Billboard's critics have chosen Coldplay's sophomore Capitol album "A Rush of Blood to the Head" as No. 1 in their survey of 2002 albums. The honor comes from our annual critics' choice round-up, wher

Billboard's critics have chosen Coldplay's sophomore Capitol album "A Rush of Blood to the Head" as No. 1 in their survey of 2002 albums. The honor comes from our annual critics' choice round-up, where the staffs of Billboard magazine and Billboard.com, and the freelance writers who contribute to each, are invited to submit a list of their top-10 favorite albums, singles, or musical events of the year.

Coldplay's album narrowly edged out Queens Of The Stone Age's Interscope set "Songs for the Deaf," which is No. 2 on the list. The top-5 is rounded out by Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (Nonesuch), Norah Jones's "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note), and Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia). The full tally can be found in the "Top-10 Lists" portion of Billboard.com's special 2002: The Year In Music section.

A total of 55 staff lists were submitted, with more than 350 artists mentioned among the lot. Only albums were considered for the tally, and all ties were excluded. An inverse point system -- where 10 points was given to a title listed at No. 1, and one point given to a No. 10 entry -- was used to determine the rankings.

As of today (Dec. 20), Billboard.com's special 2002: The Year In Music section is online and fully updated with features on charts, touring, and more. A companion to Billboard magazine's definitive year-end wrap-up, the section has several features not found in the print publication, also published today (and dated Dec. 28, 2002).

Online exclusives include the staff top-10 lists, as well as celebrity picks, with lists from a diverse group of artists, including members of Pearl Jam and the Indigo Girls, as well the likes of Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Doves, and Terri Clark. Music fans can also make their picks in various genres through Billboard.com's weekly year-end polls.

Paid members of Billboard.com also will find access to a host of chart information not included in the print publication. In addition to the 240 chart recaps included in the year-end issue, there will be 15 Year In Music charts and seven concert-related charts that will be exclusively available to subscribers (Click here for subscription information).

Beyond that, 48 of the Year In Music charts that appear in the published spotlight will run deeper in the members area of Billboard.com. These charts are indicated by a diamond-shaped icon in the printed issue's spotlight section.