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Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” Is Officially the Biggest Rap Song of All Time, According to Billboard

Vandal Arts March 7, 2014 0

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As if a clean sweep of the rap Grammys wasn’t enough, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis can now brag about having the biggest rap song of all time. That’s according to Billboard, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Hot Rap Songs Chart by ranking the best-performing (once again, the best-performing) tracks of the last quarter decade. Surprise, surprise, the Seattle duo’s “Thrift Shop” came out on top.

There were a few legitimate surprises in the list, though. 69 Boyz’s 1994 hit “Tootsee Roll” came it a close second, while Missy Elliott, Nas, Eve & Q-Tip’s 1999 collaboration “Hot Boyz” took the No. 3 spot. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made their second appearance in the top 10 with “Can’t Hold Us,” which ranked at No. 4. Biggie, Salt-N-Pepa, Craig Mack, Coolio and Waka Flocka Flame also featured in the top 10.

Check out Billboard’s top 10 below, and peep the full list of 100 hottest rap songs here.

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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)

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