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Re: “Best of the Decade: Music -- Intro and 50/49

I'm interested to see how this list pans out. Maybe its a bit early to critique the critera, but I, however, did not experience this decade of music as one of guitar rock and alt/mainstream country. Hip hop I'll give you (Stankonia should be 1 or 1a on any "decade's best" list) with massive contributions by Jay-Z, Ghostface, Clipse, Lil Wayne etc.... I may be premature, but your caveat about the list above ignores what have been the biggest developments in popular music over the past decade - the emergence(s) of electronic, dance, techno, dub, etc... music for the lack of better terms. You characterized Pitchfork as selling indie street cred through "tasteful indie rock". Look at Pitchfork's recent 500 greatest songs of the decade list and you'll see one "indie rock" song in the top 20 ("The Rat" by the Walkmen). My decade in music started with Radiohead (who's message is through the music, not the lyrics) and the landscape changing "Idioteque". Again, your list is your list, but, since you are a music critic, to dismiss Tweedy and Yorke, who made major contributions to the decade's musical landscape both directly and through their broader influence, to embrace African music, singer songwriters and popular country seems a tad different for difference's sake.

Posted by Becton on 09/28/2009 at 11:30 AM


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