VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs

I just caught part of the marathon on TV and that’s what inspired this post.  An all day TV extravaganza of Vh1 presenting their list of the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs.  It was a pretty good show too because they seriously dug up a ridiculous collection of people to chime in.  Kool Mo Dee, Grandmaster Flash, Talib Kweli, all the way to Sir Mix-a-lot and Kid n’ Play (well, one of them, anyways).  Comedians, historians, everybody!

The list itself is reasonable, though there’s definitely at least a few songs on there I never would have touched.  I’m also not 100% sure of what criteria they’re using to make this decision, but I bet a huge part of it is just straight up popularity.  How else could “Get Low” make it on the list?

Check out the list below.  I’ve highlighted some off the biggest travesties in red.  How in god’s name is Eminem’s Stan way up at number 15, but Ccheck the Rhime is way back at 29?  And I want to slap the person who put Nelly on this list.  Seriously.

100 Biz Markie: Just A Friend
99 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft/ Ying Yang Twins: Get Low
98 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg: Regulate
97 Eve: Who’s that Girl
96 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Parents Just Don’t Understand
95 L’Trimm: Cars With The Boom
94 Master P ft. Sikk, Fiend, Mia-x and Mystical: Make ‘Em Say Ugh
93 N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vida: Lapdance
92 Yo-Yo: Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo
91 Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone: Ridin’

90 Pete Rock & CL Smooth: They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
89 Cam’ron: Oh Boy
88 Jungle Brothers: What U Waitin’ 4
87 Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars: We Tryin’ to Stay Alive
86 Heavy D. and the Boyz: Now That We Found Love
85 Black Star: Definition
84 UTFO: Roxanne Roxanne
83 2 Live Crew: Me So Horny
82 Chubb Rock: Treat ‘Em Right
81 PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
80 Three 6 Mafia ft. Paula Campbell- Hard Out Here For A Pimp
79 DMX: Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Stop Drop)
78 Arrested Development: Tennessee
77 Cold Crush Brothers: Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie
76 Big Punisher ft. Joe- Still Not A Player
75 Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease- Crush on You
74 EPMD: You Gots To Chill
73 Black Sheep: The Choice Is Yours
72 J.J. Fad: Supersonic
71 Whodini: Freaks Come Out at Night
70 3(rd) Bass: Pop Goes the Weasel
69 Common: I Used to Love H.E.R.
68 T.I.: What You Know
67 Mase: Feel So Good
66 House Of Pain: Jump Around
65 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three: Love Rap
64 The Roots: What they Do
63 Kid ‘n Play: Rollin’ With Kid N Play
62 Digable Planets: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
61 Slick Rick: Children’s Story
60 L.L. Cool J: I Need Love
59 Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Shimmy Shimmy Ya
58 Ludacris ft. Shawna- What’s Your Fantasy
57 Big Daddy Kane: I Get the Job Done
56 Busta Rhymes: Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check
55 Terror Squad ft/ Fat Joe and Remy: Lean Back
54 MC Lyte: Cha Cha Cha
53 Lox ft. DMX and Lil’ Kim: Money, Power, Respect
52 Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z: I’ll Be
51 Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew: The Show
50 Lil’ Wayne: Tha Block Is Hot
49 Boogie Down Productions: My Philosophy
48 Nas: One Love
47 Young MC: Bust A Move
46 De La Soul: Me, Myself, And I
45 Geto Boys: Mind Playing Tricks On Me
44 Method Man ft/ Mary J. Blige: I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By
43 The Game ft. 50 Cent: Hate It or Love It
42 Roxanne Shante: Roxanne’s Revenge
41 Funky 4 + 1: That’s the Joint
40 Run-DMC: It’s Like That
39 Tone-Loc: Wild Thing
38 Coolio: Gangsta’s Paradise
37 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two
36 Nelly: Hot In Herre
35 Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love: Ladies First
34 Cypress Hill: Insane In The Brain
33 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Tha Crossroads
32 Puff Daddy & The Family ft/ Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and The Lox: It’s All About The Benjamins
31 Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now
30 Digital Underground: The Humpty Dance
29 A Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime
28 Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
27 Beastie Boys: Hold it Now, Hit it
26 MC Hammer: U Can’t Touch This
25 Fugees: Killing Me Softly
24 Eric B and Rakim: Paid in Full
23 Outkast: B.O.B.
22 Naughty By Nature: OPP
21 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force- Planet Rock
20 Kanye West ft/ Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger
19 Ice T: Colors
18 50 Cent: In Da Club
17 Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back
16 Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On
15 Eminem: Stan
14 Tupac: I Get Around
13 Wu-Tang Clan: C.R.E.A.M.
12 L.L. Cool J: I Can’t Live Without My Radio
11 Jay-Z: Hard Knock Life
10 Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
09 Salt-N-Pepa: Push It
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg: Gin and Juice
07 Notorious B.I.G.: Juicy
06 N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith: Walk This Way
03 Dr. Dre: Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang
02 Sugarhill Gang: Rapper’s Delight
01 Public Enemy: Fight The Power

[Source: Prefix Magazine]

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