Top 10 Hip-Hop Love Songs

- By Bossip Staff

Beyonce and Jay-Z perform in Paris for their 'On the Run Tour'

We’re big hip-hop heads over at BOSSIP and we feel the genre has gotten kind of a bad rap for being “too negative” so we decided to look back at some of our favorite hip-hop songs about… you guessed it! L-O-V-E.

Count them down with us and feel free to add your own lists in the comments section!

#10 Beyonce And Jay Z – ’03 Bonnie And Clyde

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Hip-Hop’s royal couple Jay-Z and Beyonce took a Tupac classic and made it into their theme song. Was it corny? Yeah, but just admit it, doesn’t it feel good to watch him eat those infamous ‘Big Pimpin’ lyrics? Me give my heart to a woman? Not for nothin,’ never happen, I’ll be forever mackin’! You know Bey has to think that’s hilarious!

#9 Dead Prez – Mind Sex

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Dead Prez spit revolutionary poetry in their mind over body quest to ‘build’ with the opposite sex. We don’t have to take our clothes off? Novel idea…

#8 Whodini – One Love

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Many of you may be too young to remember, but LOVE is definitely an important part of hip-hop’s storied past. Just take a listen to this Whodini song if you’re in need of a reminder.

#7 Pharcyde – Passing Me By

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This ’90’s West Coast group crafted the perfect ode to the one that got away… Their loves may have gone unrequited but they’ll always have a place in our hearts!

#6 Goodie Mob – Beautiful Skin

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After feeding our souls, the brothers of Goodie Mob put us under a Southern spell as they recounted some of their deepest romantic encounters. Even years later this continues to be a fan favorite.

#5 Common – The Light

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Common NEVER knew a love like this! You know it had to be something for him to write this… Erykah put her voodoo spell on the Chicago rapper also known as Lonnie Lynn and blue-eyed crooner Bobby Caldwell provided the perfect sample to lay it down to. The Common/Badu love connection didn’t last but the song remains great wedding reception music for all the cool kids in love.

#4 LL Cool J – I Need Love

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Ladies love Cool Todd and for good reason… So many of his songs have been dedicated to women that we know exactly the kind of love he gives. “Around The Way Girl” “Love You Better” and “Hey Lover” are just a few of his other love raps — but none of those tops “I Need Love”. Say it with us, “When I’m alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall…”

#3 A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum

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A Tribe Called Quest dedicated this classic jam to a woman who was blessed in the face and below the waist. They aspired to be with her and women ever since have aspired to be her.

#2 DMX Ft Faith Evans – How’s It Goin Down

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Dark Man X showed us a softer side when he dropped this nostalgic gem testifying to a tainted street love that couldn’t be shaken.

#1. Method Man And Mary J – You’re All I Need

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This little ditty is a classic example of how sweet a rap/r&b collaboration could be. Meth and Mary set the standard and it still sounds so good!

Honorable Mentions… Hip-hop’s Dead President’s Biggie and Tupac share this spot with Black Star’s “Brown Skin Lady” — a song that is really really in need of a video. If you haven’t heard it before please go get your youtube on. In the meantime enjoy Tupac’s touching love song to his mom and Biggie getting gully about his girl.

Tupac – Dear Momma

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Biggie Smalls – Me And My B*tch

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Comments

  • I Am Legend (Allergic To Darkies)

    bout 2 check the list out brb

  • I Am Legend (Allergic To Darkies)

    LL should have been #2

  • purple love

    How its goin down is a major turn on but 21 questions shud b on here

  • tommykimon

    I don’t like this list. I’ve never heard of most of these songs

  • Marymag

    How is Kelly and nelly’s “dilemma” not on this list?

  • Miss tahbee

    Ths list is kinda before my time. Love the bonny n clyde track and i need love

  • Bartholomew

    Juvenile’s “Back Dat A.ss Up” should’ve been #1.

    I’ve smashed girls to that track plenty of times.

  • Mister_obtuse

    Pharoah Monche’s version of The Light is superior to Common’s imho.

  • phytness

    I love this list! Imma old head. you’ve brought back memories. hmmmmm

  • http://www.slimisgold.com Hiphopobama

    @tommykimon U never HEARD of most of these songs!?!?!?!?!?!

    • LYRICS

      seriously huh!!!??? WOW!!!! THIS IS 1 OF MY FAVE TRACKS!!!

  • http://u bklynlady

    I love this picture of BIG and Faith. Damn I miss the 90’s.

  • http://u bklynlady

    You can clearly see Bey’s diaper print in this picture. lmfbao while smh

  • lily(bk's finest)

    I agree with #1…

  • TUPAC IS GOD

    Tupac’s unconditional Love should have been on there, that song is just beautiful.

  • Stunned

    Seriously? This list is WACK!! Where is Come Close??? That CLEARLY shoulda been number one. SMH. And some of these songs should not be on this list at all.

  • freeze135

    I need love #1
    One love #2

    wtf!

  • lily(bk's finest)

    I would add:

    “Addict 4 your luv”, by Prince Markie Dee(an amazing and underrated producer)

    “Now That We Found Love”, HeavyD

    Btw, I still have that copy of Vibe, with BIG and Faith on the cover…

  • Nea J

    @Stunned, I totally agree. Come Close is my sh*t. Love that song but I can think of a lot of other songs that should’ve made this list

  • THE REAL DEAL

    I CALL RECOUNT THIS IS THE WORST COUNT SINCE THE 2000 PRESIDENTAL ELECTIONS!!!

  • Darren

    Who the hell made up this List…. What happen to lost boyz Renee??

    • 808CHIC

      I second that..

  • xo

    Body language said, Biggie did not love FAITH! Look at his hands, she like him but he did not love her, clearly.
    Another LS chick that felt entitled!

  • dominilicious

    One Love is # 1, followed by
    “Behind the Bush” by the Jungle Brothers

    “Now behind my bush there’s only room for 2, Jimmy and Jane that’s me and you. Doin it right to the morning light a little moan and groan after some fuss and fight”.

  • lily(bk's finest)

    As for Big loving Faith, it’s no secret that Big loved Lil’ Kim…

    • SIGN OF THE TIMES!

      THE BIGGER ? IS DID FAITH REALLY LOVE BIGGIE??? IF HE LOVED LIL KIM THEN HE WOULD OF MARRIED HER; HE WAS A RAPPER NOT A DR, LAWYER OR ANY OTHER REPUTABLE PROFESSIONAL. BIGGIE WAS NOT ATTRACTIVE, OBESE AND HE LOOKED LIKE HIS BREATH STANK…BUT I GOTTA GIVE IT TO HIM HE HAD ONE OF THE SIC-ESS FLOWS RECORDED!!!

  • Greeneyedbandit

    Jay-z,”song cry” Biz markie,”u got what i need”?Salt n pepa’s, “what a man”,Yo Yo and Cube,”down chick”,But my favorite is DMX feat. faith”How’s it goin down”🙂

  • sorryazzbossip

    Where is talib? Common? Roots? Mos Def? Cmon y’all get real!

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