As far as hip-hop groups go, the Roots are certainly in the top tier. The acclaimed band from Philadelphia has featured a rotating cast of talented musicians throughout its existence, while founding members Questlove, Black Thought, and a core crew of Kamal Gray, Captain Kirk Douglas, Frank "Knuckles" Walker, Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson, and James Poyser have upheld the groups legacy over the span of eleven studio albums. That's without even mentioning their collaborative works with John Legend, Betty Wright, Elvis Costello, and their current role as the house band for Jimmy Fallon's late-night talk show on NBC.

With such a deep catalog of material, filtering through and choosing the best songs from the Roots can be a tough task. Monday might be a Things Fall Apart day, while How I Got Over is the soundtrack for Wednesday. Or maybe you want to take it all the way back to Organix. Which goes to show just how consistent the group has been, as well as how nicely the music has aged. In the end, though, the Roots have classic cuts that rise above the rest. These are the Roots' 50 Best Songs.

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50. The Roots "Don't Say Nuthin" (2004)
49. The Roots "Pass the Popcorn" (1993)
48. John Legend and the Roots f/ Black Thought "Lil Ghetto Boy" (2010)
47. The Roots f/ Wadud Ahmad "Take It There" (2006)
46. The Roots "Leonard I-V" (1993)
45. The Roots f/ Martin Luther "Stay Cool" (2004)
44. The Roots f/ Greg Porn "When the People Cheer" (2014)
43. The Roots f/ Aaron Livingston "Guns Are Drawn" (2004)
42. The Roots f/ Dice Raw & MARS "Clones" (1996)
41. The Roots "Proceed" (1994)
40. The Roots f/ Dice Raw "Lighthouse" (2011)
39. The Roots f/ Malik B "In the Music" (2006)
38. The Roots f/ Truck North, P.O.R.N., & Dice Raw "Walk Alone" (2010)
37. The Roots f/ Malik B "Game Theory" (2006)
36. The Roots "Concerto of the Desperado" (1996)
35. The Roots "The Next Movement" (1999)
34. The Roots "Water" (2002)
33. The Roots f/ Wale & Chrisette Michele "Rising Up" (2008)
32. The Roots f/ Monsters of Folk "Dear God 2.0" (2010)
31. The Roots f/ P.O.R.N., Talib Kweli, & Dice Raw "I Will Not Apologize" (2008)
30. The Roots f/ Dom "Duck Down!" (2004)
29. The Roots f/ John-John "Baby" (2006)
28. The Roots "100% Dundee (Live Version)" (1999)
27. The Roots "Double Trouble" (1999)
26. The Roots f/ Nelly Furtado "Sacrifice" (2002)