Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zero the Hero

This week, Popblerd's been counting down its list of the best 100 albums of the '00s as chosen by a group of contributors including me. As always, there's a lot of wide and varied choices and plenty that I wouldn't even dream of including on my personal list. But vive la difference, I say. At any rate, just as I did with my list of the top 100 of the '90s, here's my top 100 of the last decade.

The number one spot goes to Radiohead's Kid A, which came out in 2000 and was a monumental change in direction for the band after OK Computer. The introduction of a largely electronic sound was unexpected and exciting, and it paved the way for a lot of interesting music to come. And now here's the rest of the list:

2. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
3. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
4. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
5. Arcade Fire - Funeral
6. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
7. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
8. Grinderman - s/t
9. Green Day - American Idiot
10. Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle
11. Mission of Burma - The Obliterati
12. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
13. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
14. Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera
15. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
16. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance
17. The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
18. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Source Codes and Keys
19. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
20. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
21. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
22. Sloan - Never Hear the End of It
23. The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
24. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
25. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
26. Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
27. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Pig Lib
28. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
29. New Pornographers - Electric Version
30. At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
31. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
32. Mission of Burma - OnOffOn
33. The White Stripes - De Stijl
34. Beck - Sea Change
35. Twilight Singers - Powder Burns
36. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
37. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
38. The Dirtbombs - Ultraglide in Black
39. LCD Soundsystem - The Sound of Silver
40. Black Mountain - In the Future
41. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop, Drop and Roll
42. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
43. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
44. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
45. Them Crooked Vultures - s/t
46. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
47. My Morning Jacket - Z
48. Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
49. Wilco - A Ghost is Born
50. The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
51. The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
52. King Khan and His Shrines - The Supreme Genius of...
53. Black Francis - Bluefinger
54. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
55. Eagles of Death Metal - Death by Sexy
56. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
57. Sloan - Action Pact
58. Elvis Costello - When I was Cruel
59. Mark Lanegan Band - Bubblegum
60. Ladyhawk - Shots
61. Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan
62. The Strokes - Is This It
63. The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
64. Japandroids - Post Nothing
65. Von Bondies - Lack of Communication
66. Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications
67. Gord Downie - Coke Machine Glow
68. Franz Ferdinand - s/t
69. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Like Bad News
70. The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
71. Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabyes to Paralyze
72. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
73. Fu Manchu - King of the Road
74. Outkast - Stankonia
75. Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
76. Destroyer - Streethawk: A Seduction
77. Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
78. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
79. Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
80. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
81. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
82. Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One
83. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
84. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
85. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
86. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
87. Buffalo Tom - Three Easy Pieces
88. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
89. The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
90. Metric - Fantasies
91. Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing and a Curse
92. The Tragically Hip - In Violet Light
93. Radiohead - In Rainbows
94. Torche - Meanderthal
95. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets
96. Greg Dulli - Amber Headlights
97. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
98. M.I.A. - Kala
99. Future of the Left - Travels With Myself and Another
100. Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis

As with all these lists, there's plenty of albums that could go on this list and plenty of changes I could make in positions if I were to go back and review it.

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