- January 1
- January 17 - Bass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica after 14 years with the band.
- January 26
- Crowrd crush occurs during the a set by Limp Bizkit at the Sydney Big Day Out music festival. One girl is killed and the band subsequently left the country after threats were made to their safety.
- January/February - Rush records Vapor Trails, which was released on May 14, 2002.
- February - CFXJ (Flow 93.5), Canada's first urban music station, goes to air for the first time as a testing signal (its official debut is on March 1.) This is a breakthrough for Canadian hip hop and R&B musicians, who had previously faced significant barriers to getting exposure for their music.
- February 1 - Jennifer Lopez becomes first female and artist to have both a number one album J.Lo and a number one movie The Wedding Planner in the same week.
- February 13 - Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award
- February 17 - Manic Street Preachers become the first western rock band to play in Cuba. (Fidel Castro was in attendance.) They did not tour however, meaning that the unsigned British rock band Sandstone Veterans are still the only band from the Western World to play a tour over there.
- March 1 - Collin Raye is awarded the Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. The award was given in recognition of Raye's work on behalf of a number of different charitable organizations including Child Help USA, USA Weekend's Make a Difference Day and the Native American organization Hecel Oyakapi.
- March 14 - The Court of Appeals in Rome finds Michael Jackson "not guilty" of plagiarism, reversing a decision made in 1999 by a lower court. Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi had claimed that Jackson's "Will You Be There" was a copy of his song "I Cigni Di Balaka."
- March 24 - John Connolly of Sevendust marries his wife Lori Kirkley.
- March 28 -
- March 31 - Famous singer for 1992's I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown are banned for life from Hollywood's Bel Air hotel and arrested after destroying their room. Property that was allegedly damaged included a TV, and two doors. According to Hotel Workers, the walls and carpets were also stained by alcohol. The Hotel closed down the room for five days for repairs.
- April 4 - Original Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, reunite for a two part performance at London's Jazz Cafe. This was the first time the two band members performed together in over 30 years.
- April 24 and October 30 - Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson release albums in the same year, respectively. Janet releases All For You and Michael releases Invincible. Both albums would hit #1 on the album charts.
- May 1 - Huey Lewis and the News makes a comeback with their album Plan B, their first album of new material in a decade.
- May - The 4th EJCF in Basel was held. Next time was in 2004.
- June 2 - Christina Aguilera scores her fourth number one single on the Billboard 100 for "Lady Marmalade" a collaboration with Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink. The video for the song won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
- June 12 - Electric Light Orchestra's first album released in 15 years, since Balance Of Power, is titled Zoom.
- June 16 - The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ airs the 9th Annual of the Weenie Roast show with Blink-182, Coldplay, Crazy Town, The Cult, Disturbed, Jane's Addiction, Linkin Park, The Living End, New Found Glory, Pennywise, Papa Roach, Stabbing Westward, Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Sum 41 and 311.
- July - Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean enters a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcoholism and depression, as the Black & Blue Summer tour put on hold.
- August 13 - 2 weeks before its official release Spider One of Powerman 5000 pulls Anyone for Doomsday? off the market due to sounding like their previous record Tonight the Stars Revolt!. Later on he released the album on their website. 6 years later it's partially on iTunes.
- August 25 - A Cessna 402 aircraft carrying 9 people, including R&B singer Aaliyah, crashes in the Bahamas, killing all aboard.
- August 28 - Slipknot releases their second studio album Iowa.
- September 4 - The second studio album from Armenian-American band System of a Down, Toxicity, is released worldwide. After the 9/11 attacks, the single Chop Suey! is put on the List of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- September 10-11 - Blink-182 originally started shooting a video for the song Stay Together for the Kids on September 10, 2001, and originally featured the band playing in a derelict house. The next day when they went to finish the video, the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City occurred. They decided to shoot another video for the song a few weeks later.
- September 11- Gerard Way witnesses the 9/11 attacks and is inspired to start a band, which later becomes My Chemical Romance, in which Way is the lead singer.
- September 11 - Mariah Carey releases her tenth album, Glitter, the soundtrack for the movie with the same name.
- September 21 - America: A Tribute to Heroes airs uninterrupted on all major networks. The solemn concert, only 10 days after the September 11 attacks, included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Celine Dion, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, and others.
- October - Burton C. Bell gets into a fight with his bandmate Dino Cazares about a manager they fired. This was the event that triggered the demise of Fear Factory.
- October 16 - Michael Jackson releases his album's special edition of his albums Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
- October 20 - The Concert for New York City airs on VH1, with performances by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi The Who, Billy Joel and others.
