INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: Eminem performs at day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on
Jeff Kravitz

With hip hop firmly entrenched for decades as one of America's most popular genres, you'd think the list of rap songs to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 would be overflowing in the hundreds. Surprisingly, though, only 54 tracks, starting with Blondie's 1981 classic "Rapture" all the way through Macklemore + Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop," have topped the charts. Listen to them all in the playlist below, which doubly serves, if we may say so ourselves, as a nice compendium of the history of hip-hop.