80s Rap Songs: The Best Hip Hop Songs Of The Eighties

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The ’80s was the decade when hip-hop went from being a local phenomenon to a globally significant musical genre. It all started in the early 1970s in New York City, where people rapped about political and social issues in backyards at so-called block parties.

The first rap song was recorded in 1979 and was still heavily influenced by the disco sound. The song “Rappers Delight” was released by the US-American Hip-hop band Sugarhill Gang released and catapulted rap more and more into the center of society in the early 80s.

In the past, hip-hop was not a genre in which entire albums were recorded. Hip-hop was played at parties and rap competitions. At that time the songs were still spreading via cassettes. Hip-hop artists released mostly singles and it wasn’t until the mid-80s when record labels began to take notice of rap music, that hip-hop albums began to appear regularly.

From this point on, rap quickly spread around the world.

The first major commercial representatives in rap were N.W.A., Public Enemy, LL Cool J, 2Live Crew, Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC, and the Beastie Boys. As complicated as it is creative, as contradictory as it is all-encompassing, the history of rap music begins in the 80s. Many years later, some songs may sound outdated, while others are still compelling today.

One thing is for sure though, the hip-hop songs of the 1980s provided the breakthrough of the genre.

Listen to hip-hop songs from the 1980s and reminisce about your childhood or rediscover old-school hip-hop.

(At the end of the article, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The most popular 80’s rap songs:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

№: Song: Internet: Listen:
1. Fuck Tha Police N.W.A.
2. Public Enemy № 1 Public Enemy
3. Fight The Power Public Enemy
4. Jack The Ripper LL Cool J
5. Straight Outta Compton N.W.A
6. Gucci Time Schoolly D
7. Cha Cha Cha MC Lyte
8. Ladi Dadi Doug E Fresh
9. Rock The Bells LL Cool J
10. My Part Of Town Tuff Crew
11. Hey Young World Slick Rick
12. Paul Revere Beastie Boys
13. Dopeman N.W.A
14. That’s The Joint Funky 4 + 1
15. Sunshine Jungle Brothers
16. The New Rap Language Treacherous Three
17. I Ain’t No Joke Eric B & Rakim
18. Beat Street Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
19. Vapors Biz Markie
20. I’m Bad LL Cool J
21. Squeeze The Trigger Ice T
22. Planet Rock Afrika Bambaataa
23. Microphone Fiend Eric B & Rakim
24. Just A Friend Biz Markie
25. The Bridge MC Shan
26. You Played Yourself Ice T
27. Peter Piper Run DMC
28. Bassline Mantronix
29. Move The Crowd Eric B & Rakim
30. My Adidas Run DMC
31. The Message Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
32. Step Off Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
33. Stick Em Fat Boys
34. Don’t Believe The Hype Public Enemy
35. I Got It Made Special Ed
36. Set It Off Big Daddy Kane
37. I Can’t Live Without My Radio LL Cool J
38. You Gots To Chill EPMD
39. Children’s Story Slick Rick
40. Go Stetsa I Stetsasonic
41. Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz Biz Markie
42. Bring The Noise Public Enemy
43. Rebel Without A Pause Public Enemy
44. Paper Thin MC Lyte
45. Ain’t No Half Steppin’ Big Daddy Kane
46. It Takes Two Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
47. The Breaks Kurtis Blow
48. Warm It Up Kane Big Daddy Kane
49. Beats To The Rhyme Run DMC
50. My Philosophy Boogie Down Productions
51. The New Style Beastie Boys
52. Colors Ice T
53. Boyz N The Hood Eazy E
54. So Whatcha Sayin’ EPMD
55. Express Yourself N.W.A
56. Sucker MCs Run DMC
57. South Bronx Subway Rap Grandmaster Caz
58. Ego Trippin’ Ultramagnetic MCs
59. Brand New Funk DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
60. Darryl & Joe Run DMC
61. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos Public Enemy
62. Night Of The Living Baseheads Public Enemy
63. Brooklyn Queens 3rd Bass
64. The Bridge Is Over Boogie Down Productions
65. Ladies First Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love
66. Smooth Operator Big Daddy Kane
67. Going Way Back Just Ice
68. The Big Payback Epmd
69. White Lines Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
70. Paid In Full Eric B & Rakim
71. Its Yours T La Rock & Jazzy Jay
72. Lyrics Of Fury Eric B & Rakim
73. South Bronx Boogie Down Productions
74. Watch Me Now Ultramagnetic MCs
75. Talkin’All That Jazz Stetsasonic
76. Raw Big Daddy Kane
77. It’s Like That Run DMC
78. PSK, What Does It Mean? Schoolly D
79. Its My Turn Stezo
80. My Melody Eric B & Rakim
81. Cold Gettin’ Dumb Just Ice
82. Eric B Is President Eric B & Rakim
83. Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold Cold Crush Brothers
84. New York New York Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
85. Go See The Doctor Kool Moe Dee
86. Follow The Leader Eric B & Rakim
87. You Must Learn Boogie Down Productions
88. Fresh Is the Word Mantronix
89. Top Billin’ Audio Two
90. Manifest Gang Starr
91. It’s Funky Enough The D.O.C.
92. Games People Play Sweet G
93. King Of Rock Run DMC
94. Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions
95. The Formula The D.O.C.
96. Leader Of The Pack UTFO
97. Shake Your Rump Beastie Boys
98. Strong Island J.V.C. Force

80’s Rap Spotify Playlist:

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