This song was huge on MTV. I remember this, Rappers Delight, and Rapture far more than others like Planet Rock.Full disclaimer: I know so little about hip hop music. I was certainly not aware of this song in 1982, and I didn’t hear it until years later. And even then I wasn’t able to distinguish it from other hip hop songs. A lot of people smarter than me regard “The Message” as the greatest rap song of all time. But I have no way of judging that. Still I have take it into account which is why it gets the ranking it does. Some folks here will think it too low. And they might be right. I’m just not comfortable ranking this type of music due to my ignorance of it.
one of the more sampled songs I know of. Would be in my top 10 for the year based on historical impact and sampling alone.