Rolling Stone has named Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five’s iconic track ‘The Message’ the greatest hip hop song of all time.
Hip hop is a music genre that has really grown and flourished over the past few decades, and for that reason the team at Rolling Stone decided to create a list of the 50 most influential hip hop songs of all time.
Of course a list like this would be extremely difficult to create, considering just how many great songs have hit the scene over the past few decades. According to Reuters, Rolling Stone crowned the 1982 single ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five as the number one song on the comprehensive list.
“It’s a list that would have been a lot harder to do ten or 15 years ago because hip hop is so young,” Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone’s deputy manageing editor, expressed in a statement to Reuters. “We’ve reached the point now where hip hop acts are getting into the (Rock and Roll) Hall Of Fame… it just felt like the right time to give this the real Rolling Stone treatment.”
The remainder of the top 10 featured plenty of our favorite tracks including Public Enemy’s Fight The Power, Snoop Dogg’s Nuthin But A G Thang, and Run D.M.C.’s 1983 single Sucker M.C.’s among others.
To create the list, Rolling Stone compiled 33 different members which included Roots’ member Questlove along with many more editors and experts within the music industry. The issue featuring the 50 greatest hip hop songs will be released on December 7th.