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01:52 pm - top songs and albums
Rolling Stone selects top 100 albums of the decade and top 100 songs of the decade. Obviously a bit US-centric on the whole. I'm surprised they liked Kid A so much better than In Rainbows.

I have said before, though there was a lot of disagreement, that I think albums are becoming less important as easy download fragments purchasing into individual tracks, and fragments audiences into specialist genres. At the same time mass-audiences are hooked up to TV tie-ins, like the X-Factor, which are about a complete package of person-process-product rather than the music in itself. I'm not saying that's 'wrong' - but it weakens the product as a standalone I think. I find that stuff very unmemorable.

Anyway, given all that, these are my choices.

Top 10 songs (this is actually 11)

Rehab by Amy Winehouse
Stan by eminem
When the sun goes down by Arctic Monkeys
Club Foot by Kasabian
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
Can't Stop by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes
Gay Bar by Electric Six
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Push the Button by Sugarbabes
Beggin by Franki Valli/Palooski

(I was going to include Walk Like a Panther - but that was 1999 - incredible)

10 albums is hard because I don't generally buy albums:

In Rainbows
Kid A
Franz Ferdinand
By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Time the Revelator by Gillian Welch
Scissor Sisters
Exit Music by various
Version by Mark Ronson

(and this is actually 9 - never mind)

I know I am quite ignorant about music so feel free to tell me I am way off.

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Date:December 11th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I am finding it possible to pick from that list. I would need at least two top tens: one RnB/pop, one guitar.
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Date:December 11th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
yes, go for it. I didn't pick entirely from the lists there, but they jogged my memory
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Date:December 14th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)

TV on the Radio — "Wolf Like Me"
The Gossip — "Standing in the Way of Control"
Arcade Fire — "Wake Up"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Maps"
Queens of the Stone Age — "No One Knows"
The Postal Service — "Such Great Heights"
Franz Ferdinand — "Take Me Out"
The Flaming Lips — "Do You Realize?"
The White Stripes — "Fell In Love With a Girl"
Johnny Cash — "Hurt"


Beyoncé — "Crazy in Love"
Aaliyah — "Try Again"
Rihanna — "Umbrella"
Britney Spears — "Toxic"
Kelly Clarkson — "Since U Been Gone"
Kylie Minogue — "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
Kelis — "Milkshake"
Gnarls Barkley — "Crazy"
Outkast — "Hey Ya!"
Snoop Dogg — "Drop It Like It's Hot"

There was no place for The Seed v2.0 on either list because ti falls between the two stools. It is great though and I'm really please to see it on there.
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Date:December 11th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think I know any pop music of the 2000s, though of course that's in the sense that I didn't think I knew more than one song by Michael Jackson, and once he died the obituary programmes kept playing snatches of music and I kept saying "Good lord, that was Michael Jackson too?" So it's probably more accurate to say I can't identify any pop music of the 2000s.
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Date:December 11th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
good, someone who knows less than me
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Date:December 11th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I doubt I'll make good the gaps now. No kids.
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Date:December 11th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)

Ho ho ho

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Date:December 11th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Ho ho ho



thanks for the info

ETA so just phoned my sister who lives up there - she's going to see Ian McKellen at the Crucible on Monday - She will get me tickets as soon as she can. Happy Christmas indeed!

Edited at 2009-12-11 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Date:December 12th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)

Re: Ho ho ho

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Date:December 12th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'm having difficulty remembering any music I've bought in the last decade.

In your song list, I'd bump Stan for White America, though it wasn't as big, and Push the Button for Freak Like Me.

I'd probably throw in Galganise, by the Chemical Brothers, and maybe Land of a Thousand Words by Scissor Sisters.

But really, I dunno. I'd have to look back...
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Date:December 12th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Freak Like Me is a very good choice. It is harder as you get older to remember what happened in what decade. You wait and see.

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