Since May, Detroit Free Press has been counting down Detroit’s 100 Greatest Songs, tallied from voting by thousands of music fans and hometown music experts.
It’s a diverse group of songs that spans styles, genres and eras — and it’s a resounding testament to the quality of the material that has emerged from one of the world’s greatest music cities.
Three songs of Eminem made into the list. You can check them below:
#81. “Stan” featuring Dido (2000)
“With a clever storytelling device and experience drawn from his early rush of fame, Eminem crafted a trenchant look into the mind of an obsessed fan.”
#78. “The Real Slim Shady” (2000)
“Packed with pop-culture references and celebrity disses, this “Marshall Mathers LP” lead single found Eminem confidently atop his game after a year of colossal success around the world.”
#10. “Lose Yourself,” (2002)
“Long before it had lyrics or a name, the preeminent song of Eminem’s career was just another anonymous beat in an ever-growing stack of studio experiments.
With guitar, bass and piano by longtime collaborator Jeff Bass and drums programmed by DJ Head, the instrumental track was compelling but left unused.
“We kept pulling it in and out over the years,” says Bass. “We knew something was really amazing about it, but we didn’t know what it was.”
Then came “8 Mile,” the 2002 film starring Eminem and loosely based on his life. Charged by director Curtis Hanson to write a song capturing the experience of his B-Rabbit character, Eminem pulled out the old Jeff Bass track and went to work.
It still needed tinkering: Engineer Steve King dug in to pinpoint the right stretch of taut guitar to loop throughout the song, while a blast of guitars in the chorus was deemed “too rocky” and got replaced by Luis Resto’s dramatic keyboards. Bass’s piano intro was sprinkled with crackle to give it the feel of an old record sample.
Recording lyrics in a mobile studio on the movie’s Detroit set, mining his own tale for inspiration and stitching together a few lines at a time, Eminem constructed his anthemic masterpiece.
The result was a command performance, one of the most gripping in hip-hop history — a breathless, intense, motivational execution that solidified his stature as one of the genre’s greats.
“That build in the third verse is insane,” says Bass. “It was pure genius. On every emotional level, he brought that song.”
Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2002, “Lose Yourself” stayed there for 12 weeks — the most successful hit ever to come out of Michigan. A few months later, it took the Academy Award for best original song.
“When it comes on the radio today, I still get goosebumps,” says Bass. “It’s really what music is supposed to be. … Every musician out there knows what that song does emotionally to the human soul. It moves it, one way or the other.” “
See the full list here