The Top 20 has arrived in my personal Top 90 hip hop singles of the great 1990s decade! Please feel free to peruse my other entries by scrolling through the blog or clicking the Music tab to review numbers 90-21. We’ll get to the Top 10 tomorrow (!), but here are the fabulous tracks comprising nos. 20-11:
20. “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs n Harmony (1996)
The Cleveland rap group’s tribute to their founder, Eazy-E, was a soulful summer anthem of 1996.
19. “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and the Boyz featuring Aaron Hall (1991)
This Teddy Riley produced dance hit marked a career highlight from the late Heavy D… and his Boyz.
18. “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest (1992)
The brilliant hip hop group had their best known track with this banger that featured an amazing verse from one Busta Rhymes.
17. “Regulate” by Warren G. featuring Nate Dogg (1994)
Fantastically sampling Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin'”, Warren G and Nate Dogg burst onto the west coast scene with this classic from the Above the Rim soundtrack.
16. “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
The first single off 1997’s Life After Death found Biggie rapping over a sample from Herb Alpert’s groovy “Rise”.
15. “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” by Busta Rhymes (1997)
Mr. Rhymes has given us plenty of terrific rap tunes, but this first single of his When Disaster Strikes album is his finest hour.
14. “Hard Knock Life” by Jay-Z (1998)
Shawn Carter is one of the few MC’s alive who could take a sample from Annie and make it relevant to his music. And did he ever!
13. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliot (1997)
Our first taste of the incredible collaboration between Missy and producer Timbaland, this is an impossibly infectious groove from the best female rapper we’ve likely ever seen.
12. “So What’cha Want” by the Beastie Boys (1992)
So many unforgettable tracks, yet the Boys second single from their Check Your Head project is perfect.
11. “What’s My Name?” by Snoop Dogg (1993)
Mix Dre’s production with Snoop’s natural flow and this first single from his debut smash Doggystyle has everything you’d want.
Top Ten tomorrow, friends! Until then…