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Bands Reveal Their Top 10 Albums Of The Past 15 Years

By Tim Chester

Posted on 07 Oct 11

 
 

As part of our 15th anniversary celebrations we asked a host of musicians what their top ten albums from the last fifteen years are. Let us know yours below...

NME's Top 150 Tracks From The Last 15 Years



Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons

1. Spiritualized – ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We're Floating In Spaces’
2. Blur – ‘13’
3. Primal Scream – ‘XTRMNTR’
4. Zongamin – ‘Zongamin’
5. British Sea Power – ‘The Decline Of British Sea Power’
6. Broadcast – ‘The Noise Made By People’
7. Clinic – ‘Internal Wrangler’
8. At the Drive in – ‘Relationship Of Command’
9. Liars – ‘They Were Wrong, So We Drowned’
10. Sonic Mook Experiment – ‘V/A’




Dave Harper, Frankie And The Heartstrings:

1. The Futureheads – ‘The Futureheads'
"It took me longer to unwrap the cellophane than it did for my jaw to hit the floor. I spent the next 35 minutes or so being repeatedly punched in the face and then systematically kissed better. An album which delivers immediate ferocious impact and lets you know its historical worth upon introduction is a rare thing to say the least. I'm going to put it on now because it is the best album of the past 15 years."
2. Manic Street Preachers – ‘Everything Must Go’
3. Kevin Roland – ‘My Beauty’
4. The Fall – ‘Fall Heads Roll’
5. The Yummy Fur – ‘Male Shadow At 3 O'clock’
6. Primal Scream – ‘XTRMNTR’
7. The Postal Service – ‘Give Up’
8. Bright Eyes – ‘Lifted’
9. Interpol – ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
10. Arcade Fire - 'Funeral'

Miles Kane:

1. Kasabian – ‘Kasabian’
"They made such an impact on this record – 'Club Foot' is an amazing song and it set the bar high and they’ve kept up that standard still to this day."
2. The Kills – ‘Blood Pressures’
3. The Horrors – ‘Skying’
4. Super Furry Animals – ‘Rings Around The World’
5. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’
6. Paul Weller – ‘Wake Up The Nation’
7. Oasis – ‘Dig Out Your Soul’
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘B.R.M.C’
9. The Vines – ‘Highly Evolved’
10. The Fall – ‘The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)’



1. Radiohead – ‘Kid A’
"A monumental wake up call. It opened so many doors to us all. Techy, atmospheric but above all emotional. It has a very specific and very special aura."
2. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
3. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
4. Dr Dre – ‘2001’
5. Deerhoof’ - Friend Opportunity’
6. Bjork – ‘Vespertine’
7. Lost Souls - Doves
8. Drugqs - Aphex Twin
9. Mezzanine - Massive Attack
10. Funeral - Arcade Fire




Brett Anderson:

1. Interpol – ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
"I love this record for its cold, mechanical heartbeat and its sense of creeping paranoia . 'NYC' is one of the greatest songs ever written and I'd be perfectly happy to have it played at my funeral."
2. Bjork – ‘Homogenic’
3. Midlake – ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’
4. The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’
5. Bat For Lashes – ‘Fur And Gold’
6. Granddaddy – ‘Software Slump’
7. These New Puritans – ‘Beat Pyramid’
8. Mercury Rev – ‘Deserter's Songs’
9. Goldfrapp – ‘Felt Mountain’
10. Sigur Ros – ‘Agaetis Byrjun’

Wretch 32:

1. Jay-Z – ‘The Black Album’
"Lyrically, it inspired me to want to be the best. Jigga described his life from past to present over such amazing production. Especially after watching the making-of DVD, I realised exactly how much it takes to aspire great things."
2. Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
3. Lauryn Hill – ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’
4. Common – ‘Finding Forever’
5. D' Angelo – ‘Brown Sugar’
6. Kanye West – ‘Graduation’
7. Eminem – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’
8. Dizzee Rascal – ‘Boy In The Corner’
9. Usher – ‘Confessions’
10. Kano – ‘Home Sweet Home’

