WTH?!? Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’ the No. 1 rap song of past 25 years, says ‘Billboard’ magazine

macklemore-grammysYou may want to sit down before you read this:

Macklemore owns two of the top 5 rap songs of all time, including the No. 1 single ever in the 25-year history of the Billboard rap charts.

We will now pause for you to take a large swallow of your favorite potent adult beverage.

Billboard said it is celebrating the quarter-century history of the Billboard Hot Rap Chart, which was created in March 1989. Yet the top 10 of this list of the best 100 rap songs of the past 25 years has some conspicuous absences of rap stars, hip hop legends and iconic songs, including Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Diddy, Wu Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Eminem, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, etc …

Not even one of Enimem’s blockbuster hits cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s list. But Macklemore has two songs in the Top 5 of the greatest rap songs of this era.

Simply dumbfounding. Mind-blowing. Mystifying. Sense-defying.

Billboard’s tried to explain this list by outlining their criteria for it’s Top 100 rap songs for the past 25 years:

“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.”

Here, now, is the Top 10 rap songs of the past 25 years, according to Billboard magazine. You may want to crack open another bottle before you finish digesting this list.

All we know is that Billboard has some “splaining” to do. And Macklemore may have to issue another round of apologies.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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