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Best Eminem songs of all time

20.03.2019

Since his debut in 1996, Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady, aka M&M, aka B-Rabbit has been conquering worldwide music charts – not just rap charts: a 20-year stellar career, one of the best rappers of all times, one of the most crucial voices in rap lyrics, a controversial one too, a living legend. From his early beginnings to 2017 featuring Beyoncé ‘Walk on Water’, and his later Trump controversial freestyle, we are about to revive some of the best Eminem songs of all times.

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Fall

Album: Kamikaze
Year: 2018

Following the core of 2018 Eminem’s surprise album Kamikaze, in which he criticises the current rap scene as well as getting back at those who shit all over the album Revival (which ‘didn’t go viral’), Fall is one of the best tracks, with a catchy intro performed by Justin Vernon.

Best bars from Fall here:

These rappers are like Hunger Games
One minute, they’re mockin’ Jay
Next minute, they get their style from Migos or they copy Drake
Maybe I just don’t know when to turn around and walk away

Killshot

Album: (Diss Track)
Year: 2018

The track that caused such a big stir in the music industry. The diss track that Em wanted us to listen to and react to as a bunch of spineless mannequins: first, he gives’ MGK a career and then destroyed it’ then he has more than 64 million YouTube views and growing. And, more than 450K comments. And the feud is far from over.

But most astonishingly one of the lines goes like

Cause he knows, long as I’m Shady he’s gon’ have to live in my shadow

And it happens that a while back we published an editorial on Marshal’s daughter Hailey titled

Living in Shady’s shadow’.

Em, where’s our credits here?

Eminem's Best Songs

Hailie’s Song

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

We have written plenty on Eminem’s family relationships, in particular, the one with daughter Hailie, who is now 21 and does not take after his father at all. Hailie’s song is an ode to her and was not originally intended to be realised but Dr Dre convinced Eminem in the end.

What’s special about this song, and why we want it to be included in Eminem’s best songs, is that for once you can hear Eminem’s singing voice, rather than his angry rapping.

My baby girl keeps gettin’ older
I watch her grow up with pride
People make jokes ‘cause they don’t understand me
They just don’t see my real side

No Love ft. Lil Wayne

Album: Recovery
Year: 2010

Released with his 7th album Recovery, No Love is a sample of ‘What is Love’ by Haddaway – one of the dance hot hits of the early 90s. Obviously, Eminem and Lil Wayne have found their way to put a dark spin to it and make it rather ‘explicit’: with more than one million copies sold digitally in the US, it is one of Eminem’s best samples.

Bad Guy

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Year: 2013

As a sequel to Stan: Bad Guy is actually Stan’s brother Matthew Mitchell, who wants revenge after his sibling committed suicide because he couldn’t cope with the fans and their obsession with him. The song has been considered one of Eminem’s greatest for his ability in storytelling: what really happens in the song is that the ‘public’s eye’ becomes Matthew, and with that Eminem’s will is to show some remorse on what he did during the course of his career.

Rock Bottom

Album: The Slim Shady LP
Year: 1999

One of the best songs by Eminem that came out in is early days: it was 1999 and the Shady wasn’t yet feeling a rap god, kind of the opposite actually. The name of the song clearly gives out its dark theme, one of Eminem’s trademark: gangsta rapping has never been his thing, what he liked to talk about were instead his personal torments, in this case, being a young dad trying to make a living.

Full of venom and rage
Especially when I’m engaged
And my daughter’s down
to her last diaper

Rap God

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Year: 2013

From The Marshall Mathers LP, Rap God is one of Eminem’s best songs as it features Eminem’s previous career conflicts, and Eminem does that with a record: Rap God established the Guinness World Record for the highest number of words used: 1560 to be precise (two Word pages). Over six minute, the verses spin from the core words of the hook ‘I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God’: it seems that finally the Shady, after all his life struggles, feels he has found his nirvana and inner peace. Rap. A Rap God he is, indeed.

My Name Is

Album: The Slim Shady LP
Year: 1999

Straight from his 1999 debut album The Slim Shady LP, My Name Is is without a shade of a doubt one of the best songs Eminem released thanks to his blatantly honest lyrics and the memorable video featuring an evidently stereotypical redneck family who are hit by a Marshall Mathers show while watching TV: it’s a parody of whatever society was offering in that year, including President Clinton.

Berzerk

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Year: 2013

A mix of Beasty Boys beats from the ‘80s, fast rapping and incredible lyrics, one of the best songs by Eminem reviving old-school rapping: produced by Rick Rubin and released in 2013, the song sampled The Stroke by American rock musician Billy Squier, 1986’s (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!) Beastie Boys and 1995’s Feel Me Flow by hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature.

Superman

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

What’s Eminem’s love life like? Not the first question that comes to mind associated with Eminem: gossip has never been his thing, and maybe we all love him more because we are able to talk about his talent and his rapping. Superman slow tempo is on Eminem’s fling for Mariah Carey, believe it or not. Released in 2003 from Eminem’s studio album The Eminem Show.

When I’m Gone

Album: Curtain Call: The Hits
Year: 2005

A vulnerable moment in Eminem’s musical career: thanks to When I’m Gone we get to see Eminem’s sentimental attachment to his family, especially his baby girl Hailie – who is now 21. Released in 2005, the hit didn’t end up to be his final song of course, but just his hiatus from 2005 to 2009.

Sing For The Moment

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

A sample of Aerosmith’s Dream On is about one of Eminem’s favourite themes: being misunderstood. Taking music the wrong way. Released in 2002, Sing For the Moment features the actual voice of Steven Tyler for the chorus and it is a clear response to the damage that the media creates – at times – in order to create buzz around a popular personality.

