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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
With three Top 25 albums and three Top 10 singles in the past seven years, I guess the question isn't whether he placed this year, it's where his latest instant classic Sea Change landed in a incredibly strong music year.


SINGLES OF THE YEAR
Missy Elliott may have lost more than 70 pounds, but her beats keep getting fatter. Have the nonsensical rhymes of "Work It" outdone last year's smash "Get Ur Freak ON"?


THE LARRY AWARDS
Don't get scared now. The LARRY Awards don't include categories like Best Country Vocal Colloration. And Avril Lavigne isn't up for Best New Artist either. But she's got the Guilty Pleasure Award and Most Annoying Canadian all tied up.


PREVIOUS YEARS
Oasis ringleaders Noel and Liam Gallagher haven't felt the success of a good album since 1996. Take a look back at other top artists of years past.

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
Introduction | #25-11 | #10-1 | Honorable Mentions

Last year, music appeared to be at a standstill. It felt as if all that could be done in the realm of rock-n-roll had not only been done before but exhausted. It was yet another year that honored the minimalism of post-rock and the safety of alt-country and neo-soul. The best artists of 2001, for the most part, were ones who further perfected the subgenre that ushered out the '90s.
The White Stripes and the Strokes hinted that 2002 would bring a revitalization to garage rock. With help of record execs, radio, and MTV, those bands went further than anyone could expect. But no one could guess that other alternative acts like Beck and Sleater-Kinney would also swell with creativity and produce some of the best work of their careers. Now, music has a new energy that had been missing for the past couple years and its proven that the day that rock music died is a long time away.

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