Sing for the Moment

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"Sing for the Moment"
Single by Eminem
from the album The Eminem Show
Released February 25, 2003
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop, rap rock
Length 5:40 (album version)
4:50 (radio edit)
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Eminem, Jeff Bass, L. Resto, S. King
Producer(s) Eminem, Jeff Bass (co.)
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Sing for the Moment"
Curtain Call: The Hits track listing
"Shake That"
"Sing for the Moment"
"Without Me"
Music sample

"Sing for the Moment" is a song by American rapper Eminem. It was released as the fourth single from his fourth studio album The Eminem Show, on February 25, 2003. The song uses the chorus and melody of "Dream On" by American rock band Aerosmith.


"Sing for the Moment" contains samples of the song "Dream On" by the rock band Aerosmith. Joe Perry of Aerosmith plays the guitar solo at the end of the song, and a sample of Steven Tyler singing the chorus of "Dream On" is used as the chorus for this song. Eminem says "sing" when Tyler starts to sing the chorus, and Eminem also says "sing with me" and "come on" in the chorus. Eminem says the words in his live performances as well. The song also contains a sample of "Dream On" at the beginning of the song. "Sing for the Moment" was later released on Eminem's greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits.

"Sing for the Moment" deals with the themes of rap music's effect on society and the misunderstanding Eminem claims critics and parents have towards his message. Eminem uses the song to refute critics who have accused him of promoting violence to young people, saying that committing a crime is ultimately up to the offender in a post-9/11 world. He also explains that his music has an advantage for young people, claiming that his music is a relief from boredom and depression. Eminem's altercation with a bouncer named John Guerrera is also referenced in this song.[1] The song reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, #6 on the UK Singles Chart, and #5 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

David Browne cited: "In Sing for the Moment, which includes a tirade against the media and politically motivated prosecutors, the intensity of his delivery overcomes the hoariest of ideas -- incorporating a portion of an overly familiar classic-rock oldie, Aerosmith's Dream On. The song becomes a clarion call of suburban kids everywhere, not just an easy route to a hit."[2]

DX magazine concluded that in this song Eminem is dealing with his life and he called it "guitar-fueled track."[3] RapReviews was positive: "'Sing For the Moment' may throw his fans a curveball though: a song which appears to sample Aerosmith's 'Dream On' yet simultaneously features the REAL Joe Perry playing guitar. Obviously not a stretch for the hard rock icons though, who are still remembered for recording 'Walk This Way' with Run-D.M.C. back in the 1980's, so it's an enjoyable diversion from non-stop hardcore hip-hop."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, released in 2003, is a collage created with various clips, including shots from the Anger Management Tour. It also contains cameos by various fellow rappers, including Dr. Dre, the members of D12, 50 Cent and Ludacris. Eminem stands in neutral positions and stares at the camera several times in the video. The video is very similar to the 50 Cent music video "If I Can't". On The Eminem Show, "Sing for the Moment" segues into "Superman". On Curtain Call: The Hits, the segue also fades out as "Superman", since Superman is not included in the compilation. In the censored version of the song, the lyric "any dispute won't hesitate to produce handguns" in the second verse, "handguns" is censored.

Track listing[edit]

  • German CD single
  1. "Sing for the Moment" - 5:40
  2. "Rabbit Run" - 3:10
  • German Maxi CD single
  1. "Sing for the Moment" - 5:40
  2. "Rabbit Run" - 3:10
  3. "Sing for the Moment" (Instrumental) - 6:25
  4. "Sing for the Moment" (Video) - 5:26
  • German Limited Edition Maxi CD single (Encased in a limited edition digipak with three limited edition postcards)
  1. "Sing for the Moment" - 5:40
  2. "Rabbit Run" - 3:10
  3. "Sing for the Moment" (Instrumental) - 6:25
  4. "Sing for the Moment" (Video) - 5:26
  • UK CD single
  1. "Sing for the Moment" - 5:40
  2. "Sing for the Moment" (Instrumental) - 6:25
  3. "Rabbit Run" (Soundtrack Version) - 3:10
  4. "Sing for the Moment" (Video) - 5:26
  • UK Cassette
  1. "Sing for the Moment" - 5:40
  2. "Sing for the Moment" (Instrumental) - 6:25
  3. "Rabbit Run" (Soundtrack Version) - 3:10

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 4
Eurochart Hot 100[11] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 5
France (SNEP)[13] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 5
Ireland (IRMA) 3
Italy (FIMI)[15] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 10
Portugal (IFPI)[19] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[20] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 14
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[25] 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[26] 5


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "Music Review: The Eminem Show, by Eminem". Entertainment Weekly. June 7, 2002. 
  3. ^ HipHopDX (18 May 2002). "Eminem - The Eminem Show (Advanced Copy)". HipHopDX. 
  4. ^ " Feature for May 28, 2002 - Eminem's "The Eminem Show"". 
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  6. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  10. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". Tracklisten.
  11. ^ Euro chart [1] . Retrieved April 17, 2008.
  12. ^ "Eminem: Sing for the Moment" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". GfK Entertainment.
  15. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". VG-lista.
  19. ^ "Portugal Singles Chart". 
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  21. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ " – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Eminem: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Eminem – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eminem.
  25. ^ "Eminem – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Eminem.
  26. ^ "Eminem – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Eminem.
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – Sing for the Moment". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sing for the Moment in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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