Lose Yourself - Eminem
One of the most inspiring songs of last 10 years came from one of the most unlikely sources. Until 2002, rapper Eminem was known for hit songs with controversial lyrics that in their most uncensored state were very violent. However, Eminem showed he was more than just “Slim Shady” when he released “Lose Yourself” as part of the soundtrack for his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile. The song is a courageous “don’t give up” vote of confidence and hits the nerve of anyone who’s trying to rise above their circumstances. Speaking on behalf of his character, he says the most important thing is to seize “the moment / You own it / You betta never let it go / You only get one shot / Do not miss your chance to blow / This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” The song won an Academy Award and fueled the passions of many who aspired for higher heights.