"Crazy in Love" begins much like the inauguration of Beyonce's solo career, with horns glaring and a combo of modern funk, soul, pop and -- thanks to her hubby -- hip-hop. "It's the horn hook," Beyoncé noted. "It has this go-go feel to it, this old-school feel. I wasn't sure if people were going to get it." People got it. Released in May 2003, the song would serve as the summer's anthem. And, Jayonce fans would mark the beginning of the diva's willingness to admit that she was head over heels for the hip-hop star.
One of Eminem’s best-known songs and biggest hits, “Stan” details a fan’s descent into dangerous obsession through his letters to his rapper hero. Eminem once explained the title character to Rolling Stone: “He’s crazy for real, and he thnks I’m crazy, but I try to help him at the end of the song. It kinda shows the real side of me.” The song features a prominent sample of Dido’s “Thank You,” which was a concurrent hit. Facing charges of homophobia, Eminem performed “Stan” at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the openly gay Elton John singing the chorus.