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Old 12-02-09, 09:46 AM
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Top Albums of the DECADE

I've compiled my top 25 albums of the decade. Feel free to post your own, rip mine, or post others.

1WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot2002
2Belle & SebastianThe Life Pursuit2006
3Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend2008
4The DecemberistsThe Crane Wife2006
5Jenny LewisAcid Tongue2008
6WilcoSky Blue Sky2007
7The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles The Pink Robots2002
8Ryan Adams & The CardinalsCold Roses2005
9The ShinsOh, Inverted World2001
10The New PornographersElectric Version2003
11M. WardTransfiguration Of Vincent2003
12My Morning JacketEvil Urges2008
13The JayhawksRainy Day Music2003
14The Soft BoysNextdoorland2002
15Belle & SebastianDear Catastrophe Waitress2003
16Jenny Lewis With The Watson TwinsRabbit Fur Coat2006
17WeenWhite Pepper2000
18Okkervil RiverThe Stand Ins2008
19Of MontrealHissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?2007
20Brian WilsonSMiLE2004
21Ben FoldsSongs For Silverman2005
22ColdplayParachutes2000
23Damien RiceO2002
24The DecemberistsHazards Of Love2009
25Laura CantrellWhen The Roses Bloom Again2002

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Old 12-02-09, 10:41 AM
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

I need to think about what I consider the best albums of the decade, but for what it’s worth here are the top selling albums of the decade in the United States.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._United_States
Filtered to remove albums not from this decade. Platinum means 1 million copies were shipped to retail stores, so 11x platinum means 11 million copies were sent to stores and presumably sold.

2002 Shania Twain, Up!
Mercury Nashville, 11× platinum

2000 *NSYNC, No Strings Attached
Jive, 11× platinum

2003 Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
LaFace, Arista, 11× platinum

2002 Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
Blue Note, 10× platinum

2000 Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
Warner Bros., 10× platinum

2000 Britney Spears, Oops!… I Did It Again
Jive, 10× platinum
This was after her “… Baby One More Time” album (1999) sold 14 million copies. Yes, she sort of fell apart later, but there was a time when she was on top of the music world.

2004 Usher, Confessions
Arista, 10× platinum

2000 The Beatles, 1
Capitol, 10× platinum
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Old 12-02-09, 10:49 AM
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

Another link, 10 best selling albums by year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_ten...B16.5D.5B19.5D

and after looking at that list, I'm way off the mainstream with my listening habits.
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I exported my iTunes library, filtered the albums from 2000 onward, and then started marking those I'd consider. I had only about 36 albums that I narrowed down to 25 then ordered them.
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Old 12-02-09, 12:26 PM
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1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
5. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
6. Joanna Newsom - Ys
7. Sigur Rós - Ágćtis byrjun
8. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
9. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
11. Daft Punk - Discovery
12. The Strokes - Is This It
13. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
14. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
15. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
16. Radiohead - In Rainbows
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
18. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
19. Liars - Drum's Not Dead
20. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

I look at your lists, and ask myself the question, will ANY if these bands/albums be relevent in 50 years, the way a Led Zepplin or a Pink Floyd is now?
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Originally Posted by gglass4269 View Post
I look at your lists, and ask myself the question, will ANY if these bands/albums be relevent in 50 years, the way a Led Zepplin or a Pink Floyd is now?
How relevant do you think a Led Zeppelin or a Pink Floyd is now?
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Bad choice of words on my part =) I meant popular. Both Led and Pink were just examples, but I'm talking about that bands from like the sixties, seventies, and even eighties that still have loyal followings today.
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I get your point. I'd say Radiohead has the potential to be, if not THAT important and revered, at least regarded in the way that a Velvet Underground or Talking Heads is today. Radiohead shuns away from U2-type spectacle, so it's hard to imagine them ever being the next Huge Arena Band, but they're probably the most important artist of the decade. Beyond that, there isn't much on that list that I think will be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame material, though I'm very fond of The White Stripes and Arcade Fire (though I'd choose Elephant and Neon Bible respectively).
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Old 12-02-09, 09:31 PM
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I don't find much music today interests me, so my list isn't very diverse by comparison.

In no particular order:

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Aimee Mann - Lost In Space
Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm
Aimee Mann - Smilers
Lucinda Williams - West
Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
Lucinda Williams - Essence
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Keb' Mo' - The Door
Jon Brion - Meaningless
Damien Rice - O
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter
James Taylor - October Road
Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
Van Morrison - Down The Road
Tom Waits - Blood Money
Beck - Sea Change
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Cat Power - The Greatest
Ane Brun - Duets

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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

I rarely listen to modern music so here's the few albums (assuming original motion picture soundtracks are disqualified) that stick out in my mind...


