Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Top Albums of the Decade

I've been working on this for the past several weeks and have finally finished it and am ready to post.

This is a list of the best albums that were released in the 1st decade of the 2000s. That is, albums released between 2000 and 2010.

I have chosen 2 albums from each year to have the honors.

Some of these years were really hard to come up with because there were so many awesome albums released in that year. By the same token, some of these years were really hard to come up with because I had to figure out what albums from those years were good enough to show up on a list such as this.

Well, here they are:

2000

Warning
Released by Green Day in October by Reprise Records.
Recorded in March and April at Studio 880 in Oakland, CA.
Produced by Green Day.
Album Highlights:
"Warning" "Blood, Sex and Booze" "Church on Sunday" "Castaway" "Deadbeat Holiday" "Waiting" "Minority" "Macys Day Parade"

All That You Can't Leave Behind
Released by U2 in October by Island/Interscope Records.
Recorded between 1998 and 2000 in Dublin, Ireland and France at various studios.
Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.
Album Highlights:
"Beautiful Day" "Elevation" "Walk On" "In a Little While" "Grace"

2001

Weezer
Released by Weezer in May by Geffen Records.
Recorded in December 2000 at Cello Studios in Los Angeles.
Produced by Ric Ocasek.
Album Highlights:
"Dont Let Go" "Photograph" "Island in the Sun" "Crab" "Knock-down Drag-out" "Simple Pages" "Glorious Day"

Live Plus One
Released by All/Descendents in August by Epitaph Records.
Recorded in October 1996 at the Whiskey in Los Angeles and March 2001 at the Starlight in Fort Collins, CO.
Produced by Bill Stevenson, Stephen Egerton and Jason Livermore.
Album Highlights:
"Skin Deep" "Until I Say So" "Better Than That" "Shes My Ex" "I'm the One" "Hope" "Thank You" "Get the Time" "Silly Girl" "Cheer" "Everything Sux"

2002

Live on St Patricks Day from Boston
Released by Dropkick Murphys in September by Hellcat Records.
Recorded in March 2002 at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston.
Produced by Paul Kolderie.
Album Highlights:
"Boys on the Docks" "Finnegans Wake" "Spicy McHaggis Jig" "Fortunate Son" "Amazing Grace" "Barroom Hero" "The Gauntlet"

Audioslave
Released by Audioslave in November by Interscope Records.
Recorded in 2002 at various studios.
Produced by Rick Rubin and Audioslave.
Album Highlights:
"Cochise" "Show Me How to Love" "Like a Stone" "Set It Off" "Gasoline" "Light My Way"

2003

Love

Released by The Juliana Theory in February by Epic Records.
Recorded at The Site and Sausalito Sound in California.
Produced by Jerry Harrison.
Album Highlights:
"Do You Believe Me?" "Jewel to Sparkle"

Good Mourning
Released by Alkaline Trio in May by Vagrant Records.
Recorded in 2002 and 2003.
Produced by Joe McGrath and Jerry Finn.
Album Highlights:
"All on Black" "Emma" "Fatally Yours" "This Could Be Love" "We've Had Enough"

2004

Cool To Be You
Released by Descendents in March by Fat Wreck Chords.
Recorded between February and April 2002.
Produced by Bill Stevenson.
Album Highlights:
"Talking" "Nothing With You" "Merican" "Dreams" "Cool To Be You" "Mass Nerder" "Anchor Grill"

American Idiot
Released by Green Day in September by Reprise Records.
Recorded between April 2003 and March 2004 at Studio 880 in Oakland, CA and Ocean Way Recorded in Los Angeles.
Produced by Rob Cavallo and Green Day.
Album Highlights:
"American Idiot" "Jesus of Suburbia" "Holiday" "Blvd of Broken Dreams" "Wake Me Up When September Ends" "Whatsername"

2005

Crimson
Released by Alkaline Trio in May by Vagrant Records.
Recorded in 2004 and 2005.
Produced by Jerry Finn.
Album Highlights:
"Time to Waste" "Burn" "Mercy Me" "Dethbed" "Sadie"

