here's the Top 26 of 2002, as calculated by MEEEE:
26. Dilemma - Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
- # 8
One of the most overplayed records of the last year, "Dilemma" was in the Top 40 for 12 weeks before I got supremely annoyed with its existance and kicked it off. This was not Nelly's choice for the second single, but seeing as the radio picked up on it and played it to death, it became a huge hit worldwide. Very catchy though not at all deep by any means.
25. Pass The Courvoisier (part II) - Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy & Pharrell
- # 8
Busta Rhymes returns to my chart with a nice splash, fetching the # 8 spot on the chart for 2 weeks, his "Pass The Courvoisier" was one of the greatest videos of the year and was strangely catchy. The always-original rapper scored with this single, I hope his new album brings as much originality.
24. I Love You - Fath Evans
- # 3
Faith Evans is one of my favourite R&B stars. Her distinctive voice and unique material keep her singles near the top of my charts. This song proved no exception, "I Love You"'s sample of Isaac Hayes' "Make A Little Love To Me" proves a brilliant step in creating the romantic mood of the song, the cool 70s vibe carries throughout the song and makes the song undeniably romantic.
23. Down 4 U - Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. Featuring Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita, & Charli "Chuck" Baltimore *gasp*
- # 2
Once again, Ashanti is inconsequential, I like everyone else on this record and as a group they do very very well and complement each other's styles. Extremely catchy summer rap hit it sells the Murder Inc. label better than any other label has in years.
22. Murder On The Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- # 1 (2 weeks)
I can explain why this record is only at #22 at year's end. It entered the chart early on in the year and managed to peak at # 27. It didn't get higher because I had only heard a little bit of the song on the Brit Awards and had not had the time to download the song. Once I bought the single in November, it instantly re-entered the chart at #1 and has yet to dip below the Top 20.
The song itself is insanely catchy and puts all other disco-pop acts to shame (except, of course, Kylie). The Jewels & Stone remix is FAR better than their remix of "Take Me Home", and with this MOTDF remix, they add the disco elements along with a faster, more danceable groove.
On the whole, one of my favourite singles of the year.
21. Get Up! - Beverley Knight
- # 3
Beverley Knight is, one again, an amazing singer. This song, the first single off her "Who I Am" album, was also a #1 R&B hit, as well as being at #3 for 2 weeks. Beverley combines reggae/dancehall grooves with a dilectible R&B voice that kills her competition, as well as sending out a positive message to youth everywhere about being one's self instead of bending to peer pressure. One of a kind, and this woman needs US promo.
20. Rainy Dayz - Mary J. Blige featuring Ja Rule
- # 1
Mary J. Blige's third #1 single came as the third US release from "No More Drama" and helped push the album's sales over 2 million copies. This single is inspiring when one's having glum moments and is a sweet melody, the waterworks in the video are a bit much, but the whole song is an asset to the "No More Drama" disc.
19. Don't You Forget It - Glenn Lewis
- # 1
Glenn Lewis is another Canadian artist who got insanely good promotion for his first single this year. Glenn moved up to #1 on my chart and hit #1 on my R&B and Adult Contemporary chart. An extremely successful single and hopefully one of many from this talented young man.
18. Through The Rain - Mariah Carey (featuring Joe & Kelly Price
- # 5
This is actually a disappointing charting for Mariah Carey, who has seen the debut singles from her last two albums become multi-week #1 singles. This single hovered about the Top 40 for 14 weeks but never hit any higher than #5.
The song is a return to Mariah's older stylings, matching her this time with Lionel Cole as opposed to Walter Afanasieff or Ben Margulies, who've written previous hit ballads with her. Mariah seems back in top form but keeps an airy, light demeanor to this song as well as most of the songs on her album. Hopefully, however, this album becomes a mega-seller like Mariah's albums of old.
17. Hey Baby - No Doubt featuring Bounty Killer
- # 3
No Doubt had a very good year this year. This song proves this, staying at # 3 for 3 weeks in a row. This single is insanely catchy and hard to get out of your head. With a very jamaican flavour to this single, the song becomes a great little floor-filler that A*Teens only wishes they'd had.
16. Soak Up The Sun - Sheryl Crow
- # 1
Sheryl Crow has been one of my favourite rock acts this past ten years. Constantly bringing something new to the table, this woman should be proud. "Soak Up The Sun" has a California surf sound that hasn't been done by anyone for years. This single is the biggest rock track of 2002, spending 6 weeks atop the Rock singles chart.
15. Freeek! - George Michael
- # 1 (3 weeks)
Yes, I know SO many of you dislike this song, but I am a HUGE George Michael fan and this song is very dirty, but very wise in its dirtyness and proves George Michael is the king of closet cases. What other openly gay man would sing about having sex with a woman? (Will Young would, but whatever, lol). The techno-funk sound of this song adds a whole new edge to the song and makes George Michael sound like a million bucks (conequently, this is about the cost of the video shoot for this single).
14. In Your Eyes - Kylie Minogue
- #2 (3 weeks)
Kylie Minogue makes a big splash with this single. This was her second chart entry after "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" ("Come Into My World" made #2 on the chart while CGYOOMH was still at #1). "In Your Eyes" is really a very wise choice for the second single, as it is catchy, fun to dance to, and well-done. Another #1 dance hit for Kylie.
13. Gangsta Lovin' - Eve featuring Alicia Keys
- #2 (2 weeks)
Alicia Keys adds big points onto this single, which is already incredibly good. Eve worked overtime on this one. Fun, sexy and full of groove, "Gangsta' Lovin'" pulls off a huge feat for Eve, and succeeded at getting Eve up to the top notches of the UK, and US charts, as well at #2 on my chart. A #1 Rap AND R&B hit.
