NC17 Top 100 Songs of 2002

The Top 200 Songs of 2002 + Making the Best of Bad Situations
Part 1: Petty Concerns
Part 2: Once Disgusted, Take Control
Part 3: Break-ups
Part 4: Go...Far... Believe in Yourself
Part 5: PBHD: Post Break-up Hope Disorder
Part 6: Various Causes and Effects of Fond Memories
Part 7: Unnatural States of Disillusionment
Part 8: The Beast

Part V: PBHD: Post Break-up Hope Disorder

Press play to hear all of these songs in order.

100. Spoon
"Small Stakes" 2:53
Kill the Moonlight
Austin, TX

Stan walked right up to the girl of his dreams, introduced himself, and bought her a drink. He did this 13 times tonight.

99. The Libertines
"I Get Along" 2:53
Up the Bracket
London, England

The moment he got on the bus, everybody stopped what they were doing and stared. Unfazed by any of this, he walked to the rear of the bus and sat right next to the most conventional looking person on board.

98. The Reindeer Section
"Strike Me Down" 2:52
Son of Evil Reindeer
Glasgow, Scotland

Although completely incompatible with everything currently in his life, Pete continued to go about his business anyway. Although completely overwhelmed with problems, Pete continued to remain positive and make the best of a bad situation. He had been doing this for years.

97. Girls Against Boys
"Tweaker" 3:46
You Can't Fight What You Can't See
Washington, DC/New York, NY

The owner of the company was a complete jerk who had lost the respect of his entire staff. One day, all the employees rebelled and took the company over. He claimed they were all fired, but they continued showing up for work anyway and wrote their own paychecks. It's only life; only music.
96. Andrew WK
"Fun Night" 3:23
I Get Wet
Stanford, CA/New York, NY

Since the breakup, he had become so depressed with ordinary life that he just sat on his couch for 3 weeks straight. And then one night, he burst from his shell, called every single person he knew, withdrew his entire savings, embarked to the trendiest club downtown, and went "freakin' nuts!"

95. The Secret Machines
"What Used to Be French" 6:30
September 000
Dallas, TX/New York, NY

Tired of constantly having to make the best of bad situations, and after seeing his friend go "freakin' nuts!" the night before, Pete woke up that morning, thought about things extensively, packed up all of his belongings, and went to start a new life. He did not tell a single soul and never saw any person from his miserable incompatible life ever again- not even the ones he had previously liked.

94. The Cooper Temple Clause
"Let's Kill Music" 4:13
See This Through And Leave
Reading, England

Meanwhile: after watching his company suddenly become a major success after his employees seized control of the day-to-day operations, Ken still refused to grasp the realization that it was his own personality traits that was a constant downer on the world around him. He declared war, regained control, then went bankrupt.

93. Jurassic 5
"What's Golden" 3:09
Power in Numbers
Los Angeles, CA

Smart business investor Paul Holland finally was able to track down all of the employees who had briefly taken over Ken's business and made it an immediate success. He opened his own place, hired all of them, allowed them full control of the day-to-day operations; and with the millions he made, he took his entire family on a South American cruise.

92. The Soft Boys
"Japanese Captain" 3:24
Cambridge, England

Having achieved high marks and a Master's Degree in English from a prestigious university, Milton dreamed of writing descriptive copy for video porn sites; uses "blonde milf seduces teen" as his best writing sample. He was frequently seen walking around brainstorming ideas, which consisted of blurting out random sexually crude phrases that would make a splash in the porn industry.

91. Pere Ubu
"333" 3:59
St. Arkansas
Cleveland, OH

And he walked out of the house. He walked hastily up the street. The neighbor walked out of her house, and followed. The whole block did the same. As did the whole neighborhood. The whole town. The whole state. Within weeks, the whole country was following him. But, where was he going? And who the heck was this person they had all been following?

90. Wire
"I Don't Understand" 3:18
Read and Burn
London, England

Felix was among the followers. He didn't know exactly what the mission was, but he knew something needed to be done. The "rulers of the world" saw their days diminishing; so he hoped.

89. Shelley Devoto
"Shine" 3:29
Manchester, England

When the brick crashed through the window, the members of the Senate were immediately startled. When they looked outside the window and saw the unruly mob of protesters, they knew they had taken their greed too far.

