(NEXSTAR) — In case you feel like feeling old today, here’s a look back at some of 2002’s biggest hits that turn 20 this year. Do you remember these?
“Get Lost” – Eminem
Rapper Eminem’s No. 1 hit, “Lose Yourself,” may turn 20 this year, but the artist’s semi-biographical film lead single “8 Mile” continues to reign supreme among some of the most admired tracks in the world. popular rap.
The 2002 Grammy-winning track frequently appears on “greatest” lists, including a No. 29 spot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time. It also became one of the few songs from the 2000s (pre-streaming) to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify last year.
Although it won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003 – becoming the first hip-hop song to do so – the rapper did not attend or perform the song that year.
Eminem first performed the song at the Oscars just two years ago. In a surprise appearance, “Lose Yourself” was included to highlight “the impact of music” in the film, Oscar producer Lynette Howell told USA Today in 2020. The performance, which ran for 17 years, was received a standing ovation. Eminem also performed the song on February’s Super Bowl LVI Half Time Show.
“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton
You recognize these opening piano keys when you hear them. The song’s instantly recognizable music video — featuring Carlton and his piano cruising through city streets and highways — is likely seared into your brain.
Released in February 2002, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton’s debut single, “A Thousand Miles”, ended the year at No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and broke into the top 10 in dozens of other countries.
“A Thousand Miles” was also featured in some of the most memorable scenes from the 2004 hit comedy “White Chicks,” in which the main characters — two black men, pretending to be white women — attempt to sing the song. song.
But the film’s creators said in a recent interview that the song is far from a downfall – it was chosen for the film because it’s a song everyone seems to like. As Ellen E. Jones of The Guardian wrote in 2019, “Loving what you love is nothing to be ashamed of…We wouldn’t still be humming it 17 years later if it weren’t for the fact a pretty decent pop song, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, in a recent 20-year retrospective, Rolling Stone’s Amit Vaidya wrote of the song: “Perhaps the most easily identifiable first three seconds of a song from the past two decades, and quite possibly the riff of most instantly recognizable piano of all time.
“Family Affair” – Mary J. Blige
The lead single from Blige’s fifth album “No More Drama” gave the world the highly controversial lyrics, “Don’t need no hateration, holleration in this dancey”, and became one of Blige’s biggest hits.
The song reached No. 1 on not only US Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but several of its other charts. It was also the
Song No. 12 on the end of Billboarddecade chart. Rolling Stone considered it among the 100 best of the 2000s, ranking it 95th overall.
Blige performed “Family Affair” at the 2022 Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
Released just in time for the summer of 2002, “Hot in Herre” took over the Billboard charts: five in total, including the number one spot on the Hot 100.
The song almost didn’t happen, with the St. Louis rapper telling The Fader that he had already shot his second album ‘Nellyville’ before realizing ‘something was missing’. Nelly enlisted music mega-creator Pharrell Williams, then a member of The Neptunes production team, and the two crafted the song from a snippet of Chuck Brown’s 1979 R&B hit, “Bustin Loose.”
With “Hot in Herre”, Nelly became one of only two Grammy winners for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, as the award was combined into a genderless rap category the following year. The other was Eminem, for “Lose Yourself”.
The song received a new twist last December, when Chance the Rapper appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “That’s My Jam” and gave the song an impromptu country remix.
“Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne hit the radio in March with the bratty “Complicated” from her debut album “Let Go.” If you were in middle school, high school, or university, the melody was probably played somewhere by someone you knew at all hours of the day.
“Complicated” was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers ranked the song eighth on its list of Readers’ Top Singles of the Decade.
In a Facebook post last month, Lavigne wrote, “Holy shit! #Complicated came out 20 years ago today. I never could have imagined the places this song would take me. I am so grateful to you, always and always, for embracing my music and showing me so much love back then, and still today, 20 years later.
The song’s teenage legacy continues, as recent Grammy winner Olivia Rodrigo covered “Complicated” on the opening night of her “Sour” tour on Tuesday.
“Heroes” – Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
Sung by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger – former husband of Avril Lavigne – and Josey Scott, formerly of rock band Saliva, “Hero” hit the radio as the lead single from the massive blockbuster “Spider-Man.” from 2002.
The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on two others, earning two Grammy nominations along the way. “Hero” also came out before the widespread anti-Nickelback sentiment that nearly overshadowed the band in the mid-2000s. But despite becoming an easy punchline for rock critics, the band continued to sell records and even participated in the joke.
Meanwhile, other “Spider-Man” movie songs were less successful, including Dashboard Confessional’s “Vindicated” for 2004’s “Spider-Man 2”, Snow Patrol’s “Signal Fire” for “Spider-Man 3” in 2007, and Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar’s “It’s On Again” for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in 2014.
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