Best Albums of the last decade 2000-2009

I’ve been considering this post all year, I’ve delayed it because I wanted to be sure of my top 20, and not change my mind in a year. After giving it some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible. There is simply too much music out there and my tastes continue to change as I discover YET ANOTHER fabulous artist. Also my memories or associations with a particular album or artist taint my judgement.

With that said I will present my top 20 favorite albums of the last decade with a big fat SUBJECT TO CHANGE right on top. Also I started the last decade at age 14, so that is sure to impact the legitimacy of this list.

I will say though, if nothing else, each one of these albums deserves a good listen even the oldies. If you aren’t a genius and have not yet purchased a Zune Pass or the like, I’ll mention the very best tracks in Grey, so you can check them out. But these albums have made it on to my list because the entire album is brilliant, not just because I like a song or two.


These are the albums that enter this list on occasion, all our fabulous, but don’t quite make the top 20 for me.

Lily Allen with Alright, Still

Regina Spektor with Far

The Avett Brothers with I and Love and You

Modest Mouse with Good News for People who Love Bad News

Franz Ferdinand with his self-titled album

Spoon with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Fleet Foxes Self Titled full album

The White Stripes with Elephant

Wilco with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Switchfoot with Beautiful Letdown

Phoenix with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Jars of Clay with Good Monsters

Without further adieu…

20. Give Up by The Postal Service, The District Sleeps Alone Tonight, Such Great Heights

19. Under the Blacklight by Rilo Kiley Silver Lining, Smoke Detector

18. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter by Josh Ritter Temptation of Adam

17. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird (2009) Effigy, Nomenclature

16. Viva La Vida by Coldplay (2008) Strawberry Swing, Violet Hill

15. Hot Fuss by The Killers (2004) Jenny was a Friend of Mine, Mr. Brightside

14. Divine Discontent by Sixpence None the Richer (2002) A Million Parachutes

13. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine (2005) Sodom, South Georgia, Naked as We Came

12. How to Save a Life by The Fray (2005) Hundred, Over My Head

11. Mmhmm by Relient K (2004) High of 75, When I go Down

10. On a Clear Night by Missy Higgins (2007) Sugar Cane, Warm Whispers

9. Robbers & Cowards by Cold War Kids (2006) Hospital Beds, We Used to Vacation, Hang Me Up to Dry, Saint John


8. Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens (2004) To Be Alone with You, Abraham, The Transfiguration

7. Memories & Dust by Josh Pyke (2007) Sew My Name, Covers get Thrown, Monkey with a Drum, Buttons, Middle of the Hill, Vibrations in the Air

6 The Animal Years by Josh Ritter (2006) Girl in the War, Wolves, Lillian, Egypt, Good Man, Here at the Right Time, Monster Ballads

5. X&Y by Coldplay (2005) Swallowed in the Sea, Talk, Fix You


4.Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens (2005) Casimir Pulaski Day, Chicago, Decatur

3. Plans by Death Cab for Cutie (2005) Crooked Teeth, Brothers on a Hotel Bed, I will Follow you into the Dark

2. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer by Jon Foreman (2007) The Cure for Pain, Equally Skilled, Snow, Baptize my Mind, Your Love is Strong, A Mirror is Harder to Hold

1. Who we are Instead by Jars of Clay (2003) The entire album, no exceptions, from start to finish, pure beauty

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