Musoscribe’s Best of the Naughties

As someone who’s been following pop music for four decades, I am a bit surprised to look back at the now-ending decade (the naughties) and conclude that it’s actually been a good one for music. Here’s my list of the best albums of the past decade.

No compilations or retrospectives are included (except ones by Pugwash and The Simpsons), just to keep things sort of current. Longtime readers may note that I’ve either reviewed many of these or actually interviewed the artists. What can I say? I write about what I care about. Also, I’m sure I’ve forgotten some discs I meant to include.

Note that the hyperlinks will take you somewhere relevant — usually, my archive site — but it might be a review of something else by that artist, or an interview from a time period not corresponding directly to that album. Still worth your time if you’re hi-fi curious, so to speak.

You’ll have your own list, I’m sure. but I’m the one with the blog. Happy New Year.

Air – The Virgin Suicides (soundtrack)
Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun
Radiohead – Kid A
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Semisonic – All About Chemistry
Guided by Voices – Isolation Drills
Zero 7 – Simple Things

Moby – 18
Brian Wilson – Pet Sounds Live
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Porcupine Tree – In Absentia

Fountains of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers
Love – The Forever Changes Concert

The Polyphonic Spree – Together We’re Heavy
Brian Wilson – SMiLE
KT Tunstall – Eye to the telescope
Dungen – Tat Det Lugnt
Milk and Honey Band – The Secret Life of…

Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Cheeksters – 1965
Randy & the Bloody Lovelies – Lift
Lake Trout –  Not Them, You

Flaming Lips – At War With the Mystics
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers Vol. 1
Wolfmother – s/t
Pete Yorn – Nightcrawler
Residents – The River of Crime
David Gilmour – On an Island
New Mastersounds – Live at La Cova
Richard X Heyman – Actual Sighs
Russian Circles – Enter

Iggy and the Stooges – The Weirdness
Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
Paul McCartney – Memory Almost Full
Polyphonic Spree – The Fragile Army
Crowded House – Time on Earth
KT Tunstall – Drastic Fantastic
The Simpsons – Testify
New York Dolls – Live at the Fillmore East
James Morrison – Undiscovered
Warm in the Wake – American Prehistoric

King Khan & the Shrines – The Supreme Genius of…
Black Mountain – In the Future
Tally Hall – Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
Flight of the Conchords – s/t
Brothers and Sisters – Fortunately

A Camp – Colonia
Knight Area – Realm of Shadows
Jamie and Steve – English Afterthoughts
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – hERE aND nOW
Pugwash – Giddy
Dennis Diken with Bell Sound – Late Music
The Twilight Hours – Stereo Night