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There's a reason why the 1990s are regarded as hip-hop's best decade. Take XXL's Greatest Hip-Hop Songs 1990-1999 for example. The book is filled with so many classics that every song in the Top 20 could have made an argument to top the list. And then there are the forgotten songs. Where's Pras "Ghetto Supastar?" Where's Smif-n-Wessun's "Bucktown?" Why pick Black Moon's "How Many MCs" over "Who Got Da Props?" No matter how we diced it, classics were sure to be omitted. Here, we take a look at 90 songs that easily could have made our '90s list. —XXL Staff

Xzibit290ssong

“What You See Is What U Get” XZIBIT 1998 (Loud) PRODUCED BY JESSE WEST

niceandsmooth90ssong

“Sometimes I Rhyme Slow” NICE & SMOOTH 1991 (Columbia) PRODUCED BY NICE & SMOOTH

drdreandsnoop90songagain

“Still Dre” DR. DRE FEAT. SNOOP DOGG 1999 (Aftermath) PRODUCED BY DR. DRE

pras90ssong

“Ghetto Supastar” PRAS FEAT. OLD DIRTY BASTARD & MYA 1998 (Interscope) PRODUCED BY JERRY “WONDER” DUPLESSIS & WYCLEF JEAN

ccn90ssong

“T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)” CAPONE-N-NOREAGA 1997 (Penalty) PRODUCED BY NASHIEM MYRICK & CARLOS “6 JULY” BROADY

jayz90ssong

“Where I’m From” JAY-Z 1997 (Roc-A-Fella) PRODUCED BY DERIC “D-DOT” ANGELETTIE

bustarhymes90plus

“Gimme Some More” BUSTA RHYMES 1998 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY DJ SCRATCH

5fatjoe90song

“Flow Joe” FAT JOE 1993 (Relativity) PRODUCED BY DIAMOND D

buckshot90ssong

“Who Got Da Props?” BLACK MOON 1993 (Nervous) PRODUCED BY DJ EVIL DEE

biggie390song

“Party and Bullshit” THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 1993 (Uptown) PRODUCED BY EASY MO BEE

heavydandtheboyz

“Now That We Found Love” HEAVY D & THE BOYZ FEAT. AARON HALL 1991 (MCA) PRODUCED BY TEDDY RILEY

youngbleed90ssong

“How You Do That” YOUNG BLEED FEAT. MASTER P & C-LOC 1998 (No Limit) PRODUCED BY HAPPY PEREZ & KLC

thaliks90songs

originalflavor90song

“Can I Get Open” ORIGINAL FLAVOR FEAT. JAY-Z 1994 (Atlantic) PRODUCED BY SKI

jtmoney90ssong

“Who Dat” J.T. MONEY FEAT. SOLE (Priority) PRODUCED BY TRICK STEWART

theroots90ssong

“Proceed” THE ROOTS (MCA) PRODUCED BY THE GRAND NEGAS

sportythievz90ssong

“No Pigeons” SPORTY THIEVES 1998 (Ruffhouse) PRODUCED BY KEVIN “She’kspere” BRIGGS

nas90ssong6

“Street Dreams” NAS 1996 (Columbia) PRODUCED BY TRACKMASTERS

NAS90songs4

“Halftime” NAS 1992 (Ruffhouse) PRODUCED BY LARGE PROFESSOR

mobbdeep90song3

“It’s Mine” MOBB DEEP FEAT. NAS 1999 (Loud) PRODUCED BY HAVOC

mobbdeep90song

“Quiet Storm” MOBB DEEP 1999 (Loud) PRODUCED BY HAVOC

mainsource90song

“Live at the Barbecue” MAIN SOURCE FEAT. NAS, JOE FATAL & AKINYELE 1991 (Wild Pitch) PRODUCED BY MAIN SOURCE

llcoolj90ssong

“Jingling Baby (Remix)” LL COOL J 1990 (Def Jam) PRODUCED BY MARLEY MARL

llcoolj90song

“Hey Lover” LL COOL J FEAT. BOYZ II MEN 1995 (Def Jam) PRODUCED BY TRACKMASTERS

laurynhill90song

“Everything Is Everything” LAURYN HILL 1998 (Ruffhouse) PRODUCED BY LAURYN HILL

ksolo90song

“Your Mom’s In MY Business” K-SOLO 1990 (Atlantic) PRODUCED BY PARRISH SMITH

kidfrost90ssong

“La Raza” KID FROST 1990 (Virgin) PRODUCED BY TONY G.

