Mixtapes for Hookers


The Best of ’02
August 4, 2009, 11:21 am
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Here’s how I initially introduced my favorite songs of 2002 list:

It was an exciting year for news, with George Bush creating more
wars than he knows what to do with, the CIA killing people and
announcing they’ll kill more, Britney and Justin breaking up, a
sniper lurking around Washington, everybody and their cousin’s
baby’s father claiming they were molested by their priest, and
black people winning Oscars. But surely no other event gripped
the hearts of America as passionately as the story of Jamie Sale
and David Pelletier, the Canadian figure skaters who finished
second in the pairs competition at the Winter Olympics but then
ended up getting the gold medal anyway. Yeah. So, in honor of
them, this year’s top 40 songs of the year countdown is a pairs
competition.

Yes, it’s true. I made it a pairs competition. So, here’s #40-#11, and then I’ll proceed to reevaluate the top 10, two songs at a time, for probably the next six months or so.

40. Tweet, “Oops (Oh My)” and the Donnas, “Take It Off”
39. 4 Hero, “Les Fleur” and t.a.t.u., “All The Things She Said”
38. Jay-Z featuring Beyonce Knowles, “Bonnie and Clyde ‘03” and Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, “Dilemma”
37. Ash, “Burn Baby Burn” and Queens of the Stone Age, “No One Knows”
36. Bebel Gilberto, “No Return” and Rufus Wainwright, “Across The Universe”
35. Sean Paul, “Gimme The Light” and Shaggy, “Hey Sexy Lady”
34. Gold Chains, “I Come From San Francisco” and Gonzales, “Take Me To Broadway”
33. Departure Lounge, “What You Have Is Good,” and Saint Etienne, “Action”
32. Eminem, “Lose Yourself” and P Diddy, “I Need A Girl (Pt. 1)”
31. Elvis vs JXL, “A Little Less Conversation” and Damien Marley, “And You Be Loved”30. The Mockingbirds, “Different Drum” and Betty Finn, “Safe From Harm”
29. Daniel Bedingfield, “Gotta Get Thru This,” and Justin Timberlake, “Like I Love You”
28. Weaklazyliar, “The Story Of My Life,” and Ivy, “Kite”
27. The Notwist, “Pilot”, and Coldplay, “In My Place”
26. Mary Lou Lord, “She’s Still Bewitching Me” and Cassandra Wilson, “You Gotta Move”
25. Johnny Dowd, “Sleep In The Grass,” and 16 Horsepower, “Outlaw Song”
24. Belle and Sebastian, “Scooby Driver” and Stephin Merritt, “Maria Maria Maria”
23. The Black Heart Procession, “Tropics of Love” and Low, “Canada”
22. *Nsync, “Girlfriend” and Britney Spears, “Boys”
21. Nina Nastasia, “Little Angel” and Beth Orton, “This One’s Gonna Bruise”
20. The Strokes, “Hard To Explain,” and Radio 4, “Save Your City”
19. The Hives, “Outsmarted” and Andrew WK, “Party Hard”
18. Angie Martinez, “If I Could Go,” and Nivea, “Don’t Mess With My Man”
17. OK Go, “Get Over It” and Pearl Jam, “I Am Mine”
16. Sondre Lerche, “Modern Nature” and Sahara Hotnights, “Alright Alright (Here’s My Fist, Where’s The Fight”
15. Madonna, “Die Another Day” and Jennifer Lopez, “Jenny From The Block”
14. The Pixies, “Rock-A My Soul” and Clem Snide, “Estranged Half Brother”
13. Craig Armstrong featuring Evan Dando, “Wake Up In New York” and Evan Dando featuring Sabrina Brooke, “Summer Wine”
12. Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle” and Lifehouse, “Sick”
11. Miss Kittin and the Hacker, “Frank Sinatra 2001” and Golden Boy featuring Miss Kittin, “Rippin Kittin”


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