macklemore billboard top rap song

We think Macklemore has probably sent out a record number of text messages apologizing to rappers after Billboard named his crossover hit “Thrift Shop” as its top rap song of all time.

We’ll allow you a second to let that sink in.

The song was listed as part of the magazine’s 25th anniversary issue, and it beat out some heavy hitters in hip-hop music.  Here’s how Billboard came up with their rankings:

From Billboard:

The 25th Anniversary Hot Rap Songs ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, since the chart’s inception in the March 11, 1989, issue. Rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower positions proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules, chart length and methodology throughout the years, songs had varying reigns at No. 1 and on the chart. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.

The top 10 list does have a cornucopia of acts, from the groundbreaking Digital Underground,  to groups like the 69 Boyz, that you haven’t heard from in decades.  Here’s a look at the top 10:

10. “The Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/17/1990

“No Hands” – Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/11/2010

“Big Poppa/Warning” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/28/1995

“Flava In Ya Ear” – Craig Mack

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/10/1994

“Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio feat. L.V.

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/2/1995

“Expression” – Salt-N-Pepa

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/20/1990

“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/4/2013

“Hot Boyz” – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott feat. Nas, Eve & Q-Tip

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 11/27/1999

“Tootsee Roll” – 69 Boyz

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/3/1994

“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/19/2013

And coming in at 100 is everyone’s favorite Kardashian:

“All of the Lights” – Kanye West

Hot Rap Songs Peak: 2, Peak Date: 4/30/2011

Well that was an uneventful list.


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  • Randall

    Anyone that takes this list seriously is a joke. This is what is called a publicity stunt. They put together a list of songs that clearly should have never been on top of any list. One song in particular, Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Crossroads” should have been on this list somewhere in the top 10, if not #1. So based on an actual love for music in general, this list is a stunt just to garner attention.

  • ScriptTease

    You know, I hope White Folks do take over rap, then maybe these ill-advised Black Men will get their isht together.

  • k

    i wont even lie and pretend to be a rap connoisseur, that being said, even i have to admit that any list with Macklemore having not one but TWO songs on a best rap chart is complete bullsh&t

  • Anna

    I can’t even take this list seriously if Tupac, Public Enemy or KRS-One isn’t on it.

  • What else did you expect?

    I’m only slightly surprised that Eminem didn’t get the top record of the year. But either way, we knew a white man would get this pointless, bull crap “title.”