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billboardTo honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally’s top 100 tracks ever. While rap has evolved, there’s no denying its ever-growing power. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the top 100 songs in the tally’s quarter-century history. From Salt-N-Pepa to Macklemore, we’ve got the genre’s past quarter-century covered.

10. Digital Underground — “The Humpty Dance”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/17/1990)

9. Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale — “No Hands”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/11/2010)

8. The Notorious B.I.G. — “Big Poppa/Warning”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/28/1995)

7. Craig Mack — “Flava In Ya Ear”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/10/1994)

6. Coolio feat. L.V. — “Gangsta’s Paradise”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/2/1995)

5. Salt-N-Pepa — “Expression”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/20/1990)

4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/4/2013)

3. Missy Elliott feat. Nas, Eve & Q-Tip — “Hot Boyz”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 11/27/1999)

2. 69 Boyz — “Tootsee Roll”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/3/1994)

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz — “Thrift Shop”
(Hot Rap Songs Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/19/2013)

I like Macklemore. I like “Thrift Shop”. But bigger than the Tootsee Roll? Fuck outta here.

COTTON CANDY SWEETIE GO* /
LET ME SEE THAT TOOTSEE ROLL /

Those are powerful lyrics that have withstood the test of time and guided many young hip hop fans through life’s difficult moments. It’s the type of innovative wordplay and poetic delivery that has taken rap music from “street corner pastime” to “once popular musical genre”. The 69 Boyz are our Beatles and Stones, Billboard. How would fans of Country feel if Ghetto Cowboy was voted best song ever? How would classic rock fans feel if Puff Daddy’s Zeppelin Kashmir Godzilla knockoff “Come With Me” was voted best rock song ever? This is how it feels to see Macklemore overtake Hall Of Fame artists like The 69 Boyz. This isn’t just some random record being broken, this is the Tootsee Roll.

R.I.P. Musical integrity.

*Thought up until 10 minutes ago that it was “Cotton candy sweet as gold”.