He’s the real Slim Shady. This is G Magazine, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Eminem songs.

10. Superman (The Eminem Show)

Slim Shady gives us a sneak peek into his prolific love life in the “The Eminem Show” single. “Superman,” which is appropriately slower tempo, was reportedly inspired by Eminem’s onetime, short flame with Mariah Carey.

9. The Real Slim Shady (The Marshall Mathers LP)

Despite the fact that it made fun of some of the most popular recording artists at the time, this song earned Eminem a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. But it was for good reason – the tune skillfully blended comedy, hip-hop and special effects to create a record that was fresh and original with a funky beat.

8. Stan feat. Dido (The Marshall Mathers LP)

In “Stan,” Eminem creates a whole new character, the combination of his most negative qualities, a fan-turned-stalker-and-killer.  It is rare to find a song so completely formed.

7. Kim (The Marshall Mathers LP)

Eminem has a famed & reprehensivble treatment of women – especially his ex-wife Kim.  This song which bares her name may be his single most terrifying song – a story of him murdering his wife, told in vivid detail. It is set over a sample of the tectonic drums from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.”

6. Guilty Conscience (The Slim Shady LP)

Yet another showcase of Eminem’s song-writing and rapping ability, Guilty Conscience pits Dr. Dre vs. Eminem. The two emcees play the shoulder angel and devil of three would-be criminals. A lyrical masterpiece, it’s considered a quintessential Slim Shady track.

5. Rock Bottom (The Slim Shady LP)

Poignant, powerful, and thought-provoking, Rock Bottom detailed the struggles a young, broke, and hungry Eminem went through. The multi-syllable genius in the lyrics further solidified Eminem’s masterful ability to tell vivid stories while maintaining incredible word structure.

4. My Name Is (The Slim Shady LP)

His debut single, “My Name Is,” is largely credited for putting Eminem in the global spotlight, launching the mainstream career of the best selling rapper of all time. Eminem came out the gate spitting witty, brutally honest rhymes and the video pulled together hilarious pop-culture themed visuals to match.

3. The Way I Am (The Marshall Mathers LP)

One of the earliest & best examples of Eminem’s ability to produce beats, “The Way I Am” highlights Eminem’s s haunting pressures that he faced from fans to label executives.  The second single from The Marshall Mathers LP, the honest lyrics struck a chord with Eminem’s fan-base, who praised him for holding nothing back.

2. Lose Yourself (8 Mile Soundtrack)

A Billboard #1 song for 12 weeks straight, the Eminem-produced “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song ever to win an Oscar for Best Original Song.

1. ’97 Bonnie & Clyde (The Slim Shady LP)

What may come as a surprise to many music fans, we choose this R-rated bedtime story as Eminem’s finest work. The song follows Eminem immediately after the events of “Kim,” which was recorded as a prequel for The Marshall Mathers LP. The story, which was told in song-form with graphic detail to his daughter, was originally featured on The Slim Shady EP with a different musical arrangement and title, “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” was re-recorded and ported over to Eminem’s first major release, The Slim Shady LP.

 

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