Jermainedupri90song

“Money Ain’t a Thing” JERMAINE DUPRI FEAT. JAY-Z 1998 (So So Def) PRODUCED BY JERMAINE DUPRI

icecube90ssong

“Steady Mobbin” ICE CUBE 1991 (Priority) PRODUCED BY BOOGIEMEN & ICE CUBE

epmd90ssong2

“Crossover” EPMD 1992 (Def Jam) PRODUCED BY EPMD

EPMD90ssong

“Head Banger” EPMD FEAT. REDMAN & K-SOLO 1992 (Def Jam) PRODUCED BY EPMD

drdre90ssong

“Next Episode” DR. DRE FEAT. SNOOP DOGG & NATE DOGG 1999 (Aftermath) PRODUCED BY DR. DRE

camplo90ssong

“Black Nolstaljack aka Come On” CAMP LO 1997 (Profile) PRODUCED BY ILL WILL

bustarhymesfireitup90s

“Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up” BUSTA RHYMES 1998 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY BUSTA RHYMES & SPLIFF STARR

bustarhymes90ssong

“Dangerous” BUSTA RHYMES 1997 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY RASHAD SMITH

bigl90ssong2

“Put It On” BIG L FEAT. KID CAPRI 1995 (Columbia) PRODUCED BY BUCKWILD

Bigl90ssong

“M.V.P.” Big L 1995 (Columbia) PRODUCED BY LORD FINESSE

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“Funky Child” LORDS OF THE UNDERGROUND 1993 (Pendulum) PRODUCED BY K-DEF

youngblackteenager90ssong

“Tap the Bottle” YOUNG BLACK TEENAGERS 1993 (MCA) PRODUCED BY TERMINATOR & DJ SKRIBBLE

wutangclan290ssong

“Can’t It Be All So Simple” WU-TANG CLAN 1993 (Loud) PRODUCED BY RZA

tribe290ssong

“Hot Sex” A TRIBE CALLED QUEST 1992 (LaFace) PRODUCED BY A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

thirdbass90song

“Pop Goes the Weasel” 3rd BASS 1991 (Def Jam) PRODUCED BY 3rd BASS

thepharcyde90s

“Pharcyde” DROP 1995 (Delicious Vinyl) PRODUCED BY JAY DEE

sirmixalot90ssong

“Baby Got Back” SIR MIX-A-LOT 1992 (Def America) PRODUCED BY SIR MIX-A-LOT

roots90songs

“What They Do” THE ROOTS 1996 (Geffen) PRODUCED BY THE GRAND NEGAZ

raekwon90ssong

“Incarcerated Scarfaces” RAEKWON 1995 (Loud) PRODUCED BY RZA

queenpen90s

“A Party Ain’t a Party” QUEEN PEN FEAT. MISTER CHEEKS 1997 (Lil’ Man) PRODUCED BY TEDDY RILEY

Qtip90ssong

“Vivrant Thing” Q-TIP 1999 (Jive) PRODUCED BY Q-TIP

pun90ssongs

“Twinz” BIG PUN FEAT. FAT JOE 1998 (Loud) PRODUCED BY DR. DRE

peterockandclsmooth90ssongs3

“Straighten It Out” PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH 1992 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY PETE ROCK

peterockandclsmooth90ssong2

“I Got a Love” PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH 1994 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY PETE ROCK

outkast90ssong

"Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" OUTKAST 1994 (LaFace) PRPRODUCED BY ORGANIZED NOIZE

organizedkonfusion

“Stray Bullet” ORGANIZED KONFUSION 1994 (Hollywood Basic) PRODUCED BY ORGANIZED KONFUSION

Nas90simage

“Nas Is Like” NAS 1999 (Columbia) PRODUCED BY DJ Premier

mclyte90ssong

“Cold Rock a Party” MC LYTE FEAT. MISSY ELLIOT & PUFF DADDY 1996 (East West) PRODUCED BY SEAN “PUFFY” COMBS & RASHAD SMITH

#mastaace90ssong

“Born to Roll” Masta Ace 1993 (Delicious Vynil) PRODUCED BY ASE ONE

koolgrap90ssong

“Streets of New York” KOOL G. RAP 1990 (Cold Chillin’) PRODUCED BY KOOL G. RAP & LARGE PROFESSOR

johnblaze90ssong

“John Blaze” FAT JOE FEAT. BIG PUN, NAS, RAEKWON & JADAKISS 1998 (Atlantic) PRODUCED BY SKI

gza90ssong

“Shadowboxin’” GZA FEAT. METHOD MAN 1995

grouphome90ssong

“Livin’ Proof” GROUP HOME 1995 (Payday) PRODUCED BY DJ PREMIER

grandpuba90ssong

“I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)” GRAND PUBA 1995 (Elektra) PRODUCED BY MARK SPARKS

