Thursday, 17 December 2009

The 20 Best Albums of the Decade

Well, the 2000s -- Noughts, Aughts, whatever you want to call them-- are almost at their end, and it seems fitting to address how much great music there was in a list of some sort. Make no mistake: compiling this list was a huge labour of love, and for each of the 20 albums on here there are at least 20 I took off. (There's a list at the end of some notable runners-up, if you're interested.) If you have any suggestions about albums that didn't make my list, feel free to leave a comment.

Here we go.

20. Nelly Furtado, Folklore
19. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
18. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
17. Anjani, Blue Alert
16. Nicole Atkins, Neptune City
15. Sarah Slean, Night Bugs
14. Clare and the Reasons, The Movie
13. The Clientele, Strange Geometry
12. Beck, Sea Change
11. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
10. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
9. The Fiery Furnaces, Widow City
8. Leonard Cohen, Live in London
7. Pink Martini, Hey Eugene!
6. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
5. Radiohead, Kid A
4. Tori Amos, Scarlet's Walk
3. Kate Bush, Aerial
2. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
1. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois

How Does My List Stack Up?

Notable Runners-Up:

  • Aimee Mann, Bachelor No. 2, or, The Last Remains of the Dodo
  • Arcade Fire, Funeral
  • Daft Punk, Discovery
  • Lupe Fiasco, The Cool
  • Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill
  • Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
  • Vashti Bunyan, Lookaftering


  • Backstreet Boys, Black & Blue
  • Ciara, Goodies
  • Britney Spears, Oops!...I Did It Again
  • Celine Dion, Taking Chances

*Not really.

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