- October 20 - Volunteers For America benefit concert is held in Atlanta, Georgia, MC was Drew Carey with performances by Edgar Winter Group, Mark Farner, Jack Blades, John Waite, The Knack, Eddie Money, Peter Frampton, Survivor, Kansas, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others.
- October 21 - United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert is held at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with performances by Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, James Brown, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and others.
- October 21 - Volunteers For America, benefit concert is held at Smirnoff StarPlex in Dallas, Texas, MC was Drew Carey with performances by Edgar Winter Group, Mark Farner, Jack Blades, John Waite, The Knack, Eddie Money, Peter Frampton, Survivor, Kansas, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, and others.
- October 23 - Incubus releases their third full-length major label album entitled Morning View. It debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at the #2 spot (266,000 copies were sold in its first week). This was the highest ever placement for Incubus. At the same time, "Wish You Were Here" was at #2 on the Modern Rock Charts, and "Drive" sat at #48 on the Hot 100 chart.
- October 25 - Quarashi performs a live concert with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (the band, Botnleðja also performed) in the Háskólabíó in Reykjavík, Iceland, which is notable for being the first time that a rap act performed a live concert with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Quarashi performed seven songs from their (at the time) upcoming album, Jinx.
- October 31 - After 10 Years, Al 3 & Dorian 27 leave Powerman 5000. It is speculated they left due towards Spider One's decision to pull Anyone for Doomsday?.
- November - The governing body of the UK Singles Chart, Chart Information Network Ltd. (CIN), changes its name to The Official UK Charts Company.
- November 16 - Britney Spears' third album, Britney debuts at #1, making her the first female artist with her first three albums to debut at #1.
- Mariah Carey makes a number of unusual public appearances, including an unscheduled visit to MTV's Total Request Live on July 19
- Area One music festival brings together a variety of acts including Moby, Incubus, Outkast, New Order, Nelly Furtado, The Roots, Rinocerose, Paul Oakenfold, and Carl Cox.
- Napster's popularity peaks
- The Republic of France awards Jean-Yves Thibaudet the honour of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- Deporitaz releases Microwave this CD, his second album, on MP3.com.
- December 1 - Backstreet Boys releases its classic hits album, Greatest Hits: Chapter One
Release Date Unknown
Top 5 Selling Albums of Billboard Year
- 1 - The Beatles
- A Day Without Rain - Enya
- J.Lo - Jennifer Lopez
- All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2
- Everyday - Dave Matthews Band
- "A Little Respect" - Wheatus
- "All for You" - Janet Jackson (March 27)
- "Another Day In Paradise" - Brandy feat. Ray J
- "Are You In?" - Incubus
- "Bad Ambassador" - The Divine Comedy
- "Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child (June 26 (U.S.), July 3(world-wide))
- "Buck Rogers" - Feeder (January 8)
- "Candy" - Ash (October 1)
- "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" - Kylie Minogue (September 17)
- "Chop Suey!" - System of a Down (August)
- "Clint Eastwood" - Gorillaz (March 5(UK))
- "Control"- Puddle of Mudd (July)
- "Crawling" - Linkin Park
- "Crystal" - New Order (13 August)
- "Don't Tell Me" - Madonna (November 21, 2000 (non-US); January 16, 2001 (US))
- "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" - Train (
- "Electric Avenue (remix)" - Eddy Grant
- "Elevation" - U2 (June 25 [AUS]; July 2 [EUR]; July 10 [US])
- "Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" - Robbie Williams (July 9)
- "Fallin'" - Alicia Keys (July 10)
- "Fat Lip" - Sum 41 (August 28 USA; October 1 UK)
- "First Date" - Blink-182 (September 24)
- "Get Ur Freak On" - Missy Elliott
- "Gone" - 'N Sync (October)
- "Handbags and Gladrags" - Stereophonics
- "Hanging By A Moment" - Lifehouse
- "Hard to Explain" - The Strokes (25 June 2001 (UK), 30 April 2002 (USA))
- "Have a Nice Day" - Stereophonics
- "Hell Bent"- Kenna
- "Here With Me" - Dido (January 29 EU; February 05 UK)
- "Hero" - Enrique Iglesias (November)
- "How We Roll" - Big Pun
- "I Don't Want a Lover (remix)" - Texas (
- "I Feel Loved" - Depeche Mode (July 30 UK; July 31 US)
- "I Want Love" - Elton John
- "I'm a Slave 4 U" - Britney Spears (October 23 [US]; October 8 [UK])
- "I'm Real" - Jennifer Lopez (October 16)
- "Imitation of Life" - R.E.M. (April)
- "Inner Smile" - Texas
- "In the End" - Linkin Park (November 20)
- "In Too Deep - Sum 41 (December 3 UK)
- "Island in the Sun"- Weezer
- "It's Been Awhile"- Staind (June 26)
- "Jaded" - Aerosmith (March 13)
- "Just Like a Pill" - Pink (September 10, 2002 (U.S.))
