How Good Was The Year (in music) - 2002?

1979 placed 13th with 7.96 in the previous instalment but now we’re moving forward into the musical consciousness as we ask you to cast your minds back a mere 21 years from now to the heady days of 2002.

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1997 8.6 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
3 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
4 1977 8.41 Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express Donna Summer - I Feel Love
5 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
5 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
7 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
8 1975 8.13 Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer
8 2007 8.13 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver / Radiohead - In Rainbows LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends / M.I.A. - Paper Planes
10 2004 8.1 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
10 2001 8.1 The Strokes - Is This It Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope) / Mogwai - My Father My King
12 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
13 1979 7.96 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures Joy Division - Transmission
14 1982 7.76 The Cure - Pornography / Kate Bush - The Dreaming Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding / The Associates - Party Fears Two
15 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
16 2010 7.66 Kanye West - MBDTF / Joanna Newsom - Have One One Me / Beach House - Teen Dream Robyn - Dancing On My Own
17 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
18 1990 7.47 Sonic Youth - Goo The Cure - Pictures of You
18 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
20 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
21 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
22 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
23 2017 7.36 Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent Kendrick Lamar - Humble
24 1999 7.3 Mogwai - Come On Die Young Björk - All Is Full Of Love
25 2009 7.1 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
26 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
27 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
28 1962 6 Howlin’ Wolf - Howlin’ Wolf Dick Dale - Misirlou
29 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

2002 was the year that Euro currency made it into physical circulation, the FIFA World Cup was held in Asia (and by two nations) for the first time, East Timor gained independence from Indonesia and joined the UN, Worldcom quickly displaced Enron as the largest accounting fraud case in US history less than one year later, and the BBC launched radio 6 Music.

We said goodbye to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the Queen Mother, Dudley Moore, Joe Strummer, John Thaw, Jam Master Jay, John Gotti and the British Bulldog, and hello to much of the Stranger Things cast and some other kids.

But how good was the music?

You have roughly ten days to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close a few days later.

Some lists for inspiration:

Top 50 Albums of 2002 | Pitchfork
Best Albums of 2002 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 2002 - Rate Your Music
100 Greatest Albums of 2002
NME's best albums and tracks of 2002
100 Greatest Songs From 2002

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations

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Oh wow, so so many.

Nominate album: Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

Remember hearing this song for the first time slightly stoned, mid summer, late night, and feeling like I was out there in the desert somewhere. Huge album for me.


seminal. nominate album boards of canada - geogaddi


Along with 2013, probably the best post-2000 year for music. So many all-time classics.

Albums I loved at the time:

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Counting Crows - Hard Candy
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Pearl Jam - Riot Act
Beck - Sea Change
Getup Kids - On a Wire

Albums I discovered later:

Ugly Casanova - Sharpen Your Teeth
Songs:Ohia - Didn’t It Rain
Trail of the Dead - Source Tags and Codes
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
Sigur Ros - ( )
Doves - The Last Broadcast
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
The Mars Volta - Tremulant EP


Tom Waits - Blood Money

One of my favourite TWs


Nominate Album: Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


Nominate song: The Streets - Turn The Page


nominate song: clipse - grindin’

some other 2002 joints

good rap year. neptunes producing everything, yes please


Nominate album: Glassjaw - Worship and Tribute


ISIS - Oceanic


Yeah nominate album: Interpol ‘Turn on the bright lights’

Its an all timer…


Album nomination

Cornershop - Handcream for a Generation


Nominate album:

mclusky - do dallas


Some great albums.

Album wise an easy pick for me desipite the beauty of disintegration loops
Nominate Album: Pedro the Lion - Control

one of my favourite albums of all time, an absolute masterclass of an album soaked in hefty pulsating blissful misery.

Track wise, some that come straight to mind.

Indian Summer - Angry Son (Aka Woolworm)
Indian Summer - Angry Son - YouTube.

Tarwater - 1985

Sage Francis - Different

Fog - Pneumonia

Enon - Natural Disasters

Radar Bros - You and the Father

Nowist - Consequence

Thee More Shallows - The Perfect Map


Ah 2002… happy days…

Nominate album: The Delgados - Hate
Incredible album.


I should have gotten online sooner today, this is hands down my favorite of 2002.

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Not mentioned yet (I think)



I remember this EP title track & video blowing my mind at the time. CD came with the DVD.

Autechre - Gantz Graf

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Nominate Album:
Outhud - S. T. R. E. E. T. D. A.D.

really love:
Sonic Youth - Murray Steet
QOTSA - Songs
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi
Morvern Callar - OST

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TOTBL already got a shout so I’ll go with

Sigur Ros - ( )

Some others:
Anti-Pop Consortium - Arrhythmia
Beck - Sea Change
Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
Mastodon - Remission
Q and Not U - Different Damage
QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
RJD2 - Deadringer
Susumu Yokota - The Boy and the Tree
Yagya - Rhythm of Snow
2 Many DJ’s - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
(i actually prefer Pt. 1 because I found the bootleg at the shop for silly money before I got to Pt. 2 but it’s not official so doesn’t count)