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Popular ’02

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Last time we did one of these Obama was president, so a quick reminder is probably due – I give every Number One a mark out of 10. This is where YOU get the opportunity to vote on which hits you’d have given 6 or more to. My own highest marks were a 10 for Sugababes and 9s for Aaliyah and Girls Aloud, while at the other end Ronan, Gareth’n’Will, Westlife and ver Kitten picked up 2s.

Which Of The Number One Hits Of 2002 Would YOU Have Given 6 Or More To?

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Discuss the year in general in the comments! (If you want)


  1. 1
    Lee Saunders on 10 Oct 2019 #

    Hooray… I made my Popular entrance on the Popular ’01 poll so seeing how this one would turn out has excited me.

    Favourite song of the year is Freak Like Me and favourite album is Sparks’ Lil Beethoven.

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    Lonepilgrim on 10 Oct 2019 #

    Any chance the login can be sorted? Tried emailing as suggested & got bounced back?

  3. 3
    Tom on 10 Oct 2019 #

    I’m really sorry about the login – it’s a problem with the hosting, and I don’t even fully understand myself what’s going on.

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    Edward Still on 10 Oct 2019 #

    I remember the re-release of My Sweet Lord getting to number 1 but it is a distant memory of my late adolescence, so the fact that it reached #1 in the same year as a Girls Aloud song is kind of blowing my mind right now. I was definitely an adult for the entirety of their career. I obviously aged a lot that year.

  5. 5
    Laura Vincent on 11 Oct 2019 #

    2002 was a bit of a write-off really, so much blandness, but my god Freak Like Me is still one of the most sublime things I’ve ever heard.

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    Purple K on 11 Oct 2019 #

    Not sure if MadMap is still around, so at risk of stealing their thunder, I’ll post the Billboard Hot 100 #1s of 2002 for the sake of comparison:

    Nickelback – “How You Remind Me” [2 weeks, 4 total]
    Carryover from 2001, #1 song of 2002. I think it’s probably the least bad of their big hits, but still pretty easy to mock.

    Usher – “U Got It Bad” [5 weeks]
    Continuing his “U” phase. Pretty so-so R&B ballad, I don’t consider it one of his best.

    Ja Rule feat. Ashanti – “Always on Time” [2 weeks]
    A song I remember being played a lot of The Box music channel (remember that?), an internet music critic I follow who reviews rap songs covered this song and discussed how this is what he calls a “thugs need love, too” song, where it has this awkward juxtaposition of being sweet sounding for a female audience but still be hard-edged enough for the male rap fans, and the end result comes out hitting a weird note.

    Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule – “Ain’t It Funny (Remix)” [6 weeks]
    One of two songs where J-Lo had a previous release completely reworked into these midtempo meh-fests.

    Ashanti – “Foolish” [10 weeks]
    Another song that I remember getting loads of airtime on The Box. I actually haven’t heard this in a long time and revisiting it, there’s nothing much interesting outside of a sample that Biggie also used for one of his hits. Although apparently it was massive in the States as it ended as the #2 song of the year.

    Nelly – “Hot in Herre” [7 weeks]
    Ended as the #3 song of the year. Easily one of the most iconic hiphop songs of the decade and I think it holds up pretty well.

    Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland – “Dilemma” [10 weeks n/c]
    Already discussed.

    Kelly Clarkson – “A Moment Like This” [2 weeks]
    Funny we’ve discussed the “talent show winner gets song about this being their moment” trope a lot in the “Sound of the Underground” entry. Us Brits know it better as the song Leona was given when she won X Factor. Personally, I can’t bring myself to listen to it, it’s such a painful cliche to the point where it’s not even a song anymore.

    Eminem – “Lose Yourself” [8 weeks, 12 total]
    Already discussed.

    Overall a pretty scant list compared to the UK one.

