Top Ten Albums of the Decade - Staff & Volunteer lists

You’ve already seen what KEXP staff and volunteers chose as their Top Albums of 2009, but in preparation for the countdowns coming up -- Top Albums of 2009 on December 31st and the Top Albums of the Decade on January 4th -- we’ve asked them also to decide on their favorites from the last ten years. As you’ll see, there are definitely some landmark albums, but ultimately what will people take away from music of this decade? The 80s were dominated by New Wave, the 90s by “alternative rock,” but the 00s? Let us know how you think we’ll reduce this amazing span of music to one take-away point.



Andrew Corey, Programming Manager

Artist Album Label Year
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary Sub Pop 2005
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
Grandaddy Sumday V2 2003
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Warner Brothers 2002
Radiohead In Rainbows ATO 2007
Beck Sea Change Universal 2002
The Hold Steady Separation Sunday Frenchkiss 2005
Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop 2009
My Morning Jacket Z ATO 2005
Kings of Leon Because of the Times RCA 2007


Brady Morella, Volunteer Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge Records 2004
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
Chokebore It’s A Miracle Chronowax 2002
Radiohead Hail to the Thieft Capitol Records 2003
Arcade Fire Neon Bible Merge Records 2007
Sigur Ros () MCA 2002
Radiohead Kid A Capitol Records 2000
Blur Think Tank Virgin Records 2003
Girl Talk Night Ripper Illegal Art 2006
Eagles of Death Metal Peace Love Death Metal Ant Acid Audio 2004


Carol DuPuis, Underwriting Account Executive

Artist Album Label Year
Radiohead Kid A Capitol 2000
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid Polydor 2008
Radiohead In Rainbows ATO 2007
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge, Rough Trade 2004
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah Self released 2005
Interpol Turn On the Bright Lights Matador 2002
The National Boxer Beggars Banquet 2007
New Pornographers Twin Cinema Matador 2005
Avett Brothers Emotionalism Ramseur 2007
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Sub Pop 2008


Chris Kellogg, Producer, New York Programming

Artist Album Label Year
Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly 4AD 2004
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism Barsuk 2003
Nada Surf The Weight is a Gift Barsuk 2005
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Warp 2009
Built to Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future Warner Brothers 2001
Band of Horses Everything All the Time Sub Pop 2006
The Moondoggies Don’t Be A Stranger Hardly Art 2008
Sigur Ros Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust EMI/XL Recordings 2008
Stereolab Chemical Chords Duophonic/4AD 2008
Dengue Fever Venus on Earth M80 2005


Christy Thacker, Online Intern

Artist Album Label Year
Dog Fashion Disco Adultery Rotten 2006
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Interscope 2007
Skinny Puppy Greater Wrong of the Right Hunter 2004
ohGr welt Spitfire 2001
Queens of the Age Songs for the Deaf Interscope 2002
Velvet Acid Christ Lust For Blood Metropolis 2006
KMFDM Hau Ruck Metropolis 2005
Tactical Sekt Burn Process Noitekk 2003
Eagles of Death Metal Peace Love Death Metal Ant Acid Audio 2004
Gorillaz Demon Days Virgin Records 2005


David Frank, Photographer

Artist Album Label Year
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend XL 2008
Phoenix It’s never been like that Caroline Astralwerks - Cat 2006
Dolour Suburbiac Fugitive 2002
Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the world lays me down Interscope 2008
Nevada Bachelors Hello Jupiter Pop Llama 2000
The Format Dog Problems The Vanity Label 2006
The Strokes Room on Fire RCA Records 2003
Guster Keep it Together Reprise Records 2003
Coconut Records Davy Young Baby Reocrds 2009
Rooney Rooney Geffen 2003


Jim Beckmann, Online Content Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
The Wrens The Meadowlands Absolutely Kosher 2000
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Warner Brothers 2002
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights Matador 2002
Sigur Rós Ágaetis Byrjun FatCat 2000
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Bloodshot 2000
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days Sup Pop 2004
Grandaddy The Sophtware Slump V2 2000
Various Artists O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack Lost Highway 2000


