#94 – Eminem – Lose Yourself (2002)
First heard: 2002
Why it’s on the list: I used to be a pretty big fan of Eminem. He’s always been gimmicky, but he was at his best early in the last decade when he seemed to bounce from self-deprecating to raw to angry.
He had other incredible songs, notably one further down this list, but this was his last truly outstanding song in my opinion.
Everything about this song was a bit of a shock. The movie it came from, his performance…it was all really, really good. Critics took notice and the song was universally praised.
Unfortunately it would be another eight years before he put out anything worth a shit.