The Full List: Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Hip Hop Rap Albums of All-Time

Another day another Rolling Stone list. As much as we get triggered by these type of lists or do our best to disregard the validity of the opinions expressed in the numbered list, we can’t stop ourselves from clicking on them  This is confirmed by how popular this Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs of All-Time post has been since we first published it nine months ago.

If that one article where we posted the full list is so popular, we can only imagine how much traffic, eyeballs and clicks that Rolling Stone’s actual article has yielded. These lists most-definitely generates a lot of emotions and conversations. So Rolling Stone knew what they were doing and getting themselves into when they released The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time a few days ago.

We looked for the full list of all 200 albums in an easy readable table, but couldn’t find one (not even on Reddit), so we decided to do the work so you can see all the albums in one place. You can sort by any of the columns (album, artist, year) — it’s already sorted by descending rank.

List: Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time
Rank Album Artist Year
1 Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. 1994
2 Stankonia Outkast 2000
3 The Blueprint Jay-Z 2001
4 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy 1988
5 To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar 2015
6 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 2010
7 Miss E… So Addictive Missy Elliott 2001
8 Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan 1993
9 The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest 1991
10 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 1998
11 Take Care Drake 2011
12 Lord Willin Clipse 2002
13 2001 Dr. Dre 1999
14 Supreme Clientele Ghostface Killah 2000
15 Paid in Full Eric B. and Rakim 1987
16 Invasion of Privacy Cardi B 2018
17 Yeezus Kanye West 2013
18 Madvillainy Madvillain 2004
19 Hard Core Lil Kim 1996
20 DS2 Future 2015
21 Da Drought 3 Lil Wayne 2007
22 It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX 1998
23 Ridin Dirty UGK 1996
24 Illmatic Nas 1994
25 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 2000
26 Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z 1996
27 Aquemini Outkast 1998
28 The Infamous Mobb Deep 1995
29 All Eyez on Me 2Pac 1996
30 Paul’s Boutique Beastie Boys 1989
31 Pink Friday Nicki Minaj 2010
32 Finally Rich Chief Keef 2012
33 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul 1989
34 The Sugar Hill Records Story Various Artists 1997
35 Doggystyle Snoop Doggy Dogg 1993
36 Acid Rap Chance the Rapper 2013
37 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Raekwon 1995
38 good kid m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar 2012
39 The Carter III Lil Wayne 2008
40 The Chronic Dr. Dre 1992
41 Late Registration Kanye West 2005
42 Long Live the Kane Big Daddy Kane 1988
43 Run D.M.C. Run D.M.C. 1984
44 Liquid Swords Genius/GZA 1995
45 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J 1990
46 Call Me If You Get Lost Tyler the Creator 2021
47 Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott 1997
48 Donuts J Dilla 2006
49 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A 1988
50 Strictly Business EPMD 1988
51 Things Fall Apart The Roots 1999
52 The College Dropout Kanye West 2004
53 Hot Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa 1986
54 Culture Migos 2017
55 Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest 1993
56 Room 25 Noname 2018
57 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys 1986
58 AmeriKKKas Most Wanted Ice Cube 1990
59 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G. 1997
60 Damn. Kendrick Lamar 2017
61 The Diary Scarface 1994
62 Operation: Doomsday MF Doom 1999
63 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star 1998
64 Get Rich or Die Tryin 50 Cent 2003
65 Buhloone Mindstate De La Soul 1993
66 Mystic Stylez Three 6 Mafia 1995
67 'We Can't Be Stopped' Geto Boys 1991
68 400 Degreez Juvenile 1998
69 Ironman Ghostface Killah 1996
70 The Score The Fugees 1996
71 All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah 1989
72 Dr. Octagonecologyst Dr. Octagon 1996
73 Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde The Pharcyde 1992
74 Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
75 Fever Megan Thee Stallion 2019
76 Hard to Earn Gang Starr 1994
77 Watch the Throne Jay-Z and Kanye West 2011
78 Broke With Expensive Taste Azealia Banks 2014
79 Follow the Leader Eric B. & Rakim 1988
80 Some Rap Songs Earl Sweatshirt 2018
81 Blowout Comb Digable Planets 1994
82 The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Slick Rick 1988
83 Kala M.I.A. 2007
84 Summertime 06 Vince Staples 2015
85 The Slim Shady LP Eminem 1999
86 Like Water for Chocolate Common 2000
87 Critical Beatdown Ultramagnetic MCs 1988
88 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill 1991
89 One for All Brand Nubian 1990
