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Some Of These Things Are Not Like The Others: EW’s Top Ten List Of The Decade


The Top 10 lists of several websites and periodicals have been popping up with more frequency now that this decade is about to come to a close. No stranger to Top 10 lists ourselves, we understand the time and care that goes into choosing a list such as this one. Entertainment Weekly recently released their "10 Best Albums Of The Decade" list. While some of them I agree with, others not so much. Let's take a look at it together, shall we?

  1. The College Dropout, Kanye West (2004)
  2. The Blueprint, Jay-Z (2001)
  3. Kid A, Radiohead (2000)
  4. Stankonia, OutKast (2000)
  5. Love And Theft, Bob Dylan (2001)
  6. Home, The Dixie Chicks (2002)
  7. Funeral, The Arcade Fire (2004)
  8. I Am... Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé (2008)
  9. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake, (2006)
  10. You Are Free, Cat Power (2003)
  • For starters, I agree mostly with this list, especially given that EW is a Pop culture outfit. Albums 1-4 are good choices, but to place Kanye's The College Dropout above Jay-Z's instant classic The Blueprint--this list in order of decreasing importance--makes me all uncomfortable and itchy. Did they put Kanye above Jay in this instance because he has production credits on this album? I'm confused.
  • But let's revisit the 4th album on this list. Outkast's Stankonia got best album of the decade honors over Speakerboxxx/TheLove Below? I'm very perplexed about this one. While Stankonia was cool and yielded singles on the Pop chart ("Miss Jackson" & "B.O.B"), musically Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was stellar when compared to their previous album. I'm really restraining myself now. I constructed an altar to Andre 3000's The Love Below when it dropped. It really meant that much to me.
  • The other choices in the lower half of the list are more indicative of EW being a Pop culture entity than anything else. I haven't listened to The Dixie Chicks, Cat Power, or Arcade Fire, and I really can't deal with Bob Dylan at all. It just seems strange that Justin Timberlake's Future Sex/Love Sounds trumped the more stellar (IMO) Justified. Again, I imbibed the nectar of this record until I became a virtual Bacchus, prancing through the streets singing its praises with my autographed--yes, autographed--CD in hand. I don't really talk about Justin in that way anymore, since, you know, "the incident."
  • Beyoncé, her over-the-top-self, of course required her own separate paragraph because the world just can't bear to see her lumped together with any one else. I personally wasn't really feeling I Am... Sasha Fierce. I did like B'day, however, and she sounded more relatable, more soulful, and less histrionic. But again, this is strictly my opinion.

I don't mean to get all nitpicky with EW's list, but we here at SoulBounce believe in a spirited debate as much as we believe in constructive criticism. Feel free to leave your opinion about my thoughts or EW's Best Albums List in the comments.


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12 Responses

  1. They have got to be kidding me w/ 'I Am... Sasha Fierce'!
    I actually, kinda, sorta, sometimes like Beyonce, but I don't believe any of her albums deserve to be on this list. Not one bit.

  2. This list is faulty. There is really no criteria described, which results into an uneven list. IMO there are better albums. I think this list is divided btw recognizable names and "artsy" names. What about Back to Black or Mama's gun? I could go over either way with Stankonia or The Love Below/Speakerboxx. Both are great albums.
    I have enjoyed SB's list... I have bought some stuff and visited already owned albums based on the editoral picks, which I really appreciate because I was in a music rut.

  3. The most surprising thing about this list is the inclusion of Cat Power. I absolutely adore Car Power. You are Free is an amazing CD and well worth the listen. Highlights on the album include: Speak For Me, He War, Maybe Not, and I Don't Blame You.

  4. This list is a little "put names in a hat and grab" type of deal. Of course its not going to feature albums that I like but I think this list is just vague and proves that you can't cram 10 years worth of albums/song into just 10 slots.
    And I'm with Bree...when was 'I Am Sasha Fierce" the best of the decade? I could see her 'Dangerously In Love' album (for its Grammys and strong singles), but not this one. Overrated Nation.

  5. Beyonce, Kanye, Jay and Outkast - agreed.

  6. Now I agree with the Dixie chicks pick..it really is a great album. But that I AM SUSHI FISH...un NO

  7. It is very hard to choose best album of the decade but I am...Sasha Fierce? For starters the I am side is a complete throwaway imo. She could have made a much stronger album if she would have tightened up the album and let go of the gimmick. Also Justin Timberlake is all hype(just like Robin Thicke). Daniel Merriweather is a better artist than both. Anyway my top 10 would be, no order.
    The Roots-Game Theory
    Maxwell-BLACKsummers'night
    Outkast-Speakerboxx/The Love Below
    MGMT-Oracular Spectacular
    Kanye West-808's and Heartbreaks
    Alice Smith-For Lovers,Dreamers,and Me
    The Clipse-Hell Hath No Fury
    Radiohead-In Rainbows
    Tv on the radio-Return to Cookie Mountain
    Erykah Badu-Mama's Gun

  8. stop hating on Beyonce...her latest cd is a damn great pop cd

  9. A few observations:
    "College Dropout" is actually MY favorite album of the decade (maybe...it's probably tied with John Mayer's "Continuum". "Blueprint" is an excellent album as well, but Kanye's album has more soul and more warmth.
    I also give "Stankonia" the edge over "Speakerboxx/The Love Below". Andre 3000 alone or Outkast together> an album full of Big Boi rapping in his monotone.
    "Futuresex/Lovesounds" might be the most overrated album of the decade. Justin is cool and everything, but people want to act like he's the second coming of MJ or Prince when he can barely write a damn lyric. Have you heard "Losing My Way"? Those song's lyrics embarrass ME. And it's definitely time to put away the whole JT hanging Janet out to dry from Nipplegate thing. That incident actually kinda soured me on Janet (and I am a Jackson STAN) because it was so obviously a publicity stunt, and as talented as she is, she should have let her music speak for itself.
    Far as "Sasha Fierce'...GAG...maybe 3-4 good songs on the entire 2 discs.

  10. ill mami, I totally, wholeheartedly agree..my only exception is I personally like Late Registration a little better than College Dropout, but in terms of the can of worms Kanye's debut opened, I feel it's justified. But to put it above Blueprint?? Sorry, no. As far as Beyonce and JT, it has NOTHING to do with 'hating', but those particular choices just shouldn't have made the cut. Both of their solo debuts were much, much better. Basically anything be4 artists become a brand is good with me.
    LOL @ Audio Diva and Overrated Nation--Agreed. But then again this is EW, we can't really be mad yall...=)

  11. I agree with everything miss concrete jungle said! esp on the Kanye album tip ( Love Late Registration) and JT and Bey's debut projects.

  12. The College Dropout was my favorite album of the decade too (even though Late Registration is better musically, College Dropout is better in terms of pure hip-hop). I never really liked JT (aka the culture vulture) with the exception of one song (Rock Your Body).
    Cat Power is awesome and Arcade Fire's Funeral is Amazing with a captial "A." I consider Beyonce a singles artist at best and don't think her albums merit much. Having said that, I would've thought Dangerously In Love would make the cut. Sasha Fierce? I can't go for that.



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