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While hip hop had its origins in the 1970s on the New York block parties and park jams, it wasn’t until “Rapper’s Delight” entered the top 40 Billboard chart that the masses started to take notice.

But even with landmark rap acts like Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Slick and plenty more, dropping music in the following decade, it took Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” for hip hop to score its first chart topper.

Since then, and especially in these past few years, as hip hop has emerged as the biggest and most influential genre on the planet, it seems like we’re seeing a rap act top the charts every other week.

So here we go, from 1990 to 2021, here’s every single number one hip hop song on the Billboard Hot 100.

Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”

Album: To the Extreme

Released: August 22, 1990

Produced by: Vanilla Ice

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – “Good Vibrations”

Album: Music for the People

Released: July 16, 1991

Produced by: Donnie Wahlberg

P.M. Dawn – “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”

Album: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience

Released: August 6, 1991

Produced by: P.M. Dawn

Kriss Kross – “Jump”

Album: Totally Krossed Out

Released: February 6, 1992

Produced by: Jermaine Dupri

Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Baby Got Back”

Album: Mack Daddy

Released: May 7, 1992

Produced by: Rick Rubin, Sir Mix-a-Lot

Snow – “Informer”

Album: 12 Inches of Snow

Released: August 20, 1992

Produced by: MC Shan

Coolio ft. L.V. – “Gangsta’s Paradise”

Album: Gangsta’s Paradise

Released: August 8, 1995

Produced by: Doug Rasheed

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – “Tha Crossroads”

Album: E. 1999 Eternal

Released: April 30, 1996

Produced by: Tim Middleton

2Pac – “California Love”

Album: All Eyez on Me

Released: December 3, 1995

Produced by: Dr. Dre

2Pac – “How Do U Want It”

Album: All Eyez on Me

Released: June 4, 1996

Produced by: Johnny “J”

Puff Daddy ft. Ma$e – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

Album: No Way Out

Released: February 11, 1997

Produced by: Carlos Broady, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Stevie J, Nashiem Myrick

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”

Album: Life After Death

Released: March 1, 1997

Produced by: D-Dot, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence, Sean “Puffy” Combs (co.)

Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”

Album: No Way Out

Released: May 23, 1997

Produced by: Puff Daddy, Stevie J

The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Puff Daddy & Ma$e – “Mo Money Mo Problems”

Album: Life After Death

Released: July 15, 1997

Produced by: Sean “Puffy” Combs

Will Smith – “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”

Album: Big Willie Style

Released: January 27, 1998

Produced by: Poke & Tone, L.E.S. (co-producer)

Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Released: July 7, 1998

Produced by: Lauryn Hill

Will Smith – “Wild Wild West”

Album: Willennium

Released: May 4, 1999

Produced by: Rob Fusari, Mark Wilson

Outkast – “Ms. Jackson”

Album: Stankonia

Released: October 24, 2000

Produced by: Earthtone III

Ja Rule ft. Ashanti – “Always On Time”

Album: Pain Is Love

Released: November 27, 2001

Produced by: Irv Gotti

Nelly – “Hot in Herre”

Album: Nellyville

Released: April 16, 2002

Produced by: The Neptunes

Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland – “Dilemma”

Album: Nellyville

Released: July 30, 2002

Produced by: The Nimrods

Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

Album: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

Released: October 28, 2002

Produced by: Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto

50 Cent – “In da Club”

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Released: January 7, 2003

Produced by: Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Mike Elizondo

50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg – “21 Questions”

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Released: March 4, 2003

Produced by: Dirty Swift

Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee – “Shake Ya Tailfeather”

Album: Bad Boys II (soundtrack)

Released: June 29, 2003

Produced by: Nelly, Jayson “Koko” Bridges

Ludacris ft. Shawnna – “Stand Up”

Album: Chicken-n-Beer

Released: August 19, 2003

Produced by: Kanye West, Ludacris (co.)

OutKast – “Hey Ya!”

