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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Eminem Songs

Your picks include ‘Stan,’ ‘Without Me’ and ‘Rap God’


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Eminem released his eighth studio album last month, debuting at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. In addition to appearing on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the rap veteran has released videos for "Berzerk" and "Rap God," and earlier this month performed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where Rick Rubin joined him onstage for "Berzerk." With all the attention on Em and the new album, it seemed like a good time to ask our readers to vote for their favorite Eminem songs, resulting in a selection of older songs and new. Click through to see the results.


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3. ‘The Way I Am’

"I'm not Mr. 'NSync; I'm not what you're friends think," Mathers raps on "The Way I Am," the second single from The Marshall Mathers LP. While it's unlikely anybody was confusing Eminem for Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s, this propulsive track still serves to distance the rapper from his successes, framing him as an outsider in both his personal life and career. Within, Em rails against his record label, his family and commercial radio (who "won't even play my jam"), delivering each line in a razor-sharp, syncopated cadence against a backdrop of minimal percussion and piano. 

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2. ‘Stan’

Eminem's third album, 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, is overwhelmingly dark, focusing on Marshall's problems with drug abuse, his newfound celebrity status and his troubled (to say the least) relationship with his ex-wife, Kim. The album's bleakest moment, however, is its acclaimed third single, "Stan." Lyrically, the track is framed as a series of fan letters – each growing increasingly angry, culminating with the narrator driving his car (his pregnant girlfriend bound in the trunk) into a lake. Meanwhile, the building tension is constantly counterbalanced by Dido's gentle, rainy-day hook ("It reminds me that it's not so bad"). "Stan" is much more than just a violent fever dream – it's a poignant commentary on the destructive power of fame. 

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1. ‘Lose Yourself’

This 2002 staple was written during filming for the 8 Mile film, and throughout, it channels the intensity of Em's character, "B-Rabbit," preparing for a rap battle. "His palms are sweaty / knees weak, arms are heavy," Mathers rhymes, narrating his own movements to the stage, "There's vomit on his sweater already / mom's spaghetti." In terms of pure lyricism, "Lose Yourself" is one of the rapper's finest achievements, and the rapped-sung hook is far and away the best in his discography. But let's not forget the work of producer/co-writer Jeff Bass, who contributed one of the most instantly recognizable guitar riffs of all-time. 

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