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Missy, Nicki, Cardi & More: The Top 25 Biggest Hot 100 Hits by Female Rappers

As previously reported, Cardi B crowns the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Oct. 7) with "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)." The 24-year-old rookie rapper marks a milestone, becoming just the second female MC to top the tally with no other billed artists, joining Lauryn Hill, whose "Doo Wop (That Thing)" led the list for two weeks in 1998.

Cardi B is also the first female rapper to rule the Hot 100 at all since Iggy Azalea, whose own debut hit "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, reigned for seven weeks in 2014.


To celebrate Cardi B's achievement, we've ranked the all-time top 25 Hot 100 rap hits by female artists (in lead roles). Our list takes us through the progression of the genre, featuring hits from the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s, going as far back as Salt-N-Pepa's breakthrough in 1988. The list also illustrates the dominance of Missy Elliott throughout her career, as the MC scores the most hits of anyone on the ranking (six). Also notable: "Bodak Yellow" is already a strong enough chart performer to make the all-time tally.

Here are the top 25 biggest rap songs by female artists in the Hot 100's history, from No. 25 to No. 1.

Rank, Title, Artist, Peak Position, Peak Date
25, "Let's Talk About Sex," Salt-N-Pepa, No. 13, Nov. 23, 1991

24, "Push It," Salt-N-Pepa, No. 19, Feb. 20, 1988

23, "Romeo and Juliet," Sylk-E. Fyne feat. Chill, No. 6, April 18, 1998

22, "Do You Want Me," Salt-N-Pepa, No. 21, June 22, 1991

21, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)," Cardi B, No. 1 (one week to date), Oct. 7, 2017

20, "Not Tonight," Lil' Kim feat. Da Brat, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Missy Elliott & Angie Martinez, No. 6, Aug. 9, 1997

19, "Gossip Folks," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. Ludacris, No. 8, March 8, 2003

18. "Anaconda," Nicki Minaj, No. 2, Sept. 6, 2014

17, "Funkdafied," Da Brat, No. 6, Aug. 13, 1994

16, "Get Ur Freak On," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, No. 7, June 30, 2001

15, "Paper Planes," M.I.A., No. 4, Sept. 27, 2008

14, "Hot Boyz," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. NAS, EVE & Q-Tip, No. 5, Jan. 8, 2000

13, "Shoop," Salt-N-Pepa, No. 4, Dec. 4, 1993

12, "Black Widow," Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, No. 3, Oct. 18, 2014

11, "Doo Wop (That Thing)," Lauryn Hill, No. 1 (two weeks), Nov. 14, 1998

10, "Lose Control," Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop, No. 3, Sept. 17, 2005

9, "Whatta Man," Salt-N-Pepa feat. En Vogue, No. 3, Feb. 26, 1994

8, "Magic Stick," Lil' Kim feat. 50 Cent, No. 2, July 12, 2003

7, "Gangsta Lovin'," Eve feat. Alicia Keys, No. 2, Sept. 14, 2002

6, "Buffalo Stance," Neneh Cherry, No. 3, June 24, 1989

5, "Starships," Nicki Minaj, No. 5, April 7, 2012

4, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve feat. Gwen Stefani, No. 2, Aug. 18, 2001

3, "Work It," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, No. 2, Nov. 16, 2002

2, "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj, No. 3, Aug. 13, 2011

1, "Fancy," Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, No. 1, June 7, 2014

The Top 25 Hot 100 Hits by Female Rappers chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart through the Oct. 7, 2017-dated chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods. To be eligible for this list, songs must have also appeared on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, which began on March 11, 1989; songs prior to that date were deemed eligible for the all-time ranking based on their sonic content.