Top 10 Albums for 2002

When compiling a top 10 list, there’s a big difference between “Best” and “Favorite.” Usually, “Best” implies some sort of objectivity. If I was compiling a Best Albums list, I’d probably include some influential and innovative albums that I never listen to anymore, like the new Wilco or the White Stripes. Instead, 10 albums I genuinely enjoy that have rarely left my MP3 playlist:

Favorite 10 Albums of 2002

Ben Kweller, Sha Sha

Bill Frisell, The Willies

Destroyer, This Night

Dixie Chicks, Home (*)

Mates of State, Our Constant Concern

Mirah, Advisory Committee

Norah Jones, Come Away with Me

Songs: Ohia, Didn’t It Rain

Spoon, Kill The Moonlight

Tori Amos, Scarlet’s Walk

Other Top Album lists for 2002

KALX DJs, CMJ writers and community, Aquarius Records, Spin, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, The Onion AV Club, KCRW, TinyMixTapes, Amazon, Rolling Stone, and Uncut.

If you know of any more, please add them below.

A Footnote

And before anyone starts making fun of me, the Dixie Chicks album is sincerely good. More bluegrass than country, it’s a guilty pleasure for anyone who enjoyed the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. Stephen Thomas Erlewine likes it, PopMatters likes it, and so do I. So there.


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