The 10 Most Famous Hip Hop Songs of All Time

There’s never been something quite as capable of both uniting and splitting apart humanity as music. We can be unified by our common love for a particular song, whether it’s because of its message or because it’s just that good. Likewise, our tendency to find that one “best something” is what often sparked quarrels among our numbers (see the YouTube comment section). We promise we don’t want any conflicts to arise from this list so explicitly titled The 10 Most Famous Hip Hop Songs of All Time. It’s simply an homage brought to one of modern music’s biggest and most influential genres, one which was crafted in the heart of a fascinating sub-culture.

#1 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message”

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Ever since the release of this hip hop anthem in 1982, the music industry hasn’t been the same. A new, refreshing musical piece catapulted emcees to the front of the stage, putting empowering social commentaries in the lyrics of a hip hop song. It resisted the test of time, being ranked in December 2004 on the #51 position of Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of All Time.” With such recognition, we can definitely say that it’s easily one of the best hip hop songs.

#2 Nas, “NY State of Mind”

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A fantastic product of 90’s hip hop songs, this piece was produced by the famed DJ Premier, one of the most brilliant producers of all time. One of his best works, NY State of Mind, landed on Nas’ debut album, the 1994 Illmatic. Premier himself drops a few rap lines on the track, through lyrics that talk about the danger lurking in the streets of New York. Critical acclaim for this perfect underground sound representation track was expected. About.com ranked it among the Top 100 Rap Songs and Rolling Stone considered it one of “The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.”

#3 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”

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A golden age hip hop product, this jazz rap song was one of the first musical pieces that were a true tear-jerker. It’s impossible not to be moved by it, especially if you know the story behind producer Pete Rock’s inspiration – the death of his close friend Troy Dixon. Although not a chart topper at the time when it was one of the new hip hop songs, it eventually grew into a staple for early 90’s hip hop songs and a definite classic.

#4 Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”

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In 1992, Dr. Dre’s debut album The Chronic was released – and, boy, it was definitely a debut started off on the right foot. Dr. Dre is the mind behind many great works of artists such as Eminem and Gwen Steffani, but it was his collaboration with Snoop Dogg for Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang that made the big charts. It’s considered by many publications as one of the top 100 hip hop songs, having been popular enough to even be rated by XXL magazine as the top hip hop song of the decade.

#5 Mobb Deep, “Shook Ones Part II”

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There’s a good reason why Mobb Deep’s staple single is classified as an example of “hardcore hip hop.” Filled to the brink with violence and profanities, the track’s lyrics tell the story of youngsters living in the heart of the city, who are engaged in a territorial strife over financial rewards. Critics instantly realized that Shook Ones Part II was a classic in the making. Pitchfork Media ranked the song on the #25th position in their 2010 “Top 200 Tracks of the 90’s” list.

#6 Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.”

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This track’s long title is “Cash Rules Everything Around Me,” which is something that perfectly reflects in the way this Wu-Tang Clan hit single was adapted into a music video. A staple for East Coast hip hop, it climbed the charts and changed the R&B world in the process. Numerous artists have referenced and took inspiration from the song, the term “cream” becoming in time a slang synonym for money. Among its many critical acclaims, C.R.E.A.M was included by VH1 in their “Greatest Songs of Hip Hop” top.

#7 Puff Daddy and the Family, “All About the Benjamins”

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The song was first released in 1996 in its raw, original format on DJ Clue’s Holiday Holdup mixtape. It was only later when the track was added to Puff Daddy’s debut album No Way Out in a remixed version that featured new lines performed by Notorious B.I.G and Lil’ Kim. The “benjamins” refer to the $100 bills, a term derived from the appearance of Benjamin Franklin on the bills.

#8 Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

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It’s hard to not have heard of this iconic hip hop track. Released in 2004, it was Snoop Dogg’s second Top 10 single as a solo performer since Gin and Juice. With its memorable tune and beats, the song received two Grammy Award nominations in 2005 and it was for the longest time Pharrell’s biggest success until the 2013 Get Lucky and Blurred Lines. Billboard ranked it in 2009 as the most popular rap song of the decade.

#9 Jay-Z featuring Amil and Jaz-O, “N—a What, N—a Who?

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The mastermind behind the production of this song is the titanic Timbaland, who has always had a knack for futuristic sounding tunes and associations with big names in the industry. Although some of the songs produced by Timbaland have slowly become outdated, this Jay-Z track has resisted the passing of time. In fact, it still sounds like a musical piece that’s been sent straight from the third millennium.

#10 Lil Wayne, “A Milli”

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Tha Carter III was Lil Wayne’s sixth album, but few of its predecessors have managed to receive its critical acclaim. A Milli was one of the biggest successes of the tracklist. A GRAMMY Awards winner in 2009, the song re-shaped the world of hip hop by introducing a beat and a drum fill that numerous contemporary artists have taken inspiration from.

