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Top 50 Albums of the Decade (50 to 41)

17-Dec-2009 04:30 AM Contributed by: pete Music News


Creating this Top 50 Albums of the Decade list was more of a personal activity than anything else. I have lots of listening statistics on last.fm and iTunes, but those didn't start until late 2003, and even then, making lists like this has to include a certain amount of emotional input as well. I actually thought it would be difficult to come up with 50 albums, but after my first pass through the decade of music I had almost 100 albums that I considered among my favourites. Scaling it back to just 50 turned out to be the difficult part. I know I will regret cutting some of those albums from the list, and I've questioned the order I ended up with repeatedly, but I finally just decided to stop and put it out in front of you. Below you will find #50 through #41.

Links to all Top 50 articles: (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1)

  50 Sloan / Pretty Together (2001)

I feel slightly awkward putting the greatness of Sloan in 50th spot here, but the truth is that my favourite Sloan albums come from the 90's. That's not to say that Pretty Together isn't a great Sloan album, because clearly it is. After nine years, songs like If It Feels Good Do It, In The Movies, and The Other Man are still a part of my listening habits.

Info: Sloan | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  49 Edwin / Another Spin Around The Sun (2000)

As much as I liked all the I Mother Earth material from the 90's, when Edwin released this first solo album, I was hooked on it. I listened (and continue to listen) to songs like Trippin', Hang Ten, And You, and Alive repeatedly. Still a great album.

Connect: MySpace

  48 Pilate / Caught By The Window (2004)

Now known as Pilot Speed, this debut album was released under the name Pilate. It has some significance to me because it was released around the time that I started blogging - not about music, just about everything. I recommended it to a few people and it ended up pushing me one step closer to blogging about music. Also, I'm still not tired of listening to Into Your Hideout, both at home and in concert.

Info: Pilot Speed | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  47 Broken Social Scene / You Forgot It in People (2002)

I've seen more than a few decade end lists by this point, and one thing they have in common is that this career defining album from Broken Social Scene appears frequently in the number 1 spot, and even more frequently in the top 10. There is no question about the importance of Broken Social Scene in the Canadian music industry as well as the number of careers that this collective spawned; however, just counting pure personal listening pleasure, Cause = Time and Shampoo Suicide are really the two tracks that have stuck with me. Still, an important and excellent album for sure.

Info: Broken Social Scene | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  46 Ben Kweller / On My Way (2004)

The independent lo-fi sound of On My Way was just the way Ben Kweller made music, as proven by is 2002 album Sha Sha, but this album clicked with me a little more. It is light, seemingly simple, and extremely catchy. It still get a huge kick out of blasting I Need You Back and Hospital Bed on weekend mornings.

Info: Ben Kweller | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  45 Coldplay / Parachutes (2000)

I realize Coldplay has suffered from overexposure, but in 2000 when this debut album was released, they were still working on making a name for themselves. This album appealed to people across many demographics, so their popularity spread quickly via word-of-mouth (oh, and probably the radio airplay of Yellow helped too). Within a few years, not only did this album go on to be a huge seller, its influence could be heard throughout the music industry. Mitch Benn and The Distractions even recorded a song called Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now.

Info: Coldplay | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  44 Amos The Transparent / Everything I've Forgotten To Forget (2007)

It is no secret that Amos The Transparent has become one of my current favourite live bands. Their shows are something I look forward to, not just because of the music, but because the band has figured out how to make a connection with the crowd. The songs on this album remind me strongly of what we hear in concert, and as a result, it's what I listen to when it goes too long between shows. The songs (Here's To) New Beginnings, It's A Beautiful Life, and I'm On Trial have become set list staples, and for good reason.

Info: Amos The Transparent | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
Media: Lemons (mp3), (Here's To) New Beginnings (mp3)

  43 Young Galaxy / Young Galaxy (2007)

Sometimes lyrics resonate so strongly with something that is going on in your life that you can't help but make a connection, even if the words weren't meant exactly as you interpreted them. When lyrics like that are put to music that reinforces your interpretation, the connection can become a lifelong bond. It's happened to me in the past with albums that have now been a part of my life for more years that I want to admit. And it happened with this album.

Info: Young Galaxy | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
Media: Long Live The Fallen World (mp3), Lazy Religion (mp3)

  42 Hollerado / Record In A Bag (2009)

I have no idea if this album will pass the test of time, but for the moment, I have a great time just listening to Record In A Bag since it embodies good times and friends. Hollerado was the winner of the $250,000 Big Money Shot contest this year, and this album is a good representation of why they won. Not only is the music excellent rock, the band just has something unique about the way they market themselves. Check out their website for what I mean, and while you're there, download this album for free.

Info: Hollerado | Connect: MySpace
Media: Americanarama (mp3, video), Record In A Bag (zip)

  41 The Hold Steady / Boys and Girls in America (2006)

Prior to Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady were releasing some great stuff, but this album was career defining. If you haven't seen The Hold Steady in concert, you are missing out on one of the best live acts of North America. I liked the classic rock sound of this album before I went to see them in concert, but their performance made the album sound even better.

Info: The Hold Steady | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

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Authored by: Anonymous on 18-Dec-2009 10:30 AM
Choosing the best album of the decade is very difficult task and they are really chosen perfectly. I'm glad that ColdPlay is on the list. I love ColdPlay they rock!
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