Best Eminem Albums

The Top Ten

1 The Marshall Mathers LP The Marshall Mathers LP Product Image

Dark, Twisted, Horrifying... Amazing, a Masterpiece, the Best. Degrading, Misogynistic, Homophobic... but Eminem loves Kim, has matured, and doesn't hate gays. This album is deep, offensive in so many ways, and ridiculous irresponsible. But that's why it's the best. Only when you see all sides of Marshall and Slim can have a masterpiece. It has skits, catchy songs (especially The Real Slim Shady), a Dido sample in one of the greatest Rap Songs of all time (of course, Stan... ), a new kind of love song (Kim), and The Way I Am is him raging with some of the most well-put together lyrics of his career. It doesn't match up with "Stan", but almost nothing ever will. And these are just the most well-known songs. I'm sorry, but none of Marshall's, or Em's, or Slim's new albums will ever match up to this one, barring a miracle. The. Best.

This or The Eninem Show is the best, I also liked Relapse and The Slim Shady LP. This album had many great songs like: The Way I Am, Stan, The Real Slim Shady, Criminal, Kill you, etc. The Eminem Show had awesome songs like: 'Till I Collapse, Sing For the Moment, Cleanin' Out My Closet, Without Me, Superman, etc. Relapse: Déjà vu, Insane, Beatiful, Crack A Bottle, Elevator, etc. The Slim Shady LP: Rock Bottom, Role Model, As the World Turns, My Name is, etc.

To be honest he has so many good songs and albums that it is hard to tell which is the best and worst because he is obviously the best rapper.

Eminem worst album is probably a average rappers best album.

Eminem has released a plethora of absolutely astounding albums throughout his career, but I feel this one captures Em at his truest self, both lyrically and spiritually, and it shows itself in his raps amazingly on tracks such as Stan, I'm back, the way I am, the real slim shady, criminal, and many more. The Eminem show is a close second.

It seems from what I've read there are two groups of Eminem fans, those who started listening to him because of this, infinite, and shady LP, or those who started when he started getting more mainstream. This really made me become a fan because at the time he was saying something different than every other rapper.

2 The Eminem Show The Eminem Show Product Image

I don't man, I don't need to explain why this is better than the newer Eminem albums, but I will explain why it's better than the other major older Eminem albums. I think it's better than the SSLP because I personally like the more serious tone, although both are great, and I feel like it's better then the MMLP because, while that album was great also, I think it was a little too dark at points, and I get that's the point, but I don't think that's for me. The Eminem Show is the best because he mixes the silk shady style with the the Marshall Mathers style of Eminem perfectly, and even though some songs weren't amazing like Say What You Say, it's still the best Eminem album in my opinion.

The best rap album of Eminem. It's as good as Nas' Illmatic. Most of the Stans say that MMLP is the best but clearly it has so many rubbish irrelevant songs like Kill you, remember me, who knew, drug ballad. The Eminem Show has only one rubbish songs and that too only lyrically - Drips. Even though this song has one of the best beats and is wickedly hilarious. There isn't a single song on this album which is not good. It's most consistent album of Eminem. From the beginning to the end, you never get bored or want to skip a track. Sing for the moment is the best track of this album.

This for me (personally) ranks as the best just because he perfected his delivery, punchlines, flow and production on this one. Marshall Mathers LP is a close second and SSLP third. All the other albums aren't really that great in my opinion. I mean they're good, for me the worst album is MMLP2, driven by songs like Bezerk and Monster *eye roll*... that says it all really. Terrible songs. Never make a sequel album, you're constantly changing as an artist so a sequel album (to your 'magnum opus') later down the line is just a bit desperate to me, it'll never be the same or recapture the same vibe. Just kinda means you've lost your true musical touch really. Real artists only make music that is for them, and perfected and only release it when they have it right, Eminem's recent stuff is pretty terrible to be honest in every way, production, lyrics, flow, etc.

