On we go!
40 Death Cab for Cutie – Plans (2004) (left) – Fact: I listened to “Marching Bands of Manhattan” on my way to my Seattle bus stop every day for almost 5 months. And I’d do it again.
39 The White Stripes – De Stijl (2000) – The first of three from Jack & Meg on my list, probably the rawest and could easily have fallen almost anywhere in the top 40.
38 Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (2002) – It is odd, I thought that their debut would have fared better in my mind than the 38 slot, but here we are. Maybe I’m just not as dark as I was 8 years ago.
37 Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock and Roll (2006) – Really, this album is pure pop fluff. Not that it is pop music as such – closer to post-punk than anything, but at least at this stage of the Art Brut career arc, they still existed as almost a novelty. That being said, “Emily Kane” might have been one of the catchiest songs of the decade.
36 Jens Lekman – When I Said I Wanted to be Your Dog (2004) – Not to say this was a transformative album for me, but “You are the Light (By Which I Travel into This and That)” could be the song I listened to the most in the first half of the decade.
35 Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (2003) (right) – It is hard for me to deny the fact that a large portion of my love for Metric lies with Emily Haines. So I won’t.
34 The White Stripes – Elephant (2003) – I think I read somewhere that “Seven Nation Army” might be the most downloaded song of the 2000s. Is this really a surprise? However, it is “Ball & Biscuit” that really stands out on the White Stripes top 10 smash.
33 Morrissey – You are the Quarry (2004) – Would you have guessed that Moz would have such a late career surge? Yeah, probably. He is the Sinatra of modern rock – just look for his “Duets” album sometime around 2018.
32 New Pornographers – Electric Version (2003) – I think I’ve already mentioned the idea that the New Pornographers, in my mind, have always been better than the sum of their parts. I’ve tried to get into all the Neko Case or Destroyer or A.C. Newman albums, but nothing gets me going like all their powers working together.
31 Blue Scholars – Blue Scholars (2006) (left) – Very few people outside of Seattle have likely ever heard of the Blue Scholars, and yes, I am likely subconsciously biased by an hip hop act with an MC called Geologic, but the Blue Scholars debut was enthralling from start to finish (especially “No Rest for the Weary”).
Here is the iTunes iMix for #40-31.