Monday, December 16, 2019

The Albums That Defined This Decade

Looking back on the years 2010-2019, it's honestly a struggle to find a clear and defining musical style. We all look at the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's as having very specific characteristics that are universally accepted. So what have the teens, 21st century been all about? There was also a similar struggle with the years 2001-2009 although I think that decade was the "dudes with guitars" decade.

Perhaps it's time to stop trying to define decades and just enjoy the myriad of music that is out there. With so many bands putting out songs and albums, diversity seems to be the order of the day. So, with that in mind, here are some selections from the last decade that I feel are essentials to any music collection and honestly capture this moment in time, musically speaking. Let's go year by year.


Paul Weller-Wake Up The Nation
Tom Petty-Mojo
Stone Temple Pilots-Stone Temple Pilots
Tired Pony-The Places We Ran From


Friendly Fires-Pala
The Kooks-Junk of the Heart
Miles Kane-The Colour of the Trap
The Original 7ven-Condensate

Donald Fagan-Sunken Condos
Paul Weller-Sonik Kicks
San Cisco-San Cisco

David Bowie-The Next Day
Peace-In Love

Catfish and the Bottlemen-The Balcony
Ryan Adams-Ryan Adams
Temples-Sun Structures

Twenty One Pilots-Blurryface

Bruno Mars-24K Magic
DMA's-Hill's End
Frank Ocean-Blonde
Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels 3
Viola Beach-Viola Beach

Childhood-Universal High

The Interrupters-Fight The Good Fight
The Vryll Society-Course Of The Satellite

2019 (a sneak peek at my top choices of this year)
Duran Jones and the Indications-American Love Call
Joe Jackson-Fool
Lizzo-Cuz I Love You
X Ambassadors-Orion

I thought about writing a little something after each one but I would rather have the experience be a new one for each listener. And straight up lists are always a good time.

Go buy these records!!

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