- "Just push play" - Aerosmith
- "Juxtapose" - Super Furry Animals
- "Knives Out" - Radiohead (August 14 (Pt.1, Pt.2); August 28 (US CD); September 25, 2001 (Pt. 3)
- "La Musique (Angelica)" - Star Academy France
- "Lady Marmalade"- Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim & Mýa (May 8)
- "Last Nite" - The Strokes
- "Love Don't Cost A Thing" - Jennifer Lopez (January 30)
- "Love What You Do" - The Divine Comedy
- "Loverboy" - Mariah Carey (July 16)
- "Moi... Lolita" - Alizée (July 4, 2000)
- "Mr. Writer" - Stereophonics
- "More Than a Woman - Aaliyah (November 13, 2001 [US]; February 19, 2002 [UK]; March 5, 2002 [AUS])
- "My Sacrifice" - Creed
- "My Way" - Limp Bizkit(may)
- "19-2000" - Gorillaz (June 25 (UK) July 17 (US))
- "Ocean Spray" - Manic Street Preachers (June 4)
- "One Last Breath" - Creed
- "One Minute Man" - Missy Elliott (featuring Ludacris and Trina)
- "One Step Closer" - Linkin Park
- "Out of Reach" - Gabrielle
- "Pisa no freio" - Los Embarasados
- "Pissing in the Wind" - Badly Drawn Boy
- "Pop" - 'N Sync
- "Pyramid Song" - Radiohead (May 29, 2001; June 19, 2001 (Pt.1, Pt.2);
December 11, 2001 (Japan CD))
April 24, 2001 (Germany)May 8, 2001 (U.S.)May 15, 2001 (U.K.))
See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 2001 (USA)
- Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
- Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
- Shakira - Laundry Service
- Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue
- Enya - A Day Without Rain
- Janet Jackson - All For You
- Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
- Destiny's Child - Survivor
- Creed - Weathered
- Aaliyah - Aaliyah
- 'N Sync - Celebrity
- Staind - Break The Cycle
- Nickelback - Silver Side Up
- System of a Down - Toxicity
- P!nk - M!ssundaztood
- Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
- P.O.D. - Satellite
- Michael Jackson - Invincible
- Jennifer Lopez - J. Lo
- Necrophagist - Onset of Putrefaction
- January 7 - James Carr (58), soul singer
- February 4 - Iannis Xenakis (78), Greek composer
- February 13 - George Simon, music critic and original Glenn Miller Band drummer; pneumonia
- February 19 - Charles Trenet (87), French singer, songwriter
- February 21 - Ronnie Hilton (75), English singer and radio presenter
- February 21 - Malcolm Yelvington (82) rockabilly musician
- February 22 - John Fahey (61), guitarist, indie label owner
- March 4 - Glenn Hughes (50), The Village People
- March 12 - Sir Lancelot (98), Calypso singer
- March 18 - John Phillips (65), cofounder of pop group The Mamas and the Papas
- March 28 - Moe Koffman (73), Canadian Jazz singer
- April 6 - Charles Pettigrew (37), Charles & Eddie
- April 15 - Joey Ramone (49), lead singer for The Ramones
- April 20 - Giuseppe Sinopoli (54), composer and conductor
- May 12 - Perry Como (88), American crooner
- May 16 - Prince Ital Joe (38), reagge singer; car accident
- May 20 - Renato Carosone (81), Italian musician and singer
- June 4 - John Hartford (64), bluegrass musician
- June 18 - Davorin Popović (55), lead singer for Bosnian band Indexi
- June 21 - John Lee Hooker (83), blues musician
- June 30 - Chet Atkins (77), country musician
- July 27 - Leon Wilkeson (49), Bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd
- August 25 - Aaliyah (22), American singer and actress; airplane crash
- August 29 - Graeme "Shirley" Strachan (49), lead singer for Skyhooks
- September 1 - Ted Mulry (54), lead singer for Ted Mulry Gang
- September 22 - Isaac Stern (81), violinist
- October 17 - Jay Livingston (86), songwriter
- November 24 - Melanie Thornton (34), La Bouche
- November 29 - George Harrison (58), musician and former member of The Beatles
- December 13 - Chuck Schuldiner (34), vocalist and guitarist with Death
- December 15 - Rufus Thomas (84), Singer
- December 16 - Stuart Adamson (43), guitarist for Big Country; suicide
- December 18 - Gilbert Bécaud (74), singer-songwriter
- December 29 - Cássia Eller (39), Brazilian singer
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