By at 4:00 AM Wednesday, January 6th 2010


The 50 Best Albums Of The Past Decade

Year End Lists, Music


Antiquiet was only alive for the final third of the decade, which means that we finally have an excuse to gush over the albums that defined the past ten years for us and, ultimately, inspired us to put this site together in the first place.

Cultural and musical distinction certainly play a deciding role in ranking, as well as the respect to album format and the places these collections actually take us as listeners. But ultimately, arbitrary Darwinism aside, the deciding factor was how well these albums will hold up a decade from now.

We slaved over this bitch for over a month and a half, arguing the conflicting merits and power points of more than a hundred albums before boiling the list down to 50. So what if the new decade’s already begun? Taking ten whole years into account, we’re giving ourselves a pass on these extra five days.

1. Songs For The Deaf
Queens Of The Stone Age (2002)

Johnny: It’s an extremely rare occurrence that one album will completely vaporize your concept of cool. This goliathan rhythmic melting-pot is the Rock equivalent of a trip out to the desert under a full moon with a lot of firepower, high-powered narcotics, great friends and a muscle car with a big-ass engine. It’s equal parts danger, mystery, fun and a mindblowing collection of talent providing a massive dose of steroids to the Queens sound. The result was something we’d been waiting for, whether we knew it or not; that first sign of a next evolutionary step in Rock music, like the Appetites and Neverminds that came before it.

Dave Grohl made his first high-profile return to the drums here since the shotgun demise of Nirvana, providing the core piston charge in the engine that roars to life in the record’s first moments and sets the relentless pace of the entire album. He’s the determined rhythmic core, matching both raw power and the rooster strut so integral to the Sounds of Homme. Mark Lanegan, lone-wolf man of many projects, contributes his whiskey-soaked, gravel-rubbed throat to the proceedings, a haunting and hypnotically smooth low-end weaving seamlessly with Josh Homme’s familiar tenor. Coupled with former bassist Nick Oliveri’s final shreiking spaz-freak appearance on record with Queens, Songs For The Deaf is that rare moment when the stars align and everything fits perfectly into place, creating a new standard.

2. Binaural
Pearl Jam (2000)

Johnny: The delicate, introspective beauty of 1998’s Yield was traded for a driving return to motivated purpose and statement on Binaural, whether through sardonic apologies to imperialistic invaders, tales of impending heartbreak and lost loved ones or any of the other narrative themes explored on this complex, confident album. Buoyed by the stomping force of Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, invigorated survivalism is the main course on this 13-track banquet.

Skwerl: My personal favorite Pearl Jam album, Binaural remains, at least in my opinion, their strongest release since their classic 1993 sophomore album Vs.

3. Robot Hive/Exodus
Clutch (2005)

Johnny: I will forever equate this album with driving through the hills of northern California with Skwerl, as the sun cracked the horizon, 5th-gear roaring to a court appearance 400 miles from home to avoid pissing off Johnny Law any more than I needed to or already had (for a while, anyway). It was a nails-on-chalkboard jittery nervefest, one of those mornings, usually inspired by near-certain incarceration or otherwise devastating consequence, when you’re suddenly overtly aware and hyperbolically juiced about the glorious beauty of freedom and nature. In those hysterical, unreasonably giddy moments, this is the most perfect album a man can lay ears on.

With each passing listen, the Robot Hive title rings more and more true; the guitars buzz and reverberate like a mechanical beehive, a slick titanium beast of Pure Rock Fury with Neil Fallon at the helm, gnashing teeth and stomping army of giants in his throat like a baptist evangelical preacher on a mean one. Metaphorical brilliance laced with the most clever couplets and double-entendres this side of Use Your Illusion only begin to explain Fallon’s lyrical prowess, but it’s the unyielding collective sweet-spot groove the entire band clicks into that makes this one special.

4. Elephant
The White Stripes (2003)

Johnny: Jack White made me believe in the surviving soul of Rock N’ Roll, and Elephant was the catalyst. Darker, more aggressive and focused than its three predecessors, Elephant eliminated the concept that the White Stripes were a gimmick act in candy cane colors, and exposed the broader scope of White’s creative vision and vehement rejection of modern Rock trends, even (or especially) in the face of inevitable superstardom.

The band played Coachella three weeks after the album was released, and Jack’s furious passion, mixed with an entirely unique minimalist style and staggering improvisational ability, resulted in an utterly devastating set that quite literally eliminated everything I thought I knew about a man expressing himself through a guitar, amp and microphone. The electricity of certainty that Jack had hit an unstoppable stride was thick in the air, and Elephant is the reason. It’s the sound of a legend coming into full bloom.

Skwerl: Before 2003, The White Stripes could be written off as a cute indie rock band, at least at a casual glance. Even when Seven Nation Army hit the airwaves, Jack White’s genius was largely unrecognized in a herd of three-chord garage rockers with simple, catchy rock candy radio singles. However, Elephant would be no forgettable Rocket To Russia knockoff. On Elephant, White revealed himself to be a ridiculously talented and inspired guitarist, a brilliant songwriter, an energetic and committed artist, and a powerful force of nature.

5. The Black Album
Jay-Z (2003)

Johnny: An instant rap classic, The Black Album was supposedly Jay’s big kiss-off, a pre-retirement overdose of smash hooks by a melting pot of producers from the Neptunes to Rick Rubin. It was the first album white people could blast from their cars un-self-consciously since Stankonia, and several singles infiltrated mainstream radio markets as a result. Without getting caught up in beefs or top-heavy Blueprint expectations, The Black Album was a sleek, powerfully confident album that was easy to digest, but not because it dumbed down to the mainstream; the songs were just that good, the hooks were that infectious.

6. The Hazards Of Love
The Decemberists (2009)

Johnny: An epic concept album that’s arguably the most committed – and best – since Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Hazards Of Love offers a complex narrative featuring formidable guest vocalists playing parts including a jealous forest queen, a malicious shape-shifter, a child-killing rogue, and two ill-fated lovers. It’s grand, visionary and bursting with vibrant color.

Skwerl: I’ve already heaped over a thousand words of praise upon this album on Antiquiet. As it sits in our top ten best records of the entire decade, the only thing left for me to do is ask a nagging question: Why aren’t more albums crafted with this level of care, creativity, and inspiration? It’s beautiful, a masterpiece. As is the album that preceded, The Crane Wife.

7. A New Morning, Changing Weather
The (International) Noise Conspiracy (2001)

Johnny: I can’t help but feel like this album would resonate more loudly in America if it were released today, with raging sociopolitical discontent from coast to coast and shameless greed ruling the day. Noise Conspiracy rage against the machine with more than singular hatred for the establishment; they always seemed driven by, and in search of, the passionate humanity behind the bars of complacency and adapted mass passivity.

