I read this New York Times piece about how we’re frantically trying to find a pithy, reductive nickname for this decade that’s closing. Some are proposing “The Noughties,” others “The Naughties,” so I’m gonna coin a phrase for this time of looking back: Noughtstalgia. Or Naughtstalgia, whatever. Music mags and sites have been framing our noughtstalgic excursions via songs and albums for the past few months (see: Uncut, P4K’s albums and songs, Paste, NME, EW); yesterday, you guys weighed in. Now it’s Rolling Stone’s turn. And as much as a list like this is a way to assess the past 10 years’ art, in this case it’s also a time to look back at the assessing institution.

RS’s diminishing sway on the listening habits of people like us parallels MTV’s, that’s not really controversial; most that frequent sites like ours look to the internet/blogs/sites-that-rank-albums-on-10-point-scales mindmeld for leads. So what’s Rolling Stone’s place in all of this? Take this 200-point list as the formalized answer: to be something to everyone. And in a time of increasing niche-ification, that could soon translate as “to be nothing to anyone.”

Not to say reaching outside the internet’s navel-gazing is without value! In theory, it’s refreshing to have an alternative to the hipster hegemony of most lists. But in reality? Rolling Stone’s top 15 albums tends toward commercial appeal and Dylan over artistic risk. I watched a Charlie Rose interview with Jann Wenner on the eve of the R&R HOF anniversary show in which the RS honcho spoke of his love for those acts that fuse the musical with the political, the artists “making a statement.” Not that Wenner got his hands dirty crafting this song rundown — it’d be heavier on the trinity-of-holy-Bs (Bono, Bruce, Bob) if so, and the official methodology included a poll of artists and “industry insiders” — but his spirit is there. Like, Randy Newman’s op-ed “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” coming in just seven slots below Pitchfork’s #1 song of the decade. Just like your list, right?

There’s a lot to pore over here, and it’s not without its catch-all merits — put it this way, to participate in a comprehensive conversation on “pop music,” whatever that is, you should probably know all of these artists. So just a few more notes before you cruise through:

  • There’s a six-way tie for artists with the most songs in the Top 100: Beyoncé, U2, Jay-Z, OutKast, Radiohead, and LCD Soundsystem all with three a piece. Nicely eclectic/base-covering.
  • RS and EW completely disagree on which of Cat Power’s albums is worthy of notice.
  • Kanye West’s decade is to Rolling Stone’s what Animal Collective’s was to yours: his entire four-album discography makes the list (Sung Tongs, Strawberry Jam, Merriweather, and Feels all made yours). In fairness, Ye’s actually tied with Radiohead for artist with most albums making the cut. And speaking of Animal Collective: shut out. Maybe not trying to be everything to everyone after all.
  • And the #1 thing the Gummys, P4K, and RS can agree on: Kid A.

Have at it.

