Best Rock Albums Of 2002

Best Rock Albums Of 2002

Our Best Rock Albums Of 2002 list looks at a year in rock music that stood out much stronger than the previous year. In the shadow of the 9/11 attacks, many artists released some of the strongest albums of their careers. In the wake of tragedy, there is always a call for art to heal the pain and no one answered with as much compassion as Bruce Springsteen did with his album The Rising. 2002 also saw new albums from other legendary rock stars such as Robert Plant, Boston, Neil Young, David Bowie, Rush and George Harrison’s final studio album.  2002 saw the release of debut albums by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton and Norah Jones who celebrated a Grammy Award winning album. It was the old guard meets the new guard as 2002 should be remembered as a very strong year in music.

# 50 – One Beat – Sleater-Kinney

One Beat - Sleater-Kinney

# 49 – Be Not NobodyVanessa Carlton

Be Not Nobody - Vanessa Carlton

# 48 – Highly Evolved – The Vines

Highly Evolved - The Vines

# 47 – Steal This Album! System Of A Down

Steal This Album! - System Of A Down

# 46 – Castaways & Cutouts – The Decemberists

Castaways & Cutouts - The Decemberists

# 45 – The Second Stage Turbine Blade – Coheed and Cambria

The Second Stage Turbine Blade - Coheed and Cambria

# 44 – HammeredMotorhead

Hammered - Motorhead

# 43 – Strange Beautiful MusicJoe Satriani

Strange Beautiful Music - Joe Satriani

# 42 – Hard CandyCounting Crows

Hard Candy - Counting Crows

# 41 – Daybreaker – Beth Orton

Daybreaker - Beth Orton

# 40 – X – Def Leppard

X - Def Leppard

# 39 – Corporate AmericaBoston

Corporate America - Boston

# 38 – The Naked Ride HomeJackson Browne

The Naked Ride Home - Jackson Browne

# 37 – Wait for Me – Susan Tedeschi

Wait for Me - Susan Tedeschi

# 36 – TestifyPhil Collins

Testify - Phil Collins

# 35 – Busted Stuff – Dave Matthews Band

Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band

# 34 – Songs About Jane – Maroon 5

Songs About Jane - Maroon 5

# 33 – In AbsentiaPorcupine Tree

In Absentia - Porcupine Tree

# 32 – Sharks – UFO

Sharks - UFO

# 31 – Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age

Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age

# 30 – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco

# 29 – Busted StuffDave Matthews Band

Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band

# 28 – By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers

By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers

# 27 – In Violet LightThe Tragically Hip

n Violet Light - The Tragically Hip

# 26 – Scarlet’s Walk – Tori Amos

Scarlet's Walk - Tori Amos

# 25 – Down the RoadVan Morrison

Down the Road - Van Morrison

# 24 – My Ride’s HereWarren Zevon

My Ride's Here - Warren Zevon

# 23 – Heathen – David Bowie

Heathen - David Bowie

# 22 – Silver LiningBonnie Raitt

Silver Lining - Bonnie Raitt

# 21 – Don’t Give Up on Me – Solomon Burke

Don't Give Up on Me - Solomon Burke

# 20 – Are You Passionate?Neil Young & Booker T. & the MGs

Are You Passionate? - Neil Young & Booker T & the MGs

# 19 – Let Go – Avril Lavigne

Let Go - Avril Lavigne

# 18 – Under Rug Swept Alanis Morissette

Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette

# 17 – Dreamland – Robert Plant

Dreamland - Robert Plant

# 16 – American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash

American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash

# 15 – Vapor Trails – Rush

Vapor Trails - Rush

# 14 – Alice – Tom Waits

Alice - Tom Waits

# 13 – Not 4 Sale – Sammy Hagar

Not 4 Sale - Sammy Hagar

# 12 – When I Was Cruel – Elvis Costello

When I Was Cruel - Elvis Costello

# 11 – Don’t Worry About Me – Joey Ramone

Don't Worry About Me - Joey Ramone

# 10 – C’mon, C’monSheryl Crow

C'mon, C'mon - Sheryl Crow

# 9 – Up – Peter Gabriel

Up - Peter Gabriel

# 8 – Brainwashed – George Harrison

Brainwashed - George Harrison

# 7 – Riot Act – Pearl Jam

Riot Act - Pearl Jam

# 6 -The Last DJ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The Last DJ - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

# 5 – Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

# 4 – Blood Money – Tom Waits

Blood Money - Tom Waits

# 3 – One By One – Foo Fighters

One By One - Foo Fighters

# 2 -Audioslave – Audioslave

Audioslave Album

# 1 – The Rising – Bruce Springsteen

The Rising - Bruce Springsteen

The response we all need after 9/11. Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band was well worth the wait as the legendary artist delivered one of the finest albums of his career.

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Updated April 29, 2023

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