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|Single by Eminem featuring Dido|
|from the album The Marshall Mathers LP|
|Released||December 4, 2000|
|Format||CD single, cassette, digital download|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop, horrorcore|
6:44 (album version)|
5:32 (radio edit)
|Label||Aftermath, Interscope, Shady|
|Writer(s)||Dido Armstrong, Glenn Butler, Marshall Mathers|
|Producer(s)||The 45 King & Eminem|
|Eminem singles chronology|
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|Dido singles chronology|
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (March 2015)|
The MTV "clean" version of the song and video is extensively and exhaustively censored, with significant portions from the first two verses and most of the third verse removed. In the MTV full version, which is 8:15 long, verse 3 censors Stan mentioning his girlfriend in the trunk (so "Shut up bitch" and "screaming in the trunk" is censored), and about him not slitting her throat, but tied her up, and "If she suffocates, she'll suffer more, then she'll die too," which "slit," "tied her up," "suffocates" and "die" is censored.
Dido has stated that she was gagged in the third verse of the video, but this was censored so widely that versions with her gagged are rare. In the uncensored version, Stan is shown drinking at the wheel of the car before showing Dido struggling in the trunk of the car. She manages to remove the duct tape from her mouth and screams before struggling for breath. Most versions were censored so that there is only a brief clip of Dido in the trunk of the car towards the end of the verse. It also censors when Stan says he "drank a fifth of vodka," which censors "drank" and "vodka," and censors when he says he's on "a thousand downers," which "downers" is censored, and also censors from showing Stan drinking while driving. Also, at the end of the third verse, "Well, gotta go, I'm almost at the bridge now" is changed to "Well, gotta go, I'm almost at the end of the bridge now." While in the fourth verse, the line "[And what's this] shit about us meant to be together" is completely censored. All references to the girlfriend in the trunk are censored out, including the line, "And had his girlfriend in his trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid."
In the MTV short version, which was used for radio airplay due to time constraints, the second verse lines that are missing are from "I ain't that mad though, I just don't like bein' lied to" to "I even got a tattoo of your name across the chest," which the video cuts showing Stan meeting Eminem, talking about how his father cheated and beat his mother and showed him getting a "Slim Shady" tattoo on his chest. The missing lyrics from the third verse are of Stan talking about drinking while driving and referencing "In the Air Tonight", which in the video, it skips from showing Stan near-missing a car, and swerving to avoid crashing into it. The lines that are missing are from "Hey Slim, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare to me to drive?" to "I hope you know I ripped all of your pictures off the wall." It also removes the chorus after the third verse and goes straight to the fourth verse, which the video cuts Eminem at last receiving the letter from Stan, and the car sinking more into the water.
In the recent[when?] Fuse TV version of the video, various lines and words are silenced, more so than on the clean version of the LP, half of one of the beginning verses are cut out, and then the song fades out about halfway through the second verse. The LP version of the song is over six minutes long, and, as mentioned, the full version of the video is 8:15, however, when Fuse plays the video it is slightly over two minutes.
In Fuse's original state as a rock and alternative station, the same versions as on MTV were shown. "Stan" was also released on track 17 of Curtain Call: The Hits, which features Elton John. On the clean and explicit versions of Curtain Call: The Hits, the live track censored only the profanity, unlike the clean version of the studio track version of "Stan."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine highlighted the song. Entertainment Weekly praised the song, too: "Eminem proves himself a peerless rap poet with a profound understanding of the power of language. Stan, an epistolary exchange between the artist and a dangerously obsessive fan, may be the most moving song about star worship ever recorded" and added that "Stan" blazes significant new ground for rap. LA Times was also positive: ""Stan," the album's most haunting track, is superb storytelling with a point. It has the affecting tone of such rap high points as Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day" and 2Pac's "Dear Mama."
An album review found on CDUniverse shares a similar opinion: "The most startling moment has to be ’Stan,’ featuring haunting, ethereal guest vocals from Dido; an incongruously sublime track, it spins an O. Henry-meets-'60s teenage-death-song tale of obsessed fan worship gone terribly wrong." NME magazine praised the song: "'Stan' is a wonderful short story, an astute study in extreme fandom." Sputnik Music described that "Stan's sampling of Dido and use of rain and writing sound effects" make album versatile. Same critic listed this song in Recommended Downloads list and reviewed it: "If you haven't heard this, you probably make a career out of living under rocks. It tells the story of an obsessive fan who kills themselves because their idol (Eminem) never writes back, and introduces one of the album's key themes - the scary power of fame. Ironic, then, that this album made him the biggest cultural figurehead on the planet. It starts with a sample of Dido's ’Thank You’ under a sample of rain. This sample goes on to form the song's hook, relating the level of Stan's obsession and almost making him a sympathetic character (Your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad....). Offsetting this is Eminem's raps under the persona of Stan, which reveal him as a reprehensible character; mentally unstable, self-mutilating, sexually confused, volatile, and abusive to his pregnant girlfriend (whose life he takes too, when he takes his own). Eminem's final verse is him attempting to write back, asking him not to be like this guy he saw on the news....Overplayed? Yes. But even so, of all of Eminem's singles, this one demonstrates his power as a rapper and his skill as a poet best."