Album: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Released: August 25, 2003

Produced by: André 3000

Outkast ft. Sleepy Brown – “The Way You Move”

Album: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Released: August 25, 2003

Produced by: Big Boi, Carl-Mo

Twista ft. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx – “Slow Jamz”

Album: The College Dropout / Kamikaze

Released: December 2, 2003

Produced by: Kanye West

Juvenile ft. Soulja Slim – “Slow Motion”

Album: Juve the Great

Released: March 1, 2004

Produced by: Dani Kartel

Terror Squad – “Lean Back”

Album: True Story

Released: June 1, 2004

Produced by: Scott Storch

Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

Released: September 27, 2004

Produced by: The Neptunes

50 Cent ft. Olivia – “Candy Shop”

Album: The Massacre

Released: February 8, 2005

Produced by: Scott Storch

Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx – “Gold Digger”

Album: Late Registration

Released: July 5, 2005

Produced by: Kanye West, Jon Brion

D4L – “Laffy Taffy”

Album: Down for Life

Released: October 18, 2005

Produced by: K-Rab

Nelly ft. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp – “Grillz”

Album: Sweatsuit

Released: June 7, 2005

Produced by: Jermaine Dupri

Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone – “Ridin”

Album: The Sound of Revenge

Released: November 12, 2005

Produced by: Play-N-Skillz

Ludacris ft. Pharrell – “Money Maker”

Album: Release Therapy

Released: July 17, 2006

Produced by: The Neptunes

Mims – “This Is Why I’m Hot”

Album: Music Is My Savior

Released: January 23, 2007

Produced by: Blackout Movement, Mike Moosh

Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado – “Give It To Me”

Album: Shock Value

Released: February 6, 2007

Produced by: Timbaland, Danja

Soulja Boy – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”

Album: souljaboytellem.com

Released: May 2, 2007

Produced by: Soulja Boy

Kanye West – “Stronger”

Album: Graduation

Released: July 31, 2007

Produced by: Kanye West, Mike Dean

Flo Rida – “Low”

Album: Mail on Sunday

Released: October 9, 2007

Produced by: DJ Montay, T-Pain

Lil Wayne ft. Static Major – “Lollipop”

Album: Tha Carter III

Released: March 13, 2008

Produced by: Deezle, Jim Jonsin

T.I. – “Whatever You Like”

Album: Paper Trail

Released: July 29, 2008

Produced by: Jim Jonsin

T.I. ft. Rihanna “Live Your Life”

Album: Paper Trail

Released: September 23, 2008

Produced by: Just Blaze, Canei Finch

Eminem ft. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent – “Crack A Bottle”

Album: Relapse

Released: February 2, 2009

Produced by: Dr. Dre

Flo Rida ft. Ke$ha – “Right Round”

Album: R.O.O.T.S.

Released: 27 January 2009

Produced by: Dr. Luke, Kool Kojak

Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Album: The Blueprint 3

Released: October 20, 2009

Produced by: Al Shux

B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ on You”

Album: B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Released: December 15, 2009

Produced by: The Smeezingtons

Eminem – “Not Afraid”

Album: Recovery

Released: April 29, 2010

Produced by: Boi-1da, Jordan Evans (add.), Matthew Burnett (add.), Eminem (add.)

Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

Album: Recovery

Released: August 9, 2010

Produced by: Alex da Kid, Makeba Riddick

Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”

Album: Rolling Papers

Released: September 14, 2010

Produced by: Stargate

Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – “Give Me Everything”

Album: Planet Pit

Released: March 18, 2011

Produced by: Afrojack

Flo Rida – “Whistle”

Album: Wild Ones

Released: April 24, 2012

Produced by: DJ Frank E, Glass

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”

Album: The Heist

Released: August 27, 2012

Produced by: Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Album: The Heist

Released: August 16, 2011

Produced by: Ryan Lewis

Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Released: October 29, 2013

Produced by: FrequencyAalias (co.)

