Category Archives: 2002

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Eminem – Lose Yourself

First Hit #1: November 9, 2002 Eminem began his career as a kind of violent novelty act, pushing a kind of pitch black comedy that was the delight of 14 year old boys everywhere. He still does that, but as … Continue reading

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Kelly Clarkson – A Moment Like This

First Hit #1: October 5, 2002 American Idol is awful. It’s based on a flawed premise to start – an artist needs a lot more than a voice to be a hitmaker – and is the source of so many … Continue reading

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Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland – Dilemma

First Hit #1: August 17, 2002 Nelly’s first hit was silly song, so it’s inevitable that the follow up is serious. It’s a common pattern, an artist who can be funny has to prove they are a serious artist, so … Continue reading

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Nelly – Hot in Herre

First Hit #1: July 29, 2002 Eleven years on, this song is still kind of ubiquitous. It’s surprising in the fashion-led world of dance music, but it’s got a timeless message that drunk and high people can relate to – … Continue reading

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Ashanti – Foolish

First Hit #1: April 20, 2002 Ashanti seems almost too nice for Murder Inc, which is kind of appropriate when you consider Foolish, which is about a girl too nice for the relationship she’s in. It’s implied to be an … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule – Ain’t It Funny

First Hit #1: March 9, 2002 Ain’t It Funny is probably a better use of Ja Rule, since the song starts with Jennifer Lopez rejecting a man. If there’s someone who deserves rejection, it’s probably Ja Rule, especially since he … Continue reading

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