My Favorite Songs of 2002

In 2002, as the world deals with the fallout of 911, I spend the entire year living in Oshawa and commuting to work in Markham. That commute would include Howard Stern in the morning, and new rock or classic rock on the drive home.

I begin moonlighting for The Hockey News as their fantasy hockey writer, and though I didn’t know it at the time, but in May of that year I began a friendship with a woman I worked with who would become my wife.

In the world of music, Virgin Records bought out its contract with Mariah Carey for $28 million – paying her that much money to not record for them anymore. Wow. And then three months later she signs with Island Def Jam. This was also the year of R. Kelly and his underage girl sex charges, Britney Spears was ranked by Forbes as the world’s most powerful celebrity – at age 20. Michael Jackson dangles his baby over the balcony, Kelly Clarkson becomes the first winner of American Idol… and Napster is shut down for good.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been tossing these up in a numerical order. We can agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It depends on mood and situation. A song ranked 14th today could rank 1st tomorrow if it comes on the radio at the right moment. Instead, I group them rather than present a hard-and-fast order:

Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

First, videos of the best from that year…

23 Great Songs from 2002

Somewhere Out There – Our Lady Peace

Stop Cryin’ Your Heart Out  – Oasis

The Game  – Motörhead

Song is even better when you watch Triple H emerge from backstage…

Times Like These  – Foo Fighters

The One  – Foo Fighters

Beautiful  – Christina Aguilera

Innocent – Our Lady Peace

Soak Up The Sun  – Sheryl Crow

By The Way  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

No One Knows  – Queens of the Stone Age

You Know You’re Right  – Nirvana

Hurt – Johnny Cash

All My Life  – Foo Fighters

Without Me  – Eminem

The Scientist  – Coldplay

Hero  – Chad Kroeger

Cochise  – Audioslave

Here Without You  – 3 Doors Down

Deny – Default

It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken – The Tragically Hip

The last great song by The Tragically Hip, one of my favorite bands in history. The shift in their style began with their album Phantom Power in 1998. The band seemed to shift towards Gord Downie. It was subtle, but the groundwork was being laid. This became more apparent in Music @ Work, in 2000. They seemed to think that the best music revolved around Gord’s talent as a crooner. But he wasn’t a crooner. He thought he was, perhaps due to Bobcaygeon’s popularity. But he wasn’t. He was a rock singer, and the music was at its best when Downie and the rest of the band worked together on rock music. Music @ Work was a terrible album. In Violet Light, the album that this song appeared on, was even worse. But there is a hidden gem. It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken was easily the best song on this album and the one before (M@W) because it went back to the band’s roots.

Nothing Could Come Between Us – Theory of a Deadman

Why Don’t You And I  – Santana ft. Chad Kroeger

Can’t Stop  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

7 Truly Awesome Songs from 2002

Hold Me Down – Tommy Lee

Underrated song here…

Picture  – Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow

Lose Yourself  – Eminem

Like A Stone  – Audioslave

Make Up Your Mind  – Theory Of A Deadman

I Am Mine  – Pearl Jam

Lonely Road of Faith – Kid Rock

The above songs are put together on a YouTube playlist for your listening enjoyment, here.

