Eminem is not only one of the top rap artists of all time, he is one of the bestselling overall recording artists. His worldwide album sales exceed 100 million. Eminem is also the winner of more than a dozen Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
This is the lead single from the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile. The song presents the background of the movie's lead character Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr. "Lose Yourself" became Eminem's first #1 pop hit single and spent 12 weeks at the top. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song From a Motion Picture.
Released as a single from the album Recovery, "Love the Way You Lie" deals with the topic of domestic abuse. The chorus was written by Skylar Grey with Eminem contributing the verses. Rihanna's featured vocal performance came in the wake of her much publicized experiences with domestic violence. "Love the Way You Lie" was a #1 pop hit around the world spending seven weeks at the top in the US. The song was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record Of the Year and Song Of the Year.
Eminem's tale of an obsessed fan named "Stan" lent its name to a now widely accepted term for overzealous music fans. The song is powerful and disturbing. It features vocals from British singer Dido sampling her song "Thank You." "Stan" was a #1 pop hit in the UK. Eminem's performance of the song at the 2001 Grammy Awards with Elton John drew both criticism and acclaim.
"Berzerk" is the first single from Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It is a salute to old school rap and was produced by Rick Rubin who produced many classics from the old school. The song features a sample from Billy Squier's rock hit "The Stroke." "Berzerk" debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than a million copies.
The single "The Real Slim Shady" introduced Eminem's landmark album The Marshall Mathers LP. It is a broad based critique of manufactured pop music delivered with satirical humor. The song became Eminem's first #1 hit in the UK and reached #4 on the pop chart in the US. "The Real Slim Shady" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Eminem released "When I'm Gone" to introduce his first greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits. The song presents poignant arguments for the artist going on indefinite hiatus. However, it turned out that he did not exit from recording for anywhere as long as the song suggests. "When I'm Gone" was a top 10 pop hit around the world.
8. "Not Afraid"
"Not Afraid" was the first single released from Eminem's album Recovery. The song included a shift in tone to a more uplifting message about moving away from drugs and violence. "Not Afraid" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
9. "Without Me"
"Without Me" was released as the introductory single for the album The Eminem Show. In humorous fashion, he announces that he is back so the world can continue on. Eminem details what a miserable place it was without him. It peaked at #2 in the US and #1 in many countries around the world. "Without Me" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record Of the Year.
10. "My Name Is"
"My Name Is" was the first single from Eminem's major label debut album The Slim Shady LP. He received criticism for attacking both women and gay people, but it served as in introduction to the major artist to come. "My Name Is" reached the top 10 on the rap songs chart and broke into the pop top 40.