Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rolling Stone's Names Artist Of The Decade

Hey Everyone!
So today, Rolling Stone released its lists of the top artists, albums and songs of the past decade. The results are based on reader polls and encompass a variety of influential and popular artists of the last ten years. Artists like Radiohead, U2, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Lady Gaga and Coldplay can be found on the lists... but the overwhelming victor? Green Day. Green Day cleaned up each category... 2 of the top singles with American Idiot (#13) and Boulevard of Broken Dreams (#1), the top album of the decade with American Idiot, and the Top BAND of the Decade overall. I'm impressed. I will admit that yes, I am a little bias when it comes to Green Day as a mega fan myself... but come on, theres no denying these guys have worked hard to become the voice of a generation and deserve a spot on top. I'm thrilled for them. Its a name presented by one of the most respected magazines in the industry, voted in by the fans. Its pretty cool. So congrats to those bands who made the lists and congrats to Green Day... Rolling Stone's Band Of The Decade.

Top Songs:

Top Albums Of The Decade

Top Artists Of The Decade
15. Wilco
14. M.I.A
10. Jay-Z
3. U2

So what do you think of the lists? Someone who you would have put on this list who isn't mentioned? Agree/Disagree? Thoughts? Let me know!

Rock On
- Girl At The Rock Show


  1. What I want to know is why Let Go is on that list. I mean, I get it, a lot of people bought it and what not, but there is ONE song on it that I believe is well done and that song is "Things I'll Never Say". Other then that it's a complete piece of crap. (My twelve year old self is weaping that I wrote that)

    Why not put up Yankee Hotel Foxtrot? Why not put up Funeral? There are so many better albums than what is listed there. It just seems to take what's popular in the main stream and so-so, not what album actually has depth and quality to it.

  2. Thanks for the comment! And yes, I agree, there are some that probably shouldnt be on the list... I also feel like in general, work from the early 2000s has been forgotten by the time the poll came around. The thing to keep in mind is that this is a reader poll, so the winners are selected by the readers, not Rolling Stone itself.

  3. If it's selected by readers though, does it really give it as much crediability? The "YOU VOTED! HERE IT IS!" doesn't always work in situations. The best bands almost never 'win' in these types of polls, it's the band whose fans are crazy enough to vote every day, on multiple computers, over and over and over.

  4. No its certainly not credible by any means, this is kind of my point haha. I mean, I agree with some of the choices but it doesn't make it a credible poll in the least bit. I'm obviously glad Green Day won because honestly, I think they have achieved some major success in the past decade with the release of American Idiot. But at the same time, this is not really a truly valid poll. There is something to be said for fan generated voting... it does give a voice. I can assure you that some of the less mainstream choices would have been left out all together had it not been for the fan picks. Particularly in the artist category... I mean I don't think Wilco, MIA or My Morning Jacket would have stood out if this had been based on top 40 radio play.

  5. Too much mainstream, there are a lot of more underground artists that have had a huge influence that deserve some recognition.

  6. I completely agree that there are a lot of underground artists who deserve to be noted here, but then again I don't think I would be looking to Rolling Stone to give me that list, you know? I mean, they kind of are the epitome of mainstream music press. The only underground/indie artists they mention are shoved in the back somewhere and mentioned more out of the fact that they have potential. Honestly, the only sources I trust when it comes to including lesser known artists are friends, my own experiences, indie zines and mainstream bands. For example, Mark Hoppus, William Beckett and Patrick Stump, they tend to have an idea of what's good in my opinion. AP also runs a great section in each issue about unsigned or new bands that I find interesting. Thanks for the comment!

  7. It's a little late to be saying this, but...
    Green Day? What the fuck?

  8. Where is Linkin Park? Muse? And lil Wayne? Seriously?