Best Albums of the Decade
My good friend Chris just passed on his top ten list of best albums from 2000-2009. In his words,
As the first decade of the century is coming to a close and because I’m music obsessive, I decided to put together a Best Albums of the Decade List. It was supposed to be a top ten but, I couldn’t cut the final two so, I have some ties. Honourable mentions are listed below as well. Please let me know if you agree/disagree or, even better, please come up with a list of your own so I can discover other great albums of the last decade.
As I’ve told Chris, I’m a late bloomer in terms of music. For most of my life I was lost in a musical wasteland that involved at some point thinking I kind of liked that Nelly/Tim McGraw duet song. Feel free to judge, I deserve it. In any case, it’s only in the past couple of years that I realized there is a lot of great music out there, and it doesn’t necessarily get played on any mainstream top 40 schlock.
So, without further ado, here is Chris’ Top Ten (plus 2) Albums of the Decade, as well as the almost winners.
The Top Ten (Plus Two) in no particular order
Green Day – Warning – 2000
The Strokes – Is This It – 2001
Stars – Set Yourself On Fire – 2004
Silversun Pickups – Carnavas – 2006
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time – 2006
Albert Hammond Jr. – Yours to Keep – 2007
Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond – 2007
Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog – 2007
Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns – 2008
Mother Mother – Oh My Heart – 2008
Mates of State – Re-Arrange Us – 2008
Pearl Jam – Backspacer – 2009
Honourable Mention goes to:
The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
The Cure – Bloodflowers
Belle & Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child…..
Sparklehorse – It’s a Wonderful Life
Millencollin – Home From Home
The Raveonettes – Chain Gang of Love
Metric – Old World Underground
Tegan & Sara – So Jealous
Hayden – Elk Lake Serenade
Mates of State – Bring It Back
Tom Petty – Highway Companion
Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country
Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up
Feist – The Reminder
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
Tegan & Sara – The Con
Stars – In Our Bedroom After War
Hayden – In Field & Town
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
Lykke Li – Youth Novels
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
Metric – Fantasies
Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Farm – Dinosaur Jr.
On the whole I am right with him on these, especially RAA and The Strokes. I might have squeezed Hayden in there in the place of Mates of State, but that’s just my preference.
What would you have picked?
UPDATE: Toronto.com just released their Top 10 Toronto Albums of 2009.