On this day, exactly 15 years ago (October 22, 2002), Eminem released “Lose Yourself” the lead single off 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture. Later on it was included in Eminem’s greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits.
“Lose Yourself” received acclaim from music critics, with many critics praising the song’s aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem’s best work to date. Eminem’s rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem’s finest, as well as one of the best hip hop songs of all time.
“Lose Yourself” was a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in eighteen countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Italy. In the United States, “Lose Yourself” reached #1 and spent 16 total weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first of five Eminem singles to top the Hot 100.
“Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003, making it the first ever rap song to have received this accolade and also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 2004.
In 2004, it was one of only three hip hop songs from the 21st century to have been included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and was also the highest ranking, at #166. Rolling Stone also ranked it one of the top 50 hip hop songs of all time. It was ranked #93 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list. In October 2011, NME placed it at #57 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”
The song was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA and as of September 2017, it has sold 7.4 million copies in the United States alone. It has sold 11,690,000 units worldwide.
The song is also certified 7x Platinum in Australia, 6x Platinum in Canada, 3x Platinum in Japan, 2x Platinum in New Zealand and United Kingdom. Platinum in Asutria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Noway, Sweden and Switzerland. Gold in Finland, France, Germany and Greece.
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