12. You Know That I Love You - Donnell Jones
- # 1 (2 weeks)
One of the best R&B-pop songs in 2002, this romantic little affair is very sweet and smooth thanks to Donnell's vocals and the cute music. Too bad the radio didn't take a shine to it, barely missed the UK Top 40 (#41). Another #1 R&B hit for Donnell.
11. All Eyez On Me - Monica
- # 3
Monica didn't score big on most charts with this single, but I still love hearing this song, her first release on J Records. This track may be sampling PYT by Michael Jackson, but the track has a fresh edge and is a great party track.
10. I'm Gonna Be Alright - Jennifer Lopez featuring Nas
- # 7
Jennifer Lopez scored again this year. However, this track ended her hit streak of four consecutive #1 singles, the most of any artist so far on my chart. All tracks from "J.Lo", except this track made #1 on my chart. However, due to its 20 week stay in the Top 40, J.Lo's "I'm Gonna Be Alright" becomes one of this year's Top 10 singles.
9. Burning Up - Faith Evans featuring Missy Elliot & Freeway
- # 1 (3 weeks)
Missy Elliot and Freeway spice up this Faith Evans track and make it so great, it became a #1 hit, one of the biggest of the year. Faith Evans' track for this song is a good strong party track and the remix added onto the end of the video makes the song that much better. I absolutely adore this and I want all of you to check it out if you can.
8. Hands Clean - Alanis Morissette
- # 1 (3 weeks)
This single came out early in the year and proved to be one of the great pop-rock tracks of the year. The easy melody and interesting subject matter set the scene for a big hit. "Hands Clean" is original and is somewhat humourous in some areas. Alanis does a good job of pointing out the possiblity of being bitter in the situation without actually sounding bitter like she would have on Jagged Little Pill. Great artistic development.
7. Eternal Flame - Atomic Kitten
- #1 (4 weeks)
Atomic Kitten's final single from "Right Now" and first single from "Feels So Good" bring to mind why the group is so popular in the first place. Unlike "Whole Again" which I found horribly boring, "Eternal Flame" is pretty without being overproduced and shows the the girls have the R&B thing pretty well laid out.
The track may have been released in 2001 in the UK but finally made it to Canada this year. It is the biggest Adult Contemporary hit on my chart this year, spending 6 weeks at #1 on that chart.
6. U Don't Have To Call
- #2 (3 weeks)
Usher was one R&B singer I did not like until 2001 when the first single from his "8701" album was released. "U Remind Me" peaked at #2 and since, Usher has become a big player on my chart. This single was one of the biggest R&B singles of the year, spending 4 weeks at #1 on that chart and going to #2 for 3 weeks on the main chart.
This record is a great party track and good to dance to. Faster than most Usher records, fans may like the good popping base sounds (as demonstrated in the video for this single).
5. Come Into My World - Kylie Minogue
- # 2 (2 weeks)
Kylie's fourth "Fever" single was her second chart entry this year for me. Well before single release, "Come Into My World"'s original mix made #2 for 2 weeks while "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was at #1. Once the single was released, "Come Into My World" re-entered and moved to # 8.
The new mix of this track is weaker than the first. The bass is stronger, but at the expense of the dance feel of the original. The new mix sounds like a track fit for a hip cocktail party free of energy. It seems to move slower.
The original version lacked bass on the other hand. Kylie's sexy thin voice helped keep the track alive and moving, but the lack of bass and airy feeling of the track didn't help matters much. Either was, a very good track by Kylie.
4. Round Round - Sugababes
- #1 (4 weeks)
How could a single get any more perfect than this? Sugababes bring this 60s-influenced gem to life making "Round Round" one of the best pop tracks released in the past 15 years. Sugababes' sound is at its finest on this single. They combine rock, pop and soul beautifully. This track is one of the biggest singles of the year and put all other pop acts to shame. Sugababes have scored twice more single this single, "Stronger" (#7) and "Freak Like Me" (#2).
3. Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue
- # 1 (2 weeks)
Kylie's second-biggest single of 2002, "Love At First Sight" spent its first 11 weeks on the chart inside the Top 10. The single was a HUGE dance chart hit and is definately one of my favourite songs of the year, combining pop and R&B grooves, the track creates a dance vibe like no other. Also check out the b-side "Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head" at #73.
2. Hot In Herre
- # 2 (7 weeks)
This is one single that is so catchy that you wish it would go away and never be heard from again. Nelly's first single from "Nellyville" is so insanely catchy that I didn't stop listening to it for about a month. The single is very good and gets you out on the dancefloor. The song has an almost humourous tone to it, especially at the chorus. At 7 weeks, it is the longest-ever #2 hit in my chart's history.
# 1 Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
- # 1 (13 weeks)
Kylie Minogue has outdone herself this time. The first single from "Light Years", "Spinning Around" made #1 for 6 weeks, and this time around, Kylie's given herself the #1 single of all time on my chart. This single made #4 last year with only 7 weeks on the chart (all seven of these being at #1). This year only the last six weeks of her #1 reign are counted, but nontheless, the single stayed inside the Top 40 for 24 weeks and is the biggest, pop, dance, electronic, and international #1 single of all time on my chart. Can't get much better than that. We all know why we like this song, so I need not explain it. Kylie made #1 in every European country except France, where it was #2 for 6 weeks. It made #1 in every North American country except the US, where it got to #7.
BEAUTIFUL, Kylie. Let's hope her next album in 2003 will give us even more to talk about.