IGN praised: "easily the most scathingly introspective rumination on fan adoration, idol assimilation, and borderline stalker etiquette. Teamed to Dido's lulling ’Thank You’ with its almost somnambulistically hypnotic pop sultriness provides a jolting contrast to the twisted storyline of a musical obsession gone awry. It also paints a picture of what it's like to be knee deep in the push-and-pull world of a superstar. And when Em asks ’Stan, why are you so mad?’ it's as if he's channeling those of us who quietly ponder why his shoulder chip is so big and crispy. The song's poignancy never fades, even almost five years later it's still potent." Slant magazine was mixed: "’Stan’ is an interesting look into the mind of a fanatic (albeit through the eyes of an equally disturbed individual), but it's structured entirely around someone else's work (Dido's ’Thank You’)."
"Stan" is perhaps Eminem's most critically acclaimed song, after "Lose Yourself," and has been called a "cultural milestone" and referred to as "Eminem's best song" by About.com. Analysing "Stan" in the Guardian newspaper, writer and literary critic Giles Foden compared Eminem to Robert Browning.
At the 2001 Grammy Awards, when he was facing all manner of criticism from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation over his lyrics, Eminem responded by performing "Stan" with singer Elton John, who is openly gay, singing Dido's lines. Many of the profanities were substituted, for example, "You're like his favorite idol" in line of "You're like his fucking idol," and "stuff" for "shit." Recordings of this performance were available for download on Eminem's official website Eminem.com and, later, on his 2005 greatest hits release Curtain Call: The Hits.
Christian rap artist KJ-52 recorded two songs: "Dear Slim" and "Dear Slim, Part II," attempting to contact Eminem and talk to him about his own faith and help him through his troubles. The lyrics to "Dear Slim" reference the obsessed fan in "Stan." Various instruments within the song "My Life" by The Game were taken from Stan.
Rapper Canibus released a response track to this song titled "U Didn't Care," in which Canibus, portraying Stan, accused Eminem of not caring about him at all.
"Stan" has entered into the lexicon as a term for an overly-obsessed fan of someone or something. The term is especially popular in the rap community; in "Ether," the anti-Jay-Z diss track, Nas notably called Jay-Z a "stan" of both himself and The Notorious B.I.G.
"Stan" has been listed by many as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. It was ranked #3 on a list of the greatest rap songs in history by Q magazine, and came 10th in a similar survey conducted by Top40-Charts.com. Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time ranked it #290, one of Eminem's two songs on the list along with "Lose Yourself;" in the updated 2010 list, it was ranked at #296. It ranked #45 on About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs.
The song ranked number 15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and number 2 on their Countdown Millennium Songs. It was also named the 46th Best Song of the decade by Complex magazine, and the 10th Best Song of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. The song also ranked #2 on Complex's "The 100 Best Eminem Songs."
In 2009, rapper and record producer Swizz Beatz said he submitted an idea for a song for Eminem titled "Stan 2." When Eminem turned it down, Swizz Beatz took it back, for use on his own album, Haute Living. The song would be titled "Anne," featuring rapper Lil Wayne and would maintain the theme that Swizz Beatz had in mind, but on April 27, 2011, Swizz Beatz said that he had given the song to Lil Wayne in exchange for a verse on his new song. "Anne" did not appear on Lil Wayne's ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV. Prior to Tha Carter IV's release, Swizz Beatz released the song on his Monster Mondays free music program through his official website.
When headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2013, Dido appeared as a special guest and performed Stan with Eminem.
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|Order of precedence|
"Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
|IRMA number-one single
December 9, 2000 - January 13, 2001 (6 weeks)
| Succeeded by|
"Touch Me" by Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra
"Never Had a Dream Come True" by S Club 7
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
10 December 2000 - 17 December 2000
| Succeeded by|
"Can We Fix It?" by Bob The Builder
"Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
March 4, 2001 - March 11, 2001
| Succeeded by|
"Case of the Ex" by Mýa
"Heaven" by Gotthard
|Swiss number-one single
December 31, 2000 - February 25, 2001
| Succeeded by|
"Daylight in Your Eyes" by No Angels