Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The list

These are my favourite records of the last decade. It has been brought back to an infinitely more manageable top 50 from 100 but they're all winners in their own way (a lot of great albums grazed the 50 mark but this is as faithful to my listening loves and habits as I can get). I was surprised - two live albums; heaps of female artists; a lack of metal and rawwwwk!; too much folky strumming and a lot of guitar solos. It all means nothing and will probably change tomorrow but enjoy...

1. Songs for the Deaf – Queens of The Stone Age
2. Body of Song – Bob Mould
3. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea - PJ Harvey
4. Bubblegum – Mark Lanegan
5. Rated R - Queens of the Stone Age
6. Time (Revelator) - Gillian Welch
7. Middle Cyclone – Neko Case
8. The Creek Drank The Cradle – Iron and Wine
9. Rock Action – Mogwai
10. The Greatest – Cat Power
11. White Pony - Deftones
12. One Beat - Sleater Kinney
13. Live - Built to Spill
14. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
15. Alive 2007 – Daft Punk
16. Plans - Death Cab For Cutie
17. Travels with Myself and Another – Future of the Left
18. The Argument - Fugazi
19. Kid A - Radiohead
20. Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron and Wine
21. You Are Free - Cat Power
22. American III: Solitary Man - Johnny Cash
23. Finally We Are No One - Mum
23. () - Sigur Ros
24. All Hands On The Bad One - Sleater Kinney
25. Son Of Evil Reindeer - The Reindeer Section
26. In The Reins - Calexico/Iron & Wine
27. Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia – The Dandy Warhols
28. Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens
29. With Teeth - Nine Inch Nails
30. Do Dallas – Mclusky
31. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
32. The Hawk Is Howling – Mogwai
33. In Search Of… - NERD
34. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
35. Gold - Ryan Adams
36. Saturnalia – The Gutter Twins
37. Everything All The Time - Band of Horses
38. Things We Lost In The Fire – Low
39. You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine – Death From Above 1979
40. In Rainbows - Radiohead
41. District Line - Bob Mould
42. Come On Feel The Illinoise! - Sufjan Stevens
43. There Is No Enemy – Built to Spill
44. Source Tags and Codes – Trail of Dead
45. It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
46. This Island – Le Tigre
47. For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
48. Two Suns - Bat For Lashes
49. Elephant - The White Stripes
50. Sunrise Projector – Tycho



  1. Isn't Mouldy a little high up on that list? I keed, I keed. But he does figure twice. If that's the case, then Case's Blacklisted or Fox Confess. should be in there too. And Radiohead. And The Ros. But this begs too many questions, it begs another monster list, it begs me buying a fat iPod, downloading all dub and downloads onto it, and then saying This be My Playlist.

    I think I will blog about a Tom Waits song that's been breaking my heart instead. Focus on the particular.

    But we need to hash out more post-rock.

    Oh yes.

  2. Yeah, Neko got the shaft there as I love those albums but not as much. I think these kind of lists are problematic as it probably reflects what I'm listening to right now rather than what I listened to in reality. If I was more honest, radiohead would be higher (they lost me about hail to the thief time), there would be more post rock and punk to be honest, but (ahem, coughs) fuck post rock... Over it.