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Billboard Says Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” Top Rap Song Of All Time


Billboard has compiled a list of all of the songs that topped its Hot Rap Songs Chart for the 25th anniversary of the segment for the magazine. While some classic rap smashes are peppered through the 100 song list, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ mega-hit “Thrift Shop” lords over them all according to their numbers.

It would be exhaustive to try and name every act on the entire list but focusing on just the top 10 alone makes for an interesting discussion just the same.

At the 10 spot is Digital Underground’s immortal track “The Humpty Dance” followed by Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands” no less. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” gets the nine spot, and Craig Mack’s futuristic funk banger “Flava In Ya Ear” sits at seven. Coolio’s “Gangta’s Paradise” gets the six spot to round out the bottom half.

The list really gets interesting from there as lady vets Salt-N-Pepa’s “Expression” holds the five spot, with the aforementioned Macklemore & Ryan Lewis getting slot number 4 with “Can’t Hold Us.” Missy Elliot’s “Hot Boyz” rocks out at number 3, and the 69 Boyz gets the runner up position with “Tootsie Roll.”

That leaves “Thrift Shop,” the song and viral video that turned the Seattle duo into superstars. It’s hard to front on the track’s staying power and once you hear the hook, it lives on inside your head long after you hit stop on the player.

Shocked by the songs on the list? Are any of your favorites on Billboard’s list of all-time Rap single greats? Let us know in the comments.


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  • sceezone

    This is ridiculous.

  • guest

    Shocked is putting it mildly. Disgusted is a better word.

  • Butt Chugger

    These people are paid money to make up these lists. This is their job. They are employed.

  • Joe Patterson

    This is such a smh moment. But wait…wait. Tootsie roll is #2? Bwahahaha

  • antwoman1


  • I’m just saying

    Not surprised but as long as we give relevance to these people who creates this list and knows nothing about music let alone rap music we give them validation. Stop supporting this ignorance mess!

  • okgo

    This entire list is stupid. Whoever wrote this up doesn’t know hip hop.

  • Leilani

    I guess Tupac just never existed.

  • Dr. Terjimanian

    Ah, yes: The corporate giants controlling a culture that they had no hand in creating. Part of me wants to sit here and begin to describe the history of Hip Hop culture, and how Hip Hop differs from rap, pop, or any genre that has been mainstreamed, but who the hell is listening? I assure you that those w deep pockets sitting in plush offices won’t give a damn. This entire list is wrong, as is w most lists released by those who only have monetary influences in mind. A true shame. Dr. Terjimanian