Frank Turner:

1. Ryan Adams – ‘Heartbreaker’
"One of the best records of pure country songwriting ever made."
2. The Streets – ‘Original Pirate Material’
3. Weezer – ‘Pinkerton’
4. The Hold Steady – ‘Boys & Girls In America’
5. Frightened Rabbit – ‘Midnight Organ Fight’
6. Jamie T – ‘Kings & Queens’
7. The Weakerthans – ‘Left & Leaving’
8. Godspeed – ‘Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antenna To Heaven’
9. McClusky – ‘Do Dallas’
10. Everything Sucks – ‘Descendents’

Tord Øverland-Knudsen, The Wombats:

1. Arcade Fire – ‘Funeral’
2. The Postal Service – ‘Give Up’
3. ..And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – ‘Source Tags & Codes’
4. Millionaire – ‘Outside The Simian Flock’
5. Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’
6. Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’
7. The Killers – ‘Hot Fuss’
8. Interpol – ‘Antics’
9. Phoenix – ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’
10. Clor – ‘Clor’

Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy:

1. Jay Z – ‘Black Album’
"Fair enough: Hov didn't really retire like this album continuously promised, but when it sounded as legendary as instant classics like 'Dirt Off Your Shoulders', '99 Problems', 'Public Service Announcement', 'Encore', 'Justify My Thug' and 'Lucifer', did anyone really want to let him retire? "
2. Mos Def – ‘Black On Both Sides’
3. Solomon Burke – ‘Don't Give Up On Me’
4. Prince – ‘Musicology’
5. Elvis Costello And Burt Bacharach – ‘Painted From Memory’
6. Curtis Mayfield – ‘New World Order’
7. D'angelo – ‘Voodoo’
8. Refused – ‘Shape of Punk To Come’
9. The Roots – ‘Things Fall Apart’
10. Tom Waits – ‘Blood Money’



Anna Prior, Metronomy:

1. Tom Vek – ‘We Have Sound’
"This album changed everything for me. It was light years ahead of the other albums I was listening to and opened a portal into a whole new musical sound, from which I've never looked back."
2. Q-Tip – ‘The Renaissance’
3. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not’
4. Caribou – ‘Swim’
5. Jaga Jazzist – ‘What We Must’
6. Sonic Youth – ‘Rather Ripped’
7. The Strokes – ‘First Impressions Of Earth’
8. Electrelane – ‘Rock It To The Moon’
9. The Streets – ‘Original Pirate Material’
10. Wild Beasts – ‘Limbo Panto’

The Drums:

1. Daft Punk – ‘Homework’
2. The Embassy – ‘Futile Crimes’
3. Jens Lekman – ‘Oh You’re So Silent Jens’
4. Bjork – ‘Vespertine’
5. Interpol – ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
6. Joy Electric – ‘The White Song Book’
7. The Radio Dept. – ‘Pet Grief’
8. Fine China – ‘When The World Sings’
9. Johan Johannson – ‘IBM 1401, A User’s Manual’
10. Add N To (X) – ‘Avant Hard’

Amy Lee, Evanescence:

1. Bjork – ‘Vespertine’
"Bjork is my idol. When I met her I could hardly speak, it was quite embarrassing. I’m always amazed that the rest of the world wasn’t able to catch up on how astounding 'Vespertine' actually is. Her art has inspired me so much."
2. Adele – ‘21’
3. Deftones – ‘Around The Fur’
4. Tool – ‘Aenima’
5. Nine Inch Nails – ‘The Fragile’
6. Tori Amos – ‘Boys For Pele’
7. Portishead – ‘Portishead’
8. Tron Soundtrack - ‘Daft Punk’
9. John Mayer – ‘Continuum’
10. Garbage – ‘Garbage’

Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides:

1. Black Veil Brides – ‘Set The World On Fire’
2. Alkaline Trio – ‘Crimson’
3. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Magic’
4. Misfits – ‘Famous Monsters’
5. Dropkick Murphys – ‘Blackout’
6. AFI – ‘Sing The Sorrow’
7. KISS – ‘Sonic Boom’
8. Tiger Army – ‘Ghost Tigers Rise’
9. Heavens – ‘Patent Pending’
10. Street Dogs – ‘Back To The World’



