Decade’s Most Important Music

So it’s that time of the decade, when we put together best-of lists. NPR Music contributors have put together their list of 50 most important recordings of the past decade. It’s a good-ish list– betraying their indie bias– but as Bob Boilen says:

We make these lists not to exclude certain recordings, but to turn people on to music that we feel stands out the most in an unimaginably crowded field. We also make these lists so you can tell us about the music you are passionate about. […] None of the many people who helped put this list together agreed on all the selections. We all had our favorites and, of course, many never made it into the final 50. Regardless, there’s a ton of amazing music to spend time with, and probably some things you never heard of just waiting to be discovered.


The Strokes (7)Of the list, I have 15 albums and some songs from the others. My favorite on the list is– by far– Is This It by The Strokes. That’s my favorite song too. I’ve probably listened to that album every month for the past 8 years and seen them live 3 times. But my list for the best of the decade would be quite different.

The 15 I own:

Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire: Funeral
Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP
Green Day: American Idiot
LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver
M.I.A.: Kala
Panda Bear: Person Pitch
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Radiohead: Kid A
The Strokes: Is This It
Various: Garden State Soundtrack
Various: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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