The 2002 top ten songs instantly bring us back to that year. Whether you were graduating from high school, embarking on a new career, or ending a relationship, a single song can remind us of those unforgettable moments. Beyond the nostalgia factor, many of these songs topped the charts for a reason - compelling stories, catchy tunes, and memorable lyrics - and that appeal will hold for years.
1. "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
"Don't Know Why" was a clear winner at the 2003 Grammy Awards, claiming the titles of record of the year and song of the year. Jones was also named best new artist and Come Away With Me was named album of the year and best pop vocal album, in large part due to the success of this big single. In addition to being one of the 2002 top ten songs, it has the power to endure, as Jones' distinctive singing style mixes with a classic jazz sound and mournful lyrics.
2. "Hot in Herre" by Nelly
"Hot in Herre" won the 2003 Grammy for male rap solo performance, but it didn't just have critical appeal. With sexy lyrics and a pounding beat, this was the track of the year for getting people out on the dance floor. It was also the number three single on the 2002 Billboard Hot 100.
3. "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback
A strong contender for the 2002 top ten songs, "How You Remind Me" topped the 2002 Billboard Hot 100. With heartfelt lyrics, but enough guitar for fans of harder rock songs, it paved the way for Nickelback's continued success.
4. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton
"A Thousand Miles" was the number one song of 2002 on the ARC Weekly Top 40 radio program. Vanessa Carlton managed to bring a youthful voice to the pop charts without the outrageous dress and behavior of many other teen stars. In the midst of over-produced rock and dance tracks, the song's simple mix of piano and vocals was a refreshing change of pace.
5. "Without Me" by Eminem
The Eminem Show won the 2003 Grammy for best rap album and was the number-one selling album of 2002, according to the Billboard 200. As the first single released from this album, "Without Me" was a clear call that "Slim Shady" was back. The song highlighted the artist's boastful personality and rapid-fire lyrics with a humorous edge.
6. "The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney
"The Good Stuff" topped the year's Billboard list of Hot Country Songs, making it one of the 2002 top ten songs. Like many country tunes, it tells a story, creating a touching romantic tale centered on the best moments in a relationship.
7. "Foolish" by Ashanti
"Foolish" made quite a mark on the Billboard charts, earning the top spot on the 2002 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list and coming in at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Describing her inability to walk away from a bad relationship, Ashanti creates a picture of a situation too many women can relate to.
8. "Hey Baby" by No Doubt
No Doubt traveled to Jamaica to revitalize the band and refine their music, with the end result being a club-ready mix of songs diverging from their rock/ska sound of the past. Featuring Bounty Killer, "Hey Baby" added a bit of authentic Jamaican flavor to an already infectious dance groove. The song won the 2003 Grammy for pop vocal performance by a duo or group.
9. "In the End" by Linkin Park
While mixing rock and rap was nothing new in 2002, Linkin Park made the combination more radio-friendly with a heavy use of samples, beats and profanity-free lyrics. "In the End" highlighted this style by mixing rap verses with a melodic chorus. The song was number five on the 2002 ARC Weekly Top 40 list.
10. "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling
"Wherever You Will Go" is an enduring love song about a man's devotion for the woman in his life. It was number five on the 2002 Billboard Hot 100.