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Can You Believe Lose Yourself Is 16 Years Old!?

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
It’s been 63 years since Doc Brown invented time travel, but we don’t need a DeLorean to revisit the past. For this list, we’re scouring our memory banks and the history books to find five interesting stories that’ll make you ask, “dang, when did I get so old?” From “Lose Yourself”, to “Elf”, to “Guitar Hero”, lets take a trip down memory lane!
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Can You Believe "Lose Yourself" is 16 Years Old?!

It’s been 63 years since Doc Brown invented time travel, but we don’t need a DeLorean to revisit the past. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be opening up our time capsule to tell you what happened this week in history, November 4-10.

For this list, we’re scouring our memory banks and the history books to find five interesting stories that’ll make you ask, “dang, when did I get so old?” Be sure to keep an eye on our Community Tab to vote for your favorite memories on upcoming episodes! For this episode, over 180 thousand of you guys voted, so thanks! Keep ‘em coming!

16 Years Ago
“Lose Yourself” Captures This Moment
November 9th, 2002

Eminem has popped up in a couple of movies over the past decade and a half, but Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith remains his most prominent screen role. During its opening weekend, the semi-autobiographical drama “8 Mile” dominated the box office with over $50 million, the second biggest debut for an R-rated movie at the time. The day after it premiered, its signature song “Lose Yourself” climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and hung on for a staggering 12-week run. “Lose Yourself” would make history as the first hip-hop song to win an Academy Award. Even years later, we can’t get the lyrics out of our heads… or mom’s spaghetti off our sweaters.


15 Years Ago
“Elf” Becomes an Instant Christmas Classic
November 7th, 2003

Will Ferrell was an MVP on “SNL,” but it was uncertain if his career would enjoy the same success after he left the sketch comedy series in 2002. 2003 ended up being a monumental year for Ferrell’s film career, however, with “Old School” hitting theaters in February and “Elf” arriving nine months later. Coming out two days after the highly anticipated “Matrix Revolutions,” “Elf” only opened at No. 2 during its first weekend. Thanks to positive reviews and word-of-mouth, though, it triumphed over the competition during its second weekend and ultimately grossed over $200 million. It’s evolved into a holiday favorite, but don’t expect Ferrell to ever star in “Elf 2,” especially after fifteen years.

13 Years Ago
“Guitar Hero” Rocks the Gaming Community
November 8th, 2005

“Guitar Hero” isn’t exactly the cultural phenomenon it used to be, with the franchise’s last main title coming out three years ago. At the height of its popularity, though, a year didn’t go by without at least one new “Guitar Hero” title. It all started on November 8, 2005 when the original music rhythm game-changer arrived on the PlayStation 2. “Guitar Hero” quickly won people over with its Gibson SG-shaped controller, which was simple enough to handle while still requiring genuine skill to master. Growing up in the mid-2000s, you couldn’t go to a house party without seeing a crowd of people gathered around the TV, either playing “Guitar Hero” or its successor “Rock Band.”

17 Years Ago
“24” Glues Audiences to Their TV Sets
November 6th, 2001

Nowadays, we’re used to seeing TV shows with ambitious premises and serialized narratives. In 2001, however, there was nothing on the airwaves like “24,” which presented its story in real-time with each episode chronicling another hour of agent Jack Bauer’s day. While the people involved knew they were taking a risk, Fox still found the idea exciting, believing it would “move the form of television forward.” Their instincts turned out to be well-founded. Premiering on November 6, the show became an explosive hit, initially running for eight seasons, winning a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and helping to shape the current Golden Age of Television.

11 Years Ago
Consumers Get Their First Taste of Google’s Android
November 5th, 2007

If you were born in the past decade, you’ve never lived in a world where Android smartphones weren’t on the market. To create a “better, cheaper” mobile phone, Google joined forces with 33 partners, forming the Open Handset Alliance. Google unveiled the Android mobile operating system on November 5, 2007, releasing its beta version that same day. Introduced almost five months after the first iPhone hit the scene, Android aimed to take a bite out of Apple’s profits. Although many were skeptical about Google’s venture into the smartphone business, Android enjoyed solid success when the HTC Dream came out the following September. Androids have gone a LONG way since then, becoming the most used O

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