On the final day of the year and of the decade, I finally get around to sharing with you all what I consider the stand outs, the dare I say classics to be, of the decade that is about to be.
The albums speak for themselves. Each one, I can go back to again and again. Every one has a moment or moments that I associate it to, and whether the moment was great or not, they are locked to my memories. Each one is artistically impeccable.
The singles are those that get stuck in your head and are still rattling around years later. They are tracks that when I hear them when I’m at a party or at a bar, I’m giddy. They are the most played in my collection, some I will just listen to on repeat depending on the mood.
Ok, enough preamble. Here they are:
The Best Albums of the Decade
1. Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)
2. Doves, The Last Broadcast (2002)
3. Radiohead, In Rainbows (2007)
4. Bloc Party, Silent Alarm (2005)
5. Interpol, Turn On The Bright Lights (2004)
6. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours (2008)
7. M.I.A., Kala (2007)
8. Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?(2007)
9. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (2007)
10a. The Killers, Hot Fuss (2004)
10b. Scissor Sister, Scissor Sisters (2004)
Singles of The Decade
(other than my top three, not necessarily in order. Maybe. Not exactly)
1.Daft Punk, One More Time (2000)- Everytime I hear this I just want to dance. Sheer joy.
2.Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #1 (2004)
3. Bloc Party, This Modern Love (2005) – reminds me of the summer Alan and I trained for the North Shore Century, riding our bikes through the forest preserve.
M.I.A., Paper Planes (2007)
Doves, There Goes The Fear (2002) – January ’02 after the Super Bowl, sitting in Alan and Erin’s kitchen above the funeral home;Alan introduced me to this for the first time. Still amazing.
Interpol, NYC (2002)- The guitars get me everytime, just the ache of the song. Brilliant.
Ladytron, Destroy Everything You Touch (2005)- Venomous and electric. Janada and I bonded over this at Big Chicks one nights.
James, Hey Ma (2008)- I think this video that a YouTuber made completely embodies the meaning of the song.
Kelly Clarkson, Since U Been Gone (2004)- bubblegum and still delicious.
Fischerspooner, The 15th (2003)
Silversun Pickups, Lazy Eye (2006)- Billy Corgan wishes he was as good as this song…Thanks Frank for the intro.
MGMT, Kids (2008)
Ting Tings, Great DJ (2008)- Another Big Chicks Wednesday night memory.
Saint Etienne, Stars Above Us (2005)
Avalanches, Since I Left You (2000)
Lady Gaga, Bad Romance (2009)-No apologies about this. She is spectacle, she is artistic, and damn is this song the catchiest thing ever (even more than Poker Face)
The Killers, All These Things That I Have Done (2004)
Madonna, Hung Up (2005)- The best thing she has done in years.
Chemical Brothers, Star Guitar (2002)
Coldplay, Lovers In Japan (2008)- The original video is terrible, but someone made one using Lost In Translation, check it at You Tube…
Jurgen Paape, So Weit Wie Noch Nie (2004)
Missy Elliot, Work It and Gossip Folks (2002)- couldn’t make up my mind on these two, they are both genius. Wednesday nights before euchre, Chris C and I loved these two tracks. Good times. Love Ludacris’ rhyme!
Modest Mouse, Float On (2004)
Basement Jaxx, Romeo (2001)
The Rapture, Out Of The Races And Onto The Track (2001)
Mew, Comforting Sounds (2003)- Epic. To hear this track live literally brought me to tears.
Nine Inch Nails, Beside You in Time (2005)
Pink, So What (2008)
Underworld, Two Months Off (2002)- Euphoric.
Phoenix, 1901 (2009)- My favorite of ’09 deserves a spot in the best of the decade too…
And with that we say goodnight to a decade gone by. Here’s to the next one…