13 Dec The Top 5 Eminem Songs of All Time
From “My Name Is” to “Stan” to the Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” to the Oscar-winning “Lose Yourself,” these are the 5 best Eminem songs.
Emimien has been relatively quiet in recent years. We decided to take a look back at the Detroit rapper’s impressive catalog as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
If you don’t know who Marshal Mathers is or what he did for hip-hop, you’re either too young or not from this planet. Eminem has had one of the most successful careers in hip-hop history, selling millions of records and receiving numerous awards while pissing off the world.
Em has a huge passion for hip hop and history, aside from his notorious antics and potentially problematic lyrics.
Em has added to that history with his own impressive lyricism and technical prowess, pushing the art form forward and providing us with some of the best musical moments in the last two decades. The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show were all platinum-selling albums.
This list is for you if you’ve only heard albums like Music to Be By or Revival. This exemplifies why Em is one of the G.O.A.Ts.
The best Eminem songs are listed below.
1. Lose Yourself
Was there any doubt that this would take the top spot among all of Eminem’s best songs? It is a song that has crossed all boundaries of culture, dominating the Billboard charts and winning the coveted Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first of only two rap songs to ever achieve this distinction).
Even if it hadn’t won Eminem an Oscar, “Lose Yourself” would be considered one of the most important pieces of 2000s hip-hop, if not his most important track.
From the iconic lyrics (hello, Mom’s spaghetti) to the haunting, jangly-guitar production to that chorus; the chorus that completely embodies the Eminem-school of vocal delivery and palpably produces adrenaline on each listen. It is, without a doubt, his crowning achievement.
Much has been written (and then some) about the extremely problematic lyrical content found in Eminem songs. It’s safe to say that if he had started his career in, say, 2017, he would not have risen to such prominence without collapsing under the weight of the criticism found in today’s blogosphere.
Aside from being a fantastic song, “Stan” serves as a timely reminder that Eminem is more self-aware than many people give him credit for. It arrived as a piercing, pointed response to those who condemned the effect his lyrics would have in inciting violence, weaving a classic tale of a fan gone dangerously-obsessive.
Instead of denial, Eminem responds with a cautionary tale to his fans with such attitudes, delivering the most stellar example of storytelling in his career in the process.
3. The Real Slim Shady
“The Real Slim Shady” is without a doubt one of the best songs in Eminem’s discography. It’s also the pinnacle of everything that made Eminem great in the early days.
Its squelching beat is the crowning achievement of his numerous collaborations with Dr. Dre, and it serves as a springboard for Detroit’s finest to unleash his flow like a whirling dervish.
The chorus’s tongue-tied acrobatics pale in comparison to the dexterity at work in each verse, verses that also happened to make enemies with the entire music industry circa 2000. Will Smith, #SorryNotSorry.
4. Without Me
Because when you release a follow-up single, you might as well mock your mother and the Vice President of the United States.
At least, according to the Eminem school of thought. Aside from the saxophone, this is one of his best beats with one of his most impressive flows. Everything about this song is working, and not just hard.
5. The Way I am
Who could have predicted that this song would be the follow-up single to “The Real Slim Shady?” Whereas “The Way I Am” is goofy, catchy, and glides along a G-funk groove, “The Way I Am” is a jagged knife slipped through the ribs.
It’s dark, to be sure, but it’s also a rhythmic anomaly, whether in Eminem’s work or not. Few have attempted, let alone succeeded, in maintaining such a jarringly uneven flow, with him resting on the beat and inserting his words in between.
That he makes it sound so effortless is an entirely different achievement, and it results in one of Eminem’s most iconic songs.
Eminem is arguably one of the most gifted and prolific rappers dead or alive. His catalogue is an embodiments of timeless discographies. Thus, we have had to struggle with preferences before coming up with the above list. Please, kindly share this content on all platforms.
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