Musical preference is ultimately majorly biased, so it’s difficult to align your preferences with someone else’s. However, we hope that you consider at least one of this tracks to be one of The 10 Most Famous Hip Hop Songs of All Time.

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6 Musicians From the Past that Are Still Active

Fame and glory have a curious way of affecting musical bands. Some artists become famous overnight, while others worked hard for years in order to become successful. On the other hand, there are bands that slowly fade away, and others that disappear as abruptly as they have conquered the tops. There are a couple of musicians from the past that are still active today that we have quite possibly forgotten about, even though they once meant the world to us.

1. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson was well known for her reality TV show.

The first among the musicians from the past that are still active is Jessica Simpson. Even though she is mostly known from the awful reality TV show about her and Nick Lachey’s marriage, she managed to differentiate herself from other teenager singer newcomers by her amazing voice. Fifteen years later, she does not display her relationships on TV, but she still produces music. The singer released her latest album, Happy Christmas, in 2010 and is currently working on her eighth studio album with Primary Wave Music.

2. Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit are among the musicians from the past that are still active today.

There was a time when boy bands were the kings of the musical stage. Few of you might be aware that Limp Bizkit are among the musicians from the past that are still active. They were well-known for the elaborate visual appearance, including uniforms, body paint, masks and face paint. The famous rap rock band performed at the Soundwave festival in Australia in 2012 and the moment is recording its seventh album named Stampede of the Disco Elephants.

3. Foster the People

Foster the People have been active in recent years.

Foster the People was one of the bands that was destined to release only one hit. Not many people can remember anything about them apart from “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Don’t Stop”, and the root of the problem seems to have been the fact that they changed genres too often. After attempting to go in the rock direction, they have recently announced that their next album will be hip hop oriented. Their last album, Supermodel, was released in 2014.

4. Marilyn Manson

The top musicians from the past that are still active today include Marilyn Manson.

Now here is a figure we will not forget too soon. One of the greatest musicians from the past that are still active, Marilyn Manson became famous for his songs filled with anger, belonging to the metal and goth rock styles. Manson had a lot of appeal for teenagers, but after they grew up, his popularity started to fade. However, he hasn’t stopped singing and continues to perform in his unique way. His latest album titled The Pale Emperor was released last year.

5. Sum 41

No one has heard much of Sum 41 in recent years.

Sum 41 is among the first bands to attempt mixing rock with rap. Their first famous song, “Fat Lip” became extremely popular. Even though we haven’t heard much the band lately, they have released since then another four studio albums: Does This Look Infected?, Chuck, Underclass Hero and Screaming Bloody Murder. Their comeback was celebrated at the Alternative Press Awards in 2015. Their next album is expected to be released this year, as Deryck Whibley stated that it is almost finished.

6. The Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins have partly reunited after almost a decade.

The musicians from the past that are still active today have gone through hard times as well. The Smashing Pumpkins pursued an unique musical style, combining electronic with goth and grunge and thus became very popular in the 1990s. However, they lost their success when the decade ended and the band finally broke up. In 2007, frontman Billy Corgan started to release new music under the old name of the band. At the moment, the group is expected to go on a tour in North America with the previously mentioned Marilyn Manson. Their last album, Monuments to an Elegy, was released in 2014 and another one is expected to be finished this year.

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Top 8 2016 Music Tours We Are All Waiting For

2016 is set to be spectacular in terms of musical releases. Singers who are currently on the top charts continue to release amazing hits, while others who have been missing lately are making much awaited comebacks. Our list of top 8 2016 music tours is like a blast from the past with AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and Black Sabbath helming the revival of oldies, but goldies. Younger pop megastars such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are also set to have a busy year. However, they will have to compete with musical icons who have been silent over the past years: Adele and Janet Jackson.

1. AC/DC

On of the most awaited 2016 music tours is the one of AC/DC.

When: February 2 – April 4

Where: North America, Europe

Price: $99-$140

Even though only two original members of the famous band are currently performing, you should expect nothing less than a grand performance of a stellar show, complete with the inflatable Rosie and the huge Hells Bell. Guitarist Malcom Young had to step out due to some health problems, while drummer Phil Rudd’s legal problems are keeping him away from the stage. They are replaced by drummer Chris Slade who has played with the band in the ’80s and ’90s, and by guitarist Stevie Young. Considering that AC/DC usually takes a five year break between tours, this is definitely one of the much awaited 2016 music tours.

2. Rihanna

RIhanna will promote her new album, Anti, in 2016.

