Best Eminem Albums


The Top Ten

1 The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem's most classic and creative album... Had all the emotions

I love this album this really is the real slim shady, my 2nd favorite would have to be the eminem show

The Way I Am is better than the entirety of the Recovery album. That's saying something since I haven't even mentioned Stan, The Real Slim Shady etc yet.


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2 The Eminem Show

The best Eminem album? Either TES or MMLP. Relapse is the runner up. The diversity of content in TES and great lyrics makes it the best in my opinion. To be honest, I voted partly because I want Recovery off the number 1 spot.

The Eminem Sow is an outstanding album with beautiful songs squeezed into it. My favorite song will have to be Without Me because the lyrics are genius and funny and it sounds like he is messing around and that's what I like from when I get a little sick of his awesome serious songs.

I don't man, I don't need to explain why this is better then the newer Eminem albums, but I will explain why it's better then the other major older Eminem albums, I think it's better then 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 Matters 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.

JUST ahead of the Marshall Mathers LP but only just. The maturity makes this album so different from the SSLP and MMLP. Great songs on the album, not a bad one and Till I Collapse is the best Em song in my opinion.

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3 The Slim Shady LP

This Album is simply genius... My opinion one of the greatest records of all time - benmitzel

I think this should be in the top 3 at least, I'm a big eminem fan and I've heard all of his songs, this is one of the best album I've ever heard, "my name is", "role model", "if I had", "rock bottom", "still don't give a f***", just for mentioning few songs of this album, this album is amazing, one of his best

It has the best slim shady thoughts to me its funny and amazing lyricism its genius strongly the most original best albums of them all

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

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4 Recovery

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

I absolutely love this album - decorulez97

How can this album not be top... Eminem went through such a horrible phase of addiction, depression, weight-gain and more and this album was his way of letting us as his fans that he was back and back at it. Easily the best (not just his best) most motivational, kick-ass album ever

I just love this album as I like the other albums of EMINEM

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5 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Evil twin, brainless, bad guy, rap god, so much better, so far, love game, headlights, and legacy

Maybe not his best, but amazing in it's own right. Has instant classics like Rap God, Headlights, Berzerk, Bad Guy, The Monster, etc. Showcases all his talents at different rap genres, has something for everyone and takes parts from his whole legacy.

A bit poppy, but still great - Peppapigsucks

Its pretty good mate

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6 Relapse

ultimate album beutiful we made you crack a bottle are the best I don't know how recovery got top its more in the way of pop although I love no love its beast prefer this and the marshall mathers lp and infinte

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

The most underrated Em Album for sure. Amazing tracks with lyrics and flow like no one ever could

Relapse @ 6?. This is not fair...
Every song is so damn powerful...

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7 Encore

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

It was very close, but I am going to have to with "Encore", it features a great beret of songs, such as Ass Like That, Just Lose It & Enocre ft. 50 Cent & Dr. Dre, not to mention the people favourite Like Toy Soldiers which was a big hit all around the world, and is still enjoyed today.

my favourite. close one though - sharm7064

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.

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8 Infinite

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.

Eminem's first albulm!

Really? This is number 11? Come on people FOCUS. Hands down amazing lyrics, beat, etc/ I'm not even going to go on because this is not a real top List.

Focus? This album's production, quality and lyrics were average at best. Just because it created Eminem, doesn't mean it's a good album. - benjigoo

This one should really be top 5 at least

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9 Curtain Call: The Hits

It's just like a "greatest hits" album how could any album be better than a greatest hits album. If you didn't vote this album and voted maybe the Marshall Mathers LP or the Slim shady LP then just know your favorite song is probably in this album.

If it had left out FACK and ended on When I'm Gone, this would be perfect. The tracklisting should be:
1. Curtains Up - Skit
2. Lose Yourself
3. My Name Is
4. Guilty Conscience
5. The Way I Am
6. The Real Slim Shady
7. Cleanin' Out My Closet
8. Without Me
9. Sing For The Moment
10. Just Lose It
11. Stan
12. Mockingbird
13. Shake That
14. Like Toy Soldiers
15. 'Till I Collapse (With New Music Video)
16. When I'm Gone

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.

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.

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10 Relapse: Refill

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.

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 really like marshall mathers and curtain call a lot, but to be honest, refill has tons of high quality songs.

