45. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank (2007)
– Add one of the 80s greatest guitar forces (Johnny Marr) to one of the most exciting alternative rock bands of the decade…and what do you get? Pure rock brilliance. (Invisible)
47. My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (2003)
– A mammoth album when it comes to alternative country. I assume that this album so good, the band knew they would never top it…and decided to move in other directions. (Golden)
48. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (2007)
– Tweedy & a bunch of other guys put together a record that sounds like someone created a radio that allows you to hear music from the 1970s. One of the perfect lazy afternoon records.
49. Girl Talk – Night Ripper (2006)
– If you don’t think you can create your own music…just take all the best music of the past 30 years and mash them all together in one big remix. Greg Gillis takes mash-ups to a whole other level with this epic tour through the history of commercial radio. It takes talent to steal something this good.
50. Guns N Roses – Chinese Democracy (2008)
– I’m crazy to include this, right? And not just to include this in my list…but to make the top 50. Just say it. Say I’m crazy. Well…here’s my reasoning: During this decade, no album has been talked about, written about, discussed, downloaded, leaked, speculated, even rumored more than this album. It was a tour de force before it even came out. And when it did come out…it had no chance. As many people who wanted to hear…just as many wanted to hate it. And many hadn’t even listened to the record. But now, almost a year after its release, the record remains unique but solid effort. The album plays more like a movie score than a rock record. It challenges the concept that every song on a rock album should sound the same. It takes some gutsy chances, it pushes boundaries…sometimes with enormous payoff…sometimes not. But isn’t that what great rock is supposed to be about? About challenging the norm? I honestly wish more albums sounded like this…I think rock would be alive and well if they did.
51. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (2008)
– If GNR set the stage for the future, MGMT is that future. With an album that had more nooks and crannies than your grandmother’s house, they rocketed on the scene with the uber catchy “Kids” even though the rest of the album sounded like something that might be featured on the next Nuggets box set.
52. Iron & Wine – The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
– If freak folk defined the indie scene this decade…I&W is the grandpappy. With the ultimate lo-fi production, it was like being transported back into time to a more peaceful era…where sitting on the porch drinking lemonade actually meant something.
53. Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)
– If you’re looking for albums that weren’t just great but helped shaped the decade…DP’s album was the album that set the standard for club music. From the likes of Kanye West to Justice to Beck…this was the album that influenced anyone and everyone to bust a move.
54. Feist – The Reminder (2007)
– With a voice like Feist’s…she could sing TV jingles and still be captivating. And with 1,2,3,4 as the perfect indie pop song…she had everyone…including pre-schoolers…singing along with her.
55. Hot Chip – The Missing (2006)
– It wasn’t dance record…but it had more moves than most club albums could have dreamed for. Like the bastard offspring of Thom Yorke and Beck, it was tantilizing good time. (Colours)
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