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19 Alt-Rock Songs You Loved In 2002

From garage rock to pop-alt, these were your anthems 15 years ago.

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1. Jimmy Eat World, "The Middle"

Best thing about this song at the time: It was positive and uplifting, and didn't sound like any other songs on the radio. Also, the lyrics spoke to your angsty teen-self.
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Best thing about this song at the time: It was positive and uplifting, and didn't sound like any other songs on the radio. Also, the lyrics spoke to your angsty teen-self.

2. Coldplay, "Clocks"

Things this song brings back: That there was a time when people didn't hate Coldplay.
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Things this song brings back: That there was a time when people didn't hate Coldplay.

3. Tori Amos, "A Sorta Fairytale"

What was so great about this song: It was classic, ethereal Tori — basically it sounded something straight off of Little Earthquakes.
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What was so great about this song: It was classic, ethereal Tori — basically it sounded something straight off of Little Earthquakes.

4. 311, "Amber"

Where you heard this song the most: While shopping for clothes at PacSun.
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Where you heard this song the most: While shopping for clothes at PacSun.

5. No Doubt, "Underneath It All"

What this song makes you miss: No Doubt. No Doubt. No Doubt.
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What this song makes you miss: No Doubt. No Doubt. No Doubt.

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "By The Way"

Nonsensical lyrics you couldn't even understand: "Dope dick/ Pawn shop/Quick pick/ Kiss that dyke/ I know you want to hold one/ Not on strike/ But I'm about to bowl one /Bite that mic." 🤔
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Nonsensical lyrics you couldn't even understand: "Dope dick/ Pawn shop/

Quick pick/ Kiss that dyke/ I know you want to hold one/ Not on strike/ But I'm about to bowl one /Bite that mic." 🤔

7. Weezer, "Dope Nose"

Most Weezer-esque lyrics: "Cheese smells so good/ On a burnt piece of lamb."
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Most Weezer-esque lyrics: "Cheese smells so good/ On a burnt piece of lamb."

8. The White Stripes, "Fell In Love With A Girl"

Things you remember most about this song: The awesome video and how no one could agree on Jack and Meg White's relationship: Were they brother and sister or husband and wife?
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Things you remember most about this song: The awesome video and how no one could agree on Jack and Meg White's relationship: Were they brother and sister or husband and wife?

9. The Hives, "Hate to Say I Told You So"

Fact this song reminds you of: How BIG garage rock was in the early '00s.
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Fact this song reminds you of: How BIG garage rock was in the early '00s.

10. The Sounds, "Living in America"

How you probably got into this song: Your music snob friend who put it on a mix CD that they burned for you.
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How you probably got into this song: Your music snob friend who put it on a mix CD that they burned for you.

11. Queens Of The Stone Age, "No One Knows"

The thing you might not remember about this song: How Dave Grohl — who was probably the hardest working musician of the early '00s — played drums on this song.
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The thing you might not remember about this song: How Dave Grohl — who was probably the hardest working musician of the early '00s — played drums on this song.

12. P.O.D., "Youth of the Nation"

Things you didn't realize about this band at the time: That they were a Christian rock band and what the hell P.O.D. stood for (it was an abbreviation for Payable on Death, FTR).
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Things you didn't realize about this band at the time: That they were a Christian rock band and what the hell P.O.D. stood for (it was an abbreviation for Payable on Death, FTR).

13. N.E.R.D. "Rock Star"

What this song proved at the time: That N.E.R.D. was an unstoppable force in the early '00s music scene, not only did they produce EVERY bumping pop/hip-hop hit, they also produced their own music that dabbled in every genre.
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What this song proved at the time: That N.E.R.D. was an unstoppable force in the early '00s music scene, not only did they produce EVERY bumping pop/hip-hop hit, they also produced their own music that dabbled in every genre.

14. Incubus, "Warning"

Where you mostly likely listened to it: While smoking with your friends in your basement.
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Where you mostly likely listened to it: While smoking with your friends in your basement.

15. Foo Fighters, "All My Life"

What this song reminds you of: That Dave Grohl is the best and you can't even argue that, sorry.
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What this song reminds you of: That Dave Grohl is the best and you can't even argue that, sorry.

16. Puddle of Mudd, "Blurry"

An honest critique of this song: It is a paint by numbers written track that sounded like almost EVERY other song on the radio at the time.
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An honest critique of this song: It is a paint by numbers written track that sounded like almost EVERY other song on the radio at the time.

17. The Vines, "Get Free"

Where you mostly likely heard this first: Playing on the end credits of the Real World during MTV's Spanking New Music Week.
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Where you mostly likely heard this first: Playing on the end credits of the Real World during MTV's Spanking New Music Week.

18. Audioslave, "Cochise"

What you probably forgot about this song: Everything, and the fact that this supergroup (made up of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and members of Rage Against the Machine) once existed.
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What you probably forgot about this song: Everything, and the fact that this supergroup (made up of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and members of Rage Against the Machine) once existed.

19. Nirvana, "You Know You're Right"

Why this song was a big deal at the time: Well the song was recorded at Nirvana's final studio session in 1994, and was shelved after Kurt's death. Eventually all parties involved, Courtney Love and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, agreed that the song should be released — which consequently led to more infighting and a lawsuit as to how it should be released. Ultimately they all came to an agreement, and eight years after Kurt's death, the last Nirvana song was released.
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Why this song was a big deal at the time: Well the song was recorded at Nirvana's final studio session in 1994, and was shelved after Kurt's death. Eventually all parties involved, Courtney Love and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, agreed that the song should be released — which consequently led to more infighting and a lawsuit as to how it should be released. Ultimately they all came to an agreement, and eight years after Kurt's death, the last Nirvana song was released.

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