Nelly, Avril Lavigne, and More—Tracks That Take You Back To Summer of 2002

Nelly in the video for "Hot in Herre."
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Nelly in the video for "Hot in Herre." 

Rewind time to 2002 and you’ll remember the split of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears and collecting Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. You’ll have watched Kelly Clarkson win the first season of 'American Idol' around the same time that 'Spiderman' was the hottest movie.

We'll breakdown 2002, but you can relive all your summer anthems year by year:   1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

"Hot In Herre" - Nelly

Everyone knows Nelly for the Band-Aid on the face look -- we raided the first aid kit to try it for ourselves.The rapper brought out “Hot In Herre” in April 2002 and spent seven weeks at the top of the charts in the US as it became a popular summer song. The same year, Nelly also released the ultra-popular hit “Dilemma,” collaborating with Kelly Rowland. 


"Complicated" - Avril Lavigne

Singer-songwriter and Canadian skater girl Avril Lavigne shot to fame in this year when “Complicated” sat high up in the charts. Lavigne’s fashion revolutionized teenage trends of the time: ties, sweatbands on both wrists, dark eyeliner and Chuck Taylor All-Stars. 

"The Middle" - Jimmy Eat World

“The Middle” was released in late 2001, but became a well-known tune by 2002 when it reached the top 5. The alternative rock sound of American band Jimmy Eat World was originally created in 1993, and “The Middle” was a single from their fourth studio album. 

"A Thousand Miles" - Vanessa Carlton

2002 was Vanessa Carlton’s year. The American pop singer-songwriter spent several weeks in the top 10 in the US charts with piano-driven “A Thousand Miles." The track was nominated for three Grammy awards and it became the piano hook that everyone wanted to be able to play.

"Without Me" - Eminem

In the US, rapper Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s. His fourth album brought the release of “Without Me”, which reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 1 in 15 other countries. It has been recently featured on the soundtrack to the 2016 film ‘Suicide Squad’ and continues to be one of Eminem’s most popular tunes. The official music video went on to receive 6 VMA nominations, of which it won 4, and received a Grammy the following year as well. 

Back in 2002, the latest Nikon D-SLR camera only had 5.0 megapixels (whereas nowadays, cell phones have in-built cameras of around 12). The latest trends included owning a Juicy Couture velour tracksuit and/or a micro miniskirt that covered little. Oh, how far we've come.