John Gleason, DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label Year
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica Epic 2000
Menomena Friend and Foe Barsuk 2007
Tapes ‘n Tapes The Loon Ibid 2006
Bat for Lashes Fur and Gold Parlophone 2007
The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike Memphis Industries 2004
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary Sub Pop 2005
Sufjan Stevens Illionois Asthmatic Kitty 2005
Postal Service Give Up Sub Pop 2003
The Helio Sequence Love and Distance Sub Pop 2004


John Loggins, DJ Assistant (NY)

Artist Album Label Year
Radiohead Kid A Capitol 2000
The Helio Sequence Love & Distance Sub Pop 2004
Sigur Ros () Fat Cat 2002
Sufjan Stevens Illinois Asthmatic Kitty 2005
Modest Mouse The Moon and Antarctica Epic 2000
The Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Band of Horses Everything All The Time Sub Pop 2006
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion Domino 2009
Death Cab For Cutie Transatlanticism Barsuk 2003
Hella Hold Your Horse Is 5 Rue Christine 2002


Jon Hamilton, DJ Assistant (Afternoon Show)

Artist Album Label Year
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground Saddle Creek 2002
The Weakerthans Left and leaving G7 Welcoming Committee 2000
The Arcade Fire Funeral MERGE 2004
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
TV On the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain Interscope 2006
Rilo Kiley The Execution of All Things Saddle Creek 2002
Outkast Stankonia LaFace/Arista 2000
The White Stripes Elephant V2 2003
DeVotchKa How It Ends Cicero Recordings 2004
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose Interscope 2004


Kate Stinson, Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Artist Album Label Year
The Shins Wincing the Night Away Sub Pop 2007
Feist Let It Die Universal 2004
Neko Case Fox Confessor ANTI- 2006
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destoryer? Polyvinyl 2006
Sigur Ros Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust XL 2008
The Postal Service Give Up Sub Pop 2003
Kings of Convenience Riot on an Empty Street Astralwerks 2004
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles Lies 2008
Hot Chip Warning EMI 2006
CSS Cancer De Ser Sexy Trama 2005


Kelly Hilst, Outreach & Events Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
Radiohead Kid A Capitol 2000
Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun FatCat 2000
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
The Notwist Neon Golden Domino Recording Company 2002
Dismemberment Plan Change DeSoto 2001
Mirah Advisory Committee K Records 2001
The Books The Lemon of Pink Tomlab 2003
PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea Island 2000
Beulah Yoko Velocette 2003
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists The Tyranny of Distance Lookout 2001


Kimburly Ervin, Communications and Grants Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
Cat Power You Are Free Matador 2003
Radiohead Kid A Capital 2000
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch 2002
Modest Mouse The Moon and Antarctica Epic 2000
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out Matador 2000
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary Sub Pop 2005
Sigur Ros ( ) FatCat 2002
The Shins Oh, Inverted World Sub Pop 2001
Mogwai Rock Action Matador 2001
The National Boxer Beggars Banquet 2007


Leigh Bezezekof, Programming Intern

Artist Album Label Year
Elliott Smith Figure 8 Dreamworks 2000
The Avett Brothers Emotionalism Ramseur 2007
The Blakes The Blakes Light In The Attic 2007
Built To Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future Warner Bros 2001
Death Cab For Cutie We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes Barsuk 2000
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Polyvinyl 2007
Rodriguez Cold Fact Light In The Attic 2008
Elliott Brood Mountain Meadows Six Shooter 2008
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple Downtown/Atlantic 2008
The Cave Singers Invitation Songs Matador 2007


Lisa Baker, Morning Show Intern

Artist Album Label Year
Devotchka How It Ends Cicero Recordings 2004
Pela Anytown Graffiti Great Society 2007
Sufjan Stevens Illinois Asthmatic Kitty 2006
Neko Case Blacklisted Bloodshot Records 2002
Amy Winehouse Back to Black Republic 2006
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Delays Faded Seaside Glamour Rough Trade 2004
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism Atlantic 2003
Magnetic Fields I Nonesuch 2004
Iron & Wine The Shepherd’s Dog Sub Pop 2007


Morgan Chosnyk, Troy’s Assistant/Intern

Artist Album Label Year
Radiohead Kid A Capitol 2000
Modest Mouse Moon and Antarctica Epic 2000
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Neko Case Blacklisted Bloodshot Records 2002
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts Gooom/Labels 2003
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People Arts & Crafts 2002
Animal Collective Merryweather Post Pavillion Domino 2009
Mew And The Glass Handed Kites Sony 2006
Beirut Gulag Orkestar Ba Da Bing! 2006
TV on the Radio Return To Cookie Mountain 4AD/Interscope 2006