Skwerl: From the ashes of Refused, the best hardcore punk band of all time, rose The (International) Noise Conspiracy, one of the best rock bands working today. I’ve only ever seen one band put in more effort than Dennis Lyxzén and company onstage (I digress, but that was funk/jazz band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe if you’re curious). Their shows are among the most commanding I’ve ever witnessed, and 2001’s A New Morning, Changing Weather is their most incendiary call for nothing less than revolution on every front.

8. Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures (2009)

Johnny: Our #1 album pick for 2009 is an undeniable classic right out of the gate. As I said before, this one is special – a very rare melding of classic, psychedelic blues-rock authenticity and passionate groove-junkie sorcery. It’s not safe, it’s not slight, and the riff and tempo changes demand constant engagement. Trap doors are a vital component to the songs, with the sweet spots setting in unannounced as the polyrhythms shift, the clouds part and a motherfucker of a riff suddenly lifts off, taking you in entirely unexpected and adrenaline-surging directions.

Skwerl: I have to admit that I was a bit of a naysayer when it came to this album’s placement. I can’t deny the quality of the songs, or of the album’s production, or of the extraordinarily high standards for songwriting and playing the band seems to have held themselves to with this album. My reluctance came entirely from the nagging feeling that as good as it is, these guys can probably do even better. Thirteen of the best rock songs constructed in its decade are obviously enough to get an album into our hall of fame. But I can’t wait until the next one, when the band finds itself a little more free of its self-imposed pressures, gets comfortable in its crooked feathers, and sits us all down for a story.

9. White Pony
Deftones (2000)

Johnny: Every time I hear this album, something new leaps out to make me love it that much more. Most recently, it was Scott Weiland’s backing vocals on Rx Queen, a guest appearance I hadn’t noticed before. Brooding, sexy and rhythmically gravitational, White Pony is a perfect rainstorm album – it doesn’t punch you in the face so much as hold you under the rushing, freezing waters until your face is numb and you can barely breathe.

Skwerl: In terms of quality, Deftones always stood far and away from the rest of the “nü-metal” bands they were lumped together with in the shameful first half of last decade. One of the first great albums of the 00s, and thus one of the oldest albums on this list, White Pony doesn’t just hold up after so long, it’s shockingly relevant, and somehow still seems as daring as it did ten years ago.

10. Diorama
Silverchair (2002)

Skwerl: Until I start hearing the name Silverchair more often than Coldplay, I don’t think I’ll be ready to stop talking about how far this band has come since their 1992 debut as teenage grunge rockers. Diorama took the band in a new, extremely ambitious direction. With the help of producer David Bottrill and composer Van Dyke Parks, Silverchair incorporated rich layers of string and horn ensembles into songs written primarily on piano, which collectively represented a watershed development of the band’s songwriting. Like most of the albums in our top ten, Diorama is an adventure, an exhilarating journey from start to finish, and it remains one of the most elegant rock albums of its time.

11. Bronx III
The Bronx (2008)

Johnny: The attitude, the familiar LA flare, the balls-out pure rock fury – that doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a special blend of players who know what the fuck they’re doing and where they’re from. And if the fissure-torn shithole that is Los Angeles had to exist for the Bronx to come together and rock the fuck out, so be it. I say fair trade.

Occasionally this band reminds me of what Mötley Crüe might’ve sounded something like if they were born a decade or so later, rocked a little harder and didn’t fuck themselves to high hell with drugs and ride rock’s lowest lyrical common denominator (girls) into the abyss of self-karaoke.

This record is special, and not in a cheap, gimmicky way that signifies a “new direction” or particular selling-point theme. It simply belongs to the rare strain of smashing rock beast that leaves no room for pissing contests, no room for improvement. It simply fucking crushes, start to finish.

12. Kid A
Radiohead (2000)

Johnny: On the crest of the new century, Radiohead delivered a small taste of the digital revolution we’d envisioned the 21st century being like when we were children, but never saw materialize. From the very first moments of Everything In Its Right Place, the sounds of ethereal, melancholy electronica wash in like a digital flood, painting an entirely new picture from the biggest band in the world and completely reshaping the landscape of modern alternative music in the process.

I first listened to this album while tripping (hard) on mushrooms, standing alone on the ocean cliffs in La Jolla, CA in the middle of the night under a full moon. I remember thinking, in my twirling kaleidoscope mind, that this album was going to change things. I envisioned a new mainstream acceptance of computer rock, coupled with a horrific underbelly of feeble, whiny blip-riders and over-privileged white kids slowing down cheap eurotrash beats and employing various unconventionals to create utterly forgettable bullshit that people would flock to in search of the next big alt-rock sensation. That’s why assholes like Animal Collective sit smugly on the shoulders of unqualified hitmakers such as Pitchfork and the like. I may have been tripping, but I was right.

13. Fire
Electric Six (2003)

Johnny: Certain albums add color to your musical palette that you hadn’t even known were missing. Hilarious, infectiously danceable and endlessly fun, Fire is an ecstasy disco dance-a-thon with laughing gas pumped through the vents and blasts of pyromaniac joy shooting from selectively-placed cannons. It’s a high-strut party frenzy without the slightest hint of self-consciousness, and it’s brilliant.

Skwerl: Not since The Chronic had an album been so densely packed with single-worthy bangers. Every track is exactly as badass as its name, highlights including Dance Commander, I Invented The Night, I’m The Bomb, and of course the band’s most well-known hits, Danger! High Voltage and Gay Bar. This band came out of nowhere (well, actually, Detroit) and hit us like a ton of lubed-up gerbils covered in rhinestones. Their body of work is truly one of “modern” rock’s great treasures.

14. Consolers Of The Lonely
The Raconteurs (2008)

Skwerl: In The Raconteurs (or the Saboteurs, as they are called in Australia), sass virtuoso and finally properly respected White Stripes frontman Jack White was paired with an under-recognized songwriter named Brendan Benson in a full band (rounded out by Jack L.J. Lawrence and Patrick Keeler). On paper, it seemed certain to trump the Stripes’ formula on every front and bring to the field a new great American rock and roll band. While the debut album had many great songs, their second effort, Consolers Of The Lonely, revealed the band’s full potential. The class of songwriting on Consolers is superior to that of any other album from any of White’s other projects, as venerated as some may be. And with a four piece band of deeply experienced, talented musicians working in perfect harmony, the richly layered compositions are realized with chilling elegance.

Fernando: The thing I like the most about this album is how it seems to be aimed directly at the people who criticized their first album. Sure, the Racs were a great live band on their first year, but the album just wasn’t very strong. Consolers, on the other hand, is exquisitely produced where their debut felt like a jam session; it’s one our-long where their debut was half of that; it sees the band delight itself in complex tempo changes where their debut was content with its straightforward pop-rock songs. Basically, this the release where you see The Raconteurs as they really are: a strong rock band with two great composers and a solid rhythm session, a band that moves forward in leaps, and one that doesn’t give a shit about comparisons with The White Stripes.

