Favorite tracks of the decade

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

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4 Responses to “Favorite tracks of the decade”

  1. Ken Says:

    Wow – a lot more overlap in taste than I expected. From the Arcade Fire I’d have picked something off of Neon Bible myself (perhaps Intervention), as that was one of my favorite albums in recent years. Good choice on the Beck song – I didn’t even realize Sea Change was from this decade (Guess I’m Doing Fine is another great song off that album)! Off of Illinoise I also really like They Are Night Zombies!!. Also, I don’t get Animal Collective AT ALL.

    Other notables (off the top of my head) are the Dandy Warhols with You Were the Last High, Johnny Cash with The Man Comes Around, Wild Sweet Orange with Ten Dead Dogs, Phoenix with 1901, and Stars (either Your Ex-Lover is Dead or One more Night). There are probably some other recent ones that might qualify, but I don’t yet know how much staying power they’ll have (e.g., songs by Matt & Kim, Airborne Toxic Event, MGMT, Florence & the Machine).

  2. radioloveless Says:

    Thanks for the comment Ken. I’m going to have to do another post and include the Dandy Warhols (I love Last High) and Johnny Cash.

  3. mike Says:

    I thought Eric Bachman’s album “To the Races” was genius…like much of his other stuff.

  4. Spaghetti Western Memorabilia Says:

    Spaghetti Western Memorabilia…

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