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    Purple K on 12 Oct 2019 #

    Also, if anyone is interested, I thought I’d add to the list of yearly music charts that get added to the comments section of these year polls: Here’s the top 10 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2002 (Triple J being one of Australia’s biggest radio stations and the poll is voted by listeners)

    1 Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows”
    2 Grinspoon – “Chemical Heart”
    3 The Waifs – “London Still”
    4 1200 Techniques – “Karma”
    5 The Vines – “Get Free”
    6 Machine Gun Fellatio – “Rollercoaster”
    7 Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
    8 Machine Gun Fellatio – “Pussytown”
    9 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “By the Way”
    10 Silverchair – “The Greatest View”

    You can find the full list on Wiki, overall a very US/Aus dominated list, you have to go all the way down to #33 to find the highest entry from neither of those two countries (“Hate to Say I Told You So” by The Hives), with the highest UK entry being Coldplay’s “In My Place at #39.

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    Edward Still on 12 Oct 2019 #

    Ah The Vines, proving that the Indie Landfill was actually deep enough to reach the other side of the planet.

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    mapman132 on 16 Oct 2019 #

    #6: I’m still around. Fine job on the Hot 100 rundown. The only additional comment I’ll make is that the seven new number ones of 2002 are the fewest ever for a calendar year – “U Got It Bad” actually preceded “How You Remind Me” and then returned to #1 in the new year.

    Good to see things picking up here again. I may even get around to joining Patreon…

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    Chelovek na lune on 16 Oct 2019 #

    I think I’d characterise this as a fairly undistinguished year of number ones, at best.

    “More Than A Woman” (a solid 10 IMO, towering over everything else here) and “Freak Like Me” and “Sound of the Underground” and, to a slightly lesser extent “Kiss Kiss” and “Just Like A Pill” suggest the future of pop, or at least the exciting bit of it, or at any rate the vocal contribution thereto, is female.

    Now, my annual comparison of the UK and Scottish no 1s.

    Scotland missed out on the following UK-wide chart-toppers making it to the top:

    1) Aaliyah – “More Than A Woman”
    2) Liberty X – “Just A Little”
    3) Blazin’ Squad – “Crossroads”
    4) Daniel Bedingfield – “If You’re Not The One”
    5) Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

    Whereas, conversely, the following topped the Scottish charts but not the UK-wide ones.

    1) Hermes House Band – “Country Roads”
    2) DJ Alligator Project – “The Whistle Song (Blow My Whistle Bitch)”
    3) Ronan Keating featuring Lulu – “We’ve Got Tonight”
    4) Cheeky Girls – “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)”

    To my ears the UK-wide list is slightly better.

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    Auntie Beryl on 17 Oct 2019 #

    According to a thread on ukmix.org, these were the 20 most-played tracks on UK radio in 2002. Peak chart position in brackets:

    1 Love At First Sight, Kylie Minogue (2)
    2 Just A Little, Liberty X (1)
    3 A Little Less Conversation, Elvis Vs. JXL (1)
    4 How You Remind Me, Nickelback (4)
    5 Fly By II, Blue (6)
    6 In Your Eyes, Kylie Minogue (3)
    7 Dilemma, Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (1)
    8 Get The Party Started, Pink (2)
    9 Round Round, Sugababes (1)
    10 Freak Like Me, Sugababes (1)
    11 Lazy, X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne (2)
    12 Whenever Wherever, Shakira (2)
    13 Should Woulda Coulda, Beverly Knight (10)
    14 In My Place, Coldplay (2)
    15 Always On Time, Ja Rule featuring Ashanti (6)
    16 Flowers In The Window, Travis (18)
    17 Kiss Kiss, Holly Valance (1)
    18 Complicated, Avril Lavigne (3)
    19 Something, Lasgo (4)
    20 Hey Baby, No Doubt featuring Bounty Killa (2)

    Surprised to be reminded that Always On Time didn’t even make top 5 – it seemed to hang around forever, helped it appears by strong airplay. And even as they began to leave centre stage, Travis were receiving radio support far in excess of their singles sales.

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    Lee Saunders on 18 Oct 2019 #

    Flowers in the Window is definitely a She’s in Fashion/My Favourite Game/Grace/Clocks etc. scenario. I still hear it a lot over better charting singles.

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