Posted in hiphop | music on March 7, 2014


It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.

The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...


The 25th Anniversary Hot Rap Songs ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, since the chart's inception in the March 11, 1989, issue. Rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower positions proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules, chart length and methodology throughout the years, songs had varying reigns at No. 1 and on the chart. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.
Billboard Top 10 Rap Songs -- 1989-2014
1. 'Thrift Shop' - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, 2013

2. 'Tootsee Roll' - 69 Boyz, 1994

3. 'Hot Boyz' - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. Nas, Eve & Q-Tip, 1999

4. 'Can't Hold Us' - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, 2013

5. 'Expression' - Salt-N-Pepa, 1990

6. 'Gangsta's Paradise' - Coolio feat. L.V., 1995

7. 'Flava In Ya Ear' - Craig Mack, 1994

8. 'Big Poppa/Warning' - The Notorious B.I.G., 1995

9. 'No Hands' - Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale, 2010

10. 'The Humpty Dance' - Digital Underground, 1990



Comments (27)

Who cares

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 1:54 PM

Whoever makes these lists clearly has brain issues.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 1:57 PM

Thrift Shop is a decent song and was a huge hit, which is all that determines placement on this list. Get over yourself BV.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 1:58 PM

you know how 24 is the highest number? Macklemore is the best rapper.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 1:59 PM

I don't know any of these songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:01 PM

@2:01 if you don't know, now you know.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:03 PM

Remember that episode of the Simpsons when Homer regrows his hair from a tonic and becomes the superstar of the business world and then when he loses the hair someone says "This bald man has no ideas..."

That's how I felt when I found out Macklemore was white.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:05 PM


Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:06 PM

If Macklemore lived in Bushwick and sold 10,000 copies of Thrift Shop it would be the #1 song of the year according to BV. But since he's a guy from Seattle with the biggest single and album of the year he sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:06 PM

billboard is trolling

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:09 PM

oh come the fuck on

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 2:21 PM

out of touch does not even scratch the surface of how grossly off-base that list is

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 3:18 PM

Yeah, tootsie roll
Let me see that tootsie roll

Posted by throwbot | March 7, 2014 3:41 PM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: The Other White Meat.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 4:14 PM

You people are idiots. The list is from Billboard, which means that it is based on things like record sales/downloads/airplay, etc, not a panel of nerdy music snobs.
And BV, get over yourself. I agree with 1:58 and 2:06 #2. Macklemore achieved success without a major label, without having to guest on other people's records, without VIBE or Pitchfork, or whatever.. To me, THAT is what INDIE is supposed to be. Making a record you want to make, without the big industry push. The industry was forced to accept and embrace him because his shit went viral. But because he's white, from Seattle, not friends with Drake, and has no street cred, he's weak. Whatever.
You have a problem with him being #1, yet most of that top ten was full of corny tracks. You didn't have a problem with "Tootsie Roll" being #2?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 8:22 PM

Flava in ya ear bad boy remix is a fuckin banger

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2014 8:46 PM

Is Macklemore's last name Lewis too? Is it "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis" like "Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 10:07 AM

8:46, that and the Biggie track are the only 2 on the list that isn't corny to some degree.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 11:36 AM

Ever notice that it's usually white people that diss Macklemore? I've never seen other rappers diss him. Mostly I've seen them all give him props to some degree.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 11:39 AM

10:07, it's more like Lambchop and Shari Lewis

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 11:43 AM

11:36, I agree to an extent. Having lived during that era and being a huge hip hop fan, I can say that I also think #s 3, 6 and 10 are great songs. No love for the humpty hump??

Posted by 8:46 | March 8, 2014 2:30 PM

This is not a best of list. It's a best sellers list. That's why most of the songs on there suck. Is Ryan Lewis Normalcore?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 3:33 PM

They nailed it. Those really are the best ever hip hop songs!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 5:14 PM

he should win a vma or some award for this song i really love it

Posted by Manson | March 10, 2014 6:02 AM

Macklemore is really good. But there's no fucking way in hell that he's the #1 raptrack since nineteen eighty fucking NINE. Come ON Shillboard. Did someone just drunktext that article in on the night before the deadline?

What an embarrassment. Was "Informer" #11 ?

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