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Decade’s Music


Alright, let’s hear of your choices for the best music of the decade. 

Serious contenders?  Personal favorites?  Guilty pleasures?


  1. Ned

    1 Devotchka – How It Ends
    2 Kila – Luna Park
    3 Sigur Ros – Takk or ( )
    4 Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
    5 John Hammond – Wicked Grin
    6 Wynton Marsalis – Live at the House of Tribes
    7 Spaccanapoli – Lost Souls
    8 Tabla Beat Science – Live in Los Angeles*
    9 Kronos Quartet – Floodplain or Pieces of Africa
    10 Animal Collective – Feels*

    * These are the only albums I am keen on now, but not sure I will be in a few years.

  2. Shotts

    I am sorely uninformed to respond to this. I feel I listened to a lot more music the first half of the decade than the second. But here’s a few I would list:

    1. U2–All That You Can’t Leave Behind

    2. Radiohead–Kid A

    3. Beck–Sea Change

    4. Sigur Ros–( )

    5. Coldplay–A Rush of Blood to the Head

    6. Wilco–Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    7. The Flaming Lips–Yoshimi Battles the PInk Robots

    8. U2–How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

    9. P. J. Harvey–Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

    10. U2–No Line on the Horizon

    I’m certain this would change, but this is my quick off-the-cuff response. I clearly will have music to buy, after seeing everyone’s lists.

  3. Pete

    This is also very difficult for me. again this list may be as much a reflection of where I am in the moment, looking back, rather than how I may have rated these as they came out and I were asked to rate my satisfaction with them. Here is my don’t -overthink-it decaded list: By the way, it is too bad that Mule Variations is 1999- it could have been a contender. I would have to meditate on this much longer to come up with a ranking, so here, in no particular order, 10 albums I have liked more than a little bit:
    1.Peter Gabriel – UP

    2. Mark Knoplfer- Shangri La

    3.Midnight Oil- Capricornia

    4. Joe Strummer and the Mescalaros- Global-a-go-go

    5.Death Cab For Cutie- Plans

    6. Keane- Under the Iron Sea

    7. James Blunt -All the Lost Souls

    8. U2- ATYCLB

    9. U2- HTDAAB

    10. Morrisey- You are the Quarry

    Could also be on this list: Cracker- Forever, u2’s NLOTH and best-of albums, Greenday- American Idiot, Johnny Cash’s last album (version of nine inch nails’ “hurt” is powerfully disturbing), Kid-A, Red Hot Chili Peppers- By the Way, Simple Minds – Cry, Robbie Williams- Swing while you’re winning. There it is.

  4. Shotts

    Great to see these lists. I really agree with Peters on the Cash last album, American !V: The Man Comes Around, and also Keane and Death Cab for Cutie. I would add The Postal Service in there too.

  5. Ned

    I like Plans a lot as well. Probably not as much as Peters, but Plans is really good.

  6. Shotts

    Evidently, Peter Gabriel has a new album, SCRATCH MY BACK, out next month. I think it is supposed to be mostly covers.

  7. Tobias

    Shotts, sorry but I don’t believe you. Peter Gabriel never uses more than one syllable for his album titles.

    (A joke, that was….) I’ll look forward to it, and I do love the name of the album.

  8. Tobias

    It’s interesting that we naturally tend to group things into “Top Ten” lists, even though that wasn’t a requirement or assumption on my part. Do you think this is a cultural tendency? If so, is it specifically a Western one?

    That observation aside, here are a few of my favorites from the 2000’s, in no particular order:
    1) Sufjan Stevens | Illinoise
    2) Editors | An End Has a Start
    3) Ryan Adams | Easy Tiger
    4) Band of Horses | Everything All the Time
    5) U2 | ATYCLB
    6) Coldplay | Viva La Vida
    7) Various | O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    8) Arcade Fire | Neon Bible & Funeral
    9) The National | Boxer
    10) Peter Gabriel | OVO

    A couple of stragglers:
    11) Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    12) Pete Yorn | musicforthemorningafter
    13) Joseph Arthur | Redemption’s Son
    14) Midnight Oil | Capricornia
    15) The Stills | Oceans Will Rise
    16) Devotchka | How It Ends
    17) Radiohead | Kid A (this one almost made the Top 10)

    I kept up the Top Ten format….

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