90 The Most Beautiful Rap And Hip-Hop Love Songs Of All Time

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Love has long since ceased to be a taboo subject in hip-hop. Since the beginning of rap history, people have been talking about their love for Money and rapped the love to themselves. Meanwhile, rap music has opened up enough to rap about love for another person as well.

Yes, hip-hop has a romantic side too.

One of the first love songs was the 1987 song “I Need Love” by LL Cool J. However, many didn’t buy the love number in which he spoke in a weak voice about being a lonely star. For the rap love song, he has had to take some gloating from other rap colleagues.

But the sales figures spoke for themselves. Here’s how the single landed at № 6 on the charts in Germany.

Of course, a lot has changed since the 80s. A rapper’s love song has long since ceased to mean he’s no longer a tough guy on the streets. Canadian rapper and actor “Drake” can fill at least an entire album with his love songs.

Nevertheless, he is one of the most respected rappers of our time.

“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce shows her true love for Jay Z. Kanye West shows a similar side with his wife Kim Kardashian in the music video for his love song “Bound 2”. 50 Cent shows his understanding side in the song “21 Questions”. “I ask questions to find out how you feel inside,” he raps. “I love you like a fat kid loves cake”.

Whether it’s about a guy learning to love again or a lover gushing about how great he is in bed, the best romantic hip-hop songs make it clear that the passions are real.

In Germany, the topic of love is not neglected in rap songs either. Every major rapper from Bushido, Sido, Kollegah to Cro and Casper to Fler and Absolute Beginner show their vulnerable side. For this reason, we have also compiled a playlist with the most beautiful German hip-hop songs on the topic of love, which can be found below.

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

01. “You Got Me” – The Roots feat. Erykah Badu


With this ballad the hip hop formation The Roots made a name for themselves worldwide. The track appeared on the band’s fourth album: “Things Fall Apart” which was released in 1999.

The female vocals in the chorus were provided by the US singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. In an alternative mix, Jill Scott took over this part – this version is on the record “Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume One” from 2005. The song features striking raps in the verses, performed by the band and rapper Eve.

The melodic and soulful chorus sets it apart from the rest. The song became a hit all over the world: It entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 39 and reached number 25 in the charts in this country.

02. “I Need Love” – LL Cool J


With this romantic number, the rapper LL Cool J attracted attention in 1987. The lyrics of “I Need Love” are about the longing for love.

It is a single release from the album “Bigger and Deffer”. In Germany, the song rose to #6 in the singles charts and LL Cool J also entered the top ten in the UK charts with this song. Besides the distinctive beat of the Roland TR-808 as a drum machine, the 80s synthesizers are especially noticeable on this track.

LL Cool J made beside his rap career later also as an actor of itself from talking. So he plays a leading role in the series “Navy CIS: L.A.”.

03. “Killing Me Softly” – The Fugees


Already in the early seventies, the singer Roberta Flack had a big hit with the song “Killing Me Softly With His Songs. The hip-hip formation The Fugees took on this evergreen for their second album “The Score” and brought it up to the latest musical standard. The result was a track that thrilled with soft chorus vocals of singer Lauryn Hill.

They used for the beat a sample of the song “Bonita Applebum” by the combo A Tribe Called Quest. In 1996, the song climbed to number 1 in the charts worldwide, including in Germany, England, Sweden, and the USA. The single was also awarded a Grammy.

04. “Where Is the Love?” – The Black Eyed Peas


The track “Where Is The Love?”For the first time, singer Fergie took over the microphone of the band The Black Eyed Peas. It is the first single from the third album “Elephunk”. The track was released in 2003 and has a pacifist message.

The musician Justin Timberlake was also involved in songwriting. In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and England the single reached the place at the sun in the charts, in the USA the piece rose up to place 8. The band performed the track during their performance at the Super Bowl 2011.

05. “Beautiful” – Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, Uncle Charlie Wilson


For this song, rapper Snoop Dogg brought onboard guest vocalists Pharrell and Charlie Wilson. The result was a relaxed ballad in the style of Westcoast Hip-Hip. The number can be heard on “Paid the Cost to Be da Bo$$”, the sixth studio album of the artist.

