The first decade of the new millennium produced some amazing albums, CDs that should go down with the best works of art. You might not find those albums on this list — which doesn't mean this list isn't the best of the decade.
But for an album to make the cut, it had to be more than just something to appreciate and put on a shelf. It had to be something you couldn't live without, that you had on your go-to playlist, that you listened to not just the year it came out ... but in the years since.
Best albums of the decade:
1. "Denials, Delusions and Decisions," Jaguar Wright: Who? WHO? OK, OK, she's not the best-known artist of the decade; she could win an award for most obscure. But this R&B singer-songwriter should have won top accolades for her amazing debut album, a raw, sometimes profane, yet brilliant collection of songs about a woman frustrated by love and life. This is a riveting CD that never leaves those who hear it. Too bad so few people had that experience with such a masterful album.
2. "Confessions," Usher: If Usher is this generation's Michael Jackson, this was his "Thriller." Every song is good, and most of them are absolutely great tunes that paint a complex portrait of a man entangled in a relationship when his inner bachelor is trying to set him free.
3. "Mama's Gun," Erykah Badu: "Because I'm cleva, when I bust a rhyme," Badu croons on one of the disc's tracks, "Cleva." But that could be a synopsis for this entire album, which grabs you as much by lyrics as it does by its musicality.
4. "The College Dropout," Kanye West: The self-proclaimed "voice of the generation" first roared with his debut, changing the game of rap, from his production to his style. Just when rap was beginning to sag creatively, Kanye provided its biggest boost with this amazing concept album. Say what you want, but West is not only one of rap's greatest, but music's greatest as well.
5. "Back to Black," Amy Winehouse: If Winehouse doesn't get her act together, she may go down in history as a two-hit wonder best known for the song "Rehab," that would come to define her disheveled life. But listening to this album, you forget about all that drama and get lost in her artistry — those sassy lyrics, the retro-soul and the emotional depth in her voice. Here's hoping we can get that Amy back in the next decade.
Edited by kevd7, 11 December 2009 - 12:29 AM.