Greatest Hits, 2002

Jen Boyles, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Underworld, A Hundred Days Off (JBO)
2. J-Live, All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)
3. Derrick L. Carter, Squaredancing in a Roundhouse (Classic)
4. Richie Hawtin & Sven Vath, The Sound of the Third Season (Mute)
5. Cassius, Au Rêve (Astralwerks)
6. Karl Who, Even Prime (self-released)
7. Gus Gus, Attention (Moonshine)
8. Jurassic 5, Power in Numbers (Interscope)
9. Marques Wyatt, For Those Who Like to Get Down (Om)
10.Morcheeba, Charango (Warner Bros.)

 

Paul Demko, staff writer, City Pages

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Drive-By Truckers, Southern Rock Opera (Lost Highway)
2. various artists, Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Sony Classical)
3. Mike Ireland, Try Again (Ashmont)
4. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.)
5. Steve Earle, Jerusalem (Artemis)
6. Jim Roll, Inhabiting the Ball (The Telegraph Company)
7. Slobberbone, Slippage (New West)
8. Elvis Costello, When I Was Cruel (Island)
9. Ol' Yeller, Nuzzle (SMA)
10. Will Rigby, Paradoxaholic (Diesel Only)

 

John Dugan, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Super Furry Animals, Rings Around the World (Beggars Group/XL)
2. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice/Atlantic)
3. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
4. Beck, Sea Change (Geffen)
5. The Datsuns, Datsuns (V2)
6. Lee Hazlewood, For Every Solution There's A Problem (City Slang)
5. Tahiti 80, Wallpaper for the Soul (Minty Fresh)
6. Girls Against Boys, You Can't Fight What You Can't See (Jade Tree)
8. Cornershop, Handcream for a Generation (XL/Beggars Group)
9. Boas, Mansion (Overcoat Recordings)
10. VHS or Beta, Le Funk (On!)

 

Jess Harvell, freelance writer

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Michael Mayer, Immer (Kompakt)
2. 2 Many DJs, As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 (PIAS)
3. Herbert, Secondhand Sounds (Peacefrog)
4. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Locked On)
5. Farben, Textstar (Klang)

TOP FIVE SINGLES:

1. Nelly, "Hot in Herre," (Universal)
2. LCD Soundsystem, "Beat Connection" (DFA)
3. OT Crew Feat. Roll Deep and Flo Dan, "Dubplate" (white label)
4. Sugababes, "Freak Like Me" (Island)
5. Clipse, "Grindin (Selector Remix)" (Star Trak/Arista)

 

Dylan Hicks, freelance writer

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
2. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat (Kill Rock Stars)
3. Greg Osby, Inner Circle (Blue Note)
4. Solomon Burke, Don't Give Up on Me (Fat Possum)
5. Blackalicious, Blazing Arrow (MCA)

TOP FIVE SINGLES:

1. Kylie Minogue, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Capitol)
2. Missy Elliott, "Work It" (Elektra)
3. Nappy Roots, "Awnaw" (Atlantic)
4. Sean Na Na, "Double Date" (French Kiss)
5. Alan Jackson, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" (Arista)

 

Steve Marsh, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS AND SINGLES:

1. Oasis, Heathen Chemistry (Sony)
2. Bruce Springsteen, The Rising (Sony)
3. Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf (Interscope)
4. Beck, "Lost Cause" (Geffen/Interscope)
5. Eminem, "Lose Yourself" (Interscope)
6. Faux Jean, "Nature" (Susstones)
7. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
8. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)
9. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)
10. J.Lo, "Jenny From the Block" (Sony)

 

Michaelangelo Matos, freelance writer

TOP TEN BOOTLEG ALBUMS:

1. various artists, Boom Selection_Issue 01 (Boom Selection import)
2. various artists, The Best of Boom Selector Vol. 2 (white label import)
3. 2 Many DJ's, As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 (Pias import)
4. 2 Many DJ's, As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 1 (Waxed Soul import)
5. 2 Many DJ's, As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 3 (Waxed Soul import)
6. Playgroup, Party-Mix Vol. 1 (Playgroup promo)
7. various artists, The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever (No Label import)
8. Freelance Hairdresser, "Marshall's Been Snookered" (MP3)
9. Musique Concrete S.A., "Third Edition" (white label)
10. Sugababes, "Freak Like Me," Angels With Dirty Faces (Island import)

 

Chuck Mindenhall, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Scout Niblett, Sweet Heart Fever (Secretly Canadian)
2. Beck, Sea Change (Geffen/Interscope)
3. The Noise, S/T (Mason Fiend)
4. Silver, Red City (Substance)
5. Gary Jules, Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (Down Up Down)
6. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells (V2/Third Man)
7. Bruce Springsteen, The Rising (Columbia)
8. The Hives, Veni Vidi Vicious (Warner Bros.)
9. Liars, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Mute)
10. The Kills, Black Rooser (Dim Mak)

 

Nate Patrin, freelance writer

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Clinic, Walking With Thee (Universal)
2. El-P, Fantastic Damage (Def Jux)
3. The Roots, Phrenology (MCA)
4. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
5. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.)