Alex Trimble, Two Door Cinema Club:

1. Band Of Horses – ‘Cease To Begin’
2. Frightened Rabbit – ‘Midnight Organ Fight’
3. Laura Marling – ‘I Speak Because I Can’
4. The National – ‘Boxer’
5. Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Transatlanticism’
6. Bloc Party – ‘Silent Alarm’
7. Grandaddy – ‘The Sophtware Slump’
8. Radiohead – ‘Hail to the Thief’
9. Sigur Ros – ‘Ágætis Byrjun’
10. Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’

James Allen, Glasvegas:

1. Ian Brown – ‘Unfinished Monkey Business’
2. The Libertines – ‘Up The Bracket’
3. PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’
From Jonna:

4. Ryan Adams – ‘Gold’
5. Veronica Maggio – ‘Satan I Gatan’
From Rab:
6. Richard Hawley – ‘Coles Corner’
7. Camera Obscura – ‘Let's Get Out Of This Country’
From Paul:
8. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
9. The Coral – ‘The Coral’

Ritzy Bryan, The Joy Formidable:

1. Wilco – ‘Summerteeth’
"This is an album that I always gravitate to, an album that I want to hear time and time again, for different songs, for different reasons. That's the beauty of a great album, it's timeless, it's challenging and it's dynamic. You hear and feel something unique with every new listen."
2. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
3. Daft Punk – ‘Homework’
4. Elvis Costello – ‘All This Useless Beauty’
5. Eels – ‘Daisies Of The Galaxy’
6. Jeff Buckley – ‘Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk’
7. Bjork – ‘Homogenic’
8. Elliott Smith – ‘Figure 8’
9. Mansun – ‘Six’
10. Sepultura – ‘Roots’

Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit:

1. Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’
“It opened up a whole new level of emotion in songwriting for me, and subsequently our band. Jeff Mangum's abstract yet personal lyrical content, coupled with the yearning, screeching delivery floats my boat like nothing else.”
2. Wilco – ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’
3. Primal Scream – ‘XTRMNTR’
4. The National – ‘Alligator’
5. Sigur Ros – ‘( )’
6. Radiohead – ‘Kid A’
7. The Twilight Sad – ‘Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters’
8. Idlewild – ‘100 Broken Windows’
9. Arab Strap – ‘The Last Romance’
10. The Cure – ‘Faith’

Jason Aalon Butler, letlive.:

1. Tupac – ‘All Eyez On Me’ / The Notorious BIG – ‘Life After Death’
"I have placed these two together because I feel together they depict a necessary yin and yang when regarding music and many cultures worldwide. These albums epitomized not only west coast and east coast esteem, but illuminated social and self awareness."
2. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
3. Refused – ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’
4. Bjork – ‘Greatest Hits’
5. Daft Punk – ‘Homework’
6. RATM – ‘Evil Empire’
7. Justin Timberlake – ‘Future Sex Love Sounds’
8. Final Fight – ‘Half Head Full Shred’
9. The Tallest Man On Earth – ‘The Wild Hunt’
10. NOFX – ‘So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes’

Pete And The Pirates:

1. Smog – ‘Supper’
"It's a humble and understated album. Bill Callahan's obvious charm and self-confidence lack any trace of egotism. Supper is a hearty feast of textures and images, the soft luxurience of Callahan's voice is somehow rousing. He seems to almost whisper which makes you listen even harder. His lyrics are poetic and heartfelt without being pretentious or over emotional."
2. Super Furry Animals – ‘Fuzzy Logic’
3. Electrelane – ‘No Shouts No Calls’
4. The Flaming Lips – ‘Soft Bulletin’
5. Micachu And The Shapes – ‘Jewellery’
6. The Strokes, ‘Is This It’
7. Matthew Sawyer And The Ghosts – ‘Blue Birds Blood’
8. Yo La Tengo – ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside out’
9. Joanna Newsom – ‘Ys’
10. Pavement – ‘Brighten The Corners’

