Readers' Rock List: '80s Hip-Hop Songs


Last week, in memory of Newcleus' Chilly B and their hit "Jam On It," we asked our readers to tell us their favorite 1980s hip-hop tracks. Public Enemy, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys rightfully dominated the list, but it was Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" that won the popular vote, beating out "It's Tricky," "Brass Monkey" and "The Breaks."

Plus, check out our special feature on 1988: Hip-Hop's Greatest Year: Fifteen Albums That Made Rap Explode

1. Grandmaster Flash- "The Message"
2. Afrika Bambaataa -" "Planet Rock"
3. Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
4. Run-DMC - "It's Tricky"
5. Beastie Boys - "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
6. Public Enemy - "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"
7. Run-DMC - "Walk This Way"
8. Run-DMC - "King of Rock"
9. Kurtis Blow - "The Breaks"
10. LL Cool J - "I'm Bad"
11. Beastie Boys - "Brass Monkey"
12. Beastie Boys -"No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
13. Slick Rick- "Hey Young World"
14. De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"
15. Public Enemy - "Rebel Without A Pause"

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