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

6 Truly Awesome Songs from 2002

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
Great – 7Can’t Stop Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 7Why Don’t You And I Santana ft. Chad Kroeger
Great – 7Nothing Could Come Between UsTheory of a Deadman
Great – 7It’s a Good Life If You Don’t WeakenThe Tragically Hip
Great – 7DenyDefault
Great – 7Here Without You 3 Doors Down
Great – 7Cochise Audioslave
Great – 7Hero Chad Kroeger
Great – 7The Scientist Coldplay
Great – 7Without Me Eminem
Great – 7All My Life Foo Fighters
Great – 7HurtJohnny Cash
Great – 7You Know You’re Right Nirvana
Great – 7No One Knows Queens of the Stone Age
Great – 7By The Way Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 7Soak Up The Sun Sheryl Crow
Great – 7InnocentOur Lady Peace
Great – 24Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Great – 24The One Foo Fighters
Great – 24Times Like These Foo Fighters
Great – 24The Game Motörhead
Great – 24Stop Cryin’ Your Heart Out Oasis
Great – 24Somewhere Out ThereOur Lady Peace
Solid – 30When I’m Gone 3 Doors Down
Solid – 30Hands Clean Alanis Morissette
Solid – 30I Am The Highway Audioslave
Solid – 30Complicated Avril Lavigne
Solid – 30Clocks Coldplay
Solid – 30Travelin’ Soldier Dixie Chicks
Solid – 30LandslideDixie Chicks
Solid – 30Superman Eminem
Solid – 30Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Solid – 30Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
Solid – 30This Love Maroon 5
Solid – 30Here Is Gone The Goo Goo Dolls
Solid – 30We’re Going To Be Friends The White Stripes
Solid – 43In My Place Coldplay
Solid – 43Where Are You Going? Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 43Cleanin Out My Closet Eminem
Solid – 43Death Valley QueenFlogging Molly
Solid – 43Cry Me A River Justin Timberlake
Solid – 43The Ketchup Song Las Ketchup
Solid – 43All The Things She Said t.A.T.u.
Solid – 43I’m With You Avril Lavigne
Solid – 43A New Day Has ComeCeline Dion
Solid – 43Scorpio Rising Death in Vegas
Solid – 43Sing For The Moment Eminem
Solid – 43What’s Left of the Flag Flogging Molly
Solid – 43If I Ever Leave This World AliveFlogging Molly
Solid – 43Still Waiting Sum 41
Solid – 43A Thousand Miles Vanessa Carlton
Solid – 43EscapeEnrique Iglesias
Solid – 43Get BusySean Paul
Not Bad – 60Till I CollapseEminem
Not Bad – 60Drunken Lullabies Flogging Molly
Not Bad – 60Rebels of the Sacred HeartFlogging Molly
Not Bad – 60Tired Of Waiting For YouGreen Day
Not Bad – 60Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) Grits
Not Bad – 60She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
Not Bad – 60UnwellMatchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 60Don’t Know Why Norah Jones
Not Bad – 601/2 FullPearl Jam
Not Bad – 60Silver JetThe Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 60AddictiveTruth Hurts Feat. Rakim
Not Bad – 60Hey MaCam’Ron
Not Bad – 60HeadstrongTrapt
Not Bad – 60Losing Grip Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 60The Hindu TimesOasis
Not Bad – 60I Feel So Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 60There Is Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 60The Rising Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 60God Put A Smile Upon Your Face Coldplay
Not Bad – 60Hey Mister Custom
Not Bad – 60White AmericaEminem
Not Bad – 60Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous Good Charlotte
Not Bad – 60All I Have Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 60Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue
Not Bad – 60Die Another Day Madonna
Not Bad – 60Hot In Herre Nelly
Not Bad – 60The Zephyr Song Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 60I’m Gonna Getcha Good! Shania Twain
Not Bad – 60LeaveThe Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 60In A Little While Uncle Kracker
Not Bad – 60No Such ThingJohn Mayer
Not Bad – 91Sk8er Boi Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 91Cat Like Thief Boxcar Racer
Not Bad – 91Jenny From The Block Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 91Harder To Breathe Maroon 5
Not Bad – 91Bright Lights Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 91Dilemma Nelly
Not Bad – 91Come Away With Me Norah Jones
Not Bad – 91Thumbing My WayPearl Jam
Not Bad – 91Can’t Stop Loving You Phil Collins
Not Bad – 91Steve McQueen Sheryl Crow
Not Bad – 91Addicted Simple Plan
Not Bad – 91Electrical Storm U2
Not Bad – 91Seein’ RedUnwritten Law
Not Bad – 91I Stand AloneGodsmack
Not Bad – 91BotherStone Sour
Not Bad – 91DreamerOzzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 91HeavenDJ Sammy Feat. Yanou & Do
Not Bad – 91Days Go ByDirty Vegas

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