The Best 100 Albums of the ‘00s is no exception. Of course, with a list 100-titles deep, Rolling Stone can cover a lot of ground even considering albums arrive by the hundreds year after year. Not that anyone really cares – it all comes down to the top 10, right? And who graces that list?
Well, according to Rolling Stone, it breaks down like this:
10. Kanye West, The College Dropout
9. M.I.A., Kala
8. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
7. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
6. The Arcade Fire, Funeral
5. The White Stripes, Elephant
4. Jay-Z, The Blueprint
3. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. The Strokes, Is This It
1. Radiohead, Kid A
To be sure, Rolling Stone hits most relevant targets: hip-hop, rock, art-rock and, uh, the Arcade Fire though curiously, not metal. Or pop.
The Dylan inclusion is a bit of joke since the mag has always slavishly admired him no matter what (plus he has a title sitting at number 11, way ahead of U2, OutKast, Amy Winehouse and Beck which is patently absurd).
Presumably, RS's other great love (Springsteen) and his new Wrecking Ball CD just missed the cut.
Of Radiohead’s Kid A being the best of the best, RS opines: “[It’s] the weirdest hit album of that year, by a band poised to be the modern-rock Beatles. In fact, only 10 months into the century, Radiohead had made the decade's best album by rebuilding rock itself, with a new set of basics and a bleak but potent humanity.”
Wow - rebuilding rock itself? Gene Simmons might have something to say about that… I know my knuckle-dragging, rock-loving longhaired ex certainly would. Agree… disagree? Let it rip below.