Editor’s Choice: Top 20 Albums Of The Decade

January 4, 2010
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Music Vice Editor’s Choice: Top 20 Albums Of The Decade
Brian Banks, January 4, 2010

To complement Music Vice Writer’s Top Fives of ’09, and together with all the other best-of lists out there in the web-o-sphere, this is my top 20 for the 2000s.

The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)
Ah, back when The Hives were fresh and exciting, and before they had run out of ideas.

Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
Stellar Radiohead.

The White Stripes – De Stijl (2000)
One of the last truly great bands that I and millions of others were introduced to by John Peel. You are sorely missed Mr. Peel.

The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (2001)
I slowly lost interest in The White Stripes with every release after this, coinciding with Jack White losing interest in the band as he began sticking his fingers in other musical pies, but the early stuff was brilliant.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C. (2001)
Red eyes and tears no more for you my love I fear, no more fear, no more fear, I’m in love.

The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
Just like everyone else, I owned this album and that t-shirt too.

The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House (2002)
The Distillers were awesome, this is my favourite of their three albums.

Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)
Hated this at first, found it dark, depressing, but then later really got into it. Hmm.

Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (2002)
A killer record, almost in the most literal sense – this CD was in my car when I flew into a corner on a bendy Highland road in Scotland at too many miles per hour. The car was a cubified write-off but the CD and myself escaped without a scratch.

Foo Fighters – One by One (2002)
Nowhere near a great as The Colour and the Shape, but a much more radio-friendly and production-heavy sound to coincide with the Foo’s rise (then subsequent fall) to the top of stadium-rock. I listened to this a lot when it first came out.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell (2003)
An all-time favourite.

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Ner-ner-nerr-ner-ner-ner-nerr…

Kasabian – Kasabian (2004)
Ooh! Ah-uh-ah-uh-ah!

Green Day – American Idiot (2004)
Like Marmite, you either loved it or hated it, but either way the impact of this record was undeniable.

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
I wrote the 19 other albums on this list and then procrastinated greatly about my final choice. Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers came to mind but Muse needed to be on here. The title of this album is very apt as Muse were one of the few bands to come out with good new music during a particularly dark void in the middle of the decade.

Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
My second favourite Radiohead album of the decade.

The Bronx – The Bronx III (2008)
A great record from the bestest live band around!

Cancer Bats – Hail Destroyer (2008)
Ass kicking! I’ve probably listened to this album more than any other release from the latter half of the decade.

Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Modern Life (2008)
This one really took me by surprise.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (2009)

This record became an uncannily personal soundtrack to 2009 for me.

Brian Banks

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