Rebecca Campeau, Wo’Pop/Mo’Glo Assistant

Artist Album Label Year
Sufjan Stevens Illinois Asthmatic Kitty 2005
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Warner Brothers 2002
MIA Kala XL 2007
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
Postal Service Give Up Sub Pop 2003
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend XL 2008
Norah Jones Come Away with Me Blue Note 2002
Feist Let it Die Polydor 2004
Death Cab For Cutie Plans Atlantic 2005
M. Ward End of Amnesia Copyright Control 2001


Reese Umbaugh, Podcasting Assistant / Audioasis Assistant / DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label Year
Daft Punk Discovery Virgin 2001
Róisín Murphy Overpowered EMI 2007
Ladytron Light & Magic Emperor Norton 2004
Basement Jaxx Kish Kash Astralwerks 2003
Goldfrapp Black Cherry Mute 2003
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below La Face 2003
Neko Case Blacklisted Anti 2003
Jay-Z The Black Album Def Jam 2003
Björk Medúlla Elektra 2004
Miss Kittin & the Hacker First Album Emperor Norton 2001


Rischel Granquist, Administrative Assistant/CD Project Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
Guided By Voices Half Smiles of the Decomposed Matador 2004
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Mute 2008
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Epic 2004
Nada Surf Let Go Barsuk 2003
Spoon Gimme Fiction Merge 2005
Rufus Wainwright Release The Stars Geffen 2007
Visqueen Message To Garcia Local 638 2009
Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping Polyvinyl 2008
Sloan Never Hear The End Of It Yep Rock 2007
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell Interscope 2003


Tamar Cohen, Morning Show NYC Intern Coordinator

Artist Album Label Year
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge 2004
The National The Boxer Beggars Banquet 2007
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights Matador 2002
Radiohead Hail to the Thief EMI 2003
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Jagjaguwar 2008
P.J. Harvey Stories from the City-Stories from the Sea Universal 2000
Nada Surf Let Go Barsuk 2002
Stokes Is This It RCA 2001
The White Stripes White Blood Cells Third Man Records 2002
Bjork Vexpertine Elektra 2001


Todd Hanssen, Midday Show Intern

Artist Album Label Year
The Wrens The Meadowlands Absolutely Kosher 2003
The Forms The Forms Rebel Group 2007
Mclusky Mclusky Do Dallas Too Pure 2002
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America Vagrant 2006
Silkworm Italian Platinum Touch And Go 2002
Disfear Live The Storm Relapse 2008
Autechre Untilted Warp 2005
The Dismemberment Plan Change DeSoto 2001
John Vanderslice Pixel Revolt Barsuk 2005
Fugazi The Argument Dischord 2001
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9 Comments

  1. Eugenia
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    So, I guess Arcade Fire wins it all? ;-)

    I’d have put “Furr” by Blitzen Trapper somewhere in there btw...

  2. Joe
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    i dunno i think sigur ros had the most. great picks all around tho. i would put on the first clap your hands say yeah album. my favorite album of the last few years for sure!!

  3. Erin M
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Hard to beleive that U2 - All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000,) didn’t make anyone’s list...

  4. Ben
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Good to see Figure 8 at the top of someones list for once. Brilliant album.

  5. Adam
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Radiohead! I even see some even put Animal Collective!

    All very great lists!

  6. andy
    Posted December 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    can’t believe the Strokes “Is This It” is MIA from all but one list. Its the “Nevermind” of the last decade.

  7. Hank
    Posted December 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m really glad to see figure 8 up there as well, and the moon and antarctica was great, but good news for people who love bad news was in my opinion the best album. What about some rodrigo y gabriela as well... oh well, these are great lists and what i haven’t heard of i’m sure to be listening to in the upcoming weeks! thanks!

  8. Jay
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    John Loggins, DJ Assistant (NY)

    best list

  9. sid
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    it is soooo frikin cool to see Grandaddy-Sumday on someone’s list. one of my alltime favorite albums. what a gem!

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