The Decade’s Most Important Music

I really like what I wrote over at the All Songs Considered blog, so before it gets buried in everyone else’s nominations, I want to share mine here:

  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: The story of how this album was released puts this on any Historically Important album list.
  • Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun: Who would have ever predicted that music like this would sell out theaters across the US?
  • Sufjan Stevens – Illinois: This and Michigan highlight the folk/old timey trend in the best music of the 21st century so far.
  • White Stripes – White Blood Cells: Showed the world the brilliant talent of Jack White.
  • The Arcade Fire – Funeral: One of the first big blog buzz bands, making it historically important.
  • The Strokes – Is This It: Remember when rock was fresh and new again at the turn of the century? This album led the way.
  • Brian Wilson – Smile: At last!
  • OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below: I know I’m supposed to pick the other one, but that one didn’t have “Hey Ya”.
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