On this day, exactly 14 years ago (October 5, 2002), Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 43. A week later, the single jumped to number 18, and hit number 1 by November 9.
The single spent 16 total weeks in the Top 10, and a total of 23 weeks in the Top 50. Currently holds the record of ‘Most Weeks On #1 By Any Rapper.’ While in the number 1 spot (from 11/09/02 through 1/25/03), “Lose Yourself” kept several top contenders for the number 1 spot from ever reaching number 1, including Jay-Z, Nelly, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and especially Missy Elliott, whose single “Work It” was at number 2 for 10 weeks.
The song also topped the Pop Songs chart for 7 weeks and hit number 4 and number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs charts. The song also used some rock music origins allowing moderate success to alternative rock radio peaking number 14 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, Eminem’s only song to chart. As of October 2016, “Lose Yourself” has sold 7 million copies in the United States.
In France, “Lose Yourself” is the 53rd best-selling single of the 21st century, with 410,000 units sold as of October 2016. By October 2016, it has sold more than 10,060,000 units worldwide.
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