This seriously took forever. But I have to get these out before I can do anything else on this site! Gah! I tried to go away from artists that are so mainstream on sites like P4K or Stereogum for this list but I realised I couldn’t get away from it…and I guess that’s because stuff like Arcade Fire, Animal Collective…etc etc really deserve to  be at the top.

***Finally I am posting these decade end lists. Gaaah I love and hate lists. They enlighten me towards new music yet at the same time they’re ridiculously subjective. From one point to the next an album can be the best and not depending on the season, the weather, my emotions, whether I’m under the influence, yada yada yada. Because of all this, the numbers on my list aren’t a ranking system of worst to best—because I think they’re all equally fantastic—they’re simply a form of organization. But, a few times on the lists I will put a clear marker on the artist/album that I feel truly outranks the rest. It’s only here where I exercise a bit of hypocrisy.

I know I’ve left hundreds and hundreds of artists out. Making a “Top 10” list per sub-genre for the decade is trifling, I know. It really should be “Top 100” per sub genre. Every day I keep remembering ones I should add but I have too much music and too little time. I did my best with what I had and what I remember and the time I had! You’ll notice that a lot of the artists are from the last 5 years and that’s because my mecca of music is back home. Home home. Like where I was born jaja. So…sorry for the lack of early 2000 albums. =)

I also dislike one shot lists! You simply can’t compare down-tempo artists to dubstep artists, etc. So, I tried to organize artists into the genres I felt fit them best as opposed to putting them all in the same pool. But obviously some artists mix into the other genres or were put there even though they have a very specific genre of their own (avant-garde, balearic, etc etc). Gaaah and genre is so subjective as well. Bear with me and keep all this in mind! A lot of these artists are featured in my NYE and NYD mixtapes or have been blogged about! So check the mixtapes out or do a quick search on ATM if you feel like more sampling.

Other than that, happy reading and check out Part I and stay tuned for Part III!


10. Sarah Slean – Day One (2004)

09. Band of Horses – Everything All the Time (2006)
08. Loney, Dear – Dear John (2008)
07. Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman (2005)

06. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (2005)
05. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha (2007)
04. M. Ward – Post-War (2006)
03. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (2006) ♥

02. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)
01. Rufus Wainwright – Want One (2000)

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

Bowerbirds – Hymns for a Dark Horse (2007)

Mentionables of 2009:

Jenn Grant – Echoes
Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
Zee Avi – Zee Avi


10. The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)
09. Keane – Hopes and Fears (2004)

08. The Cribs – The New Fellas (2005)

07. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (2008)

06. Mother Mother – O! My Heart (2008)

05. Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way (2002)
04. Muse – Absolution (2003)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell (2003)
02. Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)
The Strokes – Is This It (2001)

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

French Kicks – Trial of the Century (2004)
Man Man – The Man in a Blue Turban (2004)
Garbage – Bleed Like Me (2005)
The National – Alligator (2005)
The New Pornographers –  Twin Cinema (2005)
The Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (2005)
Jimmy Eat World – Stay On My Side Tonight (2005)
Kaiser Cheifs – Employment (2005)
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, I’m Not (2006)
The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control (2006)
The Kooks – Inside In, Inside Out (2006)
Prototypes – Prototypes (2006)
Diego – Two (2008)
Black Keys – Attack and Release (2008)
No Age – Nouns (2008)

Mentionables of 2009:

Iran – Dissolver
Julian Plenti – Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper
Cougarettes – Milk Fangs
St. Vincent – Actor


10. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
09. Deerhunter – Microcastle (2008)

08. Death Cab for Cutie – Plans (2005)
07. Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (2006)
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)
05. Beck – Guero (2005)

04. Coldplay – Parachutes (2000) ♥
03. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
02. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
01. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (2003), Kid A (2000)

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

The Clientele – Strange Geometry (2005)
I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends (2006)
Battles – Mirrored (2007)
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (2007)
Menomena – Friend and Foe (2007)
Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends (2007)
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night (2008)
Sore – Ports of Lima (2008)

Mentionables of 2009:

Atlas Sound – Logos
Animal Collective – MPP
Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
Discovery – LP
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
The XX – XX

Pop, Dance

10. Creature – No Sleep At All (2008)

09. Stars – Set Yourself On Fire (2004)
08. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (2003)
No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)

06. Feist – Let It Die (2004)
05. Peaches – Teaches of Peaches (2000)

04. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007) ♥
The Rapture – Pieces of the People We Love (2006)

02. The Go! Team – Thunder Lightning Strike (2004)

01. Phoenix – United (2000)

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

The Concretes – The Concretes (2003)
Final Fantasy – Has A Good Home (2004)
The Boy Least Likely To – The Best Party Ever (2005)
!!! – Myth Takes (2006)
Lily Allen – Alright Still (2006)
Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of this Country (2006)
CSS – Cansei de Ser Sexy (2006)
Architecture in Helsinki – Places Like This (2007)
Kate Nash – Made of Bricks (2007)
Fol Chen – John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made (2009)

Mentionables of 2009:

Islands – Vapours
Klaus and Kinski – Por Que No Me Das Tu Dinero
A Camp – Colonia
Au Revoir Simone – Still Night, Still Light

Overall Top Indie Albums of 2009:

10. The XX – XX
09. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

08. Atlas Sound – Logos
07. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck – IRM

05. Discovery – LP
04. Zee Avi – Zee Avi

03. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

02. The Islands – Vapours

01. Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms

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