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2009 is coming to a close. This also means the end of a decade is coming to an end.
People would be doing a year end list.
With the CD Collection I have owned.
I should make a Top 100 list which I will just list since it was time-consuming what albums I thought were great during 2000-2009.
You can cheer or jeer all you want.
Just letting you know that before late 2007, my music was very mainstream.
Here are the separate entries:

  1. Funeral – Arcade Fire (2004)

  2. I would this album defined this decade. It was different with the instrumentation and what I hear is from their live shows. The themes in this album is all about death and sadness. Hearing this album it doesn’t sound Canadian but you know it is Canadian and props to them by giving the world the attention in the Canadian indie music scene.
    Best tracks are Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Neighborhood #2 (Laïka), Crown Of Love, Wake Up and Rebellion (Lies).

  3. Set Yourself On Fire – Stars (2004)

  4. First time knowing about this band was their song “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”. What it a song it was.
    This band just amazes me with their music and live presences at show. But this album was the beginning of their popularity due with the song just mentioned. Mix of ballad dreamy indie pop with new wave alternative pop sound.
    My take on this album is about a couple’s up and down relationship.
    Best tracks are Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, Set Yourself On Fire, Ageless Beauty, Sleep Tonight, He Lied About Death, Soft Revolution and Calendar Girl.




  5. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys (2006)

  6. They were one of the bands that tapped into the Myspace era of that year to get their music around. Call it the DIY approach.
    It caught wildfires in the UK and parts of the world with their blend of British indie rock and post punk revival.
    It was a breath of fresh air with rock making sort of a comeback during the times of rap/hip-hop.
    Best tracks are I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Fake Tales Of San Francisco, Dancing Shoes, When The Sun Goes Down and A Certain Romance

  7. Kid A – Radiohead (2000)

  8. Might be surprised why this album is not #1 mostly because its been on everyone’s list. But its still a perfect and significant album of this decade.
    Significant because they didn’t do any promotion on this album. No music video and radioplay which made a surprising debut at #1.
    In that year with Napster running, people were downloading this album to get a feel of the new material.
    Its such a dark album they have produced which the theme is when the world goes horribly wrong. Lots of electronic bleeps and dark empty spaces of sound.
    Best tracks are Everything In Its Right Place and Idioteque.



    Sorry about showing Idioteque, its my favorite song in the album.

  9. (TIE) Stripped – Christina Aguilera (2002) / Oops!… I Did It Again – Britney Spears (2000)
  10. While compiling this list, I wanted to put both in the top 10 and when I left one. I needed to a do instead.

    2002 was a shocker when Xtina (as she was called) showed her “Dirrty” side when she released that song and the accompanying music video. Boy did she cause a riot.
    Dirrty was a big hit outside the USA where it was a big hit in the UK, Europe and Asia. But in America not everyone was liking the “Dirrty” side. So the label decided to release “Beautiful” stateside and it changed everything. Without Beautiful, she wouldn’t have the talent and longevity in the music buisness.
    Stripped does shoe her talents but its an album where she got creative control and sing about what is personal to her.
    Best tracks are Can’t Hold Us Down, Loving Me 4 Me, Beautiful, Dirrty and I’m OK.


    2000 saw the release of Britney’s second album “Oops!… I Did It Again”. Which is so far the highest selling album for a female artist.
    After the success of Baby One More Time she wanted to step it up a notch with the second album and it wasn’t a sophomore curse.
    Anyways I would say this is the last album which Britney does the bubblegum pop route and going into slick/edgier pop route.
    Don’t take face value and just enjoy the album as it is.
    Best tracks are Oops!… I Did It Again, Lucky and Stronger.

  11. You Forget It In People – Broken Social Scene (2002)

  12. Call me a late bloomer in the Broken Social Scene musiciverse. I got this album in 2008 and was blown away with the production value on it.
    In that year it was the beginning of what was to come with the musicians who were in Broken Social Scene like Feist, Apostle Of Hustle, Stars and Metric.
    Surprised to who was involved in this album
    It is Canadian indie rock at its best.
    Best tracks are KC Accidental, Stars and Sons, Almost Crimes, Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl, Cause=Time and Lover’s Spit.


  13. Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? – Metric (2003)

  14. Metric was at its best with this album.
    Full of great indie new wave and indie rock tracks. It capitulated their popularity all over Canada.
    Best tracks are Succexy, Combat Baby, Dead Disco and Love Is A Place.


