Top 40 Albums — 2002

1. Orchestra Baobab –  Specialists in All Styles (World Circuit/Nonesuch)

2. DJ Shadow –  The Private Press (MCA)

3. Imperial Teen –  On (Merge)

4. Sleater-Kinney –  One Beat (Kill Rock Stars)

5. Corey Harris –  Downhome Sophisticate (Rounder)

6. Spoon –  Kill the Moonlight (Merge)

7. The Streets –  Original Pirate Material (Locked On/Vice)

8. Youssou N’Dour –  Nothing’s in Vain (Coono du réér) (Nonesuch)

9. Desaparecidos –  Read Music/Speak Spanish (Saddle Creek)

10. Cornershop –  Handcream for a Generation (Beggars Banquet)

11. The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee (4AD)

12. The Roots – Phrenology (MCA)

13. Djelimady Tounkara – Sigui (Indigo)

14. Justin Timberlake – Justified (Jive)

15. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet (Island)

16. Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly (Fat Beats)

17. The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever (No Label)

18. Mekons – OOOH! (Quarterstick)

19. Issa Bagayogo – Timbuktu (Six Degrees)

20. Alanis Morissette – Under Rug Swept (Maverick)

21. Silkworm – Italian Platinum (Touch & Go)

22. Hakim – Talakik (Mondo Melodia)

23. Pretty Girls Make Graves – Good Health (Lookout)

24. Missy Elliott – Under Construction (Elektra)

25. The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious (Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph)

26. Hot Hot Heat – Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop)

27. Africa Raps (Trikont)

28. Out Hud – S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. (Kranky)

29. Extra Yard (Big Dada import)

30. Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek)

31. The Breeders – Title TK (4AD/Elektra)

32. Steinski – Nothing to Fear (Soul Ting)

33. Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (American)

34. Rachid Taha – Live (Mondo Melodia)

35. McLusky – McLusky Do Dallas (Too Pure/Beggars)

36. Warren Zevon – My Ride’s Here (Artemis)

37. Ndala Kasheba – Yellow Card (Limitless Sky)

38. dj/rupture – Minesweeper Suite (Tigerbeat6)

39. Scarface – The Fix (Def Jam South)

40. Ill Ease – Live at the Holiday Sin (Smilex)

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