TOP FIVE SINGLES:

1. Missy Elliott, "Work It" (Elektra/Asylum)
2. The Rapture, "House of Jealous Lovers" (DFA)
3. Eminem, "Lose Yourself" (Interscope)
4. Chemical Brothers, "Star Guitar" (Astralwerks)
5. Electric Six, "Danger! High Voltage!" (Beggars)

 

Nick Phillips, freelance writer

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Wolf Eyes, Dread (Hanson)
2. Beck, Sea Change (Geffen/Interscope)
3. Iannis Xenakis, Persepolis + Remixes (Asphodel)
4. Phantomsmasher, Phantomsmasher (Ipecac)
5. various artists, The Best Bootlegs in the World (No Label imprint)

TOP FOUR GREAT SINGLES ON REALLY BAD ALBUMS:

1. Nirvana, "You Know You're Right" (DGC)
2. J. Lo, "Jenny From the Block" (Universal)
3. Eminem, "Lose Yourself" (Interscope)
4. Justin Timberlake, "Like I Love You" (Jive)

CATCHIEST SONG OF ALL TIME:

Theme to the "National American University" commercial

 

Christina Schmitt, freelance writer

TOP FOUR ALBUMS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

various artists, The Tundra Sessions (Doomedelic)
Tom Petty, The Last DJ (Warner)
Beck, Sea Change (Geffen/Interscope)
Sahara Hotnights, Jennie Bomb (Jet Set)

 

Kate Silver, freelance writer TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Consonant, Consonant (Fenway)
2. The Hidden Chord, The Captain and his Entourage (Level Plane)
3. Elvis Costello, When I Was Cruel (Island)
4. Deerhoof, Reveille (Kill Rock Stars/5RC)
5. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (Merge)
6. Signal to Trust, Folklore (Modern Radio)
7. Radio 4, Gotham (Gern Blandsten)
8. Malachi Constant, Zenith (Guilt Ridden Pop/Double Indemnity)
9. A Whisper in the Noise, Through the Ides of March (self-released)
10. Askeleton, Sad Album (Blood of the Young)

 

Rod Smith, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Neko Case, Blacklisted (Bloodshot)
2. Avey Tare/Panda Bear/Geologist, Hollinndagain (self-released)
3. Chris Bowden, Slightly Askew (NinjaTune)
4. Jean Grae, Jean Grae (Third Earth)
5. Thomas DiMuzio, Mono:Poly (Asphodel)
6. Denali, Denali (Jade Tree)
7. Casino vs. Japan, Whole Numbers Play the Basics (Carpark)
8. Sideways, Oblivion and Points Beyond (Susstones)
9. Steve Von Till, If I Should Fall to the Field (Neurot Recordings)
10. George Harrison, Brainwashed (Dark Horse/EMI)

 

Anders Smith Lindall, freelance writer

FIVE UNSUNG DEBUT ALBUMS WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY:

1. Boas, Mansion (Overcoat)
2. Neil Cleary, Numbers Add Up (Doozy)
3. Iron and Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle (Sub Pop)
4. Robert Skoro, Proof (Merciful)
5. Rosie Thomas, When We Were Small (Sub Pop)

FIVE '01 ALBUMS I WAS OBSESSED WITH IN '02:

1. The Frames, For the Birds (Overcoat)
2. Fruit Bats, Echolocation (Perishable)
3. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Tyranny of Distance (Lookout!)
4. The Shins, Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop)
5. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Behind the Music (Universal)

 

Oliver Wang, freelance writer

TOP TEN POP POTPOURRI:

1. Almost anything produced by the Neptunes
2. Common, Electric Circus (MCA)
3. DJ Shadow, Private Press concert v. 2.0
4. Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism (Regan Books)
5. Jurassic 5, Power in Numbers (Interscope)
6. Mr. Lif, I Phantom (Definitive Jux)
7. Scarface, The Fix (Def Jam)
8. Paul Jusman, director, Standing in the Shadows of Motown
9. Steinski, Nothing to Fear (Soul Ting)
10. Wax Poetics, issues 1-3

 

Brad Zellar, senior editor, City Pages

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)
2. Solomon Burke, Don't Give Up on Me (Fat Possum)
3. James Luther Dickinson, Dixie Fried (Sepia Tone) [Reissue]
4. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (Merge)
5. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
6. Orchestra Baobab, Pirate's Choice (Nonesuch)
7. Neil Halstead, Sleeping on Roads (4ad)
8. Kronos Quartet, Nuevo (Nonesuch)
9. Henri Salvador, Room With a View (Chambre Avec Vue) (Blue Note)
10. Sun Ra and His Arkestra, Music for Tomorrow's World (Atavistic)

 

Peter Scholtes, City Pages staff writer

1. Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
2. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice/Atlantic)
3. Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador)
4. DJ Shadow, The Private Press (MCA)
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, S/T (Shifty)
6. Spoon, Kill The Moonlight (Merge)
7. Bob Mould, Modulate (Granary Music)
8. Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
9. The Suburbs, In Combo (Beejtar/Universal)
10. various artists, 20 Years of Dischord (Dischord)

 

Britt Robson, City Pages staff writer

1. The Roots, Phrenology (MCA)
2. Scarface, The Fix (Def South)
3. Ruben Blades, Mundo (Sony)
4. Tift Merritt, Bramble Rose (Lost Highway)
5. The Tragically Hip, In Violet Light (Zoe)
6. Hugh Ragin, Feel The Sunshine (Justin Time)
7. Cee-Lo, Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections (Arista)
8. Badly Drawn Boy, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: About a Boy (XL)
9. Various Artists, Red Hot + Riot (MCA)
10. Jason Moran, Modernistic (Blue Note)

 


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