Pitbull ft. Kesha – “Timber”

Album: Meltdown EP

Released: October 7, 2013

Produced by: Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Sermstyle

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Album: The New Classic

Released: 17 February 2014

Produced by: The Invisible Men, The Arcade

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Album: Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Released: March 10, 2015

Produced by: DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Andrew Cedar

Desiigner – “Panda”

Album: New England

Released: December 15, 2015

Produced by: Menace

Drake ft. Wizkid and Kyla – “One Dance”

Album: Views

Released: April 5, 2016

Produced by: Nineteen85, 40, WizKid, DJ Maphorisa

Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Album: SremmLife 2

Released: September 13, 2016

Produced by: Mike WiLL Made It

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”

Album: Culture

Released: October 28, 2016

Produced by: Metro Boomin, G Koop

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

Album: DAMN.

Released: March 30, 2017

Produced by: Mike WiLL Made It, Pluss

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

Album: Invasion of Privacy

Released: June 16, 2017

Produced by: J. White Did It, Laquan Green

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys

Released: September 15, 2017

Produced by: Tank God, Louis Bell

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Album: Scorpion

Released: January 19, 2018

Produced by: 40, Cardo, Yung Exclusive, Boi-1da

Drake – “Nice For What”

Album: Scorpion

Released: April 6, 2018

Produced by: 40, Murda Beatz, Corey Litwin, Blaqnmild (co.)

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Album: N/A

Released: May 5, 2018

Produced by: Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson

XXXTentacion – “Sad!”

Album: ?

Released: March 2, 2018

Produced by: John Cunningham

Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”

Album: Invasion of Privacy

Released: May 25, 2018

Produced by: J. White Did It, Tainy, Craig Kallman, Invincible

Drake – “In My Feelings”

Album: Scorpion

Released: July 10, 2018

Produced by: TrapMoneyBenny, Blaqnmild, 40

Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”

Album: Astroworld

Released: August 21, 2018

Produced by: Chahayed, Hit-Boy, OZ, Cubeatz, Tay Keith, Mike Dean

Post Malone ft. Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding

Released: October 18, 2018

Produced by: Carter Lang, Louis Bell

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”

Album: 7

Released: December 3, 2018

Produced by: YoungKio, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”

Album: Cuz I Love You

Released: September 19, 2017

Produced by: Ricky Reed, Tele (co.)

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

Album: N/A

Released: October 4, 2019

Produced by: OZ, Nik D, Mike Dean (co.)

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Album: Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

Released: January 10, 2020

Produced by: 30 Roc, Datboisqueeze, Zentachi

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

Album: Dark Lane Demo Tapes

Released: April 3, 2020

Produced by: OZ

The Scotts – “The Scotts”

Album: N/A

Released: April 24, 2020

Produced by: Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius, Plain Pat

Doja Cat ft. Nicki Minaj – “Say So (Remix)”

Album: Hot Pink

Released: May 1, 2020

Produced by: Tyson Trax

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce – “Savage”

Album: Good News

Released: April 29, 2020

Produced by: J. White Did It

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

Album: Blame It on Baby

Released: April 17, 2020

Produced by: SethInTheKitchen

6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj – “Trollz”

Album: TattleTales

Released: June 12, 2020

Produced by: SadPony

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Album: N/A

Released: August 7, 2020

Produced by: Ayo the Producer, Keyz

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug and M.I.A. – “Franchise”

Album: N/A

Released: September 25, 2020

Produced by: Travis Scott, Teddy Walton, Chase B, Aaron Bow

Drake – “What’s Next”

Album: Scary Hours 2

Released: March 5, 2021

Produced by: Maneesh, Supah Mario

Cardi B – “Up”

Album: N/A

Released: February 5, 2021

Produced by: Yung Dza, DJ SwanQo, Sean Island, DJ Prince

Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”

Album: Montero

Released: March 26, 2021

Produced by: Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo

Polo G – “Rapstar”

Album: Hall of Fame

Released: April 9, 2021

Produced by: Einer Bankz, Synco

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