It’s the summer of 2002 and I’m on the cusp of beginning my career as a high school student. The resurgence of the punk trend is in full force, making Hot Topic one of the most beloved retailers in America and Avril Lavigne the idol of all female preteens. The No Child Left Behind Act has been signed in by the revered President George W. Bush, and the beloved film Ice Age has entered our world.
Oh yes, and I was starring with Ariana Grande in a community theater production of Annie Jr. in Boca Raton, Florida. I apologize for my face, a direct result of being 13.
What was on the charts, you ask? Well, a lot of Nickleback and Creed, but I’ve done you the good service of including none of that in this week’s edition of #tbt.
1. Nelly – Hot In Herre
Off his second studio album, Nellyville, “Hot in Herre” was the rapper’s first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, even reaching #3 on the Hot 100 year-end charts. It went on to win the Grammy in 2003 for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a brand new category that year.
2. Ashanti – Foolish
“Foolish” was the first single ever released from American R&B singer Ashanti, and is for no reason other than coincidence listed on this post after her former boyfriend, Nelly’s, track. The song spent ten weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was eventually named one of the most successful songs of the 2000s by Billboard, falling at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
3. Avril Lavigne – Complicated
The punk-pop princess’ debut single, “Complicated,” comes off her album Let Go and was one of the most successful releases of 2002. Offering up a new look for to the pop music scene, Avril instantaneously became an icon, as young girls began to mirror her tomboy persona and ditch the girly fashions made popular by the Britneys and the Christinas. And I was totally one of them.
4. Mario – Just a Friend 2002
In what seems to be a year of debuts, “Just a Friend 2002” is the first single from R&B singer Mario, and is a cover of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.”
5. Chad Kroeger ft. Josey Scott – Hero
I know I promised you no Nickleback, but this song by their frontman deserves mentioning. The theme for the 2002 hit Marvel flick, Spider-Man. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Pink – Just Like a Pill
“Just Like a Pill” came off of Pink’s second studio album, Missundazstood. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became her second #1 in the UK.
7. Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun
“Soak Up the Sun” was the lead single off Sheryl Crow’s 2002 album, C’mon C’mon. The song peaked at #1 Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and #17 on the Hot 100.
8. Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Originally titled “Interlude,” “A Thousand Miles” was Vanessa Carlton’s debut single and the first off her album, Be Not Nobody. It was her only single to break the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become the lyrical inspiration of many, many memes.
9. Fat Joe ft. Ashanti – Whats Love
“Whats Love” was released as the second single from Fat Joe’s fourth studio album, Jealous Ones Still Envy. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 4,500,000 copies.
10. Eminem – Without Me
Released May 14, “Without Me” is the lead single off the rapper’s fourth studio album, The Eminem Show. It became one of his most successful singles, peaking at #2 on the US music charts.