Top Albums of 2002

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 72 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Alternative Rock
2 201 The Streets Original Pirate Material UK Garage, UK Hip Hop
3 234 The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop
4 239 Interpol Turn On the Bright Lights Post-Punk Revival
5 243 Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock
6 306 The Libertines Up the Bracket Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
7 317 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head Pop Rock
8 334 Beck Sea Change Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
9 390 Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People Indie Rock
10 493 Sigur Rós ( ) Post-Rock
11 593 Spoon Kill the Moonlight Indie Rock
12 601 Boards of Canada Geogaddi IDM
13 610 The Notwist Neon Golden Indietronica
14 890 ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
15 893 Damien Rice O Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
16 951 Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around Americana
17 1081 Bruce Springsteen The Rising Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
18 1097 The Roots Phrenology Experimental Hip Hop
19 1175 Sonic Youth Murray Street Indie Rock, Noise Rock
20 1193 Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground Indie Folk
21 1240 Norah Jones Come Away with Me Jazz Pop, Vocal Jazz
22 1260 Sleater-Kinney One Beat Indie Rock
23 1310 William Basinski The Disintegration Loops Ambient, Minimalism, Tape Music          
24 1318 Missy Elliott Under Construction Pop Rap
25 1356 Solomon Burke Don't Give Up On Me Southern Soul
26 1504 DJ Shadow The Private Press Experimental Hip Hop, Instrumental Hip Hop, Plunderphonics
27 1513 2 Many DJs As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 House, Mashup
28 1532 Eminem The Eminem Show Hip Hop
29 1556 Doves The Last Broadcast Britpop, Dream Pop
30 1616 Neko Case Blacklisted Alt-Country, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
31 1631 The Coral The Coral Indie Rock
32 1703 Salif Keita Moffou Mande Music     
33 1818 McLusky McLusky Do Dallas Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
34 1833 The Books Thought for Food Experimental, Folktronica
35 1878 Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
36 1963 Iron & Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle Contemporary Folk, Lo-Fi Indie, Singer/Songwriter
37 2001 Múm Finally We Are No One Indietronica
38 2004 Akufen My Way Microhouse, Tech House          
39 2138 El-P Fantastic Damage Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
40 2262 Blackalicious Blazing Arrow Conscious Hip Hop
41 2273 Tom Waits Alice Singer/Songwriter
42 2316 Metro Area Metro Area Electro-Disco, Nu-Disco          
43 2321 Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man Out of Season Contemporary Folk
44 2355 Lambchop Is a Woman Alt-Country, Chamber Pop
45 2386 Steve Earle Jerusalem Alt-Country, Americana, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
46 2503 Justin Timberlake Justified Contemporary R&B, Pop
47 2602 Rilo Kiley The Execution of All Things Indie Pop, Indie Rock          
48 2613 Orchestra Baobab Specialist in All Styles Afro-Cuban Jazz     
49 2708 Tom Waits Blood Money Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
50 2819 Tocotronic Tocotronic Indie Rock     
51 2843 Clipse Lord Willin' Gangsta Rap          

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter          
The Vines Highly Evolved Garage Punk
Max Tundra Mastered by Guy at the Exchange Glitch Pop, Indietronica          
David Bowie Heathen Alternative Rock, Art Rock
Black Dice Beaches and Canyons Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia          
Scarface The Fix Gangsta Rap          
Low Trust Slowcore
Nosoträsh Popemas Twee Pop          
RJD2 Deadringer Instrumental Hip Hop
Dixie Chicks Home Bluegrass, Contemporary Country
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, UK Hip Hop
Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown Indie Rock
The Decemberists Castaways & Cutouts Folk Rock, Indie Pop
Chucho Los Diarios de Petróleo Indie Pop          
Common Electric Circus Conscious Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop     
Spinvis Spinvis Indie Pop, Indietronica, Singer/Songwriter          
Foo Fighters One by One Post-Grunge
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers Hip Hop
Badly Drawn Boy About a Boy Film Soundtrack, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Idlewild The Remote Part Indie Rock
Supergrass Life on Other Planets Britpop, Power Pop          
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O. Post-Rock
Badly Drawn Boy Have You Fed the Fish? Indie Pop
Elvis Costello When I Was Cruel Pop Rock
The Polyphonic Spree The Beginning Stages of... Chamber Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Clinic Walking with Thee Indie Rock
Youssou N'Dour Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) Mbalax     
Radio 4 Gotham! Dance-Punk, Indie Rock
Paul Westerberg Stereo / Mono Singer/Songwriter
Aimee Mann Lost in Space Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter     
Sean Paul Dutty Rock Dancehall, Pop Reggae     
The Delgados Hate Indie Rock
Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons Downtempo     
Cornershop Handcream for a Generation Indie Rock
Cee-Lo Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections Hip Hop
Nelly Nellyville Pop Rap
Junior Senior D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat Alternative Dance