The 50 best hip-hop tracks ranked

As hip-hop turns 50 this summer, we pick the songs that define a music genre that changed the world. Our expert panel includes Romesh Ranganathan, comedian; Nick Grimshaw, radio presenter; rapper Stefflon Don; Kenny Allstar, host of the Radio 1 Rap Show; M1llionz, Birmingham rapper; Big Narstie, British MC and more.

Drake (2011)
We weren’t to know it at the time but this track essentially mapped out Drake’s career: mumbled vocals, a nagging hook and lyrics dealing with the drawbacks of fame. It seemed fresh.

Little Simz at Glastonbury, 2022

Little Simz at Glastonbury, 2022


Little Simz (2015)
Early Simz adopters knew that the Londoner was exceptional: this stunner from her debut album pairs jazz-lounge guitar and piano with unvarnished lyrics and urgent delivery, at once imploring and cajoling.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh

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