Music In Review: The Best of Our Recent Decade

Mirador compares the most successful albums against those which best reflect the selective views of our staff. In retrospect, one can conclude that success doesn’t always equate with quality. The top album of each year is presented, with the highest grossing albums on the left and the “best” albums on the right.

Here is a list of the highest grossing albums of the past decade from each year:

2000: ‘N Sync- “No Strings Attached”
2001: Linkin Park- “Hybrid Theory”
2002: Eminem- “The Eminem Show”
2003: 50 Cent- “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”
2004: Usher- “Confessions”
2005: Mariah Carey- “The Emancipation of Mimi”
2006: High School Musical Soundtrack
2007: Josh Groban- “Noel”
2008: Lil’ Wayne- “Tha Carter III”
2009: Taylor Swift- “Fearless”

Here are the albums which accurately reflect the best albums of the 2000’s:

2000: Radiohead- “Kid A”
2001: The Strokes- “Is This It”
2002: Wilco- “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
2003: The White Stripes- “Elephant”
2004: Arcade Fire- “Funeral”
2005: Bright Eyes- “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”
2006: Sonic Youth- “Rather Ripped”
2007: The National- “Boxer”
2008: Bon Iver- “For Emma, Forever Ago”
2009: Animal Collective- “Merriweather Post Pavilion”