Matthew Davies-Kreye, Funeral For A Friend:

1. Touche Amore – ‘Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me’
"This is their new record and it's incredible, passionate, fierce and breathtaking. They've taken inspiration from the DC hardcore 'revolutionsummer' sound and have presented it in a fresh and exciting way. Incredible."
2. Propagandhi – ‘Potemkin City Limits’
3. Hundred Reasons – ‘Ideas Above Our Stations’
4. Boysetsfire – ‘After the Eulogy’
5. Glassjaw – ‘Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence’
6. Gallows – ‘Grey Britain’
7. Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Transatlanticism’
8. Cursive – ‘The Ugly Organ’
9. Biffy Clyro – ‘Puzzle’
10. Thrice – ‘Vheissu’

Baxter Dury:

1. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma Forever Ago’
"This is probably one my favourite albums of the last decade for reasons I can't quite explain, as it meanders close to self spotlighted singer songwriter territory, this being my least appealing genre of music. Bony has actually forced something quite soulful from his anonymous white chubby dude existence and rerouted the neo-acoustic set somewhere much more positive."
2. Metronomy – ‘The English Riviera’
3. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
4. Interpol – ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
5. Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’
6. Beta Band – ‘The Three EPs’
7. Richard Hawley – ‘Coles Corner’
8. White Stripes – ‘Elephant’
9. Lone Pigeon – ‘Concubine Rice’
10. Blur – ‘Blur’

Sam Duckworth, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.:

1. The Streets – ‘Original Pirate Material’
"This is an incredible snapshot of young, post millennium Britain. With the hangover from 'cool Britannia' fresh in our minds, Mike Skinner delivers a record of satire, aggression and astute social observation. For me this record has it all: great grooves, loads of personality and melodies popping from all angles."
2. Weezer – ‘Pinkerton’
3. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
4. Rival Schools – ‘United By Fate’
5. The Flaming Lips – ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
6. Gomez – ‘Bring It On’
7. Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’
8. At The Drive-In – ‘Relationship Of Command’
9. The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’
10. Blur – ‘13’



Cal Wright, D/R/U/G/S:

1. Burial – ‘Untrue’
"I'd never heard anything like this before. It captures the sound of the city in such an otherworldly way. The drum programming is unlike anything else before it - so intricate."
2. MF Doom – ‘Mm.. Food’
3. M83 – ‘Dead Cities, Red Seas And Lost Ghosts’
4. Gui Boratto – ‘Take My Breath Away’
5. Four Tet – ‘There Is Love in You’
6. Flying Lotus – ‘Los Angeles’
7. Paul Kalkbrenner – ‘Berlin Calling’
8. Blackstar – ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’
9. The Field – ‘From Here We Go Sublime’
10. Caribou – ‘Swim’

The Pierces:

1. Fleet Foxes – ‘Fleet Foxes’
"Start to finish, this album just makes me happy. It makes me want to sing and dance and laugh and cry. The imagery is other wordly, as are the harmonies, and the songs are timeless. It is a moving and magical piece of work and everything I want an album to be."
2. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
3. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
4. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’
5. Rufus Wainwright – ‘Poses’
6. Lucinda Williams – ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’
7. Fiona Apple – ‘Tidal’
8. The Shins – ‘Oh, Inverted World’
9. Beach House – ‘Teen Dream’
10. Regina Spektor – ‘Soviet Kitsch’

The Xcerts:

1. Pedro The Lion – ‘Control’
2. Bright Eyes – ‘Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground’
4. Elliott Smith – ‘Either/Or’
5. Wu-Tang Clan – ‘The W’
6. Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’
7. Weezer – ‘Pinkerton’
8. Colour Revolt – ‘8 Years’
9. Brand New – ‘The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me’
10. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’

Fred Macpherson, Spector:

