States after “One Dance”. The song also became his longest-charting single in the country as a lead artist, spending 28 weeks on the chart.

“One Dance” – Drake

“One Dance” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake from his fourth studio album, Views (2016). The song features Wizkid and Kyla. It was released to rhythmic contemporary radio on April 5, 2016, as the lead single from the album. “One Dance” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Drake’s first number-one single in the United States and Wizkid’s first. The song also became Kyla’s first number one in the UK, where it stayed for 15 weeks, making it the longest-running number one by a female artist in the UK. It is also Drake’s longest-running number one single as a lead artist.

“No Diggity” – Blackstreet

“No Diggity” is a 1996 song by American R&B group Blackstreet. It features Dr. Dre and Queen Latifah, and samples Bill Withers’ 1971 hit “Ain’t No Sunshine”. The track was co-written and co-produced by Teddy Riley and William “Skylack” Stewart, and released as the second single from their self-titled debut album.

The song was a massive commercial success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, making it Blackstreet’s only single to top the chart. It also peaked at number one in Australia and New Zealand, and reached the top 10 in several other countries. In 2001, the song was ranked at number 90 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is a great rap and hip hop song. It was released in 2015 and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has a great beat and is very catchy.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is a song by American singer Whitney Houston, released on May 2, 1987, as the first single from her second studio album, Whitney. The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam and produced by Narada Michael Walden. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” received positive reviews from music critics and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 30th Grammy Awards.

The single’s music video was directed by Brian Grant and features Houston dancing with a number of people in a club. The video was included on the deluxe edition DVD of Whitney: Can I Be Me, which was released on June 6, 2017.

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson

“Uptown Funk” is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson and American singer Bruno Mars for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in co-writing and co-producing the track, with additional writing from Philip Lawrence. This version of the song was first released on November 10, 2014 as the lead single from Uptown Special. The following day, a remix of “Uptown Funk” featuring American rapper Mystikal was released as a single in various countries.

Assuming the mantle of “song of the summer”, “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen non-consecutive weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Mars’ longest-running number one single and topped charts worldwide. It became both Ronson’s and Mars’ best-selling single to date and was the second best-selling song of 2015 in the US. “Uptown Funk” won two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 15, 2016. The song also won awards at Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards, Critics’ Choice Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

A number of music critics have praised “Uptown Funk” for its composition, retro style and production; some have called it one of 2014 and 2015’s best songs. The Daily Telegraph described it as showing off Mars’ “vocal chops” while Time called it a “sly throwback… that leaves you feeling absolutely elated.” Rolling Stone ranked it at number 14 on their year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2014 while Spin magazine named it their number one song of that year out of their top 100 list; they later placed it at number two on their 2015 year end list. In June 2018, NME listed the song as one of The 50 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Time.

“Yeah!” – Usher

Yeah! is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was released on March 23, 2004, as the lead single from his fourth studio album, Confessions (2004). The song features rapper Lil Jon and was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon. Yeah! peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Usher’s eighth non-consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (counting his features), and Lil Jon’s second as a lead artist. The song also topped the charts in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

“All I Do Is Win” – DJ Khaled

“All I Do Is Win” is a song from DJ Khaled’s fourth studio album Victory (2010). The song features American rappers T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross. The production was handled by Theaho and Khaled. The song was released on February 8, 2010, as the lead single from the album. The single peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song’s accompanying music video features cameos from several athletes, including Victor Cruz, Reggie Bush, Drew Brees, Lil Wayne, Serena Williams and Floyd Mayweather Jr..

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