Thursday, December 31, 2009

The best albums of the decade

What a fascinating decade. To say the least.

I got caught up in all the end-of-the-decade-best-of mania and decided to try to compile my own list of albums I've loved over the last ten years. Some were critically loved, others may very well have only been loved by me. I started to write why I chose them and what they each meant to me (and may still) but compiling them proved to be difficult enough. And rather than rank them I simply put them in rough chronological order. Enjoy.

And Happy New Year!

The List:

Ryan Adams "Heartbreaker" (2000)

Radiohead "Kid A" (2000)

Gorillaz "Gorillaz" (2001)

Ryan Adams "Gold" (2001)

The Strokes "Is this it?" (2001)

Sigur Ros "Agaetis Byrjun" (2001)

Wilco "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (2001)

Spoon "Girls Can Tell" (2001)

Interpol "Turn on the Bright Lights" (2002)

Coldplay "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (2002)

Spoon "Kill the Moonlight" (2002)

The Decemberists "Castaways and Cutouts" (2003)

The Shins "Chutes too Narrow" (2003)

The Postal Service "Give Up" (2003)

Ryan Adams "Love is Hell 1 & 2" (2004)

Modest Mouse "The Moon and Antarctica" (2004)

The Killers "Hot Fuss" (2004)

Arcade Fire "Funeral" (2004)*

Green Day "American Idiot" (2004)

Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" (2004)

Kings of Leon "Aha Shake Heartbreak" (2005)

Death Cab for Cutie "Plans" (2005)

Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" (2006)

Arctic Monkeys "Whatever people say I am I am not" (2006)

Arcade Fire "Neon Bible" (2007)

Spoon "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" (2007)

Daft Punk "Alive 2007" (2007)

Band of Horses "Cease to Begin" (2007)

MGMT "Oracular Spectacular" (2008)

The Walkmen "You & Me" (2008)

The Raveonettes "Lust Lust Lust" (2008)

David Byrne and Brian Eno "Everything that happens will happen today" (2008)

The XX "XX" (2009)

Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

Camera Obscura "My Maudlin Career" (2009)

[Bonus Round w/ 2010]

LCD Soundsystem-  "This is Happening" (2010)

Kanye West "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (2010)

 Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" (2010)

* My pick for album of the decade, in case you were curious.


Blogger minus five said...

i can't believe all of this happened in a decade. that i was in my 20's during part of it and hadn't gone back to school during part of it and graduated during part of it and lived in 4 cities during it. it doesn't seem real. it doesn't even seem like a decade b/c it only went from 00-09 and i'm used to 80-89 or 90-99. Those numbers just make more sense. maybe none of it even happened at all. maybe i just need to go to bed.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Howard Hill said...

So much happened to me too. Hard to believe it all took place over 10 years. Crazy.

9:35 PM  

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