I think the reason this is better then the mmlp is just because its got so many more diffrent beats and subject matter then any of his other albums. Til I collapse pumps you up without me makes you laugh white America makes you think about politics. He tackles so many diffrent issues. Every song sounds diffrent. It has its misses but less then any other album. Although I really love the mmlp2 this one I think had a bigger impact the. Some of the songs on the mmlp sound to much alike. I do love Kim, Stan, the way I am, kill you and the real slim shady but the others didn't really explode for me they were not bad just not great. The eminem show is just plain awesome!

3 The Slim Shady LP The Slim Shady LP Product Image

Deserve spot 1 or 2
I agree skills of changing flow and rapping in the eminem show and marshall mathers lp cut above slim shady lp but this album well-shown his characteristic of his ego, slim shady throughout every tracks and the life he has been. It's just a masterpiece.
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This should be Number 1.
I remember when my friends were talking bout this nonstop because of the things they heard about him. This Album has a song for ANY mood you're in. Feeling sad? Listen to Rock Bottom. Feeling Angry? Listen to Bad Meets Evil (Feat. Royce the 5'9). Feeling Humorous?
Listen to Guilty Conscience, or My Name Is, and My Fault. This album is absolutely AMAZING. Please give this album a listen, it's great.
I'd probably give a BestAlbumOfAllTime/10 rating

Slim Shady LP is raw Eminem with the great production of Dr. Dre. The fact that almost all of the songs have the "mic check, 1, 2" before their respective first verses displays his raw rapping. This is Em at his roots (after Infinite and the EP) but with better production values. I actually prefer the Marshall Mathers LP over this album, but this album really needs votes because it is behind Recovery.

I'm ok with the top 3, there's so many way to judge it! But I think it it should be no1 because we ear the rage that create the legend he became, so many good instru, funniest slim shady lyrics.. Just my opinion and honestly it's so hurtful to make a top ranking because his skills defenetaly increase with the time

4 Recovery Recovery Product Image

I hate how people complain about how this album is mainstream; this can't possibly be father from the truth. While Eminem's album includes several samples of pop singers, Eminem uses these samples in a similar manner that he used Dido's sample Thank You as a basis to his unforgettable song Stan. Haters also seems to forget that this album was a comeback for Eminem, a way of showing his fans that he's still the best rapper, which is definitely what this album delivered. This album doesn't only include the well known singles of No Love and Not Afraid, but also has truly passionate and serious songs that can only come from the heart including Going through Changes where he reveals to the world his pre-Recovery drug problems that drove him to near suicide, in addition to my personal favorite from this album, You're Never Over, where Eminem recounts the love and passion he has for his former friend and D12 member Proof who was fatally shot and killed, and shows that the best thing you can ...more

His seventh studio album, Recovery was confirmed during a press release by Eminem's label on March 5, 2009 and was originally titled Relapse 2. In June 2009, Eminem said that he expected a release during the fourth quarter of 2009, with Rolling Stone reporting a November 2009 release date, but in November 2009, he stated that he would re-release Relapse, with extra songs, to hold fans over for the release of Relapse 2 in 2010. It was voted the most anticipated album of fall 2009 by XXL, It was slated to be the second Eminem album released in 2009, after Relapse, but was pushed back to 2010. Recovery was released on June 21 in the United States and the United Kingdom, and on June 18 in the rest of Europe.

Recovery was a great album, so stop trying to be cool by saying it wasn't because it was "too pop". Sure, there were iffy beats, but it is filled with some of his most emotional songs ever, and very strong lyrics. I agree, I don't love 'Not Afraid' but stop saying Recovery was worse than Encore. I want you to play 'My 1st Single' 'Rain Man' 'Big Weenie' 'Just Lose It' and 'Ass Like That' straight in a row and tell me that Encore was a better album than Recovery.