It looks like people are dumb because this album is not short, its his longest one, it has relapse plus 9 more songs on the same disk - reallyevilman

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The Contenders

11 8 Mile

Lose Yourself!

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

Lose yourself, 8 mile, rabbit run.

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

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12 Hell: The Sequel

Awesome Album. 11 incredible songs with 2 of the best rappers of our time. A true masterpiece from Royce and Eminem.

Great rapping by both Eminem and royce, Fast lane stands out
As way better than any song he did on recovery except maybe no love.

Should be way higher. - gkw2003

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.

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13 Revival

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.

Really not that bad

One of the most underrated albums of hip-hop. This album is fire. We are believing in you Em.

So good album!

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14 The Slim Shady EP

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.

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.

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

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 - MCyungkidd

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15 Kamikaze

Biggest rap comeback from revival especially for a surprise album as well as the attacks against other "mumble rappers "

He gave them what they asked for

Sharp as ever

This has to be in the top 5

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16 Shady XV Shady XV

This album is coming out on black friday 2014, I heard a song from it that he relased and it was awesome! - catd

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

I got it, it needs some credit.

Ether this or recovery is the best, Eminem did great work on this album! - kells

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17 Greatest Hits

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

Best album


18 The Freestyle Show

Love it so much! people should listen to it - InsanityJoe

19 Just Finish It
20 Back to Basics
21 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.

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

22 Devil's Night - D12
23 F****** Crazy
24 Straight From the Vault

It was between this and Infinite, but I enjoy more songs on this then on Infinite. That's why I included this EP to end the list.

I love this ep, I own it and its fun to listen to, its his left over material, and its awesome. Its probably not the best because it is his left over material, but songs that make it good are, Fame, Oh no, dudey, fly away, things get worse. the rest where okay, but didn't reach the potential Eminem has - MCyungkidd

G.O.A.T. is awesome!

25 The Singles

It's good in my in my I pinion should be on top 10

26 Long Time No See
27 Steppin' Onto the Scene EP
28 Straight From the Lab

This is fake isn't it?

A great EP with vibrant songs and a top flow with a constant focus that kind of damaged the EP as well. Still pretty good.

I think it's a good ep, but its not strong enough to compare with the Eminem show wich just came out before. This was practically the Eminem shows left over material. But I liked the songs, Bully, cannibitch and doa rae me. other than that I didn't like it too much. It's a pre-qual to encore 4 me. But with a better flow and style - MCyungkidd

29 Without Me

Look at britany Murphy 's reaction I'll tell the rest

30 The Freestyle Manual
31 Detox (Mixtape)
32 Mather's Massacre
33 New Jacks EP

Short songs

First eminem album ever

34 I'm Still #1

One of his best albums. Better than So You Wanna Freestyle, Slaughterhouse and Remission


35 Platinum Collection 2001
36 End of Days

Not a great album but its ok ill give it partial credit.

37 Remission

I like this one

38 Shady Classics
39 Still In the Bassmint
40 Return of the Psycho

Tough ass track Stimulate is on this album - RapxGod

41 Road to Recovery

This is a great album 2 thumbs up! This album is kinda rare I guess it was between the relapse and recovery error It was made to represent "going towards the recovery because of the relapse"'This is a very good album

This is a Great album just amazing!

I think it's a mixtape

42 My Name Is

It's a single - not an album

I like this song very catchy

43 Hip Hop Elvis

I dunno why I put this on but Don't get it Unless you like country mixed with rap it sucks it is mixed with some chick in every song it is bad 2.5/10 honestly.

I like this

Me to


44 Raw and Uncut

This is like a sequal for D12

45 Get the Guns

So inserted, this was a good album, my favorite song is 9-11

46 Success

Not even out yet but whatever - JiggaMan

47 D12 World - D12
48 Eminem Presents: The Re-Up

It is a really god album.

He is the best rapper
Of all time

Should not be last. Most of these aren't even official releases, but this is an official release, and a quite good one, too

No apologies is a great song

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49 Shade 45: Sirius Bizness
50 Don't Call Me Marshall

I enjoyed this album because the songs were just amazing and I enjoy the flow.

Has amazing songs like nail in the coffin, n****, go to sleep, and patiently waiting, along with a few other songs

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