Johnny: This album is brilliant, and Skwerl and Fernando both summed up my feelings about it, so rather than jerk you off with words I’ll just list my three favorite tracks: Many Shades Of BlackTop Yourself and Salute Your Solution.

15. Howl
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (2005)

Skwerl: There’s not exactly any shortage of classic blues rock revival bands. While there are surely nice things to say about many of them, very few possess enough original artistic character to rise above the pop gimmicks and well-worn chord progressions and create something truly special; songs that couldn’t have been written by the guys in the next garage or rehearsal space. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is one of these rare acts, and Howl is the album that established it beyond a reasonable doubt. There’s not a single bad cut out of fourteen, and even the six outtakes released as the Howl Sessions is a solid EP on its own.

16. Deltron 3030
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (2000)

Johnny: Deltron 3030 is easily Del’s most colorful and ambitious effort. Released in 2000, the record is listed as a supergroup collaboration, but for all intents and purposes it’s still Del’s show. The guests on the album, from Sean Lennon and Prince Paul to Brad Roberts, are mainly present to provide atmospherics and flesh out the concept. Producer Dan The Automator sets the stage by laying on the density, creating an eerie tapestry of sounds, with Kid Koala providing the follow-up gloss on the tables.

The album’s a narrative of the futuristic date in the title, and Del paints himself as a savior superhero named Deltron Zero. Dystopian hero fantasies aren’t your typical hip-hop fodder, but It’s a bizarrely fun, loose-concept album that’s officially described as a “fight against an oppressive government and powerful corporations, while also battling to be the Galactic Rhyme Federation Champion.” See, I told you he wasn’t your average rapper.

17. Amnesiac
Radiohead (2001)

Johnny: Released less than a year after Kid A and sounding like a direct extension of it (rightfully so; they were recorded in the same sessions), Amnesiac was the second part of Radiohead’s revolutionary one-two punch of electronic-tinged classical ambient rock. It found each member of the band playing much more flexible roles than they had in the past, resulting in something entirely unfamiliar.

As guitarist Ed O’Brien told the Chicago Tribune back in 2001, “Suddenly we were presented with the opportunity and the freedom to approach the music the way Massive Attack does: as a collective, working on sounds, rather than with each person in the band playing a prescribed role. It was quite hard work for us to adjust to the fact that some of us might not necessarily be playing our usual instrument on a track, or even playing any instrument at all. Once you get over your insecurities, then it’s great.”

Fernando: I like to compare Radiohead albums to Beatles albums. Rubber Soul/The Bends: where everyone realized that there’s more qualities to them than being a simple rock band; Revolver/OK Computer: expands the horizons of rock music with its fantastic new way to look at it from different perspectives – some still think it’s their best album; Sgt. Pepper’s/Kid A: the album that blew everyone’s minds with how different it sounded from everything out there, and how it flows perfectly; Magical Mystery Tour/Amnesiac: kind of a sequel to the earth-shattering album that came out only months before, and therefore kind of hard to judge – sure the entire package is not QUITE as brilliant, but you can pick songs here and there that are even better than anything on the first piece (Strawberry Fields Forever/Pyramid Song, anyone?). So yeah, it ain’t Kid A, but I’ll take You And Whose Army? over half of that album.

18. From Beale Street To Oblivion
Clutch (2007)

Johnny: Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Vamonos, vamonos! “An electric blues frenzy with razor-sharp wit” sums this one up. If you aren’t familiar with Maryland’s finest stomp-rock prophets, you’re missing out. They’re a hearty backhand slap in the face of all the corner-cutting bullshit anger-rock that infiltrates the airwaves and bro-systems of the Midwest, a working man’s band in the prime of their careers and artistic high-stride.

Skwerl: In a perfectly fair world, all five Clutch albums released this decade would have places in this list. High ones. And of course, then it would have to be a top 200 given all of the other great albums released, and it would never get finished before the end of 2010. So rather than lose sight of it all, we decided to focus on the most flawless of classics. Yet while Robot Hive/Exodus earned our #3 spot, we couldn’t agree to ignore the fact that its follow-up, Beale Street, is in its own right a masterpiece of professional, confident, soul and spirits-soaked Rock N’ Roll.

19. Amputechture
The Mars Volta (2006)

Johnny: Sixth-dimension latin-funk math rockers founded by vocalist/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist/composer Omar Rodríguez-López, collectively known as The Mars Volta, are a group far outside the outer limits of whatever confines the traditional prog-rock framework might call for. They also happen to be one of the most complex and fiercely talented bands modern music has ever seen. Amputechture finds the band at its uncompromising finest, all over the map in a kaleidoscopic blast of psychedelia and otherworldly sonic tapestries.

Fernando: Its big moments are separated by brilliant, straight-forward songs, in a way that you never get tired of all the progressive…ness, with such wonderful ballads as Asilos Magdalena and VermicideTetragammaton is the heavy epic with lots of complicated guitar solos; Meccamputechture just grooves like a motherfucker; Viscera Eyes starts out like a simple song but ends in a complex manner; Day Of The Baphomets is brilliantly eclectic, with epic call-and-response bits between guitars and horns, percussion solos, and several different sections intertwining each other, at times heavy, at times grooving, at times downright apocalyptic, but never, ever letting go of its intensity.

20. Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails (2007)

Johnny: Pulverizing, sarcastic and aggressive for more than the sake of self-destruction, Year Zero was Trent Reznor’s first full immersion into political rock. A high-concept blast of Orwellian rejection without sludging through preachy, literal lyricism, it’s the sound of visionary fine-tuning and a statement of kinetic awareness, of hijacking the machine and turning the guns around in full-throttled aggressive survivalism in the modern age.

Fernando: With the combination of super-strong instrumental opener Hyperpower!, the apocalyptic sounds of The Beginning of the End and the unbelievably mean irony towards global warming on Survivalism, my head was blown wide open. I grew up on classic rock. The most electronic I ever got was Radiohead – and still, not much of it. When I listened to the double-strike of Me, I’m Not and Vessel, and found myself liking it for some reason that was beyond my comprehension, it was a profound experience, one that got me much closer to what my real taste in music was, free of prejudices.

21. Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle (2003)

22. Coral Fang
The Distillers (2003)

23. Rated R
Queens Of The Stone Age (2000)

24. The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Jay-Z (2002)

25. Extraordinary Machine
Fiona Apple (2005)

26. Comfort Eagle
Cake (2001)

27. Talkie Walkie
Air (2004)

28. 10,000 Days
Tool (2006)

29. Late Registration
Kanye West (2005)

30. Rubber Factory
The Black Keys (2004)

31. Relationship Of Command
At The Drive-In (2000)

32. 100th Window
Massive Attack (2003)

33. Us
Brother Ali (2009)

34. Tomahawk
Tomahawk (2001)

35. Horehound
The Dead Weather (2009)

36. Blazing Arrow
Blackalicious (2002)

37. American III: Solitary Man
Johnny Cash (2000)

38. Mama’s Gun
Erykah Badu (2000)

39. Real Gone
Tom Waits (2004)

40. Down III: Over The Under
Down (2007)

41. Lover’s Rock
Sade (2000)

42. Saturnalia
The Gutter Twins (2008)

43. The Satanic Satanist
Portugal. The Man (2009)

44. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
PJ Harvey (2000)

45. Stankonia
Outkast (2000)

46. The Bedlam In Goliath
The Mars Volta (2008)

47. Demon Days
Gorillaz (2005)

48. The Con
Tegan & Sara (2007)

49. Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike
Gogol Bordello (2005)

50 How I Do
Res (2001)


Meanwhile, On The Internet...

