2002 was a big year for music. It was an era where boy bands and girl groups were all the rage, and the year’s top songs reflect that. During this year, we saw the rise of some of today’s biggest stars, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Eminem. In this article, we will discuss the 10 best Hit Songs from 2002.
10. Foolish (Ashanti)
Foolish is a song about a girl who falls in love with a man who hurts her, breaks up with him, and then falls for him all over again. It is a song many young girls could relate to at the time, and it is one of the reasons why Ashanti became one of the biggest stars of the early 2000s. According to Billboard, this was the lead single in the self-titled album Ashanti. It was nominated for the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song and many more. It also received numerous awards, including the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song and Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female, among others.
9. Hot in Herre (Nelly)
Hot in Herre is a song about a guy attracted to a beautiful girl. He compliments her on various things he would like to do with her. The song did exceptionally well, reaching number four on the Billboard charts, and is one of Nelly’s most iconic songs. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance, by a Duo or Group. It won the former and was nominated for MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, and many more. This song has been used as a soundtrack in the movie “The Hangover.”
8. Dilemma (Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland)
Dilemma is a song about two people who are madly in love. They got each other regardless of what anyone else thinks. It was released in 2002 and spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance. It also made its way into the movie and film industry featuring in the films Mean Girls, The Hangover Part III, and Ted 2.
7. A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton)
A Thousand Miles, formerly known as Interlude, was the debut single for the American pop star Venessa Carlton. Curtis Schweitzer and Ron Fair produced this song. This was the lead single in the album Be Not Nobody. It received numerous nominations, including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, among others. This song was an instant hit that reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and later went multi-platinum. It has been featured in several movies and TV shows, including White Chicks, Mr. Deeds, and 13 Going on 30.
6. Complicated (Avril Lavigne)
Complicated is a song about a relationship that has gone sour. It is too toxic, and the lady is tired of the guy she is dating. It is a song that many young people can relate to because it is about a break-up that is about to happen. According to Best Love to Know, this was the lead single in the album Let Go and reached number three on the Hot 100 Pop songs. It received numerous nominations and awards, including the Juno Award for Single of the Year and many others. It made its way into the movie and film industry featuring in the films Legally Blonde 2, 13 Going on 30, and Herbie: Fully Loaded.
5. I Need a Girl, Pt. 1 (P. Diddy featuring Usher & Loon)
This song is about a guy who wants a good time and is looking for a girl to have some fantastic moments with. This was one of the top songs in the album The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 6. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The featured artists in this song include Tammy Ruggieri, Mario Winans, Loon, and Ginuwine. The song is featured in several movies and films, including Bad Boys II, You Got Served, and Fast and Furious 2.
4. Gangsta Lovin’ (Eve featuring Alicia Keys)
This song is about a girl who falls in love with bad boys. Eve sings about how she knows they’re trouble but can’t help but be drawn to them. Alicia Keys provides the hook, which is catchy and memorable. It was the lead single in the album R&B Club Classics. This song reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy. It has been featured in several movies and TV shows like Entourage.
3. Without Me (Eminem)
Ultimately one of the best songs in 2002, Without Me, is a song about how one person can have different personalities. The different personalities come out in different situations that the person is in. This was one of the best-performing songs in the album The Eminem Show. The song was quite a hit that reached number seven on the Hip-Hop Hot 100 charts. It was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Music Video. It has been used as a soundtrack in several movies and TV shows, including Burn Notice.
2. All You Wanted (Michelle Branch)
Released on January 7, 2002, All You Wanted is a song about a man who is interested in a girl he has a crush on and tries to be like her. He later discovers that the girl has been living a lonely life and needs someone to love her. He offers her a shoulder to lean on, and that makes her world new all again. According to Music Outfitters, this was one of the best-selling tracks in the album The Spirit Room. It received numerous nominations, including the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop and MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.
1. Lose Yourself (Eminem)
Regarded as the best song of the year 2002, Lose yourself is a song about utilizing an opportunity once it comes your way because it may come only once in your lifetime. It inspires one to work hard and never give up despite the odds that may be against them. It reached number one on the Hip Hop/ R&B charts for 12 weeks, as well as topping the Billboard Hot 100. This song was given the Academy Award for Best Music (Original Song), The Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, MTV Music Award, and many others. The song was the main soundtrack in the movie 8 Mile.