Morrissey - "You Are the Quarry"
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!"
David Bowie - "Heathen"
Johnny Cash - "American IV"
Nine Inch Nails - "With Teeth"
Bjork - "Vespertine"
Laibach - "WAT"
Madonna - "Confessions on a Dance Floor"
Radiohead - "Amnesiac"
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Old 12-03-09, 01:41 AM
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This morning I looked over my collection and got over 50 favorites listed. I just did some major culling and this is what I came up with. I'm sure I missed something great in the process, but this is what it looked like when it was done.

Top 5 (in no order)
BT - This Binary Universe
Joanna Newsom - Milk-Eyed Mender
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Blonde Redhead - 23

Next 10 (in no order)
Allison Moorer - The Hardest Part
His Name Is Alive - Someday My Blues Will Cover the Earth
Neko Case - Blacklisted
They Might Be Giants - No!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqi U.X.O.
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
Sigur Ros - Takk...

Next 10 (in no order)
Cat Power - The Greatest
Tanya Donelly - This Hungry Life
Nelly McKay - Get Away From Me
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Battles - Mirrored
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Amy Rigby - Til The Wheels Fall Off
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

I don't have a definitive list, so I'll edit this post as it evolves. As with my post in the similar thread about movies of the decade, I make no argument that these are, in fact, the "best" so much as just my personal favorites; the ones that stand out in my library.

American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
Brad Paisley Christmas - Brad Paisley
Dwight Sings Buck - Dwight Yoakam
It Just Comes Natural - George Strait
Just a Little Lovin' - Shelby Lynne
Not Too Late - Norah Jones
Steers & Stripes - Brooks & Dunn
Tough All Over - Gary Allan

Favorite debut albums:

First Rodeo - Honeyhoney*
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears**
Worrisome Heart - Melody Gardot*

*LP was preceded by an EP
**LP was preceded by a solo release LP
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

I posted my top 20 of the decade on my blog a few weeks back:
http://spatulaforum.blogspot.com/200...2000-2009.html

(top 20 in alphabetical order)

Ryan Adams, "Gold" (2001)
Fiona Apple, "Extraordinary Machine" (2005)
David Bowie, "Reality" (2003)
Calexico, "Feast of Wire" (2003)
Johnny Cash, "American III: Solitary Man" (2000)
Cat Power, "Jukebox" (2008)
Elvis Costello, "When I Was Cruel" (2002)
Peter Gabriel, "Up" (2002)
Green Day, "American Idiot" (2004)
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2001)
The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive" (2008)
LCD Soundsystem, "Sound of Silver" (2008)
The Mountain Goats, "The Sunset Tree" (2004)
New Pornographers, "Twin Cinema" (2005)
Of Montreal, "Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?" (2007)
Radiohead, "Kid A" (2000)
The Shins, "Oh, Inverted World" (2001)
The White Stripes, "Elephant" (2003)
Wilco, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (2002)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Fever To Tell" (2003)
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I look at your lists, and ask myself the question, will ANY if these bands/albums be relevent in 50 years, the way a Led Zepplin or a Pink Floyd is now?
I get what you're saying, and no offense intended, but this attitude annoys me. Of course there are records that were released in the last ten years that our grandkids will listen to.

The boomer generation has been extremely successful in pushing for the cannonization of their music. The myth that everything that has come after is essentially riding their coat tails has been relentlessly pushed by endless streams of deeply serious documentaries, reverant TV mini-series, celebrity concerts, "Halls of Fame" etc. Of course it's never mentioned that groups from the time were doing exactly the same thing (understandably): building on what the previous generation did.

Compounding the perception, there's a prevelant "selective memory" of the period: the stuff that was actually popular and number one in the charts (Herman's Hermits and the like) is forgotten and the twenty-odd truly great groups that were around at the time are endlessly revisited. Example: King Crimson: great band, tons of great albums, but they were never actually played on the radio in their day. Velvet Underground, The Stooges etc.: same thing. Even Led Zeppelin was never #1 and rarely in the top 10.

This is nothing new, every generation thinks that their kids' music is crap, it just that this is the first time when the old fogeys were listening to rock n' roll.

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but they're probably the most important artist of the decade
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I don't mean this as a personal attack in any way, but that statement is ridiculous.

Not necessarily because you're saying that about radiohead (who does, in fact, blow ), but I just don't think any artist can fit that description. Yes, someone has to be "at the top" of any list like that, but my observation of this decade is that there's not any single artist or band that sticks out as the "most important."