  1. Great top 50, really like it, and agree with Songs for The Deaf. Also agree with Skwerl about the TCV album. Great musicians, amazing combination of characters, but that record is just a jam session, put together in a rush just to please the fans. Nothing new or out-of-this-world in there. I really hope they can record a sophomore album, with more patience and dedication. That should be something above standards, unlike their debut.

  2. gregor says:

    Great post fellas although for me the first Bronx album will always win over the others, for pure “let’s get fucking busy” attitude and it doesn’t let up. good call on white pony though, that album still slays 10 years later!

  3. Mangtooth says:

    Solid solid list.

    Very glad to see Portugal. The Man, The Mars Volta, and Tom Waits up on there ..

    The banner with the album covers is what caught my eye. I usually disregard most “lists” being that a lot of them focus on the same groups.


  4. tng/dharma69 says:

    What? No Coldplay? The Hold Steady? The Arcade Fire? Just kidding on Coldplay & Hold Steady, not so much on Arcade Fire.

    “Diorama”? That was a surprise but I’m fond of Silverchair so I dig the choice. And “Consolers” really is such a multi-layered album of the art of garage/blues/rock/soul. Zep-like guitars (Icky Thumpy) crushing and dense rhythm section, and Benson a ridiculous good melody man. I can easily listen to that album straight through, where I may skip through “Broken Boy..”

    And Skwerl, I know that the KOL albums were just so fabulous that you kept them on your personal “Best Of” list.

  5. James says:

    Binaural gets some love. Awesome.

  6. BudDaMan says:

    Binaural & Yield are two of my favorite Pearl Jam albums. Consolers of the Lonely is an amazing album. But where was American Idiot? That has to be in the top 10 of this decade.

  7. Lams says:

    Frances the mute > Amputechture, i still have to hear a mars volta album that hits me harder than frances the mute. Also, i prefer amnesiac to kid A, but i admit that that’s a lot more subjective than the comparison i made before. And fernando said it, pyramid song and i might be wrong are better songs than most of kid A.

  8. Peter says:

    That list is huge letdown for me – picking morevthan one album per artist with so many great albums :-( and some great albums missing and not list isnt diverse. Where is Parlor Mob ” And You Were a Crow” Buckethead ” Electric Tears” or “Crime Slunk Scene” Depeche Mode ” Playing the Angel” Foo Fighters ” In Your Honor” Nevermore “Dead Heart in A Dead World” RHCP “By the Way” Guns N’Roses ” Chinese Democracy” Darkness “Permission to Land”? Dinosaur Jr.? Gaslight Anthem? You missed many albums by picking too much albums by one artist. And putting “Them Crooked Vultures” in Top 10 is wrong it can be classic but it isnt we dont know how it would stand against time sales and reviews arent that good and in my opinion what makes album true classic is general consensus thar it is great( for example Songs for Deaf by QOTSA) and I really like Them Crooked Vultures but it isnt Top10 or 20 album of decade at this point. But it is only my opinion. Top5 is perfect anyway!

  9. Yeah, sorry we “overlooked” Dinosaur Jr. and Foo Fighters’ most pussy album ever. Check back in a decade – maybe we’ll get it right next time. But yes, now that you mention it, Top5 *is* perfect. So glad you agree.

  10. Fbomb says:

    Thanks for an inspired list. Nice to see TCV here and I have to agree with Skwerl that another album by them Crookeds is something I “can’t wait” for (saw them in Boston and was blown away). I love that Songs for the Deaf is your #1 and I guess listing more QOTSA albums might seem like outright infatuation, but Lullabies to Paralyze is also just so awesome. Like with most of these bands – the more you listen, the more you really love the music. Listening now to Deftones White Pony and agree – amazing lasting power and I love Johnny’s description of it.

  11. Damn, thanks man. Glad you dig it. I could run myself in circles arguing the finer points of whether Rated R and Lullabies to Paralyze should have switched places with one another on the list, but in the end I think we found the harmonic equilibrium.

  12. tng/dharma69 says:

    Darkness “Permission to Land”…that made me blink. And then laugh.

  13. Nice list. Agree with a lot of it, nice to see Silverchair get in there as well.

    Gotta say, though, this has become one of my favorite music-sites on them interwebs. And you don’t like Animal Collective, fine, we get it. But calling them assholes is the kind of utter bile that makes me not wanna read this site anymore.

    You don’t like their album. Fine. Just calm down and show a hard working band some respect, especially one that has consistently done their own thing despite countless opportunities to go blatantly mainstream. Their new album is not a big departure from their older, radio-unfriendly material. It’s not their fault that the hipsters of Pitchfork, et al, decided their time had come.

    That is all.

  14. Atom says:

    It’s nice to see a list where Songs for the Deaf is #1! Killer killer killer album. Tomahawk? Tom Waits? Yes!

    Great list, but i was just wondering if you guys ever listen to any of Robert Pollard’s vast catalouge? If not, don’t sleep on the latter half of this decade’s material. Besides his Guided By Voices material he’s still cranking out great rock albums. His solo record From a Compound Eye might be his best. Also, he’s doing fine work with his latest band the Boston Spaceships. Zero to 99 was my top album from last year!

    P.S. I am a GBV/Bob fanboy who drinks the syrupy kool-aid so i do enjoy most everything he puts out. But give him a chance b/c he’s still putting out some of his weirdest, bestest and most rocking stuff on the planet. I’ll go back to my Mammoth Cave now….

  15. Skwerl says:

    this list was kinda like the healthcare bill. we all had our own pet versions, but had to come up with something everyone was happy with in order to know that it was truly fair (at least as fair as we can manage with the diversity of opinions we have). fernando’s sure to bitch that mastodon didn’t make the list. i can’t stand kid a or amnesiac, let alone both. here’s my original draft. if johnny and fernando post theirs, you guys will see a lot of albums that you’re asking about. some just didn’t get unanimous approval. in the end, i think our list still kicks the shit out of any other i’ve seen.

  16. …and White Pony definitely deserves to be in the top ten. Amazing album. Didn’t know about the Scott Weiland collaboration neither, being the STP junkie I am.

