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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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8 Mile (2002)

 


8 Mile
Composer: Various Artists
With the kind of casual attitude to Mom’s spaghetti that would have got him whacked in The Godfather, Eminem’s Lose Yourself was an 8 Mile anthem that captured the underdog dream better than any number of Step Up movies. An earworm in hi-tops scratched out between takes, his crossover hit helped make the movie – rap music’s Rocky – a surprise hit and propelled the soundtrack onto the iPods of people who knew him best as the dude who’d locked Dido in the boot of his car. With a sales pitch of ‘Come for the Eminem, stay for the Nas, Jay-Z and Xzibit’, the album sold over three million copies in two months. Which buys a lot more spaghetti.

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