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The Guardian are counting down the top 10 one per day, with the overall top 50 published in Sunday's Observer.
Number 10 was today- Burial- Untrue
No 9: Salif Keita – Moffou
Superb choices so far!
No 8: Jay-Z - The Black Album
Assuming The Blueprint isn't in the Top 7, that's sort of a weird choice. Really great seeing Salif Keita in there, and of course Untrue is great.
No 7: The White Stripes – Elephant
No 6: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
No 5: Arcade Fire – Funeral
No 4: The Strokes – Is This It
No 3: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
No 2: Radiohead - Kid A
I just saw The Times list of the top albums of this decade, some great picks like Ys, Radiohead, M.I.A., you know the albums that every critic are placing inside their lists, but suddenly at number 4 there's Britney Spears Blackout, shocking, surprising and different from other lists.
I'm going to guess that #1 will go to Illinois, although Merriweather Post Pavillion and Original Pirate Material probably have outside shots.
No 1: The Streets - Original Pirate Material
50 DANGER MOUSE The Grey Album
49 DESTINY'S CHILD Survivor
48 RACHEL UNTHANK AND THE WINTERSET The Bairns
47 THE WHITE STRIPES White Blood Cells
Sympathy For the Record Industry, 2001
46 THE LIBERTINES Up the Bracket
Rough Trade, 2002
45 OUTKAST Stankonia
44 ANDY PALACIO & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE Wátina
43 THE STREETS A Grand Don't Come for Free
42 BADLY DRAWN BOY The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Twisted Nerve, 2000
41 SIGUR ROS ( )
Fat Cat, 2002
40 PJ HARVEY
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea Island, 2000
39 AMADOU AND MARIAM
Dimanche à Bamako Because, 2005
38 KONONO NO 1
Congotronics Crammed, 2004
37 BON IVER For Emma, Forever Ago
36 JAY-Z The Blueprint
Def Jam, 2001
35 ELBOW The Seldom Seen Kid
34 SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity
33 FRANZ FERDINAND Franz Ferdinand
32 EST Seven Days of Falling
31 MIA Kala
30 THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN The Good, the Bad & the Queen
29 EMINEM The Marshall Mathers LP
28 SUFJAN STEVENS Come on Feel the Illinoise
Rough Trade, 005
27 GOTAN PROJECT La Revancha del Tango
26 ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS I Am a Bird Now
Secretly Canadian, 2005
25 TOM WAITS Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
24 TV ON THE RADIO Dear Science
23 BOB DYLAN Love and Theft
22 RADIOHEAD In Rainbows
21 KINGS OF LEON Aha Shake Heartbreak
20 LILY ALLEN Alright, Still
19 KANYE WEST Late Registration
Def Jam, 2005
18 ALI FARKA TOURE Savane
World Circuit, 2006
17 PRIMAL SCREAM Xtrmntr
16 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Songs for the Deaf
15 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Sound of Silver
14 DIZZEE RASCAL Boy in Da Corner
13 JAMIE T Panic Prevention
12 JOHNNY CASH American III: Solitary Man
11 GORILLAZ Demon Days
OK list, many great releases included some others are missing like Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom (calling Ys 2006's best), Kate Bush (they gave her a glooming 5 star review, and nothing ?), Portishead, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, etc... ok list, some great records, and others that i never heard about it, and surprisingly Destiny's Child!! WTF ?
Some people are commenting about this on the website calling the list bad, here:
"Streets with 2 as well, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot should have been in there."
"Kinda dull and puzzling in spots alright. Destiny's Child and Lily Allen? No Panda Bear, Animal C, Bonnie Prince Billy, Scott Walker, Kate Bush?"
"Lily Allen over Joanna Newsom? I can only assume an expression of smug condescension and tut disapprovingly. You really don't have a clue, any of you, I can assure you of that."
"Where on earth is Ys?!? Also, no Animal Collective, Aerial by Kate Bush, The Drift by Scott Walker, nothing by Wilco or Bat for Lashes. I suppose it's all a matter of taste, but there seem to a few glaring omissions imo."
"As with the NME list, this isn't a 50 best, so much as its 'the 50 albums which best reflect our brand'. The music is secondary to the filter of the brand's 'personality'."
"A dull list?but just what you would expect from a sunday colour supplement?
Where are these artists?
Sufjan's Seven Swans and Sigur Ros?s Agaetis Byrjun would have been better choices for those artists?but good to see them included?
The Pitchfork list is much better - I always discover something new from it each year?"
"Was this list made before Susan Boyle's album was released?" LOL
"Surprising to see no Girls Aloud albums in the top fifty. I can only assume that the votes were split evenly between the four magnificent albums they released this decade, meaning none had quite enough to make it.
There are lots of odd placings (Kings Of Leon above Outkast, Jamie T above TV On The Radio, etc) but i suppose that's the nature of these things."
"On reflection a list more interesting for what it left out;
than what it included.
Is there more about the albums in the paper - because those one sentence summaries really aren't going to encourage anyone to check stuff they don't already know."
"just to join in with the indignation... no scissor sisters? really?"
"Probably my favourite music this decade came from CocoRosie, Au Revoir Simone, MF Doom and Ghostface Killah."
There's a bunch of comments talking about the NME, i just saw the top 10 of it, it included PJ Harvey's Stories, the Guardian placed the album at 40, at least it was in.
I'm very happy to see Demon Days get some love. I really think it should be top 10 of the decade.
Just to point out this is technically Observer Music Monthly's list not The Guardian's even though they are essentially the same publication.