During these days, I have been making a recommended last for my favorite singles in the decade from 2001 to 2010. I choose only 10 songs left over from more than 100 singles. The process is a long effort and it’s under construction. Among these songs, “Lose Yourself” is one of my favorites, which is a song from the soundtrack to the film “8 Mile”.I remember I first found this album when browsing online for wholesale sellers who mainly supply different kinds of Blue Beam Laser pointers and where to buy 50mw green laser pointer pen at a bargain, the single, “Lose Yourself”, came up and I gave it a try. The song was so great to my flavor that I booked the soundtrack CD with a 30mw laser pointer. Since receiving the CD with my red Laser pointer from mailman, I had played it over and over again for thousands of times."8 Mile" is a 2002 American hip-hop drama film, directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, and Mekhi Phifer. The film is an account of a young rapper named Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem) growing up in a low socioeconomic status area of mid-1990s Detroit as he struggles for respect among his peers, mostly African-American. The film is loosely based on the life of Marshall Bruce Mathers III. The film was a financial success, was well received critically, and won an Academy Award for the Best Original Song for Eminem’s "Lose Yourself", becoming the first film with a hip hop song to win an Academy Award. And this song is from the official music soundtrack to the movie "8 Mile", starring Eminem, who features on five of the tracks on this soundtrack. The album was released under the Shady/Interscope label and spawned the hit single "Lose Yourself".
Reaching #1 in a 24 charts worldwide, "Lose Yourself" became a worldwide success. It spent 12 weeks atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running #1 of 2002. It topped the UK and Eurocharts for over a month, ranking in the top 10 in several year-end sales charts. The song is ranked 4th in the 100 greatest songs of the past 25 years by VH1 and also was named the fourth best song of the decade by the Complex Magazine. Not only this single won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but also won two Grammy Awards, and three other Grammy nominations, the most awards won by a single rap song in one year. To the date, "Lose Yourself" has been downloaded over 3,000,000 times in the United States alone. In the same year the single was named the 28th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade, the seventh most successful song of the decade in Australia and 51st in the UK.
On the whole, "Lose Yourself" is the most successful single of Eminem’s mainstream career. Every time I hear this song, I can feel the anger and struggle of life from Eminem’s vocal performance. Although I’m not much of a rap fan, nor am I a Eminem’s fan for that matter, there’s something about this song that you just can’t make out. This is definitely a greatest song you should hear.