Updated: Feb 15
Today's discography ranking comes from legendary Detroit MC, Eminem. We've reviewed his discography on the site now, so it's about time to rank his discography from worst to best, giving a brief description of each one. Only official releases from Eminem count towards this ranking, and it's not only his solo discography it includes all projects Eminem has officially been apart of. Remember, it's just my opinion.
Eminem's worst album in my opinion isn't even bad - it's fairly mixed but good overall. It posses some of Em's highest highs like 'Mockingbird' and 'Like Toy Soldiers', it's also packed with nostalgia but with some of Em's lowest lows such as 'Big Weenie' and 'My 1st Single', this albums full potential isn't unleashed.
Eminem's first ever album is pretty good. It showcases what a skilled MC Eminem truly is, but even so it lacks any kind of character and personality. There's no unique style to Em here and the production isn't the best. Some great tracks but also some others which just pass by.
Eminem's worst album to many is truly overhated. While I agree it has some horrible songs such as 'Heat' and 'Untouchable', it has some truly personal moments and some catchy pop tracks. I'll admit it doesn't sound like an Eminem album, but I'm a big fan of pop music so the features don't bother me, and even at Em's worst rapping performance he showcases some good qualities. Flawed but enjoyable.
Em followed up on the criticisms to 'Revival' with this album. I like it, another overhated Em album where despite some sloppy flows he demonstrates amazing rapping and makes some great tracks. Even at it's best it doesn't reach the heights of Em's other albums, and despite only having 11 songs it has a few skips, holding this album back from being better.
9. Hell: The Sequel
Bad Meets Evil, a duo consisting of Eminem and Royce da 5'9", has only one official project to date. They came with this, a short but great EP where both rappers showcase some great chemistry and technical ability. A bit like 'Kamikaze', it's a great album with high highs, but also a skip or two for a short album.
8. Music to Be Murdered By: Side B
Eminem's most recent album is great. It's literally just full of good sounding music and some of Em's best rapping. It doesn't quite have the fire of Em's first 3, or even the highs of any other Eminem album really but even so it's consistent, nice on the ears and makes for an enjoyable listen.
7. Music to Be Murdered By
Side A from Eminem's 'Music to Be Murdered By' is slightly better than the first, because of the higher highs. It contains some of my favourite songs of 2020, and it's low points still have some enjoyment. It's a more modern rap sounding album, Em proves he can hang with the new school and still make great music.
Every album from here on out is amazing to me. 'Recovery' is arguably Em's most important album this decade, it proved he could talk about more than edgy content, as he reflects on his journey from his near fatal overdose to taking back the rap game. There isn't a bad song on here, and the production can get a bit poor at times but ignoring that you have some very enjoyable pop rap.
5. The Marshall Mathers LP2
There was a lot to live up to with this sequel, but Eminem smashed it. It carries the same themes of it's prequel, but Em gives a more mature outlook to it - including a sequel to 'Stan' with 'Bad Guy', and even showing forgiveness to his mother with 'Headlights'. A few skips but also Em's biggest highlights post 'The Eminem Show'.
Em's most polarizing album is 'Relapse'. It's Em's strongest concept, as he takes us on a horror roller-coaster of murder, drug addiction and pure evil. It's got the best produced songs from Eminem, with some very strong highlights. The accents on here work for the purpose, but sometimes they're off-putting. It's arguably Em's best display of technicality, and was close to a 10 if it had not been for one or two tracks not being as good as the highs on here.
3. The Slim Shady LP
Eminem's major label debut propelled him to stardom. This album is the definition of a classic, and it truly showcased Slim Shady and his rap skills to the world. It has some of Em's highest of highs, and is near perfect if not for too many 8/10 kind of tracks. Even with all this quality, it's closer to 'Relapse' than it is the top 2.
2. The Eminem Show
This is one of two albums from Em I consider some of the greatest projects of all time. 'The Eminem Show' showed Eminem at his most reflective and mature, dropping the edgy content for more serious social commentaries. 'Sing for the Moment', ''Till I Collapse' and 'Soldier' are some of Eminem's best songs. The production is immaculate, the rapping is amazing, there's not a bad song in sight and this album is truly a masterpiece.
1. The Marshall Mathers LP
Even at it's artistic value, 'The Eminem Show' can't live up to what I consider as the greatest album of all time. 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is timeless, it's this dark, aggressive yet humourous project showing us Em's life in a more personal way since blowing up. He offered more here than on its predecessor, 'The Slim Shady LP', with all time classic songs such as 'Stan' and 'The Real Slim Shady'. It takes darker turns with tracks like 'Kim', and hilarious ones with songs like 'Criminal'. Not a weak spot in sight, and some of rap's highest highs. The true definition of a masterpiece in hip hop.