Eminem, "The Real Slim Shady" (2000)
The celebratory feel of Eminem's signature hit doesn't really sound like anything else on The Marshall Mathers LP. He reportedly made the track after the rest of his dark, tortured masterwork was finished, and his management team decided they needed a lead single. "We began with a drumbeat that Dre programmed into an MPC3000," Mike Elizondo told Sound on Sound in 2006. Elizondo co-produced the track with Dre and Tommy Coster Jr., the latter who devised the track's memorably "harpsichord-like" melody. But it's Dre's thumping bass drum that makes the track bounce and gives Eminem fuel. When Eminem descended on the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards with dozens of white boys in white T-shirts "that look just like me," this hit single felt like a call to arms, and everyone wondered what would happen next.