Make Believe
Released by Weezer in May by Geffen Records.
Recorded between December 2003 and February 2005 at various studios in Los Angeles.
Produced by Rick Rubin.
Album highlights:
"Perfect Situation" "This is Such a Pity" "My Best Friend"

2006

How to Live With a Curse

Released by Stavesacre in April by Abacus Recordings.
Produced by Matt Hyde, Randy Torres and Steven Dail.
Album Highlights:
"A Reason to Believe" "It's Beautiful Once You're Out There" "We Say" "The Trouble With Being Born" "Fear and Love" "Future History of the Broken Hearted"

Love Their Country
Released by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes in October by Fat Wreck Chords.
Recorded in April 2006.
Produced by Alex Newport.
Album Highlights:
"Ghost Riders in the Sky" "On the Road Again" "Jolene" "Goodbye Earl"

2007

The Altar and the Door

Released by Casting Crowns in August by Reunion/Beach Street Records.
Recorded in 2007.
Produced by Mark Miller.
Album Highlights:
"What This World Needs" "Every Man" "East to West" "Slow Fade" "The Altar and the Door"

The Meanest of Times
Released by Dropkick Murphys in September by Born and Bred Records.
Recorded between April and June 2008 at the Outpost in Stoughton, MA.
Produced by Dropkick Murphys.
Album Highlights:
"Famous for Nothing" "God Willing" "The State of Massachusetts" "Tomorrow's Industry" "Flannigan's Ball" "Fairmount Hill" "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya"

2008

Revelation
Released by Third Day in July by Essential Records.
Recorded in 2007 and 2008.
Produced by Howard Benson.
Album Highlights:
"This is Who I Am" "Slow Down" "Call My Name" "Run to You" "Revelation" "Otherside" "Born Again" "Caught Up in Yourself"

Only by the Night
Released by Kings of Leon in September by RCA Records.
Recorded between February and June 2008.
Produced by Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King.
Album Highlights:
"Crawl" "Sex on Fire" "Use Somebody" "Revelry" "I Want You"

2009

No Line on the Horizon
Released by U2 in March by Mercury/Island/Interscope Records.
Recorded between June 2007 and December 2008 at various studios.
Produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.
Album Highlights:
"No Line on the Horizon" "Magnificent" "Moment of Surrender" "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" "Breathe" "Cedars of Lebanon"

21st Century Breakdown
Released by Green Day in May by Reprise Records.
Recorded between January 2008 and April 2009 at various studios.
Produced by Butch Vig and Green Day.
Album Highlights:
"21st Century Breakdown" "Know Your Enemy" "Christians Inferno" "East Jesus Nowhere" "Last of the American Girls" "Murder City" "Viva La Gloria" "21 Guns" "American Eulogy"

2010

This Addiction
Released by Alkaline Trio in February by Heart and Skull/Epitaph Records.
Recorded in 2009 at Atlas Studios in Chicago.
Produced by Alkaline Trio and Matt Allison.
Album Highlights:
"This Addiction" "Dine Dine My Darling" "Lead Poisoning" "Off the Map" "Draculina" "Eating Me Alive"

7 Degrees of Stephen Egerton
Released independently by Stephen Egerton in May.
Produced by Stephen Egerton.
Album Highlights:
"Flip" "Fires On" "Abundance of Fluff" "She's Got Everything" "Sunny Disposition"

Ah wait, but I am not done with this list.

Here is a sub-list of this list. This is the best of the best. This is the Top 6 overall of the past 10 years. And strangely enough (something you don't see very often on this blog) this list is, in fact, in order of preference:

  1. All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2
  2. American Idiot by Green Day
  3. Weezer by Weezer
  4. Crimson by Alkaline Trio
  5. No Line of the Horizon by U2
  6. The Meanest of Times by Dropkick Murphys



2 comments:

  1. I'm suprised that The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton or Cool To Be You didn't make the top 5 of the decade.

    Question about decades...I thought the first decade ended in 2009 and 2010 was the beginning of the new decade. Am I wrong?

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  2. You could be right. I don't count so well. LOL!

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