Song: "Accordion" (2004)
Album: Madvillainy

Doom's reminder that life is short on "Accordion" sticks from the start of the song to the finish, and even after that. There are a lot of ruminations on mortality in rap; this one, as simple as it was brilliant, just sticks, in the same way things that legitimately make you question your mortality can. The imagery of a ticking clock against one's lifespan is cliche, sure, but somehow, Doom had the gravitas to make it tick louder.