90 Man on the Moon: The End of the Day Kid Cudi 2009
91 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions 1987
92 Endtroducing….. DJ Shadow 1996
93 Death Certificate Ice Cube 1991
94 De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul 1991
95 Trap Muzik T.I. 2003
96 Power Ice-T 1988
97 Hell Hath No Fury Clipse 2006
98 Funcrusher Plus Company Flow 1997
99 Tha Carter II Lil Wayne 2005
100 Raising Hell Run-D.M.C. 1986
101 Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 Young Jeezy 2005
102 Birdman Young Thug 2014
103 Black on Both Sides Mos Def 1999
104 Scorpion Eve 2001
105 Coloring Book Chance the Rapper 2016
106 Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Ol' Dirty Bastard 1995
107 Wanted: Dead or Alive Kool G Rap & DJ Polo 1990
108 Daytona Pusha T 2018
109 Breaking Atoms Main Source 1991
110 Goin Off Biz Markie 1988
111 By All Means Necessary Boogie Down Productions 1988
112 Laila’s Wisdom Rapsody 2017
113 The Black Album Jay-Z 2003
114 Sex Packets Digital Underground 1990
115 Looking for the Perfect Beat 1980-1985 Afrika Bambaataa 2001
116 Straight Out the Jungle Jungle Brothers 1988
117 Under Construction Missy Elliott 2002
118 Bastard Tyler The Creator 2009
119 Party Music The Coup 2001
120 Barter 6 Young Thug 2015
121 Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest 1990
122 In Search Of… N.E.R.D. 2002
123 93 til Infinity Souls of Mischief 1993
124 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Outkast 2003
125 If Youre Reading This Its Too Late Drake 2015
126 Savage Mode 21 Savage and Metro Boomin 2016
127 E. 1999 Eternal Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1995
128 Capital Punishment Big Pun 1998
129 Whole Lotta Red Playboi Carti 2020
130 Mecca and the Soul Brother Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth 1992
131 Fishscale Ghostface Killah 2006
132 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole 2014
133 R.A.P. Music Killer Mike 2012
134 Me Against the World 2Pac 1995
135 Teflon Don Rick Ross 2010
136 Planet Her Doja Cat 2021
137 Fantastic Vol. 2 Slum Village 2000
138 Period City Girls 2018
139 Original Pirate Material The Streets 2002
140 It Was Written Nas 1996
141 Enta da Stage Black Moon 1993
142 The Listening Little Brother 2003
143 Eternal Atake Lil Uzi Vert 2020
144 Reloaded Roc Marciano 2012
145 Be Common 2005
146 A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing Black Sheep 1991
147 Radio LL Cool J 1985
148 Run the Jewels 2 Run the Jewels 2014
149 3 ’N the Mornin' (Part Two) DJ Screw 1996
150 How I Got Over The Roots 2010
151 Montero Lil Nas X 2021
152 SremmLife Rae Sremmurd 2015
153 Eazy-Duz-It Eazy E 1988
154 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective Steinski 2008
155 The Sun Rises in the East Jeru the Damaja 1994
156 Quik Is the Name DJ Quik 1991
157 XXX Danny Brown 2011
158 Just Tryin ta Live Devin the Dude 2002
159 So…Hows Your Girl? Handsome Boy Modeling School 1999
160 Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous Big L 1995
161 Die a Legend Polo G 2019
162 Whack World Tierra Whack 2018
163 Super Tight… UGK 1994
164 Blank Face Schoolboy Q 2016
165 The Cold Vein Cannibal Ox 2001
166 Because the Internet Childish Gambino 2013
167 Black Mafia Life Above the Law 1993
168 Pray for Haiti Mach-Hommy 2021
169 Soul Food Goodie Mob 1995
170 Krit Wuz Here Big K.R.I.T. 2010
171 In Control Volume 1 Marley Marl 1988
172 Ho Why Is You Here? Flo Milli 2020
173 The Divine Feminine Mac Miller 2016
174 Purple Haze Cam'ron 2004
175 Bad Sister Roxanne Shanté 1989
176 Flygod Westside Gunn 2016
177 6 Feet Deep Gravediggaz 1994
178 In a Major Way E-40 1995
179 To Whom It May Concern… Freestyle Fellowship 1991
180 Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Little Simz 2021
181 Soundbombing II Various Artists 1999
182 Chicken Talk Gucci Mane 2006
183 Uptown Saturday Night Camp Lo 1997
184 Care for Me Saba 2018
185 Lyte as a Rock MC Lyte 1988
186 Life Is … Too $hort Too $hort 1988
187 The War Report Capone-N-Noreaga 1997
188 Wild Style: Original Soundtrack Various Artists 1983
189 Crenshaw Nipsey Hussle 2013
190 Cold Devil Drakeo the Ruler 2018
191 Later That Day Lyrics Born 2003
192 Meet the Woo Pop Smoke 2019
193 Live. Love. A$AP A$AP Rocky 2011
194 The Dusty Foot Philosopher K'Naan 2005
195 Ephorize Cupcakke 2018
196 Tear Gas The Jacka 2009
197 Bandana Freddie Gibbs & Madlib 2019
198 Mr. Hood KMD 1991
199 Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD 2018
200 Astroworld Travis Scott 2018

Of course when you make a list that is supposed to be comprehensive of every album in a specific genre, you’re going to have a lot of disagreements to put it lightly. Some of the snubbed artists have already spoken up — including The Game and Meek Mill. Not to mention that Nas’ Illmatic was ranked at a relatively low #24 and many took issue that the fact the list left ‘Illmatic’ out of the top ten shows the disconnect.

Well, at least Rolling Stone didn’t have Macklemore in the list. Shows they’re a little more connected to hop hop than the Grammys.