Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

The best from the bloody, bombastic, brilliant career of the hip-hop troublemaker

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46. "Drug Ballad" (2000)

In the wake of The Slim Shady LP, Eminem became an A-list celebrity and the VIP debauchery quickly ensued: "The bigger the shows got, the bigger the after-parties; drugs were always around," he recalled to Rolling Stone in 2011. But the theme that drives this song is that Eminem never moralizes or expresses regret but still recounts, in vivid detail, the dangers and illusions caused by drinking and drugs, including that his daughter might inherit his boozing ways: "That's the sound of a bottle when it's hollow, when you swallow it all, wallow and drown in your sorrow/And tomorrow you're gonna wanna do it again."

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