3. Avril Lavigne - Complicated
The biggest find of 2002 would have to be Avril Lavigne. I have mentioned above about the wealth of talented girls-with-guitars this year, and Avril surely has to come top of the pile. Complicated is one of the catchiest popular rock tunes of recent times, and I have to say that my top 3 were all pretty close.
In my review I wrote:This year has seen an abundance of female pop/rock stars, but none of them can quite match the quality of Avril Lavigne. Taking the musical style of Alanis Morissette and revamping it into a slightly more accessible form, Avril has produced what will surely be one of the biggest hits of the year. Without much shelf space, it's already had several weeks inside the Top 75 on import, and songs like that normally go to No. 1. The only exceptions this year have been from Ashanti and Nickelback, who both missed out due to clashing with a Pop Idol. Sadly the same will be true of Avril, though I predict a massive No. 2 for her.