December 16, 2009

Best Albums Of The Decade Round-up

(THE Defining Album of the 2000s)
There have been a lot (and I mean a lot) of articles and discussions over the best albums of the last ten years. Pitchfork and Gorilla vs. Bear got the conversation started months ago clearly confident that no "best of the decade" album would be released over the last quarter of this year (I guess they ended up being correct). Since then we have heard from the old guard (Rolling Stone) who actually came out with a shockingly relevant list to newer guard outposts (like Paste) to indie blog readers via Stereogum's Gummy Awards. I have compiled the links to many of these lists for you to peruse. I have also put together my list of the top ten albums of the decade below with no additional commentary - because really everything has been said about these albums and then some. The one thing I do want to say is that while these lists can vary widely in the position of certain albums and sometimes on the inclusion of certain albums completely, one album stands alone as very clearly the best and most iconic of the decade. Released just ten months into the new decade in October 2000, Kid A saw the best band in the world coming off of releasing one of the greatest rock albums of all-time (OK Computer), throw out their playbook and completely re-write the rules to staggering effect. All of the list below have Kid A in their top 5 and 3 as their number 1 album. If you are unfamiliar with the genius of this album and some of the best songs of this decade including "Everything In Its Right Place", "How To Disappear Completely" and "Idioteque", please do yourself a favor and go buy this album.

DYB's Top Albums of the Decade
10. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
9. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
8. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
7. Outkast - Stankonia
6. Arcade Fire - Funeral
5. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
3. The White Stripes - Elephant
2. The Strokes - Is This It
1. Radiohead - Kid A

Pitchfork's Best of the Decade Round-up: HERE
Stereogum's Gummy Award (Reader's Poll): HERE
Gorilla vs. Bear Best of the Decade: HERE
Rolling Stone's List: HERE
Paste Magazine's List: HERE
Also, check out Metacritic's Best of the Decade in Music: HERE


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