  17. imnotgivingmynametoamachine says:

    agree with probably 90% of this (not very familiar with the rest), but would have liked to see the flaming lips’ yoshimi battles the pink robots somewhere on there…i still get shivers when i listen to that album

  18. José De la Rosé says:

    No dredg? Y’all trippin’.

  19. trucks says:

    Era Vulgaris, seriously Fernando?

  20. Afe says:

    Nice to see Silverchair on that list.

    Have you ever checked out Augie March? Their first couple of albums are divine, and in my opinion they’ve produced some of the best music of the past decade.

  21. Skwerl says:

    ugh… we totally blanked on narrow stairs. that album’s probably good enough for the #40 spot or thereabouts.

  22. BC says:

    Well, when your trapped in a cubicle (like me) for 8.5 hours a day (and I do not mean ‘trapped’ figuratively I mean I am stuck in a beige lined box all day – you really come to appreciate a 5,000 (that’s a guess) word article to pass the time. So, my whole hearted thank you for helping me survive the better part of my afternoon while I’m ‘working’.

    A second thank you (yes, my nose is getting brown) for making the great and still somehow underappreciated QOTSA album Songs for the Deaf number one. Now a few questions:

    If QOTSA gets two albums why not Fu Manchu’s 2001 release California Crossing (Crushing guitars, clever vocals, spaced-out jams)?

    If the White Stripes make the list isn’t the John Spencer Blues Explosions early 2000’s releases (Plastic Fang 2002 and 2004’s Damage) worthy too?

    If Clutch’s – From Here to Beale Street is a satisfying ‘electric blues frenzy’ isn’t Black Mountain’s 2008 release ‘In the Future’ (I mean, the tracks Tyrant, Stay Free, and Evil Ways – come on) equally appealing? And who wouldn’t agree that yes all of Clutch’s albums could make this list. Their album ‘Pure Rock Fury (2001) is scary powerful. And if only The Elephant Riders was released in the 2000’s instead of 1998 I’m sure it would have cracked the top 50.

    Although I would subjectively (isn’t all of this subjective anyway) say the first two Black Rebel Motorcycle Club albums were better than ‘Howl’ – still if they make the list how is The Kings of Leon’s self titled 2003 release omitted? The tracks Molly’s Chambers (one of the greatest double meaning songs), Wasted Time and Red Morning Light rocked as loud as any of Paul Newman’s motorcycles did in the movie the BRMC used to steal their name from.

    Anyway, it was fun to take a musically walk down memory lane. Thanks again.

  23. In The Future is an enjoyable album, but I don’t think it’s THAT good, mainly because a few songs sound borderline filler to me. Also, sometimes I think Black Mountain can be too derivative – it’s because of that reason that both Black Mountain and The Black Angels are not on my top 25 list.

  24. tng/dharma69 says:

    “…rocked as loud as any of Paul Newman’s motorcycles did in the movie the BRMC used to steal their name from.”

    That was Marlon Brando, not Paul Newman in “The Wild One”

  25. tng/dharma69 says:

    @Fernando…I can dig what you say about The Black Angels but if you picked apart their 2 albums and reassembled your choicest tracks into one album, I bet you’d come up with a body of work close to worthy, if not wholly so, of the list.

    You reminded me of a show review I wrote for a band and referenced their music as being “brainier that Black Mountain”. Ha!

  26. Jason says:

    It’s nice to find a list with my favorite bands: Pearl Jam, Raconteurs, White Stripes (Elephant would have been my #1), Johnny Cash, The Dead Weather, etc.

  27. Peter says:

    Sorry but that’s only my opinion I think that Dinosaur Jr. is great band and I love “In Your Honour” mainly because there are my favourite 3 songs of FF on that.

    For the rest I like the list, but it is a letdown for me , because of having multiple albums by one artist/songwriter with many other great albums.

    I would put few other albums to add diveristy.

    Buckethead – “Electric Tears” or “Crime Slunk Scene”. Buckethead is not a shredder, he is not former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, he is true artist, kind of person who broke into art once in a while. I know instrumental albums are not popular, but Buckethead albums are pure beauty. Full of soulful emotions, mindblowing guitar technique, moving melodies. It is so rare to find artist who is virtuoso having ability to to reach your heart with music and Buckethead is one of them. He also changed the way guitar is being played with his totally unique technique which combines blistering solos, massive use of killswitch, acoustic parts with awesome feeling.

    Parlor Mob – “And You Were A Crow”
    Quite unknown band form New Jersey, they are hugely influenced by Led Zeppelin and 60-70s hard rock. But their debut albums is totally their own. With two lead guitarist trading riffs and solos, killer vocalist and pack of great tracks it can’t go wrong, especially with their 8min epic masterpiece “Tide for Tears”

    Nevermore – “Dead Wood in Dead World”
    Amazing songs, great production. Rythm sections and guitar playing are one of the best in metal and they really push the record into something , well magical. It is one of the most underrated metal albums ever.

    The Darkness – “Permission to Land”
    This record is in many way a joke, but it was supposed to be that way with over the top songs, lyrics and melodies. Rock N’ Roll is all about fan and The Darkness delivers. Songwriting is great and whole records still give me smile. Influences were obvious but the result was unexpected and fun.

    Guns N’ Roses – “Chinese Democracy”
    Overhyped,overblown, overproduced, without many hooks, hard to get into after 1,2,3…listens. On the other hand epic, sonically perfect ( I still wonder why other bands can’t produce albums of that quality) , it record is like journey into other person brain, soul and heart. Adn after few listens it turns out to be worthy succesor to UYI albums. Songs structures are twisted, guitar playing crazy,with many ideas packed into one song ( like “Sorry” with acoustic guitars, doom metal chorus, bluesy Pink Floyd-ish solo, wah-wah guitars and lyrics about guy with top hat) but it all works thanks to Axl Rose voice who is tremendous narrator of songs.

    That’s mine 4 records which could made it, but I respect your choice some great songs and agree with something like 90% of those albums. Good work anyway. I would just swap “Horehound” with “And You Were A Crow”, “Rated R” with “Permission to Land”, “Chinese Democracy” with “Demon Days” and “Electric Tears” with “Mama’s Gun”

    Oh and for me “Them Crooked Vultures” is not classic album, maybe because as I said for it labeling something as classic isn’t a opnion but general consensus that album is both critically and comercially succesfull which wasn’t a case with “TCV”. Just my opnion anyway.

    After all it was great read thanks Guys !

  28. Evander says:

    No love for Andrew Bird? Not sure if you guys are into the softer stuff but ‘armchair apocrypha’ is a masterpiece, especially the A side. Im gonna throw my list out there too

    GNR -Chinese Democracy, Andrew Bird -Armchair Apocrypha, QOTSA- Songs for the Deaf, Audioslave- s/t
    WS- De Stijl, Tool- Lateralus, Clapton- Me & Mr. Johnson, Buckcherry 15 (fuck the single, whole album is solid), Robert Randolph- Unclassified, Levon Helm- Dirt Farmer, Petty- Highway Companion

    If Ep’s are considered I’d probably throw One Day as a Lion as #1…

    Anyways, this is the most entertaining & intelligent music site out there; keep up the good work!

