To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its Hot Rap Songs chart, Billboard recently compiled a list of its top-100 chart-performing hip-hop songs ever. And its stats read “We are trolling you.”
The winner? Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” Billboard says it arrived at its decision by tallying each rap song’s charting history over the past 25 years, paying special emphasis to weeks spent at No. 1. “Thrift Shop” dominated that category. Here’s the full justification:
The 25th Anniversary Hot Rap Songs ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, since the chart’s inception in the March 11, 1989, issue. Rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower positions proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules, chart length and methodology throughout the years, songs had varying reigns at No. 1 and on the chart. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.
The rest of the top 10 contained some more head-scratchers.
1. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz, 2013
2. Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz, 1994
3. Hot Boyz – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott ft. Eve, Nas & Q-Tip, 1999
4. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton, 2013
5. Expression – Salt-N-Pepa, 1990
6. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio ft. L.V., 1995
7. Flava In Ya Ear – Craig Mack, 1994
8. Big Poppa/Warning – The Notorious B.I.G., 1995
9. No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale, 2010
10. The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground, 1990
Well I guess we’re all talking about Billboard again? So this whole exercise was successful? Nice job.
[H/T: Vibe; Photo: Kyle Koster/BroBible]