MTV’s Top 10 Albums of the Noughties!
At the dawn of the digital age attitudes toward music shifted, CD sales have declined and we now listen to music differently. And while we can access the songs we want to hear much easier than we used to, there are still great albums being made.
This week, MTV Classic is featuring the Top 40 Albums of the Noughties - here are ten of our favourites!
PJ Harvey – ‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’
A critical success, Harvey’s fifth studio album won the coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2001. While some of her earlier work is much darker, Stories from the City is an uplifting and wonderful piece of work, full of well-written and delightful pop songs.
The Strokes – ‘Is this It’
At the start of the millennium, The Strokes took the world by storm with their much-hyped debut album. A gritty sounding record that combined poppy melodies with 70’s inspired staccato rhythms; Is This It was an instant hit and helped put indie rock back on the map.
Coldplay – ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’
Coldplay’s second album was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success. A Rush of Blood produced a number of hit singles, such as the haunting ‘The Scientist’ and the irresistible ‘Clocks’ which have since been heard in stadiums across the globe.
Justin Timberlake – ‘Justified’
The debut album from JT turned the boy from *N Sync in to a global superstar. Collaborating with the likes of The Neptunes and Timbaland, the record saw him mature as an artist and be taken seriously as a musician in his own right. The album produced four hit singles including ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Rock Your Body.’
Jet – ‘Get Born’
Reaching everyone through an iPod commercial, lead single ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ set the tone for the Aussie classic ‘Get Born.’ It had its critics but it is ultimately, a great rock ‘n roll record. An album for the times, it is full of well-crafted rock songs that will have you singing and dancing from start to finish.
Outkast – ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’
By far the group’s highest selling record, it won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2004. Issued as a double album, it brings together the solo efforts of the group’s two members. Eclectic in style and creative in its execution ‘The Love Below’ by Andre 3000 was visionary. While Big Boi’s ‘Speakerboxxx’ is hip-hop at its best.
Kanye West – ‘Late Registration’
With ‘Late Registration,’ Kanye brought a musicality to hip-hop that hadn’t been seen before. A creative and original record, Yeezy used sampling and production methods that were unique in the genre. As an MC, his abilities as a story teller set him apart from his peers.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’
When released in January 2006 it became the UK’s fastest selling debut album ever. Packed from start to finish with catchy tunes and infectious grooves the record was an instant classic and frontman Alex Turner was hailed as a master songwriter and lyrical genius.
Amy Winehouse – ‘Back to Black’
The second and most successful studio album by Winehouse included her most famous track – ‘Rehab.’ Mixing styles that built on her first record, such as jazz and R&B, Winehouse had developed a unique sound that was all her own. The album was the recipient of many awards and nominations and was lauded by the critics.
Pink – ‘Funhouse’
The release of ‘Funhouse’ saw Pink’s star continue to rise. Full of pop classics and heartfelt ballads it is Pink’s most lyrically open and expressive to date. The album produced numerous hit singles and was a smash world-wide and phenomenon in Australia.
The Top 40 Albums of the Noughties airs on MTV Classic this Thursday August 15 @ 3pm!
— David Thomas