  29. Skwerl says:

    just about every album i suggested (the top 50 of them anyway) would have gotten 5 stars here had we been around at the time of their release. there are just so many albums in that class. then there are a lot of albums that are still really really good- 4.5 even… that really had a shot but just didn’t make it in the end. most of the albums that you guys are suggesting (such as chinese democracy) fall into that category.
    however, there are a bunch of other albums being mentioned that we really aren’t familiar with. which is unusual, and honestly really cool. call me selfish, but i’d rather find out about great albums by displaying my ignorance of them, than be criticized for not seeing the value of albums i gave a fair shake.
    we’re going to do some homework.

  30. Darren says:

    Great list guys – my one suggestion would be “Bubblegum” by Mark Lanegan – I know you guys are fans, I reckon that’s the best thing he put out in a really musically diverse and productive decade for him.

  31. Bergy says:

    Refreshing list guys after seeing all the suck-ass lists out there. I wanted to hurl when I read other lists. Keep it rocking and love the site. Love the props to Rubber Factory, didn’t expect that. Although it’s a slit your wrist album, Beck’s Sea Change is my guilty pleasure. What’s the argument having 10,000 days over Lateralus?

  32. Kevin says:

    This is the reason I come to this site. Fabulous list that cuts through all the elitist bullshit and just says it how it is. Only issues I have:

    Where the hell is Lateralus? That is TOOL flexing its muscle saying “anything you can do we can do better.”

    Seriously, I will say it again. White Denim “Fits” is absolutely an overlooked gem that deserves a spot in these types of conversations.

    The opening track on “Consolers of the Lonely” continually blows my mind.

    Keep up the amazing work guys.

  33. Rory says:

    I only own 14 of those…

    But I am much in agreement with a lot of your choices.

  34. It’s a pretty badass list. Personally, I’d make the fairly predictable choices of trading in 10,000 days for Lateralus, Thirteenth Step for Mer de Noms, and De-loused for the other TMV albums.

  35. BudDaMan says:

    Beastie Boys- To the 5 Boroughs. Red Hot Chilli Peppers- By the Way. Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

  36. Skwerl says:

    i’ll take responsibility for 10,000 days over lateralus. i think johnny brought both to the table. while i love 10,000 days, i can’t stand lateralus. i know that’s a controversial opinion. but lateralus was just so mathematically calculated. impressively so, for sure. but to my perception, it lacked a burning warmth of soul that undertow and ænima- and, refreshingly, 10,000 days- had.
    in hindsight, the only thing i’m kicking myself over is i think i’d swap death cab for cutie’s narrow stairs in for erykah badu’s mama’s gun. the former has only gotten better, and the latter and i have drifted apart.
    oh well, one regret isn’t too bad. we agonized over every single selection and placement for a month and a half, burning mixes, driving around, arguing, shuffling countless rough drafts around.

  37. Rory says:

    My List is a bit bias…but this is how it would look:
    1. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
    2. Radiohead – Kid A
    3. Muse – Absolution
    4. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R
    5. System of a Down – Toxicity
    6. Radiohead – Hail To The Thief
    7. Kasabian – Kasabian
    8. Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies To Paralyze
    9. Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero
    10. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
    11. Eddie Vedder – Into The Wild
    12. Gorillaz – Demon Days
    13. Mastodon – Blood Mountain
    14. Muse – Black Holes And Revelations
    15. Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris
    16. Radiohead – In Rainbows
    17. System of a Down – Mesmerize/Hypnotize
    18. Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike
    19. AFI – Sing The Sorrow
    20. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
    21. Tool – 10,000 Days
    22. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
    23. The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute
    24. Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
    25. Radiohead – Amnesiac
    26. Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist
    27. Billy Talent – Billy Talent
    28. Between The Buried And Me – The Anatomy Of
    29. Transplants – Transplants
    30. System Of A Down – Steal This Album
    31. CKY – Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
    32. Slipknot – Vol. 3 – The Subliminal Verses
    33. Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
    34. Tool – Lateralus
    35. Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
    36. The Prodigy – Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned
    37. The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia
    38. Bad Religion – The Empire Strikes First
    39. Mother Mother – O My Heart
    40. Metric – Live It Out
    41. Arcade Fire – Funeral
    42. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
    43. Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
    44. Beastie Boys – Into The 5 Boroughs
    45. Eagles of Death Metal – Death By Sexy
    46. The Black Keys – Attack & Release
    47. Metallica – Death Magnetic
    48. The Distillers – Coral Fang
    49. Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
    50. White Stripes – Elephant

  38. Ultimately some sacrifices and concessions did have to be made – to name a few: To The 5 Boroughs, Lateralus, By The Way, Mer De Noms and Bedlam In Goliath. But we totally spaced on Narrow Stairs. That would be on this list. Somebody mentioned a best EP…. that’s a good idea and may have to become a full-bloom list sometime soon. There’s plenty enough material out there to warrant one.

  39. Spinett says:

    Blood Mountain should have made it in the top 10, surprisingly enough, it didn’t even make it on the list. Also I’d put Bubblegum instead of Saturnalia + In Rainbows. 10,000 Days over Lateralus is the correct decision if you can pick only one, I’d have them both however. Anyway besides lacking Mastodon the list is quite good, sure wasn’t easy to make all those sacrifices.

  40. Ricardo says:

    Good list. great choices there with “songs for the deaf” of QOTSA, and the Clutch ,the Bronx, Down and Cash albums, but where’s Mastodon’s “Blood mountain”????? and i agree with Spinett with where’s the love for Lanegan’s amazing “Bubblegum”, a fucking amazing record.

    Despite horrid numetal, punk pop and fecal pop gruops, rock its still putting out great records.

  41. Radu says:

    Nice job with the list! Meshuggah -obZen is the best album of this century

  42. BC says:

    So, I’m still intrigued by this list. So much so that this Top 50 list has got me thinking: “Just how would anyone go about constructing a top 50 list of the past decade?” One reasonable starting point could be to remember the albums I (we) listened to over and over again for weeks. The albums that got me so excited I had to tell all of my fat, lazy, drunk friends “yo, man you gotta check this out.” The albums that I knew every lyric to every song (and if I couldn’t figure out the lyrics I made up my own). The albums that I will still go back to (when there is a lull in new releases) and re-listen to and their sounds are still “fresh” (can music sound ‘fresh’ these aren’t oranges, right – whatever). I mean isn’t listenableity (that’s not a word but it works here) the most important thing. It’s like hey I know gourmet food made by some fancy French chef is supposed to be great but I’ll take a perfect pizza over a Bordelaise sauced calves liver – any day. Therefore, although it’s hard to leverage counter points to this list let’s try – a few (more) ideas:

    If the Electric Six are number 13 than any of Ween’s 2000’s releases – White Pepper (the track ‘Bananas and Blow’ is fun fun) or Cucaracha from 2007 gotta at least get considered. Everybody’s favorite Josh Homme so respects Dean Ween’s guitar work that Josh had Dean play on the Dessert Sessions, Songs for the Deaf (a little at least) and trotted Dean out on that VH1 special when the Queen’s covered Black Sabbath.

