Rolling Stone names greatest hip-hop songs of all time

DJ Grandmaster Flash and rapper Scorpio perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at the Nokia Theater on Nov. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. Getty

Rolling Stone magazine recently scoured the history of hip-hop music and came up with the top 50 rap tracks ever made.

In the magazine's first ever best-of hip-hop list, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" leads the pack at No. 1. It was named the greatest hip-hop song of all time.

Rolling Stone called the 1982 song "the first to tell, with hip hop's rhythm and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America."

In second place was Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," followed by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock," Run-DMC's "Sucker M.C.'s" and "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" by Geto Boys. The Top 10 was rounded out by "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" by Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg, "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G., "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. and "Paid in Full" by Erik B. and Rakim.

The Rolling Stone list was put together by a panel of magazine editors and hip-hop experts.

"It's a list that would have been a lot harder to do 10 or 15 years ago because hip-hop is so young," Nathan Brackett, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone, told Reuters.

Other artists on Rolling Stone's most influential hip-hop list include Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Eminem, Missy Elliot, Outkast, Lauryn Hill and LL Cool J.

Tell us: What do you think are the best hip-hop songs of all time?

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