Top 25 Albums Of The Decade

With the 2000’s (or oughts) on their way out, it’s time to lake a look back at what I’ve been listening to. This list is not gonna contain all of the “critically acclaimed” albums that should be on a best of the decade list.  To hell with Radiohead and TV On The Radio, here are the 25 albums (in quasi-chronological order) that found their way to my ears the most over the last ten years. (Excluding my friends’ bands.)

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Goldfinger – Stomping Ground

Hot Snakes – Automatic Midnight

Cake – Comfort Eagle

The Detroit Cobras – Life, Love, & Leaving

System Of A Down – Toxicity

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Horse Of The Dog

Various Artists – Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs To Benefit The West Memphis 3

Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around

Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

Local H – Whatever Happened To P.J. Soles?

Test Icicles – For Screening Purposes Only

Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re – Pregnant Fantasy

Weezer – Make Believe

Mindless Self Indulgence – You’ll Rebel To Anything

Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards

MC Lars – The Graduate

The Paper Chase – Now You Are One Of Us

CSS – Cansei De Ser Sexy

Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope

Lily Allen – Alright, Still

Prizzy Prizzy Please – Prizzy Prizzy Please

The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Party Intellectuals

Sure, there’s some obvious picks here.  I’m sure Eminem, The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Regina Spektor will end up on about a million other “best of” lists, but there’s a few albums here that I feel were really overlooked.  The hybrid psychobilly/garage rock sound of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster unfortunately never really made it across the pond to the States.  The Test Icicles released only one incredible abrasive album before disbanding.  Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re makes music just as good, if not better, than bands like Deerhoof and Melt Banana.  MC Lars’s The Graduate masks witty and “off the beaten path” rhymes in catchy pop and hip hop beats.  And then there’s the saxophone led Prizzy Prizzy Please who prove that you can write about monkeys and wearing too many T-shirts and still end up with some really great songs.

There also may be a few surprises on this list.  For example, Goldfinger’s 2000 release Stomping Ground finds itself here for nostalgic reasons; mainly because I used to be a huge Goldfinger fan and this release marks the last time I really gave a shit about one of their albums.  I’m also sure there’s some wondering how Weezer’s Make Believe ended up there.  Well, if you look past singles like “Beverly Hills” and “We Are All On Drugs” you’d see that the album is really….you know what, I’m done explaining myself to you.  Make your own list.

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