Rules are made to broken, lists are made to be debated. And argued. And remade ...
Few networks capitalize on the talking power of lists quite like VH1, and the music network's latest list show compiles the (alleged) 100 greatest hip-hop songs.
Starting Monday, the network counts down the list, but we know the toppers:
5. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's ''The Message''
4. Run-D.M.C.'s ''Walk This Way'' with Aerosmith
3. Dr. Dre's ''Nuthin but a 'G' Thang''
2. Sugar Hill Gang's ''Rapper's Delight''
And the No. 1 hip-hop song of all time is ...
Salt 'N Pepa was the only female act in the top 10, with their early hit ''Push It.'' Two of rap's biggest names -- Jay-Z and Eminem -- didn't make the top 10, though they are in the top 20.
Other acts on the list include the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie, Black Sheep and J.J. Fad.
The list comes as VH1 prepares to honor the pioneers in rap once again as part of its annual Hip-Hop Honors show, which this year celebrates Slick Rick, De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Naughty by Nature and Too Short. That show airs Oct. 6.
What do you think? Do these picks jibe with your list of the best hip-hop tracks ever? Share your lists in the comments below ...