The Best Hip Hop Songs of the 1990s

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The 1990s was a golden age for hip hop. Here are some of the best songs of the decade, according to Billboard.


The 1990s was a golden age for hip hop. With the birth of gangsta rap in the late 1980s, the genre exploded in popularity and limelight in the mainstream media. The ’90s saw hip hop evolve from its rudimentary beginnings into a powerhouse musical and cultural force. This decade also witnessed the rise of some of hip hop’s most iconic and influential figures, including Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Missy Elliott.

But it wasn’t just the rappers that made ’90s hip hop so great. The beats and hooks were catchy and infectious, the lyrics were smart and insightful, and the overall energy was simply undeniable. From classics like “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and “Gin & Juice” to more experimental tracks like “In Da Club” and “Summertime,” there was something for everyone in ’90s hip hop.

In compiled this list of what we believe to be the 100 greatest hip hop songs of the 1990s. We took into account factors like overall quality, influence, longevity, and popularity to create a definitive ranking of the decade’s best. So sit back, relax, and take a trip down memory lane with us as we revisit the best hip hop songs of the 1990s.

The Best Hip Hop Songs of the 1990s

The 1990s was a golden age for hip hop. There were so many great songs released during this time. It was a time of innovation and creativity. In this article, we will be countdown the best hip hop songs of the 1990s.

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” is a song by American rapper Dr. Dre, featuring fellow American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. The single was released in 1992 on Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic. It is credited as the song that established West Coast gangsta rap as a prominent subgenre within hip hop music.

“Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg

One of the most iconic songs of the 1990s, “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg is a classic party anthem. The song features Snoop Dogg’s signature laid-back flow, and the iconic chorus (“Gin and juice, gin and juice / I’m pourin’ up”) is sure to get any party started. “Gin and Juice” is a classic example of West Coast G-Funk, and it remains one of Snoop Dogg’s most popular songs to date.

“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 studio album, Regulate… G Funk Era (1994). The song samples Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”. “Regulate” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Outside the United States, it topped the charts in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia and Canada.

“California Love” by 2Pac

“California Love” is a song by American rapper 2Pac featuring vocals from Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre. The song was released as 2Pac’s comeback single after his release from prison in 1995. It was his first single on Death Row Records and his first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number one. The song remains one of 2Pac’s best-known songs and has been ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The song is known for its hammering beat and heavy bass, which helped it become a hit on the dance floors.


In conclusion, the 1990s was a great decade for hip hop music. There were many classic songs released during this time period. Some of the best hip hop songs of the 1990s include “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre, and “Notorious B.I.G.” by The Notorious B.I.G.

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