08 December 2009

Best Albums of the Decade

The lists are beginning to arrive. It was always somewhat inevitable, and now that the calendar has reached December it seems to be the time to look back. Not only is the year almost over, but 2009 is about done as well. The first decade of the "new" millennium is nearly in the books. Just about every site that comprises what we know as the internets has already made this list: the best albums of the decade. It's a pretty tall order, but I would argue that it's important. The only way I can really tell time is by using music as a reference point. (Writer's Note: I mean time as in history. It always seems as if I can only remember important events and situations based on what music was playing at the time.) This list is completely debatable. Some of these are the best of the last ten years, but others are my most favorite of the last ten years and that makes them the best in my eyes. At the moment, I can't provide any comments to justify the rankings but I will totally defend any of these choices if I have to. My main goal is to at least come up with a better list than Rolling Stone. Truth be told there will be some similarities with this list and Pitchfork's list, but somethings are inevitable.

10.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

9.
Sufjan Stevens: Illinois 

8.
Deerhunter: Microcastle/Weird Era Continued

7.
Outkast: Stankonia

6.
Spoon: Kill The Moonlight

5.
Arcade Fire: Funeral

4.
The Strokes: Is This It

3.
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Radiohead: Kid A

1.
Panda Bear: Person Pitch

Honorable Mentions-
Animal Collective: Sung Tongs, Feels, Merriweather Post Pavilion
The Avalanches: Since I Left You
Jay-Z: The Blueprint, The Black Album
Dinosaur Jr: Beyond
The Walkmen: Bows + Arrows
Grizzly Bear: Yellow House, Veckatimest
The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow
Elliott Smith: Figure 8
Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
The Decemberists: Picaresque
TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
Ryan Adams? Cold Roses? maybe Heartbreaker
The National: Boxer
Kanye West: College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation
Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights
White Stripes: Elephant, De Stijl
Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
of Montreal: Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?
something by Beck
something by the Hold Steady

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