Genre Alternative hip hop, conscious hip hop
Released December 9, 2000
Album The Marshall Mathers LP
Recorded 1999
Length 6:44 (Album Version)

5:32 (Radio Edit)

Label Aftermath, Interscope
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Stan is a song by American rap artist Eminem, it was released as the third and final single from The Marshall Mathers LP. The song features a sample of "Thank You" by British singer Dido after The 45 King heard the song in a commercial for the movie Sliding Doors while siting at home and added a drum and bass line. The song is Eminem's most famous song and plays it the most during live performances, it's placed at #296 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest song of all time.

Story of the songEdit


My Movie (3)

The song is about a fictional character Stanley "Stan" Mitchell who is obsessed with Eminem and claims to be his biggest fan. In the first verse, Stan writes for the 3rd time to Eminem hoping he will write back, the verse references different events in Em's life including the Suicide of his uncle Ronnie, a song he did with underground rapper "Skam", he later talks about his wife who is pregnant and tells him he named it "Bonnie" which is a reference to '97 Bonnie and Clyde from The Slim Shady LP.



In the second verse, Stan becomes frustrated with Em cause he didn't write and begins to lose his temper in the second line as the thunder in the background gets louder giving off his anger rising and says he cuts himself to feel the pain and see the blood.



In the third verse, Stan is driving a car during a rain storm and recording a message on a cassette tape and about to commit suicide by driving off a bridge into a river and reveals that he puts his girlfriend in the trunk of the car. In one verse, he references In the air tonight by Phil Collins and the urban legend that Collins saw a man drowning which gave him the inspiration to write the song.



In the final verse, Em writes a letter to Stan saying how he's flattered that his child is gonna be call Bonnie but thinks he needs help cause he cuts his wrists and treats his wife badly and he doesn't want anything bad to happen to him. He says that he saw a news story about a guy who drive his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend and a tape then he realizes that it was Stan.

Grammy performanceEdit

With the controversy surrounding The Marshall Mathers LP and  GLADD protesting the 2001 Grammy Awards, Eminem half jokingly said that he would perform Stan with openly gay musician Elton John he asked Elton if he could and said yes. Even though the performance was highly praised, GLADD felt like that the performance was a publicity stunt and felt that the Grammys were promoting Marshall's "Hate speech".


The song was been called a cultural milestone in music and is called Eminem's best song and his signature song. The term "Stan" has been used in today's English meaning an overzealous fan to a one specific artist or person.

Track listingEdit

  • UK CD single[1]
  1. "Stan" (featuring Dido) – 6:45
  2. "Get You Mad" (featuring Sway & King Tech and DJ Revolution) – 4:22
  3. "My Name Is" – 4:32
  4. "Stan" (Video) – 8:08
  • UK cassette
  1. "Stan" (featuring Dido) – 6:45
  2. "My Name Is" – 4:32
  • German CD single[2]
  1. "Stan" (Radio Edit) - 5:33
  2. "Guilty Conscience" (Radio Version w/ Gunshot) (featuring Dr. Dre) - 3:22
  • German maxi CD single[3]
  1. "Stan" (Radio Edit) - 5:33
  2. "Guilty Conscience" (Radio Version w/ Gunshot) (featuring Dr. Dre) - 3:22
  3. "Hazardous Youth" (Acapella version) - 0:46
  4. "Get You Mad" (featuring Sway & King Tech and DJ Revolution) – 4:22


Chart (2000-01) Peak
Europe (European Hot 100) 1
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 51
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 36
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 33

End of year chartsEdit

End of year chart (2000/01) Position
Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 31
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 20
French Singles Chart 29
Swiss Singles Chart 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 4

Decade-end chartsEdit

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart 79


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia 2x Platinum 2001 140,000
Austria Gold December 30, 2001 15,000
Belgium Platinum 2001 40,000
France Platinum 2001 500,000
Germany Platinum June 2001 500,000
Netherlands Gold 2001 20,000
Sweden Platinum 2001 20,000
Switzerland Gold 2001 25,000
UK Platinum June 21, 2002 805,000

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