1. The Strokes – ‘Room On Fire’
"The connoisseur's choice. A good way of dividing real Strokes fans from the casual spectators."
2. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
3. Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
4. Arcade Fire – ‘Funeral’
5. Drake – ‘Thank Me Later’
6. The Mars Volta – ‘De-Loused in the Comatorium’
7. Video Nasties – ‘On All Fours’
8. These New Puritans – ‘Hidden’
9. ‘Run The Road Vol. 1’
10. The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’



Neon Indian:

1. Boards Of Canada – ‘Music Has The Right To Children’
"I remember the first time I properly sat down with this album for more than the few vertigo-inducing opening tracks I overheard. After writhing in short-lived panic at what I had just ingested, I took refuge in my room with some headphones and put this on. It was singlehandedly the most intense musical experience of my young life. "
2. The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’
3. The Knife – ‘Silent Shout’
4. M83 – ‘Dead Cities, Red Seas, Lost Ghosts’
5. Gary Wilson – ‘Mary Had Long Hair’
6. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – ‘The Doldrum’
7. Broadcast – ‘The Noises Made By People’
8. Alan Braxe – ‘The Uppercuts’
9. Daft Punk – ‘Discovery’
10. The Fiery Furnaces – ‘Blueberry Boat’

The Heartbreaks:

1. The Libertines – ‘Up The Bracket’
"Indie music didn’t really hit the provinces of North Lancashire and South Lakeland. In 2001, whilst everyone else was listening to The Strokes or The Vines or The Hives or whatever, we were still sat in our bedrooms listening to The Small Faces. And then The Libertines came along."
2. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’
3. Orphan Boy – ‘Shop Local’
4. Scarlett Johansson – ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’
5. Belle And Sebastian – ‘Tigermilk’
6. Blur – ‘13’
7. The Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’
8. Lightspeed Champion – ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’
9. Pulp – ‘This Is Hardcore’
10. The Beatles – ‘The Beatles Anthology’ (Vol 2 and Vol 3)



Alixander III & Fritz Helder, Azari And III:

1. Metro Area – ‘Metro Area’
2. Boys Noize And Erol Alkan (feat. Jarvis Cocker) ‘Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)’ (single)
3. N.E.R.D – ‘Hypnotize You’ (single)
4. Youssou N' Dour – ‘7seconds’ (single)
5. Washed Out – ‘Within And Without’
6. Crystal Stilts – ‘In Love With Oblivion’
7. Best Coast – ‘When I'm With You (single)
8. Outkast: The Love Below/ Speaker box (album)
9. Dragonette: Easy (single)
10. Lady Gaga: Bad Romance (single)

Andy West, Clock Opera:

1. Bjork – ‘Homogenic’
"The best ever combination of electronic music with song. 'Joga' is unbeatable."
2. Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’
3. DJ Shadow – ‘Endtroducing’
4. Tortoise – ‘TNT’
5. LCD Soundsystem – ‘Sound Of Silver’
6. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’
7. Spiratualized – ‘Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’
8. Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’
9. Beck – ‘Sea Change’
10. Boards of Canada – ‘Music Has The Right To Children’

Grouplove:

1. Grouplove – ‘Never Trust A Happy Song’
""Picking a Number One is possible individually, but not collectively. The one and only album we agree on is our own! We wouldn’t have put it out there if we didn't believe in it."
2. Beck - ‘Sea Change’
3. Arcade Fire – ‘Funeral’
4. Daft Punk – ‘Homework’
5. Strokes – ‘Is This It’
6. Sunny Day Real Estate – ‘How It Feels To Be Something On’
7. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
8. Outkast – ‘Stankonia’
9. Dr Dre – ‘The Chronic 2001’
10. Sigur Ros – ‘Untitled’

Chad Valley:

1. Radiohead – ‘Kid A’
"It introduced me to so much of the music I listen to now. Too important for words."
2. Tough Alliance – ‘A New Chance’
3. El Perro Del Mar – ‘El Perro Del Mar’
4. Richie Hawtin – ‘DE9: Closer to the Edit’
5. Bjork – ‘Vespertine’
6. Bonnie Prince Billy – ‘Ease Down The Road’
7. Cass McCombs – ‘Catacombs’
8. Stars Of The Lid – ‘The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid’
9. R. Kelly – ‘Untitled’
10. Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilillion’