The song was produced by The Neptunes, of which Pharell is also a member. In the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached number 6, in the rap charts even number two. It was released in 2003.

The accompanying video was shot in Rio de Janeiro, it closes with striking samba rhythms performed by a percussion group.

06. “Ms Jackson” – Outkast


№ 1 in the United States, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway – no question: “Ms Jackson” was real hip-hop hit. To this day, this love song is one of the best in the rap genre.

It was the second single from the album “Stankonia” and was released in 2001. The song reached gold status in the U.S. and silver in the U.K. Rapper Andre 3000 used the song to Separation from his ex-girlfriend, the singer Erykah Badu. The sung “Ms Jackson” is supposed to be Badu’s mother.

Compared to other songs from the rap genre, this track stands out for its distinctive instrumentation and catchy melody lines. It was the band’s first big success, which was later followed by the Party song “Hey Ya!” could be repeated.

07. “Always On Time” – Ja Rule feat. Ashanti


On his third album “Pain is Love” rapper Ja Rule presented his quieter side with the song “Always On Time” – with soft music. The song inspires by the contrast between the harder rap parts in the verses and the soulful singing voice in the chorus. For two weeks in February 2002, the song remained at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was assisted in the songwriting by producers Marcus Vest aka Channel 7, and Irv Gotti.

08. “Get Me Home” – Foxy Brown ft. Blackstreet


This hit is carried by the distinctive sample from the song “Gotta Get You Home Tonight” by Eugene Wilde from 1984. The young Foxy Brown first attracted attention with this track.

The song was the first single from her debut album “Ill Na Na” and was released in 1996. In the UK dance and the UK R&B charts, the number rose to number 2, and in the domestic R&B/hip-hop airplay charts, it reached the top 10. The songwriting was done by Ronald Broomfield, Horton, and Jay-Z.

09. “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna


It’s the passionate vocals of Barbadian R&B musician Rihanna that make this song so memorable. Rapper Eminem released the number as the second single from his seventh studio album “Recovery”. Lyrically it is about a love-hate relationship that comes across as not very romantic.

Despite all the lies, however, the couple can’t let go of each other. The single became a worldwide success. It reached pole position in numerous countries, including Germany, the U.S., and England. In the USA, it also received 12.000.000 sales achieved.

The equivalent of one diamond record and twelve platinum awards.

10. “I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need to Get By” – Method Man and Mary J Blige


This song is a duet between singer Mary J Blige and rapper Method Man. It was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The song is based on samples and ideas from the songs “All I Need” by Method Man and “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Aretha Franklin.

In the U.S. charts, the number made it to № 3 in 1995, in the Billboard Hot R&B Singles and the Billboard Hot Rap Singles and in the Canadian charts was even the pole position in it. For the radio version of the song, the rapper Puff Daddy worked as a producer.

11. “Just A Friend” – Biz Markie


Biz Markie is considered today as a real One-hit wonder. Nevertheless: This song is still unforgotten. Biz Markie took over the songwriting and produced the song.

The song was a single from the album “The Biz Never Sleeps” and was released in September 1989. In the Billboard charts, the love song rose to number 9. The number “You Got What I Need” by Freddie Scott from 1968 served as a template. “Just A Friend” in turn was used for Mario’s 2002 single “Just A Friend” – and even made it to #4 on the US charts.

12. “She’s Gone” – The Fantastic Four


Goodbye fun rap – with “Sie Ist Weg” the hip-hop formation Die Fanastischen Vier from Stuttgart proved that they can also be quite romantic and thoughtful. The first-person narrator – spoken by Michi Beck – tells of his broken heart.

A theme that went down well with rap fans in Germany: The single became the band’s first № 1 in 1995 and also won the Golden Record Award. The accompanying studio album “Lauschgift” just missed the pole position. Thanks to this single, the four rappers established themselves in the German music scene.

13. “One More Chance” – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Faith Evans


On “Biggie’s” debut album “Ready To Die” from 1994 you can hear the original version of this track. And it’s not really romantic because of the explicit lyrics.