BEST SONGS
100 Damian Marley – “Welcome To Jamrock”
99 Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
98 Amy Winehouse – “Back To Black”
97 Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”
96 Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”
95 Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair”
94 Radiohead – “Pyramid Song”
93 Snoop Dogg – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
92 Brad Paisley – “Alcohol”
91 Bruce Springsteen – “My City Of Ruins”
90 Midlake – “Roscoe”
89 Bright Eyes – “Lua”
88 Jay-Z – “Izzo (H.O.V.A)”
87 The Knife – “Heartbeats”
86 Aaliyah – “Try Again”
85 Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”
84 Clipse – “Grindin’”
83 The Gossip – “Standing In The Way Of Control”
82 Jay-Z – “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
81 Pink – “Get The Party Started”
80 Phoenix – “1901″
79 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Gone Gone Gone”
78 LCD Soundsystem – “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
77 Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready To Make Nice”
76 Madonna – “Hung Up”
75 Arcade Fire – “Rebellion (Lies)”
74 TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
73 Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
72 Kings Of Leon – “Use Somebody”
71 Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
70 Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”
69 Santigold – “L.E.S. Artistes”
68 Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
67 Wilco – “Jesus, Etc.”
66 Madonna – “Music”
65 Green Day – “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”
64 U2 – “Vertigo”
63 Lil Wayne – “A Milli”
62 Alicia Keys – “Fallin’”
61 Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
60 Beyoncé – “Irreplaceable”
59 The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”
58 The White Stripes – “Fell In Love With A Girl”
57 The Shins – “New Slang”
56 Radiohead – “Idioteque”
55 OutKast – “Ms. Jackson”
54 Coldplay – “The Scientist”
53 The Rapture – “House Of Jealous Lovers”
52 Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful”
51 D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”
50 Beyoncé – “Single Ladies”
49 The Walkmen – “The Rat”
48 The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
47 Green Day – “American Idiot”
46 MGMT – “Kids”
45 Kylie Minogue – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
44 Britney Spears – “Toxic”
43 The Roots – “The Seed (2.0)”
42 Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”
41 LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
40 Kelis – “Milkshake”
39 Modest Mouse – “Float On”
38 Gorillaz – “Clint Eastwood”
37 LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
36 U2 – “Moment Of Surrender”
35 Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”
34 Coldplay – “Yellow”
33 Daft Punk – “One More Time”
32 Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
31 The Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize??”
30 R. Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)”
29 Kanye West – “Gold Digger”
28 Randy Newman – “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country”
27 The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”
26 Coldplay – “Clocks”
25 Missy Elliott – “Work It”
24 Radiohead – “Everything In Its Right Place”
23 Rihanna – “Umbrella”
22 Amerie – “1 Thing”
21 OutKast – “B.O.B.”
20 Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me A River”
19 Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”
18 Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone”
17 Bob Dylan – “Mississippi”
16 The Strokes – “Last Nite”
15 Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
14 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
13 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
12 Eminem “Lose Yourself”
11 MGMT – “Time To Pretend”
10 Eminem – “Stan”
09 U2 – “Beautiful Day”
08 Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
07 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”
06 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
05 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
04 OutKast – “Hey Ya!”
03 Beyoncé – “Crazy In Love”
02 Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
01 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

BEST ALBUMS
100 Leonard Cohen – 10 New Songs
99 The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me
98 TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
97 Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
96 The Streets – Original Pirate Material
95 Alicia Keys – Songs In A Minor
94 The Libertines – Up The Brackett
93 Johnny Cash – Unearthed
92 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
91 The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
90 Amadou & Miriam – Dimanche A Bamako
89 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief
88 Brian Wilson – Smile
87 Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
86 The Postal Service – Give Up
85 Coldplay – Viva La Vida
84 Eminem – The Eminem Show
83 The Black Keys – Attack & Release
82 Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R
81 Ryan Adams – Gold
80 Kings Of Leon – Youth And Young Manhood
79 The New Pornographers – Electric Version
78 Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
77 Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
76 Sigur Rós – ( )
75 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
74 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
73 Coldplay – Parachutes
72 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
71 Bright Eyes – Lifted Of The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground
70 Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
69 Missy Elliott – Under Construction
68 U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
67 Björk – Vespertine
66 Antony & The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
65 Manu Chao – Próxima Estación Esperanza
64 Gillian Welch – Time The Revelator
63 Kanye West – 808s And Heartbreak
62 Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary May
61 The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
60 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
59 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
58 Danger Mouse – The Grey Album
57 Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
56 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
55 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
54 Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
53 Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
52 M.I.A. – Arular
51 Spoon – Kill The Moonlight
50 Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
49 Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
48 TV On The Radio – Dear Science
47 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
46 Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds
45 Kanye West – Graduation
44 System Of A Down – Toxicity
43 The Killers – Hot Fuss
42 Elliott Smith – Figure 8
41 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
40 Kanye West – Late Registration
39 Kings Of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
38 Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
37 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
36 U2 – No Line On The Horizon
35 PJ Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
34 OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
33 Daft Punk – Discovery
32 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
31 My Morning Jacket – Z
30 Radiohead – In Rainbows
29 Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun
28 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
27 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
26 Cat Power – The Greatest
25 Radiohead – Amnesiac
24 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
23 D’Angelo – Voodoo
22 Green Day – American Idiot
21 Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
20 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
19 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
18 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
17 Beck – Sea Change
16 OutKast – Stankonia
15 Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
14 Jay-Z – The Black Album
13 U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
12 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
11 Bob Dylan – Love And Theft
10 Kanye West – The College Dropout
09 M.I.A. – Kala
08 Bob Dylan – Modern Times
07 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
06 Arcade Fire – Funeral
05 The White Stripes – Elephant
04 Jay-Z – The Blueprint
03 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02 The Strokes – Is This It
01 Radiohead – Kid A

