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Harris’ Top 20 Albums of the Decade (15-11)

Albums 15-11

15. The Fame, Lady Gaga (2008): Even if the rest of this album stunk, it would still make the list based on its singles alone. Luckily, the rest of the album is great. In regards to the singles, Gaga became the first women in ten years to record #1 Billboard Hot 100 Singles with her first two singles (“Just Dance” and “Poker Face”). The rest of the album is incredible, using sounds straight out of the ‘80s and making them incredibly modern with her bold musical statements.

14. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson (2004): As I’ve written about this album before, I think it is important to remember how this piece changed the landscape of the music industry. With “Breakaway,” Clarkson became a star in the pop world as well as the “American Idol” world. It was thought that many of the artists coming out of this show would fade away after their television success. Clarkson proved that she wouldn’t go away and is still making great music to this day.
13. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Panic at the Disco (2005): Looking back over the course of alternative rock as it relates to this decade, this album might have been the most important. Taking an interesting approach that combined a heavy electronic sound with straight rock beats, Panic was huge before they even realized it. This album put them on the map with singles like “We Write Sins Not Tragedies,” and other song titles too long to name here. The perfect flow of this album and the incredible vocal performance by Brandon Urie makes this a must-have album for the decade.
12. Get Born, JET (2003): Although they will be remembered for “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” JET brought a lot more with them from Australia when they debuted here in 2003. Another hard and fast album from an overseas band, JET provided a very light-hearted and fun style that was not coming out of American studios at the time. With two songs on our top 110 songs of the decade list, “Get Born” is a great album showcasing some of the best rock the decade had to offer.

11. Commitment, Lucky Boys Confusion (2003): This is my ego talking. Although most people have never heard this album and maybe not even this band, this is one of the best albums of the decade based on pure writing and instrumentation. With perfectly placed piano and melodic vocals, Lucky Boys Confusion were gone before they got started but left us with one album that is sure to stand the test of time. If you haven’t listened to this one all the way through, don’t question its spot on this list just yet.

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