30. "Love the Way You Lie" feat. Rihanna (2010)
The blockbuster collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna grew out of a loop that the British producer Alex Da Kid brought to songwriter Skylar Grey, which inspired her to write about her mistreatment by the music industry. When Eminem got the track, he wanted it for his Recovery album, but felt that only Rihanna could bring the necessary emotion. The song's central metaphor shifted with Rihanna's participation and became more explicitly about the violence that can erupt between two romantic partners – Eminem drew on his experiences with his ex-wife and lyrical foil Kim, while Rihanna's memories of the violence at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown tinged her unforgettable wails on the song's chorus. "It's something that we've both experienced on different sides of the table," Rihanna told Access Hollywood in 2010. "[Eminem] pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence, and it's something that people don't have a lot of insight on."