  15. Sea Change – Beck (2002)

  16. What a sad album, who knew Beck would write such an amazing album.
    Dealing with a breakup you can hear his pain and sorrow.
    Best tracks are The Golden Age, Guess I’m Doing Fine, Lost Cause,

  17. In Rainbow – Radiohead (2007)

  18. Who knew you can pay what you can for this album.
    This is the Radiohead album which they are happy to write whatever they want to write about.
    Best tracks are Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Reckoner and Jigsaw Falling Into Place.

  19. FutureSex/LoveSounds – Justin Timberlake (2006)

  20. In this second album, there was a change in sound and let’s say he brought Sexyback and electro-trance-pop.
    The album sounds like a step into the future.
    My Love is the one track you need to listen to before you die or when the world will end.
    Best tracks are FutureSex/LoveSounds, Sexyback, My Love, Lovestoned, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Summer Love.

  21. Think Tank – Blur (2003)

  22. A change and only last album by Blur from this decade. Big departure with the sound and member since Graham Coxon left because of creative differences.
    Best tracks are Ambulance, Good Song and Me, White Noise

  23. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb – U2 (2004)

  24. This was the start of the commercialization of U2. Look at the iPod ad they did for Vertigo. But you can’t help but not love that song.
    Best tracks are Vertigo, Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, City Of Blinding Lights and Fast Cars (bonus track in the UK import).

  25. ( ) – Sigur Ros (2002)

  26. One of the most unique and intriguing albums to come out in this decade. First heard Untitled #1 (aka Vaka) on XFM when Ottawa had it ages ago.
    It was bizarre and haunting at first but listening (never listen to it alone at night) to this album made me fell in love with this band.
    Best tracks are Vaka and the Pop Song.

  27. Simple Things – Zero 7 (2001)

  28. When I first heard this album, fell in love with the great chill out atmosphere of their music. Made you feel like flying to their music.
    Best tracks are Destiny, Distractions, In The Waiting Line and End Themes.


  29. Glory Hope Mountain – The Acorn (2007)

  30. This album got them into Canadian critics darling list and putting them on the indie spotlight for Canada. Part concept, this album shows what the Acorn can achieve with their music.
    Best tracks are Flood Pt 1 and 2, Glory, Oh Napoleon, Low Gravity, Antenna and Lullaby (Mountain)


  31. Absolution – Muse (2003)

  32. An epic British rock album and was my first time liking this album.
    Best tracks are Time Is Running Out, Sing for Absolution, Stockholm Syndrome, Hysteria and Blackout

  33. Viva La Vida – Coldplay (2008)

  34. That album made my year for the rest of 2008.
    Something about the song Viva La Vida I can not stop listening to.
    Best tracks are Life In Technicolor, Lost!, Viva La Vida and Violet Hill.


  35. Neon Bible – The Arcade Fire (2007)

  36. Follow up to the massive and critical acclaim Funeral. The band did it again with Neon Bible. A tight and bigger production in sound and lyrics.
    Best tracks are Black Mirror, Neon Bible, Intervention, Black Wave/Bad Vibrations and No Cars Go.

  37. Soft AirplaneChad Vangaalen (2008)

    Overall great album but be warn some tracks has dark overtones about death.
  38. Best tracks are Willow Tree, Bones of Man, Bare feet on wet griptape, Rabid Bits of Time and Frozen Energon.

  39. Digital Ash In A Digital Urn – Bright Eyes (2005)

  40. I think Conor was trying to be Radiohead in this album and it totally works.
    This is more of the electronic side of Bright Eye.
    Best tracks are Time Code, Gold Mine Gutted, Arc of Time, Take It Easy (Love Nothing) and Easy/Lucky/Free.

  41. Demon Day – Gorillaz (2005)

  42. Who thought their second would be as big as their first album.
    Best tracks are Dare, Dirty Harry and Feel Good Inc.

  43. Ashtray Rock – Joel Plaskett Emergency (2007)

  44. Album is simply a rock driven album with some poppy sound. Great conceptual album about the town he live and what it was like being a teenager.
    Best tracks are Drunk Teenagers, Fashionable People, Face Of The Earth, Nothing More To Say and Snowed In/Crusin’.

  45. Graduation – Kanye West (2007)

  46. One of his better albums that was released in this decade. Mix of R&B/Hip-hop. First time hearing a Kanye West sampling a Daft Punk track.
    Best tracks are Stronger, Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Flashing Lights and Homecoming feat. Chris Martin.

  47. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones (2002)

  48. Norah’s sultry vocals got people loving her music. Also made blues/jazz very popular.
    Best tracks are Don’t Know Why, Come Away With Me and Turn Me On.

