100 Greatest Albums of 2002

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2002 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Come Away With Me
Norah Jones
2. The Eminem Show
3. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
4. A Rush Of Blood To The Head
5. Under Construction
Missy Elliot
6. Phrenology
The Roots
7. The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
8. Justified
Justin Timberlake
9. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips
10. Songs About Jane
Maroon 5
11. Quality
Talib Kweli
12. Songs For The Deaf
Queens Of The Stone Age
13. The Rising
Bruce Springsteen
14. Don't Give Up on Me
Solomon Burke
15. Sea Change
16. Turn on the Bright Lights
17. ( )
Sigur Rós
18. God's Son
19. Source Tags & Codes
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
20. By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers
21. Audioslave
22. The Headphone Masterpiece
Cody ChesnuTT
23. You Forgot It In People
Broken Social Scene
24. Up the Bracket
The Libertines
25. Tallahassee
The Mountain Goats
26. One By One
Foo Fighters
27. Ashanti
28. O
Damien Rice
29. Kill the Moonlight
30. Original Pirate Material
The Streets
31. Floetic
32. Scarlet's Walk
Tori Amos
33. Heathen
David Bowie
34. Power in Numbers
Jurassic 5
35. Blood Money
Tom Waits
36. Busted Stuff
Dave Matthews Band
37. The Last Broadcast
38. About a Boy
Badly Drawn Boy
39. Lord Willin'
40. American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash
41. Let Go
Avril Lavigne
42. Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Bright Eyes
43. Alice
Tom Waits
44. Come Home with Me
45. The Last DJ
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
46. Maladroit
47. One Beat
48. Electric Circus
49. Tell All Your Friends
Taking Back Sunday
50. mclusky Do Dallas

51. Nellyville
52. In Search Of...
53. Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
Cee-Lo Green
54. Angels With Dirty Faces
55. God's Favorite
56. Riot Act
Pearl Jam
57. Highly Evolved
The Vines
58. Thug Holiday
Trick Daddy
59. Demolition
Ryan Adams
60. It Ain't Safe No More
Busta Rhymes
61. All Hail West Texas
The Mountain Goats
62. The Execution of All Things
Rilo Kiley
63. Walking With Thee
64. Degradation Trip
Jerry Cantrell
65. Castaways & Cutouts
The Decemberists
66. Murray Street
Sonic Youth
67. Wonder What's Next
68. Life on Other Planets
69. Drunken Lullabies
Flogging Molly
70. Have You Fed The Fish?
Badly Drawn Boy
71. Brainwashed
George Harrison
72. The Used
The Used
73. Geogaddi
Boards of Canada
74. If It Was You
Tegan and Sara
75. Heathen Chemistry
76. Universal Truths & Cycles
Guided by Voices
77. Eve-Olution
78. Don't Worry About Me
Joey Ramone
79. Dutty Rock
Sean Paul
80. When I Was Cruel
Elvis Costello
81. 200 km/h In The Wrong Lane
82. Strange Bird
Augie March
83. Daybreaker
Beth Orton
84. The Illusion of Safety
85. Reveille
86. The Big Come Up
The Black Keys
87. The Young And The Hopeless
Good Charlotte
88. Statues
89. Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
90. We Are The Only Friends We Have
91. The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects
92. Storytelling
Belle & Sebastian
93. Make Up the Breakdown
Hot Hot Heat
94. Sha Sha
Ben Kweller
95. Spend the Night
The Donnas
96. Blacklisted
Neko Case
97. The Private Press
DJ Shadow
98. Good Health
Pretty Girls Make Graves
99. Come with Us
The Chemical Brothers
100. Poses
Rufus Wainwright
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2002
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2002
* Fashionably Late
Linda Thompson

Bruce's choice:
* The Persuasions Sing The Beatles
The Persuasions

Lew's choice:
* While You Weren't Looking
Caitlin Cary
2001   |   2003