Eminem Playlist - Favorite Eminem Tracks

Eminem

While I have several favorite musicians, Eminem currently tops the list and has for several years now. His vocal skills are unparalleled and his lyrics are witty, biting and frequently controversial.

While I have virtually every song of Eminem's loaded to my iPod, this is my personally chosen iTunes playlist of his best tracks. The full playlist contains 20 favorite Eminem songs, but really it's not even close to complete because it doesn't contain songs from his first failed album, Infinite, or any of the dozens of diss tracks and unofficial releases.

And I also love dozens of other tracks, but many of them are songs that I have to be in the mood to listen to. These ones here are in perennial rotation. Since even 20 songs is an awful lot for one web page, I've selected my top 5 Eminem picks. I think they make a great introduction to his work, especially for people who are more familiar with what the press say about Eminem, than they are with Eminem's work directly.

Also, note, Eminem's real name is Marshall Mathers. He almost always refers to himself as Marshall rather than "Eminem", so I tend to do so as well when I'm writing up track reviews :)

My Top Six Picks for Eminem's best songs

'Till I Collapse

This song bangs so hard. If I need a pick-me-up, I listen to 'Till I Collapse. If someone makes me made, I listen to it. If I want to get my adrenaline pumping, it is my go to song!

When I'm Gone

This is one of the best tracks Marshall has ever written. It's the most honest thing he has ever written and as a result it is emotionally stirring and almost uncomfortably revealing.

Runnin (Dying to Live)

Nope, Marshall doesn't even rap on this track, but his hand is evident all over it -- from the selection of the sample to the gorgeous strings and a sentiment which he comes back to again and again in his music regarding the dangers of escalating rap battles until they destroy real people's lives.

Square Dance

This is Marshall's 9/11 ptsd song. This is my 9/11 ptsd song. It's the best and most complex track on The Eminem Show and it took me many months to appreciate it. What I find interesting is that Eminem said at the time he would not write a track about 9/11 and yet, many of the tracks he's written since then are clearly informed by the events of September 11th. There are echoes of it all over his music since then, including When I'm Gone.

Rabbit Run

Lose Yourself is a great track, but I think Rabbit Run is even better and how awesome is it that Em wrote a song about Writer's Block? We can all relate. I love everything about this track, particularly the pacing and the sound effects (which like the leaves in Kim are probably coming straight from Em's hands and not from some kind of digital sound effects board), but I bet we'll never hear him perform it live unless he was planning to allow it to kill him from oxygen deprivation.

Marshall Mathers

The best song on the Marshall Mathers LP. I'm sure some would argue that The Way I Am is better, but I'm going to stick with this one because it's much more unique and a far better example of his vocal skills and how much his emotional state informs the way his voice actually sounds on any given track. There's a moment on this track when I can feel my own throat closing up in sympathy to the distress in his voice.



Eminem CDs

'Till I Collapse (Album Version) [feat. Nate Dogg] [Explicit]
'Till I Collapse (Album Version) [feat. Nate Dogg] [Explicit]

This song is one of the reasons The Eminem Show never left the CD player in my car for nearly six months.

 

When I'm Gone

Eminem Videos

One of the more powerful features of Eminem's music is that most of them follow a narrative structure and his lyrics provide strong visuals that are almost cinematic in quality -- so much so that I find the music videos often fail to live up to the movie in my own head. His music doesn't need music videos because the visual aspect of is already so strong. That said, here are a couple I like:

Firstly, When I'm Gone, the 3rd and best of a series of tracks written for his daughter, Hailie;

Secondly, the video for Runnin' (Dying to Live). This song was produced and arranged by Marshall from recorded rap verses entrusted to him by Tupac Shakur's mother. All of the strings and the sample of Dying to Live by Edgar Winters that is used as the chorus are Eminem additions to the material.


Runnin' (Dying to Live)

Eminem Biography

Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem
Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem

The Eminem biography by Rolling Stone reporter, Anthony Bozza is, in my opinion, the best book written about Eminem and it's an excellent read.

 

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caparzo 16 8 years ago

Ouw man.....The all tracks = the best for Eminem


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KymAlicia92 7 years ago from Mount Isa

I Love When Im Gone


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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

I do too, Kym! Have you heard the new album? There are several great songs on Relapse as well!


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nj2k9_8 7 years ago from Minnesota

Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time. I am so glad he came out of retirement.


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Nguyen Thanh Binh 6 years ago

He's great!


Future White Rapper 6 years ago

I am definitely a huge fan of Eminem. I totally agree that Marshall Mathers is better than The Way i Am. I am in love with this rapper.


Saul 6 years ago

Nah, Marshall Mathers LP and Slim Shady LP are where it's at. There's a few good songs after that, but most of them are pretty lame. His first two albums are amazing!


Aditya(Asid) 6 years ago

1)Stan

2)Lose Yourself

3)Sing For The Moment

4)Beautiful

5)8 Mile


gabbywazhere 6 years ago

i love eminem!!! i like the song you chose"when im gone" i have the full song on my phone i basically know the full song well anyways great hub! :)


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jennshealthstore 6 years ago from Florida

I love eminem too! I love the listen to the stories he tells. Some are quite funny. Nice Hub!


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TwO1FouR 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

Love this! Eminem is my favorite


.. 6 years ago

great songs, but.. are few missing here


Rohan 5 years ago

My favorite singer

hands up 2

when i'm gone...

Sizzling songs


johnny dubyk 5 years ago

No way, u totally missed without me and the real slim shady


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vox vocis 5 years ago

I love Eminem, too! Watching this year's Grammy awards I thought he looked pretty exhausted by his way of living (sth about his physical appearance and "the air around him"). Hopefully, he will fully recover like his album says and nourish the great talent he has.


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embitca 5 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks, Vox. He does look exhausted... probably because he has replaced his drug addiction with an exercise addiction. He's also quite thin now too and I think that contributes. He looks a bit gaunt. Hopefully he will someday learn about moderation in all things *g*


mike 5 years ago

try infinite. its by far the best rapping!


robin 5 years ago

"As of late I've had to break it down in layman's terms. Like simply 'Let me be me.' So for the sensetive ears out there, let me make 'Who Knew,' Let me make 'Stan.' And for the people who wanna hear me be me let 'em listen to 'Kill You' and 'Criminal' and 'Marshall Mathers'."

That quote's from the book "Angry Blonde". And I listen to Eminem for being Marshall, not to the forced upon, sugar-coated, mainstream part of him.


Slim trigger 4 years ago

I'm kinda new in tha hip-hop industry,but i can tell that eminew he is tha best of alltime.i used to listen to his songs with my uncle but didn't hear nothing cause i wasn't familia with rap,but since i learned how to rap i prefer to listen to his songs only cause he tell truth,give advice and tha most he speak about his life.He inspire and motivates and i want to follow his lead.i love him,he now hold my life.i also like tha track "When i'm gone.i truly want to know how to rap like him and be like him.i love tha flow lyrical content and his style of rap.thank you!


Talita Theresa Mbilini 4 years ago

im defenetly marshell mathers bigggggggggggggggggggest fan eva i love that song stan and when im gone..ive got ths clip that i created of him and his life and music i think his the most creative rappers ive eva heard...marshell is AWESUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM jst like mehhh....when im gone jst carry on ,no mourn rejoice everytime u hear the sound of my voice jst knw that im looking down and smiling..and i dnt feel da pain so bby dnt feel da pain jst smile bck:):):):):):):):LOVE MARSHELL MATHERS

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