  49. It’s BlitzYeah Yeah Yeahs (2009)

  50. A change in sound in previous efforts when you listen to Zero and Heads Will Roll. The band justs want to party.
    Best tracks are Zero, Heads Will Roll, Skeleton, Dull Life, Runaway and Hysteric.

  51. Face ControlHandsome Furs (2009)

  52. Their second album is more of a dance album and you can’t stop dancing to it.
    Best tracks are Legal Tender, Talking Hotel Arbat Blues, I’m Confused, Thy Will Be Done and Radio Kaliningrad.

  53. The Love Below/Speakerboxx – Outkast (2003)

  54. When the duo released this album, it is was a change in style with both musicians. Big Boi with his rap/hip-hop and André 3000 going into pop, funk, R&B and jazz.
    Its one of those double albums that makes you decided which one you like the most.
    Best tracks on Speakerboxx are Ghetto Musik, The Way You Move and Flip Flop Rock
    Best tracks on The Love Below are Hey Ya!, Roses, Love In War, My Favorite Things and Take Off Your Cool feat. Norah Jones

  55. Some Are LakesLand Of Talk (2008)

  56. Very gritty, rocking with some added indie rock and pop which is great to listen to.
    Best tracks are Yuppy Flu, The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle), Give Me Back My Heart Attack, Young Bridge (I like the P-Dub version alot), Corner Phone and Got A Call.



  57. Alright Still… – Lily Allen (2007)

  58. Debut album by Lily and it was all in the help with Myspace. Alright Still… showcased the talent of her music and lyrics full of British alternative-grime-pop. Love or Hate her, she knows how to get people talking.
    Best tracks are Smile, Knock ‘Em Out LDN, Littlest Things

  59. Where The Bungalows RoamJim Bryson (2007)

  60. The reigning Ottawa King of Folk-Rock at the moment. “Where The Bungalows Roam” is a very acoustic, mellow album. A really great album which is catchy, enjoyable and emotional
    Best tracks are Flowers, By The Bridge, Clear The Crowds, The Wishes Pile Up, Fire Watch, All The Fallen Leaves and The Options.

  61. Takk… – Sigur Ros (2005)

  62. This album was sort of the beginning for the band in becoming big rock stars. A change from the last album ( ) and in Takk… it is more Icelandic lyric driven and less on the spacious of the sound.
    Best tracks are Glósóli, Hoppipolla and Sæglópur


  63. Kala – M.I.A. (2007)

  64. Second album bought into super stardom thanks for her song Paper Planes being played in Pineapple Express. Controversial as always to what M.I.A. does.
    Album has lots of Indian influence sound and the usual sampling and crazy beats.
    Best tracks are Bamboo Banga, Boyz, 20 Dollar, Paper Planes and Come Around.


  65. Three (Volume 1, 2, 3) – Joel Plaskett (2009)

  66. Enough said about this album which has been my #1 Canadian album of 2009.


  67. In The Zone – Britney Spears (2003)

  68. Might be surprised that it is on the list. But this album is full of great pop dance tunes before things went wrong later on IE Blackout.
    Best tracks are Me Against The Music, Toxic and Everytime.

  69. Versions – Mark Ronson (2007)

  70. This is one of my favorite covers album but with a twist. Mark Ronson who is a DJ/Producer in his own rights decided to make this album with this British retro soul/dance sound.
    Best tracks are God Put a Smile upon Your Face featuring Daptone Horns, Oh My God featuring Lily Allen, Stop Me featuring Daniel Merriweather and Valerie featuring Amy Winehouse.
    This a remix version of Valerie.



  71. The Reminder – Feist (2007)

  72. Lovely Feist, this album brought to big mainstream stardom thanks to her song 1234 being on a iPod ad. But the other great song has to be My Moon, My Man. Got to love the dancing she did on that video and which airport was that filmed at.
    But its one of the best indie Canadian pop album released by her.
    Best tracks are I’m Sorry, My Moon My Man/The Park, The Water, 1234, Sealion, I Feel It All and Honey Honey.

  73. Sunshine – S Club 7 (2001)

  74. OK you are scratching your heads to why this in the list.
    I am a sucker with their happy poppy songs and they are British.
    Its one of those music you can easily sing along.
    Best tracks are Don’t Stop Movin’, Have You Ever and Never Had A Dream Come True.

  75. In Our Bedroom After The WarStars (2007)

  76. A mellower affair and part concept in this album.
    Best tracks are The Night Starts Here, Take Me To The Riots, Midnight Coward, Personal, In Our Bedroom After The Room.