Head to Rolling Stone for a list of the lists that this issue promises, and a bunch of online exclusives. I’m actually going to buy this one, if only for Rob Sheffield’s piece — that dude tends to know.

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Comments (233)
  1. Noughtstalgia? That’s nought a good idea, sir…

  2. They nailed it with the top 6, i’m accually really suprised with this list. But the songs, not so much, its pretty tough saying what the best songs of of the 2000′s are, theyre are way to many that were so good.

    06 Arcade Fire – Funeral
    05 The White Stripes – Elephant
    04 Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    03 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    02 The Strokes – Is This It
    01 Radiohead – Kid A

    • Greg  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2009 +1

      I would even say it’s really good until #17

    • I would drop Jay Z from the top 10.

      10 Oracular Spectacular
      09 Kala
      08 In Rainbows
      07 Funeral
      06 Stankonia
      05 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
      04 The Marshal Mathers LP
      03 Elephant
      02 Is This It
      01 Kid A

      Saying This, I do think RS have done a good job with the top 10. I just think Bob Dylan’s past his time and Jay-Z is getting boring.

  3. Evan  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 +2

    Find: bloc party

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  4. Montell Williams  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    I guess this is the decade’s last list of the decade

  5. wow  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 +1

    wow, both Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear SNUBBED!!!

    SHOCKAH

    U2 WELL REPRESENTED WITH THEIR AMAZING OUTPUT OF THE LAST 10 YEARS THOUGH. PHEW!

  6. josh  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    for once this list doesnt seem too bad.
    i’m not a radiohead fan but i can admit they are great and they know how to structure a song and album well.

    great to see interpol, bon iver and bands like that too.

    i still don’t understand how green day is still popular…nothing after the 90′s was anything new. they seem like they try too hard to be serious and do something “new” which really isnt new at all.

  7. colin  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    OutKast also has 3 songs in the top 100

  8. I actually think the top 10 songs are pretty dead on. I wouldn’t choose them (read: u2) for my personal favorites, and I think Jay-z put out many better songs than 99 problems. But this list isn’t for me now, is it.

    Really, it reads like a top ten most popular/relevant songs of the 00′s. And can’t an argument (AN argument, not the final argument) be made that that’s, especially for a publication like Rolling Stone, what makes them the best?

    • Your right about the top ten songs being dead on, not to my liking or anything but as far as popularity and the people majority, its dead on, i still hear those song once in a while on the radio.

      And scooter69, ya dude, sea change was good but personaly The information was what took it for me, and i don’t think modern guilt gets enough credit, “volcano” was one of my favorite Beck songs

    • Nick  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0

      Going by this logic, shouldn’t Idioteque and Everything In Its Right Place essentially switch spots then? I agree with your assessment, just thought i’d be the devil’s advocate for a sec

  9. scooter69  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    I know lists are subjective but why is Sea Change Beck’s highest rated album? As good as it is, Guero, The Information, and especially Modern Guilt are far superior and deserve to be on this list. What’s with the hard-on for Jay-Z?

  10. Jim  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Ummmmm…. can’t agree more no Animal Collective? From an industry standpoint they’re the first experimental band of it’s kind to break Billboard’s mainstream top 200 debuting at #8 this year selling well over 600k units in first few months, unheard of-

    Blows me away, Merriweather Post Pavillion was definitely a noteworthy album of this decade. (even though it’s not my favorite of theirs) And the no Bloc PArty thing, shocking.

    If Rolling Stone is including 50 Cent why not Country songs? arguably one of the biggest genre’s of music-

    All i see here is Indie, Rock, & Hip Hop…ummm ur missing one Rolling Stone.