gangstarr90ssong

“Just to Get a Rep” GANG STARR 1990 (Chrysalis) PRODUCED BY DJ PREMIER

fatjoe90ssong

“Bet Your Man Can’t” FAT JOE FEAT. BIG PUN, TRIPLE SEIS & CUBAN LINK 1998 (Atlantic) PRODUCED BY JAO

everlast90songs

“Shamrocks and Shinanigans” HOUSE OF PAIN 1992 (Tommy Boy) PRODUCED BY D.J. LETHAL

eminemandre90ssong

“Guilty Conscience” EMINEM FEAT. DR. DRE 1999 (Aftermath) PRODUCED BY DR. DRE

eminem90ssong

“Role Model” EMINEM 1999 (Aftermath) PRODUCED BY DR. DRE

dres90ssong

“Flavor of the Month” BLACK SHEEP 1991 (Mercury) PRODUCED BY BLACK SHEEP

djquik90ssongs

“Tonite” DJ QUIK 1991 (Profile) PRODUCED BY DJ QUIK

cypresshil90ssong

“Hand on the Pump” CYPRESS HILL 1990 (Ruffhouse) PRODUCED BY DJ MUGGS

common90ssong

“Resurrection” COMMON 1994 (Relativity) PRODUCED BY NO I.D.

chubbrock90s

“Treat Em Right” CHUBB ROCK 1991 (Qwest) PRODUCED BY HOWIE TEE

blackstar90ssong

“Respiration” BLACK STAR 1998 (Rawkus) PRODUCED BY HI-TEK

biggiesmalls90songs2

“Sky’s the Limit” THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 1997 (Bad Boy) PRODUCED BY CLARK KENT

biggiesmalls90songs

“Unbelievable” THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 1994 (Bad Boy) PRODUCED BY DJ PREMIER

bigdaddykane90ssong

“Nuff Respect” BIG DADDY KANE 1991 (MCA) PRODUCED BY BIG DADDY KANE

beatnuts90s

“Off the Books” THE BEATNUTS FEAT. BIG PUN & CUBAN LINK (Relativity) PRODUCED BY THE BEATNUTS

artifacts90ssong

“Wrong Side of Da Tracks” ARTIFACTS 1994 (Big Beat) PRODUCED BY T-RAY

2pacandshockg90song

“Same Song” DIGITAL UNDERGROUND FEAT. 2PAC 1991 (Tommy Boy) PRODUCED BY DIGITAL UNDERGROUND

#250songs90s-featured

mobbdeep90s1

“Survival of the Fittest” MOBB DEEP 1995 (Loud) PRODUCED BY HAVOC

fuschnickens90s

“La Schmove” FU-SCHNICKENS 1992 (Jive) PRODUCED BY A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

diddyandmase90s

“Been Around the World” PUFF DADDY FEAT. MA$E & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 1997 (Bad Boy) PRODUCED BY RON LAWRENCE & DERIC “D-DOT” ANGELETTIE

diddy90s

PUFF DADDY 1997 (Bad Boy) PRODUCED BY SEAN “PUFFY COMBS, CARLOS “6 JULY” BROADY & NASHIEM MYRICK

delasoul90s

“Ego Trippin’ (Part Two)” DE LA SOUL 1993 (Tommy Boy) PRODUCED BY PRINCE PAUL

atribecalledquest90s

“Can I Kick It” A TRIBE CALLED QUEST 1990 (Jive) PRODUCED BY A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

smifnwessun90s

“Bucktown” SMIF-N-WESSUN 1995 (Wreck) PRODUCED BY DA BEATMINERZ

jayzcameoking

“It’s Alright” JAY-Z FEAT. MEMPHIS BLEEK 1998 (Roc-A-Fella) PRODUCED BY DAME DASH

v205942p0

“Me Against the World” 2PAC 1995 (Interscope) PRODUCED BY SOULSHOCK & KARLIN

Tupac-Shakur-(Makaveli)

“Changes” 2PAC FEAT. TALENT 1998 (Amaru) PRODUCED BY TUPAC SHAKUR

Tupac-Snoop_PMcMullan

“2 of Amerika’s Most Wanted” 2PAC FEAT. SNOOP DOGG 1996 (Death Row) PRODUCED BY DAT NIGGA DAZ

2pac-all-eyez-on-me-1996-retail-cd-inside

“Do for Love” 2PAC FEAT. ERIC WILLIAMS 1997 (Amaru) PRODUCED BY SOULSHOCK & KARLIN