"Doctor Dre, is it gay to play put-put golf with a friend, and watch his butt-butt while he tee's off? (Yeah) But-but, I ain't done yet. In foot ball, a quarterback yells out "Hut Hut" while he reaches in another grown man's ass, grabs on his nuts, but just what if- it was never meant, it was just an accident- but he slipped, fell, tripped and his penis went in his little round heinie, and he didn't mean it but his little weenie flinched just a little bit. "
-Eminem on 'Rain Man'

Recovery is by no means my ...more

I love this album, I can understand people not liking it becuase they like Eminem for being slim shady but the guy was what 36/37 when he recorded this album and just recovered from a very hard time in his life. I just have a lot of respect for Eminem for making this album there is just so much meaning to it. the explosiveness of cold wind blows and the flow on the second track on fire is just amazing, from then on their is just so many deep songs like not afraid, going through changes etc... like I say I understand why people prefer his earlier work but for me this is my favourtire Eminem album, hard decision really as they are all so good (except encore) very little between them all.

5 The Marshall Mathers LP 2

I'm crazy about this album from start to finish. I honestly got drawn in from the very first line of "Bad Guy," which is such a fantastic example of storytelling. There's a twist there I never saw coming, because I honestly took the song at surface value possibly being about his ex-wife... I was so wrong. This albums has such an eclectic mix of stellar songs. I have to admit that I slept on Eminem's last few albums because I thought he had lost some of that singular presence he had from the very moment he blew up on to the scene 15 or more years ago... This album brought all of the memories back. It just sort of solidifies his place as one of the greatest to ever do it, and certainly the greatest rapper alive.

The Best Song according to my Opinion is "Rap God" in the universe and of all time.
Top Songs like "Love Game" "The Monster" "Berzerk" "Survival" "Legacy" and "Headlights" are the next bests from this Best Eminem's Album. Can't You all see Eminem's Flow and Musical Style he uses. This is the Master album of Hip Hop. I love this Album more than anything. I cannot live without this CD and Digital Copy in my House & Windows Phone Respectively. This is the More Lyrical Album than its Prequel. LP1 is my second favorite album in the World. Why can't Eminem Release a 4 Disk Album containing The MMLP1 CD and MMLP2 Double Edition as well as an EP with another 5-10 Songs and name is as "COMPLETE MARSHALL MATHERS LPs" and Release. I would definitely buy it if costs Infinite Rupees. It would be the Rap Album God

I'm a 50 years old female who works in Switzerland. I listen to Eminem non stop. The MM LP2 is my favorite. I play it over and over again. It's on "Controls" - "Repeat" on my itunes.
My neighbors hate me but I don't care. He is a true artist. Whether you love the man or not, disagree with his lyrics or not. The man is truly talented. Without any doubt the most talented artist of this generation

Such an underrated album. People hear the song "Monster" and just assume this album is to make him a little more money. This album shows a new level of maturity and art from him and once you really listen to the lyrics and the meaning you then realise how great his talents are, if not understood before. Really look at "Evil Twin", wonderful word play.

6 Relapse Relapse Product Image

The double/triple rhyming on 3 A.M. is insane, a true shady classic
My Mom is hilarious and has great references
Insane is another Shady classic and is lyrically underrated
Hello is catchy and has amazing rhyme schemes
Same Song & Dance he makes words rhyme that shouldn't, hypnotizing beat as well
We Made You is hilarious and memorable
Stay Wide Awake is one of the greatest rap songs ever. In the second verse of that song literally every single word rhymes. To have that technical ability and tell an engaging story at the same time is genius
Old Time's Sake it's great to see Em and Dre back together
Must Be the Ganja the second verse is beyond sick, sick internal rhymes and a great ending
Deja Vu is one of Em's best songs ever, true wordplay, very personal song
Beautiful is sad and uplifting at the same time, extremely poetic
Crack a Bottle has great rhyming and an awesome intro
Underground is lyrically one of Em's best songs, hilarious but also ...more

Let r say this. This albums changed my life. This was his COMEBAck albums before recovery come out. this albums was so dark and honest yet so full of positivity ya know the light at the end of the drug tunnel. My favorite besides the Eminem show for 2 and my first albums at 3 by him Slim shady. I tricking hated Marshall mathers low. Everybody jumped on the band wagon then. Love ya em. Stay hard and underground by the way Marshall mathers 2 is at number 4 for me and is totally berserk laugh out loud