    Although I’m very partial to all the indie pics (Something I had never seen before in a RS list)
    overall think RS is lackin again-

    • uhh  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

      uhhh you gotta get your facts straight. MPP has not sold 600K, and it debut in the high teens, it was Veckatimest that debuted in the top 10 of billboard.

    • No country? i count Bright Eyes as country. Not only that but the best country there is.

    • seriously, i hate to take it out on you, because there are many dickheads like you sperming all over animal collective on this site, but dude, it needs to be said:

      there is nothing noteworthy about either animal collective or mpp that deserves a decade mention. i am still blown away that they are this year’s number one. what exactly have they ever like uh, done? wow, they can use creepy vocal overdubs and harpsichord loops! in every song! accompanied by community college-worthy “music videos”! can you believe it! i have never heard anything like them! oh wait i have and they’ve done nothing amazing or groundbreaking. they are just weird in a lame way and even that is not enough to say that they’re anything noteworthy. seriously, mpp is such a sad example of what would be their best work.

      it’s not directed at you, as much as it is at the general population of this site but seriously. shut the fuck up.

  11. 1-6 are fine…things go very downhill at #7. I still buy RS sometimes to take a shit to/fly with…usually only read one article.

  12. Wow, this list is actually…really good. A nice balance of populist picks and artsier music. Well done, Rolling Stone.

  13. Andy  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Overall not bad. Kings of Leon having three of the top albums is super surprising, especially putting Only By the Night ahead of Youth and Young Manhood.

    No surprises with the U2 love, that’s how RS gets down. I like the White Stripes and Strokes figuring in. Kid A at #1 seems like a shoutout to the indie community, not one of my favorites, but everyone adores it.

    Agree with Evan. Silent Alarm should have made the list, and it’s hard to imagine Helicopter or Banquet not making the list.

  14. Johnny  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Veckatimest anyone? Grizzly Bear should be there! Thom Yorke: The Eraser? Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga? Beck: Modern Guilt? Tegan and Sara? Imogen Heap? Yeah yeah yeah’s: Its Blitz!? There are some holes in the list…

  15. Jeff  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Modern Times and Love and Theft are excellent albums…safe? maybe, but I would put them on my list.

  16. I’m surprised, but for once with RS, in a good way. Pretty solid lists.

    Re: 1-6 being spot on, The Marshall Mathers LP (#7) is amazing, too.

  17. the song CRAZY has TERRIBLE lyrics, I think that should disqualify it from being #1. Where’s FUCKING BIRD AND THE BEE!!! Why does everyone pretend they don’t exist?!

  18. john  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Rolling Stone sucks.

  19. I just notice that U2 “No line on the Horizon” is #36 on the list

    * beating my head against a desk*

    O man, and then i noticed 50 cent was on the top 50 albums as #37

    * ran into oncoming traffic*

  20. bobo  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Of all the Hold Steady albums, they pick Almost Killed Me?

  21. Not that I’m a superfan or anything, but is there any other band that has released what has been argued as the “album of the decade” for two decades running?
    It’s kind of interesting to see Kid A and OK Computer both in common discussions when they’re such different albums.

    • George  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

      Not to undermine OK Computer or Kid A, but one could make a similar argument for The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby (not that I personally would, although both are definitely game-changers).

  22. Greg  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    MGMT in the top 20 of the decade? Wha?

  23. Fall Be Kind  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Photoshop is creepy more often than not…Get real RS…

  24. Burton  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    One Hold Steady album on the entire list…and it’s at 100…and it’s ALMOST KILLED ME? What in the world?

  25. pope  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 -1

    MANU CHAO! good surprise….why RS has become sucha hip-hop lover? remember the days this was an actual good music mag?

  26. Matthew Diment  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    I like MGMT but number 18 for the ’00s, no way. And Sky Blue Sky is one of the worst albums of the decade.

  27. Noughty PIne  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Why is their list of albums so good and their list of songs so bad? I can’t account for that vast disparity.

