100 Greatest Songs From 2002

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Lose Yourself - Eminem
  2. Clocks - Coldplay
  3. Losing My Edge - LCD Soundsystem
  4. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture
  5. The Seed (2.0) - The Roots (feat. Cody ChesnuTT)
  6. Work It - Missy Elliott
  7. Without Me - Eminem
  8. No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
  9. Made You Look - Nas
10. Dilemma - Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland
11. The Scientist - Coldplay
12. Like a Stone - Audioslave
13. Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
14. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
15. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
16. The Way We Get By - Spoon
17. This Love - Maroon 5
18. Heartbeats - The Knife
19. Grindin' - Clipse
20. Poor Places - Wilco
21. Obstacle 1 - Interpol
22. Foolish - Ashanti
23. Hot in Herre - Nelly
24. Jesus, etc. - Wilco
25. By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
26. Lost Cause - Beck
27. Ignition - R. Kelly
28. Get Busy - Sean Paul
29. Get Low - Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and Ying Yang Twins
30. Weak Become Heroes - The Streets
31. Danger! High Voltage - Electric Six
32. Complicated - Avril Lavigne
33. Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
34. Move Your Feet - Junior Senior
35. When I'm Gone - 3 Doors Down
36. Unwell - Matchbox 20
37. A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
38. Miss You - Aaliyah
39. Picture - Kid Rock and Allison Moorer
40. There Goes the Fear - Doves
41. Time for Heroes - The Libertines
42. All I Have - Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J
43. I'm with You - Avril Lavigne
44. I Need a Girl (Part One) - P. Diddy, Usher and Loon
45. I Need a Girl (Part Two) - P. Diddy, Ginuwine, Loon and Mario Winans
46. Let's Push Things Forward - The Streets
47. Get By - Talib Kweli
48. Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
49. Oops (Oh My) - Tweet and Missy Elliott
50. Beautiful - Snoop Dogg, Pharrell and Charlie Wilson
51. Addictive - Truth Hurts and Rakim
52. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
53. Cleanin' Out My Closet - Eminem
54. PDA - Interpol
55. Dreaming of You - The Coral
56. I Know What You Want - Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Flipmode Squad
57. Drift Away - Uncle Kracker and Dobie Gray
58. So weit wie noch nie - Jürgen Paape
59. Freak Like Me - Sugababes
60. Gangsta Lovin' - Eve and Alicia Keys
61. The Game of Love - Santana and Michelle Branch
62. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Pt. 1) - The Flaming Lips
63. What a Waster - The Libertines
64. '03 Bonnie & Clyde - Jay-Z and Beyoncé
65. Bump, Bump, Bump - B2K and P. Diddy
66. To Hell with Good Intentions - McLusky
67. In My Place - Coldplay
68. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
69. Mesmerize - Ja Rule and Ashanti
70. Oh Boy - Cam'ron and Juelz Santana
71. Star Guitar - The Chemical Brothers
72. Get Free - The Vines
73. Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow
74. Just a Friend 2002 - Mario
75. NYC - Interpol
76. Dy-na-mi-tee - Ms. Dynamite
77. Happy - Ashanti
78. Rippin Kittin - Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin
79. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - Wilco
80. Gossip Folks - Missy Elliott and Ludacris
81. Highly Evolved - The Vines
82. Air Force Ones - Nelly and St. Lunatics
83. Why Don't You & I - Santana and Alex Band
84. Excuse Me Miss - Jay-Z
85. No Children - The Mountain Goats
86. Six Days - DJ Shadow
87. My City of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen
88. Cause = Time - Broken Social Scene
89. Up the Bracket - The Libertines
90. I Can - Nas
91. Pass the Courvoisier, Part II - Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy and Pharrell
92. Almost Crimes - Broken Social Scene
93. The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
94. Rainy Dayz - Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule
95. Like I Love You - Justin Timberlake and Clipse
96. Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
97. Wanksta - 50 Cent
98. Here Is Gone - Goo Goo Dolls
99. Hands Clean - Alanis Morissette
100. Die Another Day - Madonna
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Heavy Metal Drummer - Wilco
102. Leaving Home - International Pony
103. Stop Cryin' Your Heart Out - Oasis
104. Fight Test - The Flaming Lips
105. You Know You're Right - Nirvana
106. Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down - Interpol
107. Here to Stay - New Order
108. Two Months Off - Underworld
109. Here I Dreamt I Was an Architecht - The Decemberists
110. Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni
111. Silent Sigh - Badly Drawn Boy
112. Miss Lucifer - Primal Scream
113. Lazy - X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne
114. I Against I - Massive Attack feat. Mos Def
115. Miura - Metro Area
116. Dance to the Underground - Radio 4
117. Small Stakes - Spoon
118. Check the Meaning - Richard Ashcroft
119. Black Rooster - The Kills
120. United States of Whatever - Liam Lynch
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2002
An unheralded great record from 2002
Bruce's choice -
* Last Night - Chris Anderson & DJ Robbie
Lew's choice -
* Hi-Speed Soul - Nada Surf
Adam's choice -
* Rocksteady - Remy Shand
Brett's choice -
* One More Kiss - Nico Juber
Ryan's choice -
* Speakers Push the Air - Pretty Girls Make Graves

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Last Updated: 2012-06-12