The radio mix, which was released as a single, is more emotional. The relationship of the two musicians was the focus of this song. The single reached number 2 in the Billboard Charts, in the Hot R&B and the Hip-Hop Songs Charts the track made it to the first place.

The rapper Puff Daddy was the producer of this track. A vocal part was also contributed by musician Mary J. Blige. The song went platinum and sold over a million copies.

14. “Dear Mama” – 2Pac


A love song for his own mother brought the rapper 2Pac in 1995 the big breakthrough. The track “Dear Mama” was released as a single from the rapper’s third album and rose to number 1 in the US rap charts. During the release of the single, the musician himself was in prison. Lyrically, the song “Dear Mama” is about the childhood of the musician and his love for his mother.

In Germany, the track also entered the Top 100, in the UK charts it even entered the Top 30. One of his homeland 2Pac received for this release the platinum record. The accompanying album “Me Against The World” even managed in the course of this success double platinum.

15. “Teenage Love” – Slick Rick


Slick Rick released his debut album “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” in 1988. To this day, he is considered one of the pioneers in hip-hop. “Teenage Love” was the first single from the record, rising to #16 on the Hot Black Singles chart. The accompanying music video also features Lil’ Kim, who was almost unknown at the time, and who would later launch a successful rap career herself.

The song is based on a simple drum beat and stripped-back synth sounds. With the follow-up single “Children’s Story” Slick Rick succeeded in another hit.

16. “Ruffneck” – MC Lyte


With catchy beats, the hip-hop love song “Ruffneck” can convince. MC Lyte released the song as an outtake from their fourth studio album, “Ain’t No Other”. With this, she managed her first Top 40 single: the track rose to #35 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In addition, the single received gold status, as it has accumulated more than 500. sold 000 copies. MC Lyte was also nominated for the Grammy 1994 with “Ruffneck” – as Best Rap Solo Performance. The style of the music is classified as East Coast hip-hop and hardcore rap.

17. “Marvin’s Room” – Drake


Not so much romantic, but still a love song is the song “Marvin’s Room” by Drake. Here, the lyrical self’s disappointed love is the focus of the lyrics.

This is a single release from Drake’s second album “Take Care”. The single was released in 2011 and rose to number 21 in the Billboard Hot 100. The very calmly kept piece jumped in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts even up to the Top 10.

18. “Easy” – CRO


As if out of nowhere, the single “Easy” by Cro appeared in 2011. A romantic rap love song in the German language.

Only who is behind the name Cro was not known. Because the artist preferred to perform wearing a mask. The song is characterized by a relaxed beat, borrowed from the track “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb. This piece is also incorporated into the song.

“Easy” also became known for the accompanying music video, in which the model Sula Starridou raps her way through the supposed everyday life. The single remained in the German charts for almost fifty weeks, peaking at number 2. In Austria and Switzerland, Cro reached platinum status with this song.

The radio station Eins Live chose “Easy” as the single of the year 2012.

19. ” LOVE.” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari


A song that was titled “LOVE.” carries, simply must be romantic. Therefore, it is no wonder that Kendrick Lamar released one of the best hip-hop love songs in recent years with this track. In 2017, the number hit the record stores.

In addition to elements of hip-hop, trap influences can also be heard out. The track boasts a peak ranking of number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Overall, “LOVE.” for forty weeks in the US charts.

20. “What You Want” – Mase feat. Total


The track “What You Want” was the second single that Mase released from his debut album “Harlem World”. He was supported by Kim, Keisha, and Pam, the musicians of the R&B group Total.

The track also features a sample of the song “Right on for the Darkness” by Curtis Mayfield. The number hit the record stores in January 1998 and received gold status just one month later. The highest position in the Billboard Hot 100 was #6. This was the second top ten success of the musician after “Feel So Good”.