Peter Liddle, Dry The River:

1. Cursive – ‘The Ugly Organ’
"Cursive were one of the first bands to unite us musically, despite our diverse musical backgrounds. 'The Ugly Organ' is the perfect marriage of unhinged, hectic noise and melodic, orchestrated arrangement. I think a lot of post punk and hardcore bands of the era were more concerned with intensity than songwriting, but Cursive struck a balance between the two and lit the way for a lot of artists."
2. At the Drive-In – ‘In/Casino/Out’
3. Million Dead – ‘A Song To Ruin’
4. mewithoutYou – ‘Brother, Sister’
5. Faraquet – ‘The View From This Tower’
6. Explosions In The Sky – ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’
7. Sunset Rubdown – ‘Dragonslayer’
8. TV On The Radio – ‘Return To Cookie Mountain’
9. Glassjaw – ‘Worship And Tribute’
10. Sparklehorse – ‘Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain’

Jeffrey Lewis:

1. Prewar Yardsale – ‘Lowdown’
2. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – ‘Real Emotional Trash’
3. Gnarls Barkley – ‘St. Elsewhere’
4. Lou Reed – ‘Set The Twilight Reeling’
5. The Fall - ‘The Real New Fall LP’
6. Kimya Dawson – ‘Knock Knock Who’
7. Eminem – ‘The Slim Shady LP’
8. Yo La Tengo – ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One’
9. Herman Dune – ‘Giant’
10. Jonathan Richman – ‘I'm So Confused’

Liam O'Donnell, Various Cruelties:

1. Aim - 'Cold Water Music'
2. White Denim - 'Workout Holiday'
3. Dr. Dre - '2001'
4. Last Shadow Puppets - 'Age Of The Understatement'
5. Tyler The Creator - 'Goblin'
6. Peter Bjorn And John - 'Writer's Block'
7. Ian Brown - 'Music Of The Spheres'
8. Arcade Fire - 'Funeral'
9. Johnny Cash - 'The Man Comes Around'
10. Amy Winehouse - 'Back to Black'

Still Corners:

1. The New Lines – ‘Witches' Milk’
"Glorious psychedelic pop from one of our favourite bands in Brooklyn."
2. Washed Out – ‘Life of Leisure’
3. Beach House – ‘Teen Dream’
4. Broadcast – ‘Tender Buttons’
5. Deerhunter – ‘Halcyon Digest’
6. Laetitia Sadier – ‘The Trip’
7. Kurt Vile – ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’
8. John Maus – ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’
10. Kurt Rosenwinkal – ‘Reflections’

Benjamin Francis Leftwich:

1. Bruce Springsteen – ‘The Rising’
"Such a great album. A more recent reminder from the boss of his amazing song writing ability combined with topical and smart lyrics. Lots of post 9/11 sentiment on this record helps make songs like 'Into The Fire' a really profound and powerful moment."
2. Arcade Fire – ‘Funeral’
3. The Streets – ‘Original Pirate Material’
4. Ryan Adams – ‘Heartbreaker’
5. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’
6. David Gray – ‘White Ladder’
7. Fionn Regan – ‘The End of History’
8. Beach House – ‘Teen Dream’
9. Sigur Ros – ‘Takk’
10. Agnes Obel – ‘Philarmonics’

Alan Day, Four Year Strong:

1. Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’
"It has such an honest and natural sound. It's the kind of music that gives you the feeling of nostalgia the first time you ever hear it. That's how you know its good."
2. Saves The Day – ‘Through Being Cool’
3. Mumford And Sons – ‘Sigh No More’
4. Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
5. Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’
6. The Tallest Man On Earth – ‘Shallow Grave’
7. I Am The Avalanche – ‘I Am The Avalanche’
8. Rage Against The Machine – ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’
9. Every Time I Die – ‘The Big Dirty’
10. Give Up The Ghost – ‘We're Down Til We're Underground’

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