Rolling Stone and hip-hop have never really seen eye-to-eye in terms of coverage. Call it hip-hop’s always standoffish attitude towards the rag our their ability to mask many of the genre’s greatest works when it comes to their “best-of” lists but by RS giving rap somewhat of a bone by crafting an entire issue to the greatest songs in the history of the genre might be a decent start. Then again, it’s not touching upon the genre’s ability to have fresh and memorable moments. In a sense, it reads predictably as you think it can for a rap list, the same songs scribes from all over have been championing since 1973. No, “All Gold Everything” doesn’t make the list but the top 10 pretty much looks like VH1’s list from a few years back.

10. Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full”
09. N.W.A – “Straight Outta Compton”
08. Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”
07. Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”
06. Dr. Dre – “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” (Feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg)
05. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”
04. Run-DMC – “Sucker M.C.’s”
03. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – “Planet Rock”
02. Sugar Hill Gang – “Rapper’s Delight”
01. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – “The Message”

Click here for the full list, including an intro from Questlove.