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PLEASE REFRAIN from making this a "oh, this decade sucked compared to the 90s" type discussion. WE KNOW how you feel already.

Instead, maybe we can actually discuss the music that is on the list for once. Eh? Maybe? lol.

I obviously have no qualms with any of the #1 picks but some of these are indeed very questionable. Have at it!

ARTISTS

1. Green Day

2. Radiohead

3. U2

4. Coldplay

5. Black Eyed Peas

6. Justin Timberlake

7. Bruce Springsteen

8. Eminem

9. Jack White

10. Jay-Z

11. Kings of Leon

12. Fall Out Boy

13. Arcade Fire

14. M.I.A.

15. Wilco

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ALBUMS

1. American Idiot (Green Day)

2. Graduation (Kanye West)

3. Kid A (Radiohead)

4. Let Go (Avril Lavigne)

5. In Rainbows (Radiohead)

6. All That You Can't Leave Behind (U2)

7. Blackout (Britney Spears)

8. All I Ever Wanted (Kelly Clarkson)

9. The Blueprint (Jay-Z)

10. The Fame (Lady Gaga)

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SINGLES

1. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)

2. Single Ladies (Beyonce)

3. Beautiful Day (U2)

4. Toxic (Britney Spears)

5. We Belong Together (Mariah Carey)

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People will hate, but American Idiot is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Coming of age in 1994 (I was in 7th grade) I am far more partial to Dookie then American Idiot :)

As for this list...really I enjoy Green Day quite a bit, takes me back to the mid 90s and middle school, but this list is terrible.

This decade you saw quite a rise in many different genres of music, and musicians. Just seems way too "Clearchannel" for me

Honestly..Fall Out Boy? OLS

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Those lists are pretty terrible, but so is most of the music this past decade.

Kings of Leon??? They had like 2 songs. Give me a break.

Don't judge based on what you hear on the radio. The 2000s have been one of the best decades of all time for music. Not because there's more talent in this decade than any other (I'd say that talent has been pretty consistent) but because great artists that would have remained local/unknown in the past have been far more accessible. Much of the most popular music has been crap, but this has always been true in past decades as well (boy bands, hair metal, disco, etc)

Great artists from this decade:

Andrew Bird

Battles

Daft Punk

Interpol

Justice

Modest Mouse

The National

Okkervil River

Streetlight Manifesto

Wilco

Those are just a few, and of course some of them were around well before 2000, but they have all put out great music this decade.

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Don't judge based on what you hear on the radio. The 2000s have been one of the best decades of all time for music. Not because there's more talent in this decade than any other (I'd say that talent has been pretty consistent) but because great artists that would have remained local/unknown in the past have been far more accessible. Much of the most popular music has been crap, but this has always been true in past decades as well (boy bands, hair metal, disco, etc)

Great artists from this decade:

Andrew Bird

Battles

Daft Punk

Interpol

Justice

Modest Mouse

The National

Okkervil River

Streetlight Manifesto

Wilco

Those are just a few, and of course some of them were around well before 2000, but they have all put out great music this decade.

The difference is at least they had talent. The Backstreet Boys could at least sing. The metal players actually understood instruments. There was some good disco among the crap. Can't hate on the Bee Gees.

Sad when Soulja Boy and all that awful autotune etc. garbage become big.

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I got a real problem with Avril Lavigne and Kings of Leon being on this list.

As much as I love Kings of Leon, I agree, they shouldn't be on the list. They haven't even been around that long. And Avril? She's decent. But definitely shouldn't be on the list. And no way Radiohead should be ahead of Coldplay.

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Great artists from this decade:

Andrew Bird

Battles

Daft Punk

Interpol

Justice

Modest Mouse

The National

Okkervil River

Streetlight Manifesto

Wilco

One of these things is not like the others... (Guess I'm just not a ska guy)

This does make me want to post my top 25 for the decade though...

(One per artist for variety's sake)

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)

2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

3. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)

4. The National - Alligator (2005)

5. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica (2000)

6. The Strokes - Is This It (2001)

7. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (2005)

8. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (2000)

9. The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas (2002)

10. The White Stripes - De Stijl (2002)

11. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (2009)

12. The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)

13. Menomena - Friend And Foe (2007)

14. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (2004)

15. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (2005)

16. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Down In the Light (2008)

17. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (2005)

18. Spoon - Gimme Fiction (2005)

19. The Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006)

20. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

21. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007)

22. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance (2001)

23. TV On the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain (2006)

24. of Montreal - Satanic Panic In The Attic (2005)

25. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (2004)

I should mention that with all due respect to Eminem, Jay-Z, Outkast, etc. I left rap albums off the list so as not to make the choices any harder on myself.

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As much as I love Kings of Leon, I agree, they shouldn't be on the list. They haven't even been around that long.

I remember listening to their stuff in '04... It was MUCH better than their new stuff... So '04 (at least) to '09, that's half the decade, which qualifies them...

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Don't judge based on what you hear on the radio. The 2000s have been one of the best decades of all time for music. Not because there's more talent in this decade than any other (I'd say that talent has been pretty consistent) but because great artists that would have remained local/unknown in the past have been far more accessible. Much of the most popular music has been crap, but this has always been true in past decades as well (boy bands, hair metal, disco, etc)

Great artists from this decade:

Andrew Bird

Battles

Daft Punk

Interpol

Justice

Modest Mouse

The National

Okkervil River

Streetlight Manifesto

Wilco

Those are just a few, and of course some of them were around well before 2000, but they have all put out great music this decade.

Yup. I'm not a fan of the stuff playing on the radio, but I've got at least a dozen bands of this decade that I listen to because the internet makes them accessible. A lot of talent out there waiting to be discovered by those who will appreciate it.

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One of these things is not like the others... (Guess I'm just not a ska guy)

This does make me want to post my top 25 for the decade though...

(One per artist for variety's sake)

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)

2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

3. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)

4. The National - Alligator (2005)

5. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica (2000)

6. The Strokes - Is This It (2001)

7. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (2005)

8. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (2000)

9. The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas (2002)

10. The White Stripes - De Stijl (2002)

11. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (2009)

12. The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)

13. Menomena - Friend And Foe (2007)

14. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (2004)

15. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (2005)

16. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Down In the Light (2008)

17. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (2005)

18. Spoon - Gimme Fiction (2005)

19. The Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006)

20. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

21. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007)

22. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance (2001)

23. TV On the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain (2006)

24. of Montreal - Satanic Panic In The Attic (2005)

25. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (2004)

I should mention that with all due respect to Eminem, Jay-Z, Outkast, etc. I left rap albums off the list so as not to make the choices any harder on myself.

Good list (Sufjan Stevens should've been on mine, he's one of my favorite singer/songwriters), but I can't really get into Animal Collective. As for Streetlight Manifesto, I'm no fan of Ska myself (SM and Catch 22 is virtually the only ska I enjoy) but they've become one of my favorite bands, and Tomas Kalnoky is brilliant.

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