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Posted by: Dave on January 21, 2003 at 10:00 pm

These are the top 20 songs from albums released between December 1, 2001 and November 30, 2002 in the United States. As I do every year, I factored in the following criteria when ranking the top songs: originality, composition/arrangement/production, lyrics, catchiness/memorability, energy, emotion.

1. Eminem “Lose Yourselficon8 Mile Original Soundtrack (Interscope)

2. Nas “What Goes AroundiconStillmatic (Ill Will/Columbia)

3. Sleater-Kinney “One BeaticonOne Beat (Kill Rock Stars)

4. Nas “My CountryiconStillmatic (Ill Will/Columbia)

5. Eminem “White AmericaiconThe Eminem Show (Interscope)

6. Bright Eyes “Bowl of OrangesiconLifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (Saddle Creek)

7. Abandon Jalopy “Speed Bumps” Mercy (Stank Face Laboratories)

8. Sonic Youth “Disconnection NoticeiconMurray St. (Geffen/Interscope)

9. Mr. Lif “Home of the BraveiconEmergency Rations EP (Definitive Jux)

10. Eminem “Cleanin’ Out My CloseticonThe Eminem Show (Interscope)

11. Wilco “Jesus Etc.iconYankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)

12. Queens of the Stone Age “No One KnowsiconSongs for the Deaf (Interscope)

13. Chemical Brothers “Come With UsiconCome With Us (Astralwerks)

14. Bright Eyes “Method ActingiconLifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (Saddle Creek)

15. Pretty Girls Make Graves “Speakers Push the AiriconGood Health (Lookout!)

16. Scarface “On My BlockiconThe Fix (Def Jam)

17. The Flaming Lips “Fight TesticonYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Brothers)

18. Liars “Mr. Your On Fire Mr.” They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top (Mute)

19. Avril Lavigne “ComplicatediconLet Go (Arista)

20. Justin Timberlake “Cry Me a RivericonJustified (Jive)



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