2002 Top Ten Songs

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Compelling stories, catchy tunes, and memorable lyrics landed these songs at the top of the charts on 2002. Whether graduating from high school, embarking on a new career, or ending a relationship, songs have the power to bring back unforgettable moments. To help reminisce the best of that year, enjoy the top 10 songs of 2002.

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. Success, in large part, due to this hit single. In addition to being one of the 2002 top ten songs, it has the power to endure, as Jones' distinctive singing style mixes beautifully 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. This song, however, didn't just have critical appeal. It's sexy lyrics and a pounding beat made it 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. Featuring heartfelt lyrics and plenty of guitar riffs for fans of harder rock songs, this song 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 made it real clear 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 of the best 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. The end result was 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 by The Calling charted five on the 2002 Billboard Hot 100, and it topped the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks. This is an enduring love song about a man's devotion for the woman in his life. This touching song became The Calling's greatest hit ever.

2002 Top Ten Songs