  77. Fever – Kylie Minogue (2001)

  78. Kylie did it big time with this album. Full of dance and electro-pop tunes.
    Who would have thought in 2000 that Kylie would hit it big and probably due to great songwriters and producers which can never be matched again.
    Best tracks are Love At First Sight, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and Come Into My World.


  79. The Breakthrough – Mary J.Blige (2005)

  80. After her “No More Drama” album, she decided to go back to her R&B soulness of what she is known for. Of course no more of the bs-ing she has to deal with.
    Best tracks are About You, Be Without You and One feat. U2.

  81. Aaliyah – Aaliyah (2001)

  82. It was a shock in 2001 when Aaliyah was tragically killed in an airplane crash. Her music and legacy will still live on.
    This album is full of pop, R&B/Soul and probably is one of her best and personal album.
    Best tracks are We Need A Resolution, Rock Da Boat and More Than A Woman.

  83. Elephant – The White Stripes (2003)

  84. This is the only the White Stripes album that I own. It was probably a start of their popularity thanks to the song Seven Nation Army.
    A great garage rocking album.
    Best tracks are Seven Nation Army and The Hardest Button To Button

  85. Close To Paradise – Patrick Watson (2006)

  86. Patrick was the second artist to win the Polaris Prize. It is a creative artsy dreamy album.
    Its like what the title of the album suggests. Light, mellow and dreamy.
    Best tracks are Close To Paradise, Daydreamer, The Storm and Luscious Life.


  87. Andorra – Caribou (2007)
  88. Andorra CD album
    The third artist to win the Polaris Prize. This album is a mix of psychedelic electronica.
    Has that 60s feel and just makes you want to dance your butt off.
    Best tracks are Melody Days, Sandy and Niobe

  89. Garden State Soundtrack – Various Artist (2008)

  90. The only soundtrack I would recommend from this decade.
    The movie is one of my favorites (who can’t you not love Natalie Portman).
    Best tracks are Don’t Panic by Coldplay, In The Waiting Line by Zero 7, The Only Living Boy In New York by Simon & Garfunkel and Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine.

  91. Jackson Square – Arkells (2008)

  92. Its their first full-length album and its chalk full of great rocking tunes.
    Best tracks are Deadlines, Pulling Punches, Oh,The Boss Is Coming, The Ballad Of Hugo Chavez, Heart In The City and John Lennon.

  93. Women – Women (2008)
  94. CD, album cover
    Their music is a mix of indie pop and alternative.
    Has this psychedelic noisy sound or Beach Boys sound.
    Best tracks are Black Rice, Sag Harbour Bridge and Shaking Hands

  95. Red, Yellow and Blue – Born Ruffians (2007)

  96. Their debut album got this Toronto band big into the UK music market.
    Best tracks are Red, Yellow and Blue, Hummingbird, I Need A Life, Kurt Vonnegut and Red Elephant.

  97. Parc Avenue – Plants and Animals (2008)

  98. This trio from Montreal released this great indie rock album. Its a throwback to the 60s or 70s rock style of music.
    Best tracks are Bye Bye Bye, Good Friend, Faerie Dance, Mercy and Guru.

  99. Amnesiac – Radiohead (2001)

  100. First of a few Radiohead albums in this list.
    This one is the human side of Kid A which was released in the same year.
    Best tracks are Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box, Pyramid Song and Like Spinning Plates.

  101. O My Heart – Mother Mother (2008)
  102. [Best tracks: O My Heart, Body Of Yours and Hayloft]

  103. A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay (2002)
  104. [Best tracks: Politik, In My Place, The Scientist and Amsterdam]


  105. Arular – M.I.A. (2005)
  106. [Best tracks: Bucky Done Gone, Sunshower and Galang]


  107. No More Drama – Mary J.Blige
  108. [Best tracks: No More Drama and Family Affair]

  109. Is This It – The Strokes (2001)
  110. [Best tracks: Last Night, Someday and New York City Cops]

  111. We Are Hunters – The D’Urbervilles (2008)
    [Best tracks: We Are Hunters, Dragnet and Hot Tips]
  112. Lost Channels – Great Lake Swimmers (2009)
  113. [Best tracks: Pulling On A Line]



  114. Has A Good Home – Final Fantasy (2005)
  115. [Best tracks: This is the Dream of Win & Regine, The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead and Please Please Please]