The places 21-90 of the most beautiful rap love songs of all time

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

Place: Song: Performer: Listen:
21. Crazy in Love Eminem
22. Come Close Common feat. Mary J. Blige
23. Love Is… Common
24. 21 Questions 50 Cent
25. Crazy in Love Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z
26. Love Rehab R. Kelly, Twista
27. Beautiful (feat. Pharrell, Uncle Charlie Wilson) Snoop Dogg
28. Around the Way Girl LL Cool J
29. The Light Common
30. Your Love Nicki Minaj
31. Love in This Club Young Jeezy, Usher
32. Incredible Future
33. Love Me or Hate Me Lady Sovereign
34. DJ Got Us Fallin in Love Pitbull, Usher
35. Keine Träne Farid Bang
36. Best I Ever Had Drake
37. No Love Lil Wayne, Eminem
38. Not Feelin’ the Love R. Kelly
39. California Love Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Roger Troutman
40. Mondfinsternis Kollegah
41 Bound 2 Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson
42.. Love You More Eminem
43. Hate It or Love It 50 Cent, Jayceon Terrell Taylor
44. Reich & Schön Fard
45. How’s It Goin’ Down DMX
46. Receipt Lil Wayne
47. I Need a Girl Diddy
48. Temptations 2Pac
49. Love You Long Time The Black Eyed Peas
50. Du Kollegah
51. Put It On Me [feat. Vita & Lil’ Mo] Ja Rule
52. Turn on the Lights Future
53. Lil Love Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Bow Wow, Mariah Carey
54. Use Me Up UGK
55. Renee The Lost Boyz
56. Kennen MoTrip
57. Super Bass Nicki Minaj
58. Gotta Lotta Love Ice-T
59. Me & My Bitch The Notorious B.I.G
60. I’m Real Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule
61. I.H.D.P. [feat. Sun Diego] Kollegah
62. Talk About Our Love Kanye West, Brandy Norwood
63. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt Bushido feat. Cassandra Steen
64. Make Me Better [feat. Ne-Yo] Fabolous
65. Love in War Outkast
66. Mind Sex Dead Prez
67. Bonita Applebum A Tribe Called Quest
68. Act Too (The Love of My Life) The Roots
69. Und was ist Jetzt? Curse
70. Honeydips in Gotham Boogiemonsters
71. All Star Snaga & Pillath
72. In Love With a Thug Snoop Dogg
73. I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) Jay-Z
74. The Nigga Ya Love to Hate Ice Cube
75. Love Can Kill You BT
76. Brown Skin Lady Black Star
77. Still Got Love for You Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Rell
78. G-Love (U Don’t Love Me) LeToya Luckett, Gucci Mane
79. Schmetterling Bushido
80. Passin’ Me By The Pharcyde
81. Slum Beautiful OutKast
82. Tallahassee Love T-Pain
83. I Wanna Love You Akon, Snoop Dogg
84. Love Is the Message Raekwon, Cappadonna
85. Love Hater Outkast
86. Dog Love DMX, Amerie, Janyce
87. Puppy Love Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg
88. One Love Whodini
89. Beautiful Skin Goodie Mob
90. I Love You Vanilla Ice

German rap love songs

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

Place: Song: Performer. Listen:
1. Ein Teil CRO
2. keine Träne Farid Bang
3. Easy CRO
4. Kontrolle/Schlaf Casper
5. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt Bushido ft. Cassandra Steen
6. Du Kollegah
7. Marteria Girl Marteria
8. Laura Prinz Pi
9. Herz Aus Stein Kay One
10. All Star Snaga & Pillath
11. 1ste Liebe [feat. Joy Denalane] Max Herre
12. Mondfinsternis Kollegah
13. Hin zur Sonne Casper
14. Die Eine Die Firma
15. Elena Jaw
16. I.H.D.P. [feat. Sun Diego] Kollegah
17. Liebeslied Absolute Beginner
18. Widerstand Curse feat. Gentleman
19. Manchmal Majoe feat. KC Rebell & Summer Cem
20. 20qm Casper
21. Reich & Schön Fard
22. Schmetterling Bushido
23. Liebe Sido
24. Und was ist Jetzt? Curse
25. Eigentlich wollte er nie ein Liebeslied schreiben SDP
26. Mit dir Freundeskreis feat. Joy Denalane
27. Wie ein Engel Bushido
28. Kennen MoTrip
29. Mein Licht Azad
30. A-N-N-A Freundeskreis
31. Charlie Sheen Fler & Silla

Hip-Hop Love Songs Spotify Playlist

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