    Can there be a one album wonder? If so, Death from Above 1979’s lone release is the greatest rock/punk album ever recorded (reportedly) without a true guitar (he used a bass and played it like a lead). I mean mama mia (there is Italian in my blood!) the power behind the tracks “Blood on my Hands” and “You’re a Women I’m a Machine” rumbled and shook from my cars tired speakers for weeks.

    If Fiona Apple (Tegan & Sara – yikes) can make it onto an list (essentially opening the pop music door) where is Spoon? Spoon’s early 2001 release Girls Can Tell and 2005’s Gimme Fiction wore out the ol’ CD player. What band combines elements of stoner-rock, pop and I-don’t-know regular rock as seamlessly as these guys? I’m not sure what genre they are? Utensil-rock maybe? (That is a joke hold the applause I’m here all afternoon).

    MGMT – anyone? If Radiohead gets so much love than MGMT’s 2007 release “Oracular Spectacular” warrants some serious consideration. The lyrics “I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars. You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.” sung over top of a modernized psychedelic rocked out beat is perfect. Then again MGMT’s producer Dave Fridmann (does the Flaming Lips best work too) may be able to make the sound of me kicking a can sound like a hit. So you have that too.

    Jesus Christ I’m long winded and bored (as usual).

  43. crush me noose says:

    are you not considering the strokes at all?

  44. Is This It made my list, but it was among the sacrifices.

  45. Orsino says:

    Thank you for giving Clutch some credit; by far the most unheralded band in rock! (IMO Blast Tyrant was the best album of the Decade)

  46. Great video Peter – as Skwerl said earlier, there’s a humbling number of bands you guys are recommending that we’re looking forward to digging into this year. Keep ‘em coming people – it certainly wouldn’t be the first time our readership has evolved our own coverage and turned us on to new fits of awesome. Thank you for that, by the bloody way.

  47. BudDaMan says:

    I think we can all say that this past decade produced some really good music, despite there being alot of garbage out there to sift through.

  48. Leann says:

    This is reminding me of High Fidelity. And high school.
    And that I need to listen to more new music. Love Mr. Jack White in whatever form he takes, drummer, guitarist, producer. Thanks for a list of music to sample from… I don’t get out much. Some of these bands I’ve never heard of. Keep putting out, I’ll keep reading. And I’ll be listening to. Thanks.

  49. Mal says:

    I agree with a lot of this! I especially enjoy seeing Queens represented so well – Songs for the Deaf will continue to give me shivers and it really opened new doors to other artists I am now obsessed with (Lanegan to Gutter Twins, Soulsavers, etc). It’s also nice to see the Dead Weather, TCV, the Black Keys, BRMC…great musicians producing quality work that is rooted in rock and blues.

    Disappointed to not see Mastodon represented here…Down III is great and all, but Mastodon just really ups the ante for metal. I also must disagree with putting 10,000 days instead of Lateralus…although Lateralus is super calculated there’s just a lot more interesting landscapes being created on that album. The shifts in melody, especially instrumentally, were enough to keep me listening to it for a solid year and never tire…I didn’t experience that with 10,000 days. To each their own, I presume.

    Also, Metric! Come on! Emily Haines is a brilliant songwriter and that band has come so far over the last decade. They continue to be a good portal between the indie music scene and more mainstream rock.

    Blonde Redhead, Cat Power’s You are Free, Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Kings of Leon’s Aha Shake Heartbreak, Modest Mouse’s The Moon and Antarctica or even Good News…Spoon, the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs… there are a lot of duplicate bands on your list and I really don’t think it’s necessary considering all the other talented, brilliant albums that have come out this last decade.

    Last but not least – NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS! Dudes. How did they not make it? Dig, Lazerus, Dig!!!

    The majority, though, I enjoy. Good job, I know how difficult it is to narrow it down.

  50. privatery says:

    RES! nice play, awesome record, wtf happened to her?

  51. seano says:

    Excellent List Boys….I loved seeing Cake, Tomahawk, The Gutter Twins, Distillers,Tom Waits and Electric Six on there….along with QOTSA, Clutch, At The Drive In, TCV etc? What about Mark Lanegan…Field Songs or Bubblegum?
    A laughably under rated performer and one of the best vocalists of all time…. Horehound and Rubber Factory are growing on me..alas I came late to both…….Seano

  52. stu says:

    pretty great list, great to see songs for the deaf at number one, it scares me that an album that good might not get the credit it deserves.
    Pretty flabbergasted at the absence of My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves is in my opinion the best put together album of the decade by a pretty wide margin, of albums that really take you on a journey, I don’t think any of those picks does it like that one does. Roots rock and roll at its finest. Plus, Dondante is undoubtedbly the best song of the decade.
    I think Modest Mouse deserves at least one nod, they put out too stellar albums this decade, Madvilliany too, Doom put out some of the best hip hop of the past 10 years, and I think thats him at his peak with one of the top producers.
    I would definately suggest checking out the Dirtbombs if you haven’t before! Awesome mix garage, soul, and punk, in that order. Them and the Greenhornes, who I assume you guys already know, put out some of the best garage rock around today. Well I tried not writing a long drawn out post, and failed, so I’m gonna stop myself before i get really carried away.

  53. christina says:

    while kid a is somewhat life changing, i might have to throw in hail to the thief and call it a tie.

  54. Orsino says:

    I actually mad a list up 3 weeks ago and this is what I came up with:

    1 Clutch Blast Tyrant
    2 Thrice Vhessiu
    3 Cave In Antenna
    4 Helmet Size Matters
    5 Mute Math Self Titled
    6 Head Automatica Decadence
    7 Qotsa Songs for the Deaf
    8 Muse Absolution
    9 Open Hand You and Me
    10 NIN With Teeth

    Honorable Mention:

    TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
    Mastodon Crack the Skye
    The Used Self Titled
    Pearl Jam Self Titled
    Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
    Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of the Silent Earth
    Code Seven Dancing Echos/Dead Sounds
    Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machiene
    The Sword Age of Winters
    Saul Williams Niggy Tardust

    (White Pony would have been in the top 10, but I swore that the album came out in 99)

  55. Skwerl says:

    big fan of blast tyrant, that open hand album, and codeseven.

  56. CFR63 says:

    Great job on the list! Very glad to see Fiona Apple make it, and a strong argument can easily be made for just about every artist on there. Songs for the Deaf was a great choice at number 1.

    There are a few albums I’d personally like to see on here that aren’t, but the only glaring omissions to me are Van Lear Rose and Chinese Democracy. Especially with all of the Jack White love going on.

