5. 'Sing for the Moment'
A highlight from Eminem's fourth LP, The Eminem Show, "Sing for the Moment" is one of the rapper's finest lyrical achievements. Within, he defends himself against crucifying critics, pissed-off journalists and outraged parents who think his rhymes promote violence to American youth. "They say music can alter moods and talk to you / Well, can it load a gun up for you and cock it too?" he raps. "Well, if it can, the next time you assault a dude / Just tell the judge it was my fault, and I'll get sued." But "Moment" isn't a pity-party – by the end, Em shifts focus to his young fans and the redemptive power of hip-hop. Empowering stuff, and the classic rock riffs (sampled from Aerosmith's "Dream On") only add to the visceral thrill.