88. Solomon Burke
"Diamond in Your Mind" 4:25
Don't Give Up on Me
Philadelphia, PA/ Died: 10-10-10 Netherlands

Once upon a time, life was exactly as he wished. Old and satisfied, uncle Charlie stayed home during the protests, and peacefully enjoyed a pleasant visit with his friends from a faraway planet that he had been engaging with since the age of 13.

87. The Decemberists
"California One" 5:24
Castaways and Cutouts
Portland, OR

Most people lead double lives with two sets of friends...one being the ideal life with a set of imaginary friends; the other, the one we refer to as "reality". The distance between the ideal life in transition with reality is what dictates happiness.

86. Comet Gain
"Why I Try to Look So Bad" 2:55
Oxford, England

Too often, people are often led astray from their ideal environment by means in which they have no control. When the distance from ideal to reality becomes too extreme, people act in a far different manner than their natural selves. In fact, their behavior patterns become so altered that their ideal persona becomes either an unsolicited compromise or a forceful attack on reality.

85. Xinlisupreme
"All You Need is Love Was Not True" 8:30
Tomorrow Never Comes
Oita, Japan

It was written: "Put Your Trust in Jesus!" Then someone proclaimed: "We must abandon God and save ourselves!" They all wanted everlasting life; somewhere else other than here--away from the rest of these assholes.

84. GZA
"Animal Planet" 4:17
Legend of the Liquid Sword
New York, NY

Rather than focus on inhabiting other planets with the ability to remain youthful forever, we all went to work at jobs we hate.

83. Clinic
"Walking With Thee" 2:36
Walking With Thee
Liverpool, England

Somewhere in the middle of the day, and without the use of coffee or any one thing in particular, Clyde was stricken with a sudden burst of energy and wanted to fulfill it.

82. Primal Scream
"Miss Lucifer" 2:29
Evil Heat
Glasgow, Scotland

Clyde had visualized this extraordinarily cool, douche-free dance club full of beautiful people dancing elegantly to hot hip music. He hopped around the club circuit seeking this place, opting to immediately leave any place infested with fat white guys, clichés, or boring run-of-the-mill dance "hits."

81. Dälek
"Forever Close My Eyes" 7:49
From Filthy Tongues Of Gods And Griots
Newark, NJ

For some reason, he figured that would be the last time he would ever see her. He gave her a quick glance, walked out the door, and that was that. Though, he always claimed otherwise, the emotions would be mixed, forever.

80. Cornelius
"Fly" 5:41
Tokyo, Japan

All alone and in front of the mirror, Stephanie bared that ass and shook it. Finally satisfied with its' size and shape, she put on an elegant dress, held up the convenience store where her crush worked at gunpoint, took him hostage, and drove him straight to the justice of peace and married him...at gunpoint.

79. DJ Shadow
"Fixed Income" 4:49
The Private Press
San Jose, California

Mark had paid a large sum of money to learn the skill that would make women (meaning, plural) lustfully mad for him. However, he tried the technique only once, and now he's at the Justice of Peace committing to lifelong vows...at gunpoint.

78. Comets on Fire
"Return to Heaven" 6:29
Field Recordings From the Sun
Santa Cruz, CA

Though he was a genius with numbers and had a business degree, Thurston was more attracted to the nightlife, and people at the loud rock shows of the small clubs he attended. The 9-5 life, nor those living it, simply did not suit his personal interests. His parents claimed he was "throwing his life away." His friends on the club circuit claimed him to be "one rad dude."

77. Dungen
"Vem Vaktar Lejonen" 3:30
Lanna, Sweden

Melvin actually listened to his parents and secured a daytime 9-5 job at an insurance firm. However, he goes out every night and attends loud late night concerts during the week. He has a sleep disorder and all of his co-workers think he is insane. Furthermore, he rarely attends the company picnic and smokes two packs a day because all of his co-workers irritate the shit out of him.

76. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
"Oceans of Weep" 5:01
House Arrest
Los Angeles, CA

And then one day, a mysterious bag of reefer showed up at the office. Most assumed it was the janitor's, others assumed it must be a customer's. The bag of weed  sat there on a table, cross-legged, reading a book, while everybody sat in their cubicles thinking about it. Come quitting time, they gathered together, smoked that whole bag of high grade marijuana, and sat quietly reflecting on their own lives and why exactly they were doing this.

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