Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Best Albums of 2002

We are back with another Best Albums feature from a year gone by - if you missed 1992, check that out after you're done here. Let's rewind to the year 2002... George W. Bush was in his first term as President of the United States, while Elizabeth II celebrated her 50th year as Queen of the United Kingdom. After 9 intriguing seasons, The X-Files slammed shut, as American Idol debuted - selecting Kelly Clarkson as its first winner. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Spider-Man and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones were captivating audiences on the big screen. And the world sadly lost the talents of Waylon Jennings, Joe Strummer (The Clash), Jam Master Jay (Run-D.M.C.), Dee Dee Ramone, John Entwistle (The Who), Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (TLC).

As always, Sarah and I enlisted the help of our regular contributors & friends to select Top 10 albums. In addition, everyone handpicked a track from each album for you to enjoy in our Best Albums of 2002 Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page (unfortunately there are a few albums not available on Spotify - we encourage you to locate those elsewhere). If you'd like to share your own 2002 favorites, please comment below. We will be back later in the week with a list of our honorable mentions. Oh yeah, stay tuned to see which year is coming next!

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Bret Helm
Life on this Planet | Audra

10. Suede - A New Morning
09. Sigur Ros - Untitled ( )
08. Low - Trust
07. t.A.T.u. - 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane
06. Paul Westerberg - Stereo
05. Peter Murphy - Dust
04. Moby - 18
03. David Bowie - Heathen
02. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
01. JJ72 - I to Sky

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

10. The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
09. Clinic - Walking With Thee
08. Ladytron - Light & Magic
07. Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man in Babylon
06. Frou Frou - Details
05. Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport
04. Apoptygma Berzerk - Harmonizer
03. VNV Nation - Futureperfect
02. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
01. Curve - The New Adventures of Curve

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

10. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
09. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
08. Josh Rouse - Under the Cool Blue Stars
07. The Libertines - Up the Bracket
06. Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel
05. Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
04. David Bowie - Heathen
03. Gomez - In Our Gun
02. Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where
01. Neko Case - Blacklisted

Jason Jones
Okinawa, Japan

10. Oasis - Heathen Chemistry
09. Suede - A New Morning
08. Beck - Sea Change
07. Pet Shop Boys - Release
06. a-ha - Lifelines
05. Underworld - A Hundred Days Off
04. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
03. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
02. David Bowie - Heathen
01. Peter Murphy - Dust

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

10. DJ Shadow - The Private Press
09. Jay Munly - Jimmy Carter Syndrome
08. Molotov - Dance and Dense Denso
07. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
06. Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
05. Curve - The New Adventures of Curve
04. Audioslave - s/t
03. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
02. Sigur Ros - Untitled ( )
01. QueenAdreena - Drink Me

Tim Brown
London, England

10. Missy Elliott - Under Construction
09. Beck - Sea Change
08. Eminem - The Eminem Show
07. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
06. Peter Gabriel - Up
05. Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
04. Regina Spektor - Songs
03. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
02. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
01. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

10. Doves - The Last Broadcast
09. The Notwist - Neon Golden
08. Clipse - Lord Willin'
07. Cody ChesnuTT - The Headphone Masterpiece
06. Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
05. Moby - 18
04. Clinic - Walking With Thee
03. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
02. Broken Social Scene - You Forget It in People
01. Justin Timberlake - Justified

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

10. Moby - 18
09. Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
08. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
07. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
06. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
05. Badly Drawn Boy - Have You Fed the Fish?
04. Peter Gabriel - Up
03. The Coral - s/t
02. Paul Westerberg - Stereo
01. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising


STATS
58 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
Bruce Springsteen (3), David Bowie (3), Interpol (3), Moby (3) and Tori Amos (3)



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