    I’d also include Velvet Revolver’s Libertad, Contraband is more popular, but I thought Libertad was the better album, Jamey Johnson’s Lonesome Song, Backyard Babies’ Tinnitus (if it counts, otherwise Stockholm Syndrome), Mark Lanegan’s Bubblegum, and Warrior Soul’s Destroy the War Machine. I know that album is fairly recent, not all that well known, and rather short, but there isn’t a bad minute on it, let alone a bad song. But I guess that’s just my opinion.

  57. Peter says:

    Yeah Backyard Babies are great ! But Velver Revolver seriously for top of decade list ? Don’t get me wrong I’m not a hater but both albums where from average to good, nothing spectacular. Talking hard rock Europe “Last Look at Eden” destroys any album VR made, fantastic hard rock record check it out ! Europe is much better band after reunion than before and “Last Look on Eden” is their best album ever ( and that talks a lot considering they are almost 30years around)
    It’s great that we can share our bands, only problem I had was multiple albums by same artists but that was authors call.
    If I can recommend some great band
    – Vains of Jenna – retro glam rock, awesome band if you like that kind of music and they have their own unique sound without ripping of Guns N’ Roses/Motley Crue (like majority of such bands do)
    – Parlor Mob (sorry know it was mentioned but can’t get enough of them)
    – Buckethead solo records
    – Beth Hart
    – Hatifnats
    – The Answer
    – Die Mannequin ( great band live and their record and EPs are so powerful, and Care Failure – vocalist/lead guitarist/frontwomen is awesome –
    – Joe Bonamassa

  58. Thundercat says:

    Pretty solid list but…
    Where is the Bob Dylan on this list? Seriously the albums hes put out this last decade have been from good to excellent. Modern Times is a standout for sure. Maybe not his Christmas album, but otherwise Dylan has shown he still can make interesting, powerful music.

  59. Thanks for all the love & recommendations people (keep ‘em coming!). We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled awesome on Monday.

  60. Porkspam says:

    Great list. Glad at least John frusciante if not making it on his solo work, gets on via the mars volta. Them Crooked Vultures is a great cd. It’s just too new to really know how i’ll feel about it in a year or 10. Oh and Daft Punk belong on the list someplace, but whatever.

  61. Peter says:

    Ok I’ve got some more great bands to recommend

    – Big Elf “Cheat the Gllows”
    – Alberta Cross “Broken Side of Time”
    – Joanne Shaw Taylor “White Sugar”

  62. Ozzie says:

    Its a shame Unida’s ‘Coping With The Urban Coyote’ was a 1999 release, and ‘The Great Divide’ got caught up in Rubins Def Jam beef, never to see the light of day. Both of these albums would shadow most listings.

  63. Skwerl says:

    i love coping with the urban coyote… i didn’t know there was another album out there. it never leaked or anything?

  64. Adrian says:

    Excellent 50… agree with Songs for the Deaf too.

    Would’ve been good to see TV on the Radio’s “Desperate Youths, Bloodthirsty Babes” I think… feel like it was a real stand out of the last 10 years artistically and critically.

  65. Ozzie says:

    Yeah, its out there, I had a mate download it from one of the shareware sites.

    This articles gives a bit of the background, as does Johns wiki-site .

  66. Matt says:

    Thanks for posting the only decade-end list I’ve seen that has some balls.

  67. Spinett says:

    Now that I look at this list, there are so much more albums missing from it, other than just Mastodon’s, like for example: UNKLE, Archive, Sigur Rós, God is an Astronaut, Death From Above 1979, Interpol, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…, Moby, Bjork, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulsavers, Mogwai, The Knife. With that said some of the albums on your list I consider (by far) unworthy of the competition. Guess, there’s no other way than to create my own list.

  68. Skwerl says:

    vespertine, show your bones, and it’s not how far you fall were all in the running. i wouldn’t have been against moby’s latest getting a shot. they just didn’t shake out in the end. but hey, our opinion ain’t the gospel. i say this with complete sincerity and not a shred of sarcasm: you’re very welcome to post your own list here in the comments, for the benefit of other readers.

  69. John says:

    “i know that’s a controversial opinion. but lateralus was just so mathematically calculated. impressively so, for sure. but to my perception, it lacked a burning warmth of soul that undertow and ænima.” -Skwerl

    And I thought I was the only one who thought that way. +1

  70. The Wolf says:

    Solid list indeed. Here are some that I feel were left off:
    State Radio, Us Against the Crown
    Audioslave, Self-titled
    John Butler Trio, Grand National
    Modest Mouse, We Were Dead…
    Pearl Jam , Self-titled
    Mofro, Lochloosa
    The Black Keys, Rubber Factory
    My Morning Jacket – pretty much ANY album
    Ben Harper & R7, Diamonds on the Inside
    The Flaming lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
    Alberta Cross, Broken Side of Time
    That being said, great to see some love for Portugal.the Man, although The Satanic Satanist would be higher on my list.

  71. Elijah's Rain says:

    No My Morning Jacket?! No Wilco?!

  72. Cody Lamie says:

    do a top 50 of the 90s

  73. DrMooseknuckle0 says:

    Here are what I believe to be notable misses on the list:

    Tricky – Blowback
    …And you will know us by the trail of dead – Source Tags & Codes
    Sparta – Wiretap Scars
    High on Fire – Blessed Black Wings
    Isis – In the Absence of Truth
    DJ Shadow – The Private Press
    Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
    El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead

  74. Cody Lamie says:

    Needs more Worship and Tribute. Great list though

  75. jay says:

    wolfmothers first album. got to be one best solid albums of the 00’s

  76. Richard says:

    Where the hell is Primal Scream’s XTRMNTR. released in 2000 and an absolute gem of a record!!!!

  77. Just saw this in the greatest hits. Now I believe Skwerl actually likes Silverchair.

  78. marcus says:

    Surprised that Clutch got that much love, shocked it wasn’t for Blast Tyrant.

  79. Cheesedique says:

    Pretty great list–I have to agree ten times over with the inclusions of “White Pony” and BRMC’s Howl, which was their last great record.

    I’d have to swap out ‘Thirteenth Step’ for APC’s ‘Mer De Noms’ and ‘Amputecture’ for Mars Volta’s ‘De-Loused In the Comatorium’, but that’s just me.

    No Elliott Smith, Enon or Dead Meadow, though? For shame.

  80. Rrar says:

    A couple of albums from bands ending their career on (arguably) their highest level of songcraft and musicianship (is that a word?) that would have been high on my list

    Fugazi – The Argument

    Sleater-Kinney – The Woods (<- especially this, it's a freakin' masterpiece)

    Nice to see Year Zero got some props though, I'm of the opinion that it's also easily Reznor's best work (or, at least, often unfairly underrated compared to his early stuff).

  81. adsas says:

    wheres audioslave, out of exile noobs..

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