The Real Top 50 Albums of the Last Decade

After some time off, I return in order to present to you the objective list for the Top 50 Albums of the Last Decade. Paste, Pitchfork and NPR were on to something, but have ultimately fallen short. Through a well thought out systematic approach, these five indicators of originality, diversity, sound, lyrics and finally heart, helped to mold this perfect representation of musical greatness. This music has carried me through high school, college, Bush and breakups. These are the albums I have come to love. Thoughts and opinions are welcome…

50 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah [2005]
49 Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence [2006]
48 A Fine Frenzy: One Cell in the Sea [2007]
47 Conor Oberst [2008]
46 The Strokes: Room On Fire [2003]
45 Snow Patrol: Final Straw [2003]
44 Sea Wolf: White Water, White Bloom [2009]
43 Shane and Shane: Psalms [2002]
42 John Mayer: Room for Squares [2001]
41 The All American Rejects [2003]
40 Sigur Ros: Takk… [2005]
39 Jack Johnson: In Between Dreams [2005]
38 Evan and Jaron [2000]
37 Aaron Espe: My Whole Life [2005]
36 Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses [2002]
35 Coldplay: X and Y [2005]
34 Death Cab For Cutie: The Photo Album [2001]
33 Joshua James: The Sun is Always Brighter [2008]
32 Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [2007]
31 Straylight Run [2004]
30 Sea Wolf: Leaves in the River [2007]
29 Bright Eyes: Cassadaga [2007]
28 Caedmon’s Call: Long Line of Leavers [2000]
27 Mae: The Everglow [2005]
26 Mewithoutyou: Brother, Sister [2006]
25 The Everybodyfields: Nothing is Okay [2007]
24 The Killers: Hot Fuss [2004]
23 Death Cab For Cutie: Plans [2005]
22 Band of Horses: Cease to Begin [2007]
21 The Decemberists: Picaresque [2005]
20 Page France: Hello, Dear Wind [2005]
19 Eisley: Room Noises [2005]
18 Derek Webb: She Must and Shall Go Free [2003]
17 Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago [2008]
16 The Postal Service: Give Up [2003]
15 Jimmy Eat World: Bleed America [2001]
14 Copeland: Beneath Medicine Tree [2003]
13 Blind Pilot: 3 Rounds and a Sound [2008]
12 Arcade Fire: Funeral [2004]
11 Damien Rice: O [2003]
10 Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning [2005]
9 Sufjan Stevens: Illinois [2005]
8 Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism [2003]
7 Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker [2000]
6 The Swell Season [2006]
5 Shout Out Louds: Our Ill Wills [2007]
4 Dashboard Confessional: The Places That You Have Come to Fear the Most [2001]
3 Manchester Orchestra: I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child [2006]
2 The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love [2009]
1 Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans [2004]
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  • Lauren

    I can’t stop listening to Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker Album. It’s so so good.
    And thanks for putting Bon Iver up there. Somehow Paste forgot about them.

  • susanne

    ah, robert. these really take me back! i think i have some listening to do…

  • http://treesandoceans.blogspot.com Alfred

    2 sufjan in the top 10? Well, i guess pitchfork has Animal Collective, Paste has Avett Brothers and NPR has Arcade Fire.

    You have sufjan.

    Also Dashboard at #4? Those middle school memories must really linger hard.

    I just don’t see how you have no Nickleback on here, other than that its not bad.