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Lose Yourself v.s Stan - Which One is Better?

Updated on October 5, 2011
Even Eminem has to think hard to decide...
Even Eminem has to think hard to decide...

Whenever people talk about Eminem's "best song", they'll either be talking about Lose Yourself or Stan. Many people debate over which is the better song. Putting every category into play, I'm gonna settle the argument, once and for all, which is the better song.


Come on, let's be honest. More people like Lose Yourself. If you went up to people on the street and said 'Eminem' to them, guaranteed that would be the first song that pops into their head. My friend put it well when he said "Everyone likes Lose Yourself!". There are many reasons to why this may be, maybe because Lose Yourself is more radio-friendly, maybe because people liked 8 Mile, or maybe most people just think it's just a generally better song. But the fact of the matter still remains: Lose Yourself is more popular.

Lose Yourself - 1 | Stan - 0


This is a hard one. Both songs had a major impact on the music scene. Lose Yourself spent a total of 16 weeks in the top ten, stopping multiple major artists from getting to number one. I know a lot of people, who hard rap fans will call "fake", who say that Lose Yourself got them into rap. It was the first ever rap song to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song. And if all that isn't an achievement, I don't know what is. Stan is probably the most critically acclaimed song by Eminem. "Stan" has now become a term in the hip-hop community for an overly-obsessed fan. Also, never before had a rap song been written in such a way. Never before had it told such a story. In my opinion, Stan is the greatest story-telling song of all time. Oh, and it also started Dido's career. Pretty good for the last single from The Marshall Mathers LP. Once again, both songs had a major impact, but by just a little bit, Stan wins this round.

Lose Yourself - 1 | Stan - 1


Which beat do you prefer? The hard-hitting guitar of Lose Yourself, or the simple drum-beat and bassline of Stan? I like them both. But I'm handing this one over to Lose Yourself and here's why. First off, it's the more memorable of the two. When the fans hear that first chord at concerts they go insane. Also, back then it was unusual in the rap business to use an almost rock beat. Hardly any rappers had used a guitar riff in their songs. Nowadays, you could easily find a rap song that has a guitar riff. So Lose Yourself was a bit of a step forward for beats. Stan has a good beat but, at the end of the day, it was just another typical rap beat.

Lose Yourself - 2 | Stan - 1

Lyrical Structure

Which song had the best rhymes? The best delivery? The best flow? I think the answer is pretty obvious. Lose Yourself. With lines like "All the pain inside amplified by the fact/That I can't get by with my 9 to 5/And I can't provide the right type of life for my family/Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers/And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life", this is a masterpiece of rap performance. He tore the entire song apart, then created a new layer, only to tear that apart as well. Hat's off to you Eminem.

Lose Yourself - 3 | Stan - 1

Lyrical Content

It's got to be Lose Yourself... Joking. Obviously it's Stan. I don't feel I need to explain much. Which story is better? A story about a guy trying to make ends meat, or a story about an obsessed fan who eventually commits suicide because Eminem didn't write him back - taking his pregnant girlfriend with him! Which one did you say? Thought so. Stan all the way.

Lose Yourself - 3 | Stan - 2

Career Impact

Lose Yourself proved that Eminem was still the king of rap. Stan proved that Eminem was much more than your average rapper. The genius of Stan made some critics realise how great an artist Eminem was. To be honest, if Stan had never been made (NO!) I don't think Eminem would be considered as good as he currently is. Rolling Stone certainly wouldn't have included him in their list of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Lose Yourself proved that Eminem hadn't lost his touch. Stan proved that Eminem had a touch.

Lose Yourself - 3 | Stan - 3


This is the final round. Which one will reign victorious? To find out, let's look at their legacy. Lose Yourself is considered the best song from a movie soundtrack ever. And Stan? Stan is considered the most genius rap song of all time. Which one has a better legacy? Stan. I know, I know. I'm being unfair on Lose Yourself. It's considered a lot more than that. Some have gone as far to say it's the best rap song of all time. But when you get right down to it, Stan has a bigger legacy. No rapper had or ever will make a song like that. It is absolute genius.

Lose Yourself - 3 | Stan - 4


Well, there you have it. Stan is the better song. Despite all this, this argument has not, by any means, ended. I look forward to reading you Lose Yourself-lovers' arguments to why Lose Yourself is the better song. So I'm gonna finish by saying that both songs are incredible and I hope Eminem has more masterpieces to come. Peace out.


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    Emil B 3 years ago

    Lose Yourself has a much better legacy though, I've seen more people considering Lose Yourself as the best rap song of all time more than I've seen people considering Stan as the best.

    Stan is great and it's on my top 10 list but damn, it's nowhere near Lose Yourself.

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    Hunter 4 years ago

    I agree with you I feel like lose yourself is a fanboy song. Like when people say that they are eminem fans and that's on of the only songs they know. I also feel as if stan has a better message

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    mohamed 5 years ago

    can't compare both are the best

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    Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I agree with your analysis. This a great concept for a hub, I like how you framed your argument and I like Stan to because it's amazingly clever and haunting. I think it is something most artists would fear thinking about, but I always loved how Eminem boldly approached it and owned it. Awesome job! Welcome to Hub Pages and I look forward to reading your future works.