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The 2002 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch) 2328 (201)
2. Beck: Sea Change (DGC) 1506 (139)
3. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.) 1227 (111)
4. The Streets: Original Pirate Material (Locked On/Vice) 1189 (101)
5. Sleater-Kinney: One Beat (Kill Rock Stars) 1126 (100)
6. Bruce Springsteen: The Rising (Columbia) 1108 (96)
7. The Roots: Phrenology (MCA) 1092 (109)
8. Eminem: The Eminem Show (Aftermath/Interscope) 1012 (93)
9. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol) 964 (88)
10. Missy Elliott: Under Construction (Elektra) 942 (90)
11. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf (Interscope) 874 (89)
12. Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up on Me (Fat Possum/Anti-) 813 (77)
13. Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel (Island) 797 (77)
14. Spoon: Kill the Moonlight (Merge) 795 (79)
15. Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador) 772 (75)
16. Norah Jones: Come Away With Me (Blue Note) 712 (71)
17. Bright Eyes: Lifted, or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (Saddle Creek) 655 (58)
18. DJ Shadow: The Private Press (MCA) 625 (55)
19. N.E.R.D.: In Search of ... (Virgin) 516 (57)
20. Sonic Youth: Murray Street (DGC) 487 (48)
21. The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious (Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph) 481 (51)
22. Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera (Lost Highway) 457 (32)
23. Neko Case: Blacklisted (Bloodshot) 455 (45)
24. The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever (No Label import) 432 (37)
25. Sigur Ros: ( ) (MCA) 428 (44)
26. 2 Many DJ's: As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 (Pias import) 414 (34)
27. Steve Earle: Jerusalem (E Squared/Artemis) 396 (40)
28. Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet (Island) 374 (38)
29. Super Furry Animals: Rings Around the World (XL) 374 (33)
30. Orchestra Baobab: Specialist in All Styles (Nonesuch) 370 (32)
31. Scarface: The Fix (Def Jam South) 370 (29)
32. The Doves: The Last Broadcast (Capitol) 358 (33)
33. Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow (MCA) 352 (38)
34. Common: Electric Circus (MCA) 333 (32)
35. Linda Thompson: Fashionably Late (Rounder) 333 (29)
36. Clinic: Walking With Thee (Domino) 329 (33)
37. Mekons: OOOH! (Quarterstick) 321 (31)
38. Soundtrack of Our Lives: Behind the Music (Republic/Universal) 307 (34)
39. Cee-Lo: Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (Arista) 268 (27)
40. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Touch and Go) 264 (28)

This poll combines ballots from 695 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2002 albums. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parenthesis) used for tie breaking.

Singles

1. Missy Elliott: "Work It" (Elektra) 212
2. Eminem: "Lose Yourself" (Aftermath/Interscope) 113
3. Nelly: "Hot in Herre" (Fo' Real/Universal) 112
4. The Hives: "Hate to Say I Told You So" (Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph) 98
5. Eminem: "Without Me" (Aftermath/Interscope) 90
6. The White Stripes: "Fell In Love With A Girl" (V2) 72
7. Kylie Minogue: "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Capitol) 58
8. Nirvana: "You Know You're Right" (DGC) 57
9. Rapture: "House of Jealous Lovers" (DFA) 54
10. Tweet: "Oops (Oh My)" (Elektra) 53
11. Queens of the Stone Age: "No One Knows" (Interscope) 51
12. Clipse: "Grindin'" (Star Trak) 50
13. The Flaming Lips: "Do You Realize??" (Warner Bros.) 43
14. Jimmy Eat World: "The Middle" (DreamWorks) 35
15. Coldplay: "In My Place" (Capitol) 29
Norah Jones: "Don't Know Why" (Blue Note) 29
Avril Lavigne: "Complicated" (Arista) 29
LCD Soundsystem: "Losing My Edge" (DFA) 29
Bruce Springsteen: "The Rising" (Columbia) 29
Vines: "Get Free" (Capitol) 29
21. Nas: "Made You Look" (Columbia) 27
22. Dirty Vegas: "Days Go By" (Capitol) 26
Eminem: "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (Aftermath/Interscope) 26
24. NORE: "Nothing" (Def Jam) 24
25. Elvis vs JXL: "A Little Less Conversation" (RCA) 23
26. Andrew W.K.: "Party Hard" (Island) 22
Sheryl Crow: "Soak Up The Sun" (A&M) 22
Freelance Hellraiser: "The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera (A Stroke of Genie-us)" (n/a) 22
Moby: "We Are All Made of Stars" (V2) 22
No Doubt: "Hella Good" (Interscope) 22
31. Truth Hurts: "Addictive" (Aftermath/Interscope) 21
32. Scarface: "On My Block" (Def Jam South) 20
33. Justin Timberlake: "Like I Love You" (Jive) 19
Pink: "Don't Let Me Get Me" (Arista) 19
35. Cam'ron: "Oh Boy" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 18
Freelance Hellraiser: "Smells Like Booty" (n/a) 18
Sean Paul: "Gimme The Light" (VP) 18
38. Beck: "Lost Cause" (DGC) 17
DJ Shadow: "Six Days" (MCA) 17
Interpol: "PDA" (Matador) 17
No Doubt: "Hey Baby" (Interscope) 17

Village Voice, Feb. 18, 2003


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