What this compilation's creator had to say about it.
Best Hip-Hop Song Each Year.
The best hip-hop songs of all time are those songs that touch our soul. They make us smile, laugh, cry, think, move and shake what our mama (or papa) gave us. #evolutionofhiphop
I traveled back four decades and dug through a pile of tunes to compile a list of the greatest songs hip-hop has ever witnessed.
Picking hip-hop's greatest songs is an incredibly difficult (and incredibly fun) undertaking, considering the various styles that have splintered the genre every way imaginable. Now 40 years old, hip-hop no more belongs to Bronx originators than it does to today's kids; its popularity has stretched to all corners, and the various mutations reflect that. Our picks reflect the songs that innovated, enlightened, delighted, and lasted. These are hip-hop tracks that, with any justice, our grandchildren will have on playlists that are implanted into their brains, or whatever.
By the way, I am more Metal than Rap! However, I admire their values and lifestyle.