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So this is it. The final entry in a five-part series on my favorite albums of each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. I didn’t anticipate this project dragging out for two years, but real life can get kind of busy sometimes. Anyway, I’m sad it’s over because this was a lot of fun. Turns out there’s been a lot of great music made over the last 50 years.┬áBefore we get started, a rules reminder: no live albums, no compilations, no more than two albums from any one artist.

If you missed any of the previous entries, check them out here: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.

Honorable mentions
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (2002)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
The Shins – Oh, Inverted World (2001)

20. The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
Elephant isn’t as consistent start to finish as its predecessor, White Blood Cells, but it still has enough great songs to be one of the decade’s best albums. Opener “Seven Nation Army” is overused at sporting events, but it’s still an undeniably excellent song. The epic “Ball and Biscuit” alternates between slow blues and fiery, out-of-control guitar solos. “Black Math,” “The Hardest Button to Button,” “Hypnotize,” “The Air Near My Fingers” and “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine” are all great as well. (more…)

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I knew hockey season would cause a bit of a delay in putting this together, but I didn’t expect to have a six-month gap between my 1980s list and this one. I don’t want to delay any longer, so let’s just review the guidelines: no live albums, no compilations, no more than two albums from any one artist. I shouldn’t really need to explain this one, but Foo Fighters and Nirvana are obviously considered separate artists. If you missed any of the first three entries in this series, here they are: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.

Honorable Mentions
The Flaming Lips- The Soft Bulletin (1999)
Modest Mouse- The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
Nas- Illmatic (1994)
Nirvana- In Utero (1993)
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

20. Guided by Voices- Alien Lanes (1995)
The first thing you notice about Alien Lanes, before anything having to do with the music itself, is that there are 28 songs. That seems like a lot, but the album is actually just 41 minutes long; the average song is less than a minute and a half. GBV comes at you rapid-fire, knocking out one catchy snippet of lo-fi indie rock after another. There aren’t any truly great songs here, but a lot are very good. “Watch Me Jumpstart,” “As We Go Up, We Go Down,” “Motor Away,” “Blimps Go 90” and “Little Whirl” are my favorites. There’s an argument to be made for Bee Thousand being GBV’s best album, but I think Alien Lanes is more consistent start to finish.

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