Time will tell, of course, but I don't think Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, or In Rainbows have any lasting value in the grand scheme of musical history. Maybe OK Computer will, but that was 1997.
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back on topic...
The best 36 albums of the decade, IMO, are, in alphabetical order:

spoilerized for length...
Spoiler:
Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me
Cinematic Orchestra - Man with a Movie Camera
Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo, Volume 1
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo, Volume 2
Creeper Lagoon - Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday
Danger Mouse - Grey Album
Dillinger Escape Plan - Irony is a Dead Scene
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fantomas - Delirium Cordia
A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Funeral for a Friend - Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation
Isis - Panopticon
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Truthfully, Truthfully
Kenna - New Sacred Cow
Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
Matthew Barber - Sweet Nothing
Matthew Good - White Light Rock & Roll Review
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Nine Inch Nails - Still
Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom
Placebo - Meds
The Postal Service - Give Up
Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
Rise Against - The Sufferer and the Witness
Rush - Vapor Trails
Saul Williams - Niggy Tardust
The Sound of Animals Fighting - Lover, The Lord Has Left Us
Thrice - Vhiessu
Thrice - Alchemy Index, Volume II
Thrice - Beggars
Tomahawk - Mit Gas
Tool - Lateralus

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Radiohead - Kid A
Travis - The Invisible Band
Doves - The Last Broadcast
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Postal Service - Give Up
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlantacism
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Decemberists - Crane Wife
Coldplay - X & Y
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In no particular order, my top 40 albums (one album per band...):
  1. Primal Scream: XTRMNTR
  2. The Shins: Oh, Inverted World
  3. The Streets: Original Pirate Material
  4. Madvillain:Madvillainy
  5. Mars Volta: Francis the Mute
  6. Mastodon: Blood Mountain
  7. Okkervil River: The Stage Names
  8. The Bug: London Zoo
  9. Vampire Weekend:"S/T"
  10. Meshuggah: Obzen
  11. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  12. Sonic Youth : The Eternal
  13. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
  14. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
  15. Tegan and Sara: The Con
  16. Panda Bear: Person Pitch
  17. The Thermals: The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  18. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America
  19. M83: Before the Dawn Takes Us
  20. Low : The Great Destroyer
  21. MIA: Arular
  22. Junior Boys: Last Exit
  23. Isis: Panopticon
  24. The Hives: The Black and White Album
  25. British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music?
  26. The Postal Service: Give Up
  27. Jay Z: The Blueprint
  28. Opeth: Watershed
  29. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf
  30. The Hellacopters: By the Grace of God
  31. Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights
  32. Royksopp: Melody AM
  33. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  34. The White Stripes: Elephant
  35. Pulp: We Love Life
  36. The Strokes: Is This It
  37. Sigur Ros: Takk
  38. Daft Punk: Discovery
  39. The Knife: Silent Shout
  40. Battles: Mirrored

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I see there is some agreement.

THe posting of American Idiot and White Stripes albums has me thinking I should have them on my Top 25. But I'll stay with what I came up with.
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Wow. I feel so far off from everybody elses musical tastes

Funny seeing the gradual decline year-to-year of music album sales starting in 2005.
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I look at your lists, and ask myself the question, will ANY if these bands/albums be relevent in 50 years, the way a Led Zepplin or a Pink Floyd is now?
No. They'll be relevant in the way Todd Rundgren, Television and Roxy Music are now. Gems of music out there to find for music fans that are so inclined to look for them.
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

My top ten at the moment:

Brave Saint Saturn - Anti-Meridian
Cool Hand Luke - The Sleeping House
Faint - Danse Macabre
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Mars Volta – Francis the Mute
mewithoutYou - Catch for Us the Foxes
Muse - Absolution
Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die?
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
Thrice - Beggars

I could easily substitute other albums by Nickel Creek, mewithoutYou or The Faint.
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Radiohead - Kid A
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (on another day it might be A Ghost is Born)
LCD Soundsystem - Sounds of Silver
The National - Alligator (Boxer was great as well)
Bright Eyes - Lifted
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antartica
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
Andrew Bird - Mysterious Production of Eggs
White Stripes - Elephant
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Re: Top Albums of the DECADE

We have eerily similar tastes, OP. Nice selections.

I'd also find room for four more I can't get enough of and that have a "long term" feel to me:

Sally Timms & Jon Langford - Songs of False Hope & High Values
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League - The Longest Meow
Fleet Foxes

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Here is my probable Top 5, in order. Will need to be at home with my iTunes before I can edit further.

1.Aesop Rock - Labor Days
2.Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
3.The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
4.Biffy Clyro - Infinity Land
5.Boyz II Men - Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
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