When: February 26 – May 7

Where: North America, Europe

Price: $35 – $78

It seems that the opener for Rihanna’s next tour called Anti will be none other than Travis Scott, who worked with the singer on “Bitch Better Have My Money” and is rumored to be her boyfriend. However, Europeans will have the amazing chance of seeing her perform alongside Big Sean and the Weeknd. Anti is set to promote Rihanna’s next album, but you can also expect to listen to popular singles such as “Diamonds”or “Umbrella”.

3. Adele

Adele's tour this is year is one of the most anticipated 2016 music tours.

When: July 5 – November 9

Where: North America, Europe

Price: $35.50 – $149.50

It has been a while since Adele’s last musical tour or concert for that matter. After making that stunning comeback at the end of last year, her new album became a best-seller in only two months, as it was released in November. This is truly one of the top 2016 music tours, as shortly after her future live performances have been announced all dates were rapidly sold out.

4. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is determined to put a fantastic show after a long break.

When: to be announced

Where: North America, Europe

Price: to be announced

Janet Jackson’s new album, which comes after a break of seven and a half years, deserves its own promotional tour. Unbreakable is considered by many her best work since the classic All For You released in 2001. The tour was postponed until spring due to the singer’s surgery, but you can be sure you will soon watch again her dynamic and powerful performance.

5. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Our top 2016 music tours includes the one of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

When: January 16 – March 17

Where: North America

Price: $55 – $155

Springsteen plans to include something he has only done once before in a music tour: perform the double LP named “The River” every night of the tour. Thus, those of you who will attend the concerts will also get the chance to listen to songs such as “Stolen Car”, “The Price You Pay” and “Wreck on the Highway”. Apart from this, the singer plans to include fan favorites and the best outtakes for the show’s ending, which makes his string of live performances one of the top 2016 music tours.

6. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's live performances are included in our top 2016 music tours.

When: March 9 – July 18

Where: North America, Europe

Price: $101 – $920

Justin Bieber’s career seems to continue to be a roller coaster. After his fall he managed to make a spectacular comeback last year in November, as four of his songs climbed to the top three spots on the charts: “What Do You Mean?”, “Sorry”, “Love Yourself” and “Purpose”. We can expect his 2016 tour to be as successful as his new album, by combining vulnerability with dominance.

7. Selena Gomez

Selena's 2016 tour will include cabaret dancing.

When: May 6 – July 8

Where: North America

Price: $45 – $100

Selena’s 2016 music tour is set to include loads of dancing and cabaret, as she has pointed out during both the Jingle Ball tour and the American Music Awards. Thus, her fans are in for a grand show. The singer has long left behind her teen-icon image and EDM-pop style and has moved on towards an R&B style to go along with her sultry pop diva look.

8. Black Sabbath

The 2016 music tours might also include some goodbyes for the fans.

When: January 20 – September 21

Where: North America, Europe

Price: $33 – $180

Apart from being much awaited comebacks or simply spectacular shows, the 2016 music tours might also stand for goodbyes. This is the case of Black Sabbath, mostly because guitarist Tony Iommi is struggling with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The band does not have a new album, but fans will be delighted to listen to their all time favorites, as well as lost classics. The band is set to perform without drummer Bill Ward.

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5 Weekend Themed Songs

Many artists have felt the same urge as the “average” working person to expound on the virtues of those three most beautiful days of the week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also known as the weekend (depending on your definition of course, because some people consider only the last two to be the weekend).

These days are all great in their own way. Friday because (although it’s a work day), it is the last work day of the week, so when you’re done with work, you know you can enjoy those evening and night hours as you don’t have to wake up early the next day. Which is what most people will attest to: Friday evening is party time.

Saturday is cool, well because it’s a full free day without any stress before or after it. Apart from possibly the anxiety regarding what you did on Friday night and/or the hangover.

Sunday is another full free day so, props for that. And it’s also the day of respite before you start another week. The calm before the storm.

With these three days particular qualities and appeal, it’s only natural that there are many dedications to them out there. So let’s have a look at 5 weekend themed songs.

1. Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night

5 weekend themed songs - Sam Cooke

Written by the artist in 1963 as he was touring England with another of the Greats, Little Richard, this song has a cool bouncy rhythm to it with nicely woven vocals to match. The chorus is also real catchy, despite the sad declarations that “it’s Saturday night and I ain’t got nobody” and “I’m in an awful way”.

Overall a touching, sincere song that could well soothe some lone heart by singing about similar feelings.

2. Tom Waits – (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night

Tom Waits is one of those who wrote 5 weekend themed songs

If the previous entry’s instrumental was relatively chill and stable, content, if not happy, the instrumental for Tom Waits’ croon masterpiece is sad. As are the vocals and the lyrics. If the weekend caught you in a melancholic mood and you need something to let it all out and help you reach some way to catharsis, this might just be the thing.