  28. I’m just wondering why you guys haven’t posted both the AV Club’s best of the Decade and their best of 2009. Both lists are quite good and from a major publication. Much better than this list…

    • Mikey  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

      I think AVClub’s best of the decade list is the best I’ve seen so far. With Bows + Arrows at 11 and Alligator at 10, it was a list after my heart.

      • I don’t like how the most recent Phoenix album is better than Is This It and how they try to hard to incorporate 09 into the list. I feel like all the indie pubs feel like they need to represent pop, so they pick something that they probably haven’t listened to in their lives (Justified?).

    • Max the King of All Wild Things  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

      I’ve been posting this in the comments and asking why myself forever now. That list is pretty great!

  29. No portishead… On any of these lists!

  30. 10. Eminem- Stan. HAH. What?

  31. Entourage_Sucks  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    It is wrong that Lil Wayne comes in 46 places ahead of Illinoise; however, it is even more ridiculous that not one but two of Kanye’s albums come in ahead of it. This list does include of number of good ones, but mostly it’s pretty whack!

  32. Gene Kang  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Garbage.

  33. Ric  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

    Ew.

  34. dane  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    completely disagree about the beck thing.

    sea change was the last album of his i cared about, i think guero, the information, and modern guilt (though slightly better than the previous two) are shadows of his former greatness.

    sea change is excellent though. real emotion there from beck finally.

  35. Bob K.  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    I don’t think either of those lists are too bad, as far as capturing the decade goes. I like that they chose Elephant over White Blood Cells, too. FINALLY someone made the correct call on that one.

    That said, I love Bob Dylan but anyone at RS who really thinks he made 2 of the 11 best records last decade needs to be put out to pasture.

  36. Personally I think NONE of us will ever fully agree with a list posted by ANYTHING. Lets just all make our own and love that one.

    And Rolling Stone has it out for Animal Collective, don’t know why, but they just do. None of their major releases have been over a 3.5 rating (and that one 3.5 went to MPP). They also don’t like Joanna Newsom, and for these two acts, I disqualify them as a legit musical source.

    • bread  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

      In the issue, there’s a blurb about the “least-enduring genres” of the decade, and they listed freak folk and specifically listed Joanna Newsom and Animal Collective as prime examples.

  37. Graze  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Wow. I was actually shocked with this list. I thought they were gonna put Miley Cyrus, Britney and The Jonas Brothers in there somewhere. I’m glad they did something right this time around. yay for Kid A!

  38. As a subscriber to Rolling Stone, I’ve often been letdown and/or surprised by some of their album reviews. Some favorite bands only getting three stars while the new U2 getting four?? I love the mag for the reporting they’ve done over the years and their articles are what keeps me coming back for more. Some of their writers and editors have very respectable opinions but is common knowledge now that RS caters to certain artists while ignoring others. Having said that, It appears they want to get plenty of “blog-cred” while at the same time not alienating the mainstream readers who have no idea who Animal Collective are. According to their standards, Coldplay, U2 and Green Day deserve to be on this list not because they released great albums but because they’ve managed to stick around long enough for people to continue to care about (and pay for) their music, from which RS has gained plenty of additional readers i’m sure, after all it’s still in the business of selling magazines right? Speaking for myself, I can say that many albums on this list are just filler while maybe only 15 of them truly deserve to be up there, with Kid A, YHF, Funeral, Up The Bracket and Is This It among them. Encompassing the whole decade, the most exciting music was that which had been influenced from many different past musical-eras and genres. I don’t know why but I tend to take the RS lists too seriously, maybe because they’ve been around for a long-ass time.

    A pivotal musical moment from this decade for me was right in the beginning in the year 2000 when I heard the preview mtv2 had of the new Radiohead album which was supposed to be coming out later that year. The first time I heard the opening piano riff for ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’ was the moment that signaled the birth of something completely fresh and new. The same excitement can be felt midway-through on Animal Collective’s opening song ‘In The Flowers’ from Merriweather Post Pavillion when the song takes off into this explosion of sounds. Perhaps signaling a preview of what awaits for us in the coming decade? Regarding this whole ranking of music, everybody has different opinions of what they feel is the best, worst albums of the decade but there will always be that handful of albums that everyone will always agree on, just ask p4k, RS & the Gummys. It’s these albums that will outlast the test of time. Amen for music.