Best album for choruses and beats by far. Best by rapping? No (Marshall Mathers LP is the best for the rap). Too much of the accent. But big Eminem fans would LOVE this album best. I also love Relapse: Refill (Best songs are Elevator and My Darling). My favorite songs (not counting refill) are Insane, Beautiful, We Made You, Old Times Sake, Deja Vu andCrack A Bottle. Eminem is the BEST rapper alive by far and I think this is his best album. But I don't diss the other albums though (except Recovery and Encore).

Dark songs with a shady feel to them. Powerful lyrics. Few of my favorite songs comes from this very album

Best songs; Deja vu, Beautiful, Crack a bottle, Underground

7 Encore Encore Product Image

My favourite album is The Eminem Show, and this album could have been a close second, I mean the artwork is amazing and follows the story of Em going *not going to make a Berzerk pun* crazy with all of the fame so he kills his audience at a concert before killing himself (the CD disc being the beginning of what appears to be a suicide note). It's kind of like a sequel to The Eminem Show where he's just become a best selling artist with The Marshall Mathers LP. If only Encore were shorter, about 7 songs shorter.

If he hadn't added songs like "Rain Man", "Big Weenie", "Ass Like That" or "Just Lose It" it could have been a great EP. This album has a lot of good tracks, like "Like Toy Soldiers" and "Yellow Brick Road" but then as soon as it got to "My 1st Single" it lost all credential for me. It just feels lazy. Even the song "Evil Deeds" which has some pretty smart rhymes in the first verse but an unlistenable flow feels lazy. Em used to be rhyming whole sentences together, but ...more

I really don't understand why everyone disses this album. It may not be his best, but it's still pretty damn good. I was in 4th grade when this album was released, and this was the first Eminem album I purchased. So many good memories come with this album, plus I thought it was hilarious. All the skits, just lose it, ass like that, plus Like Toy Soldiers has always been my personal favorite song that Marshall has wrote. This album doesn't get the credit it deserves.

Meh, different strokes for different folks I guess, but some songs had outright lazy, somewhat meaningless lyricism to them. I can totally understand why you would call ass like that or just lose it (despite the fact that I despise them) good songs. They at least have a point. Whether he got too silly or not, that's for you to decide. Can I understand why you would call my 1st single or big weenie good songs? I honestly cannot. They are lazy at best, abominable and aimless at worst.

If you listen to this album and can't find validity in his words then you misunderstand music and Em in general. Look at the date it came out compared to what Eminem & America, as a whole, were going through. Ass Like That & Just Lose It are the WORST songs on the album yet they are what he did for mainstream & were big hits - all of his albums have several songs intended for radio play. Oh yeah, the bonus songs are top tier.

8 Infinite Infinite Product Image

Infinite is unbelievable, anyone who hasn't listened to it or hasn't heard of it needs to get it banging ASAP if they consider themselves a true hip hop head. Tops his other albums hands down lyrically, and each track has a thick bass line. You won't be disappointed. Dope.

This should really be top 5, obviously a lot of people have never heard this album, so I recommend that you all listen to it, because some of his best lyrics are on this album and Infinite is one of my favourite Eminem songs. Go listen to this.

It's not the best for it's time, but it illustrates Em's versatility. He's a rapper that can adjust to the change in style of rap beautifully. Infinite showcases Em's great ability, even this early in his career. Personal favorite of mine, at least top 5

Awesome album, a lot of people say the production of the album is what lets it down but that's completly wrong. True hip hop fan's can actually see through the bad reviews to notice how deep and genius this album is. Great debut, should definitely be in top 3.

