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Culture | The Top 5 best-selling CDs for the year 2002, according to Billboard magazine

Issue: "State of the Union 2003," Jan. 25, 2003
1
THE EMINEM SHOW
Eminem 32 weeks on chart
STYLE
Hard-core rap.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
All 20 songs and skits, especially the graphically pornographic "My Dad's Gone Crazy," which features the recording debut of Eminem's young daughter Hailie.

WORLDVIEW
"More pain inside of my brain than the eyes of a little girl / inside of a plane aimed at the World Trade."

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OVERALL QUALITY
Catchier and more revealing than the average gutter rap, but a case study in psychopathology nevertheless.

2
WEATHERED
Creed 58 weeks on chart
STYLE
Harsh, churning, abrasive, brutal, grating, heavily metallic-and that's just the ballads.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
"At times life's unfair and you know it's plain to see / Hey God I know I'm just a dot in this world / Have you forgot about me?" ("Don't Stop Dancing").

OVERALL QUALITY
Spiritually sensitive at best, emotionally oversensitive and full of itself (not to mention puerile) at worst.

3
NELLYVILLE
Nelly 27 weeks on chart
STYLE
"Playa" Rap.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
All 19 tracks (profanity, vulgarity, obscenity).

WORLDVIEW
That English has a dozen words, that three or four of those words should be used disproportionately more than the others, and that thuggin' and druggin' really turn the ladies on.

OVERALL QUALITY
Sonically high-rap will soon be the best-produced music in the world if it isn't already; morally abominable-for the usual reasons.

4
M!SSUNDAZTOOD
M!SSUNDAZTOOD 58 weeks on chart
STYLE
Radio-friendly pop concoction with R&B undertones (and sometimes overtones).

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"Get the Party Started," "Just like a Pill," "Respect" (vulgarity), "18 Wheeler" (implied profanity), "Don't Let Me Get Me" (casual cursing)

WORLDVIEW
It's lonely at the top, what with everyone digging you just because you're famous (and rich) and not really caring about your dysfunctional childhood.

OVERALL QUALITY
Catchy, but too slick to pass for sincere.

5
[HYBRID THEORY]
Linkin Park 114 weeks on chart
STYLE
Metal that's heavy, beats that are def, rap that's rap.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
"All these words they make no sense / I find bliss in ignorance" ("One Step Closer").

OVERALL QUALITY
For all its window-rattling boom, ear-splitting caterwaul, and occasional hooks, this genre-blending bestseller epitomizes the blandness that results when angry young men fail to acknowledge the reality of anything but their anger, youth, and maleness.

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