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Harris’ Top 20 Albums of the Decade (20-16)

After spending a long time putting together my list of the top 110 songs of the decade, I realized that the albums of this decade were equally important. Here is my list of the top 20 albums of this decade, starting with numbers 20 through 16.

20. Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006): Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the biggest fan of this group. Although the Chili Peppers are incredible performers, their lack of lyrical content and projects like this one always get under my skin. Despite this feeling, I have to give credit where credit is due. How often does a band release a double album with 28 songs and see it go double-platinum? The answer is “not often,” so although the album takes the better part of a day to listen to in full, the Red Hot Chili Peppers deserve credit for making a statement.
19. Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World (2001): The first word from a band that grows substantially during a decade is always special. After a lot of debate I decided (with some help) that this album simply had to make this list. Containing not only two huge singles (“The Middle” and “Sweetness”), this album is loaded with amazing b-sides and fill songs. Originally entitled “Bleed American,” it was re-named after September 11th, 2001 to be the bands self titled album.
18. Collision Course, Jay-Z and Linkin Park (2004): Only six songs long, this album is completely deserving of appearing on this list. Although none of the songs are original, Mike Shinoda, one of two singers in Linkin Park, did an amazing job arranging and producing these songs. In order to get the mash-ups perfect, Jay-Z came back in and re-recorded some of his parts, as did the members of Linkin Park. Producing one single, “Numb/Encore” the album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and can be forever remembered as a perfect mash up album.
17. Costello Music, The Fratellis (2006): Probably the most underrated album of the decade, this will undoubtedly be left off most best of lists. The American debut for the Scottish rock band, this album contained two charting singles “Flathead” and “Chelsea Dagger”. The high energy rock is a perfectly blended with fast paced production styles and a slew of instrumentation, including harmonica and organ.

16. Satellite, POD (2001): Four singles. Four singles is all it took P.O.D. to make a name for themselves. Popular with skaters, hard rockers and pop fans alike, the band put out an album with four singles that rocked the early part of this decade. The singles “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” “Boom,” and “Satellite” help this album make our top twenty list.

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  • Comment by Danielle Nielsen posted December 23, 2009 at 11:59

    Harris,
    Although you and I have exact opposite opinions of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and their one of my favorite bands, I really respect the credit you gave them for “Stadium Arcadium”. For any band to make an album with 28 tracks deserves just to be nominated, and the fact it went double platinum is unbelievable. I’ve been keeping up with all of your articles their excellent I really do enjoy them. I can’t wait to see more.
    -Danielle Nielsen