9 Curtain Call: The Hits Curtain Call: The Hits Product Image

Leaving aside the small FACT that Stan is THE greatest single of all time - even without it this album is Gold. Makes me laugh, shows immense empathy and a refusal not to be himself.
If Stan had been written by someone called a poet then it would be taught in schools - as it should be. Eminem
Is whatever I say he is - and that is - The greatest Wordsmith of our age. No question.

This album does deserve to be number 1, it has the perfect mix of Eminem songs, and once you hear each song,
You will get addicted. Each album, lets admit it, has the few bad songs that you don't want to hear, but this one mixes all of his greatest songs. Who doesn't love Stan, The Way I Am, or Without Me!. Who agrees with me?

This album is not only his best rap performance but also the most iconic. Songs like "Lose Yourself" and "Stan" are most notable but what about songs like "When I'm Gone" or "Without Me"? This album is his best work and it's an album that truly exemplifies Eminem in his entirety.

Its got the best of the best. How the hell can recovery be ahead of this? Its 50% a pop album. And the best off Eminem show are on here. So this is why this album should be at the top of the list, followed by the Eminem show, and then by marshall mathers LP.

10 Relapse: Refill Relapse: Refill Product Image

Rhymes schemes were awesome. The accent wasn't that much of a bother (except in the song Buffalo Bill). Overall, this is a fantastic album with some really great bonus songs. I liked Elevator, Taking My Ball, and Forever the best of the bonus songs. On the original Relapse I would have to say Insane, Medicine Ball and Old Times Sake.

It was pretty good, a little more tougher than relapse, but it seemed like he was getting bored, and started going through a writers block. but I loved elavator and drop the bomb. forever was good. Taking my ball was okay and the rest was okay too/

Despite the small number of tracks on this album, I had to include it in the list. Forever and Elevator brings of new sense of Slim back.

I don't know why but I love the song Taking My Ball. It's hilarious, the beat is cool and the chorus is awesome. Underrated track.

The Contenders

11 8 Mile 8 Mile Product Image

It was a great album, it seemed like a pre-qual to the re-up, but better. you can really jam into this, it brought me back to gangsta rap, from this new mainstream crap. But it has legendary artwork. Lose yourself, love me, and rabbit run. apart from that d12, obie trice and 50 cent did a great job too, as there first appearance

The album and movie is so awesome, especially Lose Yourself. Its one of the songs that pump me up

This should be on no. 1, man! Many reviews said Lose Yourself is the best song by Eminem

I know this isn't his best album but lose yourself was so awesome

12 Hell: The Sequel Hell: The Sequel Product Image

I LOVE THIS EP SO MUCH. This is the first time I herd the real slim shady back! Maybe he did bring shady back on relapse a little bit, but in a different direction. Recovery was an album where he was going through his problems. Recovery probably only brought out shady in like cold wind blows, and the untitled track. But listening to this, this is slim shady back, just listen to the lyrics and the flow. It's so badass. listen to songs like fastlane, the reunion, I'm on everything, a kiss, and loud noises. Lighters was good to

Why is this album #10? This album was fantastic and the songs had meaning! Songs like Echo, Lighters, and Fast Lane are what rap is all about. Loud Noises featuring Slaughterhouse was impeccable. The album overall was fantastic and I am truly disappointed at it being this low.

Yeah, just listened to it. Really awe striking album. It make me so exhilarated to listen to Eminem's music, just because all of his music is so amazing. But, in this album, you truthfully are welcomed to hell. Keep it up Em!
--Jessica

I thought this was such a masterpiece personally that it could even compete with the MMLP. I thought all the songs in this were insane. And that was the first time I heard the album.

13 The Slim Shady EP The Slim Shady EP Product Image

Slim Shady was born here! Eminem made an album with his own unique style. This extended play was produced before he was famous. You can't help but relate to or understand where he is coming from as he poetically spills his heart out on some cool ass beats.

I think this ep is great. It kicked off his career. Although, I thik he tried too hard, and that's why some songs werent the best to jam too. But just listen to murder murder, low down and dirty, no ones iller

Transition between a bloodchilling opening and the very first Slim Shady track "Low down dirty" is what defines Shady persona the best.