  39. MilesMilesMilesMilesMiles  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    No Animal Collective? Have they no sense of consensus. Oh we hipsters will have something to say about this, indeed.

  40. papito  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    it seems rolling stone has been reading a lot of pitchfork.
    good thin m.i.a. made it to the top 10

  41. Ike  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    This list is pretty good. Sure there are bands I would like to have seen on it (just like every other best of decade list), but thank god someone stood up to the Animal Collective hipster hype machine. MPP is a gurgling mess.

  42. First a trivia note: The “naught” play on words refers to the first decade of a century traditionally being called the “aughts.” As for the list, as usual, most of the artists are probably appropriate to the overall pop/rock landscape, but we couid do with a little bit less Coldplay and a few more important artists, like the aforementioned and the Decemberists, Neko Case, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Ritter, Stars, Feist, Metric, and Belle & Sebastian. At the very least, include Broken Social Scene for it’s groundbreaking structure, style and spin-offs. And, of course, the choice of material and order of precedence is stupid. For example, M.I.A.’s “Paper Airplanes” is far more significant than Kala, especially as it was a major part of the soundtrack of Oscar-winning Best Film. I am also one of those annoying indie lovers who also loves U2 (probably b/c I’m a geezer who fell in love with them when they were indie post-punk at the same time as Joy Division), but *No Line on the Horizon* has no place on any best-of list. (The other two albums I’ll grant ‘em, and ATYCLB actually belongs IMHO.) And I would really like it if the folk weighing in would pay attention to covers. There is probably no song on this list covered more this decade than “Heartbeats,” and yet it is #87? I don’t think so. Even if you don’t like the song, pay attention to the artists who do. And no “Breathe Me” (Sia) when it was all we heard the summer of 05? (It was just as ubiquitious as “:Crazy” was the following summer, and Feist was later that year.) I AM glad to see LCD SS & Radiohead getting love (although, again, I’d do some re-arranging, except for Kid A), and I do like the hip-hop inclusions, but as for the latter, the exclusion of K’naan is also unforgivable. Another commenter said it well, none of these lists will do justice to the artists we love, and we just have to make our own.

  43. c'mon dudes...  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Does Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear have enough jizz for the amount of blowjobs y’all give them around here….?

  44. That’s because Animal Collective is not talented whatsoever.

  45. good to see Oracular Spectacular get some love

  46. I completely agree with Amrit – these two lists are a perfect illustration of how “something for everyone!” almost always translates into nothing for anyone. But that being said, I’m genuinely surprised at the albums list. It’s actually not horrible! Given the source I had much lower expectations. I definitely thought there would be a lot more of the let’s-pretend-they’re-still-relevant vanguard (i.e., U2, Dylan, etc.). I also agree with everyone who has said that the songs list leaves a bit more to be desired though.

    And I have to go with the majority (here on Stereogum, anyway) on Animal Collective. No matter how you may personally feel about their music, excluding them altogether says just as much about Rolling Stone as putting a Bob Dylan album in their top 10.

  47. Scout  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    hold steady should have been boys and girls in america
    and grizzly bear should have been on this
    other than that, better than i expected.

  48. One band thats been excluded from all these list is “Explosions in the sky” and not to mention Boards of Canadas ” Campfire Headphase” and ” Geogaddi.”

  49. andre  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    I AM VERY ASHAMED OF ROLLINGSTONE. THEIR TASTE FOR MUSIC HAS DIED!!!!!!!1. HOW THE HELL DOES LIL WAYNE TOP GET RICH OR DIE TRYING AND THE EMINEM SHOW???????????????????????????????HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPEOPLE. LIKE IM CONVINCED THAT LIL WAYNE HAS HYPNOTIZED EVERYONE IN LIKING HIM. IM SO AMAZED. THE EMINEM SHOW AND GET RICH SHOULD OF BEEN RANKED IN THE TOP 20. MAN…THIS IS MIND BOGGLING. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY REALLY IS DEAD

  50. solution: take 50 cent out. put grizzly bear in. done.

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