But then these critics crucify you, journalists try to burn you
Fans turn on you, attorneys all want a turn at you
To get they hands on every dime you have, they want you to lose your mind
Every time you mad

I Need a Doctor, Eminem and Skylar Grey

Album: (A Dr Dre Single)
Year: 2011

Eminem put the lyrics of I Need a Doctor together on only two hours: one of the best songs from Shady, produced by Alex Da Kid and mixed by Dr.Dre,  the latter being the subject of the song for the strong relationship  between the two and how they managed to be each other muse through their careers. It was released in 2011 from the album Detox.

97′ Bonnie and Clyde

Album: The Slim Shady LP
Year: 1999

Dumping your wife’s body in the boot of your car shouldn’t become the reason why your sing becomes when of your best ever, but when you are Eminem, it does: reflecting Eminem’s personal life difficulties, telling the story of Kim (his ex-wife) not allowing him to see his daughter.

There goes mama, spwashin’ in the wa-ta
No more fightin wit dad, no more restraining order
No more step-da-da, no more new brother
Blow her kisses bye-bye, tell mama you love her (mommy!)

‘Till I Collapse ft Nate Dogg

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

How about a stomp-stomp-clap to give the right rhythm to one of the best songs ever written by Eminem? 2,000, 000 copies in the US sold digitally, that’s your ‘how about’: released in 2002 – never as a single – as part of the album The Eminem Show, it references several rappers, such as Notorious B.I.G, André 3000 and 2Pac.

Cleanin Out My Closet

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

Cleanin’ Out My Closet is sarcastic – yet serious – that Eminem chose to talk about his life as a child and his relationship with his mother: he’s angry with her for not being able to bring him up the right way. That happened after his father abandoned him. Go why Eminem’s flow is always so angry, although it doesn’t come across as such in Cleanin Out My Closet.

Forever

Album: Relapse: Refill
Year: 2009

This is a joint forces effort between some of the best rappers of all times to come up with one of the best rap songs ever released by Eminem: Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne have put in all their talents in wordsmithing the most downloaded song in the last week of September 2009 and selling in total over 3,265,000 digital copies in the US alone.

Just Lose It

Album: Encore
Year: 2004

Michael Jackson was not impressed by Just Lose It lyrics:

What else could I possibly do to make noise?
I’ve done touched on everything but little boys
That’s not a stab at Michael

A clear dig at the king of pop later accusations in his career. But you’ve got to give credits to the king of rap and for being brave enough to just ‘lose control of the lyrics’ and say what he felt like saying. Released in 2004 as part of the album Encore, the song disses Madonna, Mc Hammer and others.

Not Afraid

Album: Recovery
Year: 2010

Released in 2010, Not Afraid, from the album Recovery, marks an important moment in Eminem’s life: it’s a gamechanger, it’s when Eminem declares he has had enough of living the bad boy drug and abuse life. A positive message, one that sold 380, 000 digital copies in its first week of release.

Without Me

Album: The Eminem Show
Year: 2002

Isn’t it wonderful when a song has a clear message, a message we can all agree with? Without me is without a doubt an unmovable truth, meaning that the rap scene and rap, in general, wouldn’t have gone so mainstream worldwide without Eminem’s talent. It was the first single out of The Eminem Show.

‘Cause we need a little controversy
‘Cause it feels so empty without me
I said this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me!

The Monster ft Rihanna

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Year: 2013

The fourth collaboration between what we may describe as one of his muses, Rihanna and the Shady: the chemistry is unbelievable and with that, they are able to talk about their personal lives in a way everyone can relate to. From 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP2 topped the charts worldwide in 12 different countries.

Love the Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

Album: Recovery
Year: 2010

Whether it is for Rihanna’s great look or the sentimental melodic lyrics, Love The Way You Lie is one of Eminem’s best songs: the lyrics are about abusive love relationships and that is why Eminem managed to reach out beyond his loyal fans. The mid-tempo track was released in 2010 won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.

The Real Slim Shady

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Year: 2000

Released in 2000 with the album The Marshall Mathers won several awards for its music video, where back then Eminem used his microphone to criticise from pop stars – Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears- to actresses – Pamela Anderson and other famous personalities: would he wear his superhero costume and use the very same tone with the chart-toppers of the moment? You answer that.

Guilty Conscience ft. Dr Dre

Album: The Slim Shady LP
Year: 1999

Released in 1999 is one of Eminem’s best songs for its allegorical angel vs devil internal conscious altercation: Dre is the Angel, Shady is the devil. It’s all depicted through a medieval morality play, one of the best collaborations ever.

These voices, these voices, I hear them
And when they talk, I follow, I follow
I follow, I follow all these voices

The Way I am

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Year: 2000

Yet another time The Shady is at it with counter firing at the harsh critique and lashes out at all those people who have criticised him during his career: later he made it even clearer with ‘The Real Slim Shady’  and other songs. Released in 2000, it backlashed for the lyrics about Marilyn Manson.

Stan ft Dido

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Year: 2000

If the word stan has been included in the Oxford Dictionary, it must be because it belongs to something that back in 2000 had all teenagers going crazy for it, even though stan means ‘An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity’: Eminem, in fact, wrote this song to speak to all the fans who misunderstood him and took his lyrics too seriously – and wrote to him awkward letters.

Lose Yourself

Album: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
Year: 2002

It was the year 2002 when Eminem came out with Lose Yourself, part of the soundtrack for biographical movie 8 mile. This is the song most praised all over the world for Eminem’s rapping, the lyrics and the production. B-Rabbit, the struggles, the full story: Eminem opens up and doesn’t leave anything to chances. When it gets so personal, people just can’t help but connecting with your song, and this is what led to being number one on the world charts for months.