  116. Live It Out – Metric (2005)
  117. [Best tracks: Empty, Monster Hospital and Live It Out]

  118. A Grand Don’t Come For Free – The Streets (2004)
  119. [Best tracks: Blinded by the Lights, Fit But You Know It and Dry Your Eyes]

  120. LP – Holy Fuck (2007)
  121. [Best tracks: Super Intuit, Milkshake, Lovely Allen and Safari]

  122. Post-Nothing – Japandroids (2009)
  123. [Best tracks: The Boys Are Leaving Town, Wet Hair and I Quit Girls]

  124. Hometowns – The Rural Alberta Advantage (2009)
  125. [Best tracks: The Dethbridge in Lethbridge, Don’t Haunt This Place, The Deadroads, Drain the Blood]

  126. Challengers – The New Pornographers (2007)
    [Best tracks: My Rights Versus Yours, Challengers, Myriad Harbour and Adventures in Solitude]

  127. Plague Park – Handsome Furs (2007)
    [Best tracks: What We Had, Handsome Furs Hates This City and Dead + Rural]
  128. Confessions on a Dancefloor – Madonna (2005)
    [Best tracks: Hung Up and Jump]
  129. Hopes and Fears – Keane (2004)
    [Best tracks: Somewhere Only We Know and Bedshaped]
  130. St.Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley (2006)
    [Best tracks: Crazy]
  131. Thunderheist – Thunderheist (2009)
    [Best tracks: Sweet 16, Nothing2Step2, Jerk It and Space Cowboy]
  132. The Boxer – The National (2007)
    [Best tracks: Fake Empire, Apartment Story and Ada]
  133. Loose – Nelly Furtado (2006)
    [Best tracks: Maneater, All Good Things (Come To An End)]
  134. Bird-Brains – Tune-Yards (2009)
  135. Discovery – Daft Punk (2001)
    [Loved the collaboration they did with Leiji Matsumoto in making Interstella 5555]
  136. When It Falls – Zero 7 (2004)
    [Best tracks: Passing By]
  137. All That You Can’t Leave Behind – U2 (2000)
    [Best tracks: Beautiful Day and Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of]
  138. Final Straw – Snow Patrol (2003)
    [Best tracks: How To Be Dead, Chocolate, Run and Post Punk Progression]
  139. Haunting Moon Sinking – Forest City Lovers (2008)
    [Best tracks: Don’t Go, Sudden Seas, Country Roads, Waiting By The Fence]
  140. 100th Window – Massive Attack (2003)
    [Best tracks: Special Cases feat. Sinead O’Connor]
  141. Aerial – Kate Bush (2005)
    [Best tracks: King Of The Mountain, The Painter’s Link and Aerial]
  142. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2003)
    [Best tracks: Jacqueline]
  143. Songs In A Minor – Alicia Keys (2001)
    [Best tracks: Girlfriend]
  144. The Greatest – Cat Power (2006)
    [Best tracks: The Greatest]
  145. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party (2005)
    [Best tracks: Helicopter, Banquet]
  146. Veneer – Jose Gonzalez (2006)
    [Best tracks: Heartbeats and Lovestain]
  147. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson (2004)
    [Best tracks: Breakaway, Since U Been Gone and Because of You]
  148. Life For Rent – Dido (2003)
    [Best tracks: White Flag, Life For Rent and Don’t Leave Home]

  149. Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (2005)
    [Best tracks: Extraordinary Machine]
  150. Guero – Beck (2005)
  151. [Best tracks: E-Pro, Girls, Hell Yes and Broken Drum]

  152. We Are Born In A Flame – Sam Roberts (2003)
    [Best tracks: Brother Down and Don’t Walk Away Eileen]
  153. I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Bright Eyes (2005)
  154. The Invisible Band – Travis (2001)
    [Best tracks: Sing]
  155. Late Registration – Kayne West (2005)
    [Best tracks: Heard ‘Em Say, Touch The Sky and Diamonds From Sierra Leone]
  156. Confession – Usher (2004)
    [Best tracks: Yeah!, Confessions pt.1 and pt.2 and My Boo]
  157. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield (2004)
    [Best tracks: Single and Unwritten]
  158. Songs About Jane – Maroon 5 (2003)
    [Best tracks: Harder To Breathe and This Love]
  159. Winter Hours – Deep Dark Woods (2009)
  160. Encore – Eminem (2004)
  161. Charango – Morcheeba (2002)
    [Best tracks: Otherside]
  162. Under Construction – Missy Elliott (2002)
    [Best tracks: Gossip Folks and Work It]
  163. Let Go – Avril Lavigne (2002)
    [Best tracks: Complicated and Losing Grip]