Modern rock was playing it tough in 2002. According to Billboard, the Top 10 alt-rock songs of the year were mostly guitar-fueled rockers that sounded a lot like what was going on in mainstream rock radio (Puddle of Mudd? Chad Kroeger?). So put on your combat helmet, strap on your riot gear and dive into the Top 10 Alt-Rock Videos From 2002.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'By the Way'
Red Hot Chili Peppers racked up a massive amount of No. 1 modern-rock hits during the '90s and '00s. Two songs from their 2002 album 'By the Way' reached the top spot, 'Can't Stop' and the title track, which spent a whopping 14 weeks at No. 1.
Foo Fighters, 'All My Life'
The first single from the Foos' 2002 album 'One by One' spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the modern-rock chart. The song also picked up a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The video is a relatively straightforward clip -- no band members are wearing dresses or striking goofy poses.
'Blurry' is Puddle of Mudd's first and biggest modern-rock hit. They managed to hit the Top 10 several more times throughout the decade. We're guessing their passing resemblance to Nirvana had a lot to do with their appeal.
Jimmy Eat World, 'The Middle'
Unlike almost every song on this list, mainstream rock radio wanted nothing to do with 'The Middle' or any other Jimmy Eat World song. These Arizona indie rockers pack too much pop for the testosterone-stuffed confines of traditional rock. Their loss -- we like this song a lot.
Unwritten Law, 'Seein' Red'
For a brief period in the early part of the '00s, these California punks managed to pick up some airplay. 'Seein' Red' is their only song to reach No. 1 on the modern-rock chart, but they hit the Top 5 a couple of years later with another song we totally forgot about, 'Save Me.'
Nirvana, 'You Know You're Right'
In 2002 Nirvana's record company found a mostly finished song by the band (inactive since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994) and slapped it on a single-disc compilation of their biggest hits. There's really no need for the 'Nirvana' album, but the scorching 'You Know You're Right' is definitely worth a download.
Chad Kroeger Featuring Josey Scott, 'Hero'
We really don't have much to say about this song other than it features Nickelback's frontman and the singer from Saliva, comes from the 'Spider-Man' soundtrack and somehow made it to No. 1 for three weeks during the summer of 2002.
System of a Down, 'Aerials'
This alt-metal band's 2001 breakthrough album 'Toxicity' unleashed four modern-rock hits. The biggest was this mid-tempo cut that peaked nearly a year after the album's release. The video juggles some jumbled narrative and a band performance. Stick with the latter.
P.O.D., 'Youth of the Nation'
This San Diego Christian band had one more strike against them: They were part of the dismal rap-rock movement of the late '90s and early '00s. Their only No. 1 modern-rock hit, 'Youth of the Nation,' showed up early in 2002. It stayed there for two weeks.
Puddle of Mudd, 'She Hates Me'
Yep, another Puddle of Mudd song. But unlike the No. 1 hit 'Blurry,' 'She Hates Me' stopped at No. 2. But it still managed to stay there for three weeks. And it more accurately captured the sentiment toward the group by many alt-rock fans.