This is the one that started it all! The first slim shady album and a lot of songs here are better than the lp version of those songs.

14 Revival Revival Product Image

Extremely Underrated Album. Truly Classic. Here are just a few of the genius phrases of Revival :

Bad Husband - And I heard the mocking bird and got the urge to jot some verses and thoughts the purpose.

Arose - Merry that girl cause she is Faithfully down.

Arose - I will be in back of your memory I know you'll never forget me just don't get sad remembering.

Walk On Water - That Dresden home is burned to the ground and all that's left of my house is Lawn.

Like Home - You ain't ruining our country punk or taking pride from us and defining us like a dictionary.

Nowhere Fast - Hardheaded and we are stubborn.

And Many More. Second best after Mmlp2.

Revival and Recovery are masterpieces. The other albums like Kamikaze and Relapse and just Marshall showing insane rapping skills.

To be honest this album is better than relapse (I like that album though),MMLP 2,recovery and wayy better than encore too so revival should definitely been in the number 10 spot, But I love mmlp2,relapse and recovery. Encore is his worst album but it has some good song though. So don't trip because encore is wayy worse.

In my opinion, I think it's better than the Encore, the other 2 "Re-" albums and MMLP2. I'd rate it higher than the guy in the link did but it isn't as good as his classics. Top 3 though. 8.5 - 9/10 easily. Don't get offended. Like I said, just my opinion.

15 Kamikaze Kamikaze Product Image

Not much people realize this, but this album's cover is inspired by the artwork of the Licensed to Ill album, which was made in the 1980s by a very underrated rockrap group called the beastie boys. I'm not saying that you should try them, but it won't hurt and they have many great songs.

There is nothing more Eminem than attacking other "rappers" and this album does that. He also just goes hard on quite a few tracks (Not Alike and The Ringer) where he's just straight spitting nonstop. This album has it all including great beats to jam to. I would rank this album #2 or 3 behind the MM LPs.

I felt like this album could’ve been much better If em had taken out a few tracks off that’s out of the concept Kamikaze like Normal, Good guy and Bad guy.

Eminem came back to his 2002s style. As soon as the album came out. There were mixed reactions from the community. Some saying the old Slim Shady's back and some getting mad about their favourite rapper being dissed by Em. To me, it was the best thing that happened to hip hop in the 2018.

Favourite Song: Stepping Stone

16 Shady XV

It has couples of good tracks Like Detroit vs everybody, fine line, Vegas but I didn’t found any interest in this album. I just rather listen to the Re-up instead.

The tote track sucks. Die alone sucks. I only love the songs twisted, right for me, guts over fear, detroit vs everybody and fhe one by slaughterhouse

This album is really underwhelming. It's an Eminem EP with throwaway cuts from SLH, Yela and D12. Psychopath Killer and Twisted were the only real collab songs on here. The rest were solo acts.

This is an awesome album. Love tacks featuring slaughterhouse and yelawolf.

17 Music to Be Murdered By Music to Be Murdered By Product Image

This is an album for Eminem to adapt to the new standards set by new generation while still spitting as strong as before or even stronger bars. It was a wise move for him to do since he's 47 and it's a common belief that as you age, your run in this game is gonna be over and you're washed up, but with this project, he just attracted both generations, with ease. This album will increase the replay value for his legacy.

This is the best since Recovery

Dope sounds like some old stuff

Revival is not that bad

18 Devil's Night - D12 Devil's Night - D12 Product Image
19 Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Product Image

The metal horns on the cover? That's interesting. I'm glad metal is popular among rappers 😊

20 The Freestyle Show

Love it so much! people should listen to it

21 Just Finish It
22 Back to Basics
23 Soul Intent

Even though this album is old and not the best quality, it has some of Shady's oldest recorded songs. It is hard to recognize him in some of them but it really gives you some insight into where Shady started.

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Most people haven’t heard this but it’s lit, especially biterphobia

24 F****** Crazy
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