Here is the complete list of the best songs from 2002…

Awesome – 1Lonely Road of FaithKid Rock
Awesome – 1I Am Mine Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1Make Up Your Mind Theory Of A Deadman
Awesome – 4Like A Stone Audioslave
Awesome – 4Lose Yourself Eminem
Awesome – 4Picture Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow
Awesome – 4Hold Me DownTommy Lee
Great – 8Can’t Stop Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 8Why Don’t You And I Santana ft. Chad Kroeger
Great – 8Nothing Could Come Between UsTheory of a Deadman
Great – 8It’s a Good Life If You Don’t WeakenThe Tragically Hip
Great – 8DenyDefault
Great – 8Here Without You 3 Doors Down
Great – 8Cochise Audioslave
Great – 8Hero Chad Kroeger
Great – 8The Scientist Coldplay
Great – 8Without Me Eminem
Great – 8All My Life Foo Fighters
Great – 8HurtJohnny Cash
Great – 8You Know You’re Right Nirvana
Great – 8No One Knows Queens of the Stone Age
Great – 8By The Way Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 8Soak Up The Sun Sheryl Crow
Great – 8InnocentOur Lady Peace
Great – 25Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Great – 25The One Foo Fighters
Great – 25Times Like These Foo Fighters
Great – 25The Game Motörhead
Great – 25Stop Cryin’ Your Heart Out Oasis
Great – 25Somewhere Out ThereOur Lady Peace
Solid – 31When I’m Gone 3 Doors Down
Solid – 31Hands Clean Alanis Morissette
Solid – 31I Am The Highway Audioslave
Solid – 31Complicated Avril Lavigne
Solid – 31Clocks Coldplay
Solid – 31Travelin’ Soldier Dixie Chicks
Solid – 31LandslideDixie Chicks
Solid – 31Superman Eminem
Solid – 31Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Solid – 31Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
Solid – 31This Love Maroon 5
Solid – 31Here Is Gone The Goo Goo Dolls
Solid – 31We’re Going To Be Friends The White Stripes
Solid – 44In My Place Coldplay
Solid – 44Where Are You Going? Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 44Cleanin Out My Closet Eminem
Solid – 44Death Valley QueenFlogging Molly
Solid – 44Cry Me A River Justin Timberlake
Solid – 44The Ketchup Song Las Ketchup
Solid – 44All The Things She Said t.A.T.u.
Solid – 44I’m With You Avril Lavigne
Solid – 44A New Day Has ComeCeline Dion
Solid – 44Scorpio Rising Death in Vegas
Solid – 44Sing For The Moment Eminem
Solid – 44What’s Left of the Flag Flogging Molly
Solid – 44If I Ever Leave This World AliveFlogging Molly
Solid – 44Still Waiting Sum 41
Solid – 44A Thousand Miles Vanessa Carlton
Solid – 44EscapeEnrique Iglesias
Solid – 44Get BusySean Paul
Not Bad – 61Till I CollapseEminem
Not Bad – 61Drunken Lullabies Flogging Molly
Not Bad – 61Rebels of the Sacred HeartFlogging Molly
Not Bad – 61Tired Of Waiting For YouGreen Day
Not Bad – 61Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) Grits
Not Bad – 61She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
Not Bad – 61UnwellMatchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 61Don’t Know Why Norah Jones
Not Bad – 611/2 FullPearl Jam
Not Bad – 61Silver JetThe Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 61AddictiveTruth Hurts Feat. Rakim
Not Bad – 61Hey MaCam’Ron
Not Bad – 61HeadstrongTrapt
Not Bad – 61Losing Grip Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 61The Hindu TimesOasis
Not Bad – 61I Feel So Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 61There Is Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 61The Rising Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 61God Put A Smile Upon Your Face Coldplay
Not Bad – 61Hey Mister Custom
Not Bad – 61White AmericaEminem
Not Bad – 61Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous Good Charlotte
Not Bad – 61All I Have Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 61Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue
Not Bad – 61Die Another Day Madonna
Not Bad – 61Hot In Herre Nelly
Not Bad – 61The Zephyr Song Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 61I’m Gonna Getcha Good! Shania Twain
Not Bad – 61LeaveThe Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 61In A Little While Uncle Kracker
Not Bad – 61No Such ThingJohn Mayer
Not Bad – 92Sk8er Boi Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 92Cat Like Thief Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 92Jenny From The Block Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 92Harder To Breathe Maroon 5
Not Bad – 92Bright Lights Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 92Dilemma Nelly
Not Bad – 92Come Away With Me Norah Jones
Not Bad – 92Thumbing My WayPearl Jam
Not Bad – 92Can’t Stop Loving You Phil Collins
Not Bad – 92Steve McQueen Sheryl Crow
Not Bad – 92Addicted Simple Plan
Not Bad – 92Electrical Storm U2
Not Bad – 92Seein’ RedUnwritten Law
Not Bad – 92I Stand AloneGodsmack
Not Bad – 92BotherStone Sour
Not Bad – 92DreamerOzzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 92HeavenDJ Sammy Feat. Yanou & Do
Not Bad – 92Days Go ByDirty Vegas

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