3. Grateful Dead – One More Saturday Night

The list of 5 weekend themed songs includes an entry from the Grateful Dead.

This one’s a party song with a twist. Which has to do with the lyrics. Which seem very… sarcastic. As they give the impression of a wild abandon form the mortal level up to the divine one. Still, it’s clearly a party song. And it’s a dance song too, if you wanna boogie with abandon.

4. The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind

5 weekend themed songs - The Easybeats

The Australian rock band The Easybeats might not be that very famous (especially nowadays), but it’s sure to peak people’s interest to know that one of the guitarists and songwriters of the band was George Young, the older brother of the Young brothers of the famous AC/DC.

This particular song, that he wrote with the band in 1966, was the first Australian single to be an international hit. It’s a rock n roll tune that you can surely tap your foot to.

5. The Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night

The list of 5 weekend themed songs includes an entry from The Bay City Rollers.

Long before Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” was to be a weekend themed song that reached no. 1 in the tops, there was another one that held this record, belonging to a rock band.

These guys were actually from Scotland. And not only was this song the first single from a Scottish act to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (which it did in 1976) it also set the above-mentioned record that would be tied by Katy Perry more than three decades later.

It’s a bit like an anthem, but still dance-able and it also features the then very popular shout of Saturday spelled letter by letter that all the fans were chanting back then, probably to the exasperation of those who weren’t fans.

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When Fans Went Bonkers

Celebrities’ eccentricities (or all out craaaaaazy moments) are usually glanced over by society, because they, the celebrities, have special status. It is expected of them to be outside the norm.

Be it for good or for worse, you decide. And, of course, it depends from case to case, because there certainly are some celebrities out there who are wonderful human beings, involved in many humanitarian actions etc.

However, their aura of “everything goes” wild behavior sometimes rubs off on their fans. In other words, regular people. And at times like these it happens that they take it waaaaay further than common sense dictates things should be taken.

Whether it’s because these people feel fulfilled by idolizing others and displaying such a ferocious loyalty it baffles everyone else, or whether these excesses are just moments of mass temporary insanity, is hardly relevant. The fact is that there where times when fans went bonkers, and that is definitely not ok.

Of course, it must be underlined that the following stories clearly do not reflect on all of these celebrities’ fans . Just those that behaved inappropriately. You know who you are.

1. Offing yourself. NOT. Ok.

When fans went bonkers - One Direction's fans

The boy band One Direction is an English pop boy band that’s gained enough popularity since its foundation in 2010 to warrant a horde of teens clinging on their every word or deed. Which is why, when one of the members Zayn Malik left the band earlier this year fans took to social media in droves and threatened to commit suicide. Talk about having your priorities straight.

2. Offing someone else. Also. NOT. Ok.

The list of times when fans went bonkers includes those of Lady Gaga

When Lady Gaga had her feud with Kelly Osbourne, her fans jumped at the occasion of a good old fashioned mediAeval vendetta, including death threats. Yup, death threats.

The grievous offence that started all of this was something for which you’d totally expect such a reaction, right? I mean how could anyone tolerate their favorite star being called a “butterface”?! “That’s it, madame! I will have satisfaction! Meet me on the morrow out of town for an honourable duel to the death!!!”

It’s ok that you don’t know when the “offence” took place. Exactly. Not important. But if you must know, it was in 2013.

3. Ancient-style curses

One of the times when fans went bonkers involved those of Taylor Swift

You might not know this, but in ancient times, they used to curse people a lot. And in many states (like ancient Rome), this as legal and there were officials sanctioned to take care of this. Curses could have many shapes and functions and misfortune on your enemies and their progeny up to the umpteenth generation was just one of them.

Turns out in our days you don’t need help if you happen to be a celebrity with dedicated fans. Because when American DJ Diplo made some comments about Swift, her legion of followers promptly started wishing him well on social media. Along the lines of wishing that his children would be born with Down-syndrome, among other kind words.

4. Modern day weapons

When fans went bonkers - Justin Bieber's fans.

Possibly the most dangerous category of fans is that of fans who also happen to (apparently) skillful enough to perform some operations beyond the average person’s means. This cannot be overstated, because you have a pretty paradoxical combination of an individual who does display skills which require reason and yet, behaves in a clearly irrational manner. Spooky.

The case in question is that of Justin Bieber’s fans who took to hacking Esperanza Spalding’s Wikipedia page after she… won the Grammy for Best New Artist instead of Bieber. As if she was the one to “blame”. Not the people who voted her more than they did Bieber.

Anyway, blame doesn’t even apply to this context so let’s just move on to pointing out that what they did was a crime, as in they broke laws for a completely irrational reason.

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