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News Sat Oct 04 2008

Other problems with Top Anything lists..

As my colleague Jason pointed out, there is a definite issue with Top 100 lists, especially as you wonder just what the hell the pollsters are thinking about with the inclusions of some, exclusion of others and placement of any.

This Monday, VH1's Hip-Hop Honors 2008 inducts their 2008 class and, as a bonus, decided to rank the Top 100 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time. Given that hip-hop is a genre of music that's almost 30 years old, there have been a number of entries in the pantheon, as well as no shortage of disagreement online and off.

Chicago's Big Two (it would be four if Twista's commercial success been more widespread and Da Brat wasn't female or down with Jermaine Dupri) are represented on the list, and the argument about their placement and song selection would center on, well, how odd they are.

Common Sense (as he was, back in the Resurrection days) placed with "I Used to Love H.E.R." at #69 and Kanye placed with "Gold Digger" at #20. Let the debate commence.

Peace to Stereogum for actually printing the list out.

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Graham / October 6, 2008 3:54 PM

Yeah, there's a lot that one could beef about with that list as far as what's omitted or included. Neither here nor there, in the end.

What kills me is that L'Trimm's "Cars With The Boom" ranked on the thing. Too funny.

TRoyal / October 7, 2008 7:29 AM

I love the fact that people had such problems with MC Hammer, Young MC, and Tone Loc.

And despite the "one artists, one song" rule, LL Cool J had two, as well as Run DMC. Meanwhile, PE has room for one? Please.

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