Discussion: The Decade Defined

Note: This is not our list of the best music of the decade. The songs listed below appear in the show as part of our discussion on the decade's defining moments and trends. We'll post a multi-genre list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade next week.

Language Advisory: The language in some of the featured songs is not suitable for all ages.

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Top row, left to right: Missy Elliott, Taylor Hicks, Eminem; Second row: Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor; Bottom row: Cover for Danger Mouse's The Grey Album, Sufjan Stevens.

It's hard to believe, but the first decade of the new millennium is rapidly drawing to a close — and it's been a remarkable one for music. AllSongs Considered, which launched on Jan. 1, 2000, has had a front-row seat for all the amazing artists, albums and songs released in the past 10 years, from the klezmer music of Kaila Flexer (featured on our first episode) to the noise-rock of the New Zealand band The Dead C (featured last week).

In this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen looks back at some of the defining trends, sounds and historic moments that made the '00s stand out, in a roundtable discussion with Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson.

Discussion: The Decade Defined

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Eminem

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Album: Marshall Mathers LP
  • Song: Stan

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Song
Stan
Album
Marshall Mathers LP
Artist
Eminem
Label
Interscope
Released
2000

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The Equals

  • Artist: The Equals
  • Album: Greatest Hits
  • Song: Hold Me Closer

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Song
Hold Me Closer
Album
Greatest Hits
Artist
The Equals
Label
Koch
Released
1974

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The Postal Service

  • Artist: The Postal Service
  • Album: Give Up
  • Song: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

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Song
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Album
Give Up
Artist
The Postal Service
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2009

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Randy Newman

  • Artist: Randy Newman
  • Album: The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1
  • Song: Political Science

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Song
Political Science
Album
The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1
Artist
Randy Newman
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2009

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Minutemen

  • Artist: Minutemen
  • Album: Double Nickels on the Dime
  • Song: Theatre Is the Life of You

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Theatre Is the Life of You
Album
Double Nickels on the Dime
Artist
Minutemen
Label
SST
Released
2009

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The Avalanches

  • Artist: The Avalanches
  • Album: Since I Left You
  • Song: Frontier Psychiatrist

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Song
Frontier Psychiatrist
Album
Since I Left You
Artist
The Avalanches
Label
Decca
Released
2000

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Animal Collective

  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Album: Strawberry Jam
  • Song: Peacebone

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Song
Peacebone
Album
Strawberry Jam
Artist
Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2007

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Harry McClintock

  • Artist: Harry McClintock
  • Album: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Song: Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Big Rock Candy Mountain
Album
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Artist
Harry McClintock
Label
Universal
Released
2007

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Taylor Hicks

  • Artist: Taylor Hicks
  • Album: Do I Make You Proud/Takin' It to the Streets
  • Song: Do I Make You Proud

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Song
Do I Make You Proud
Album
Do I Make You Proud/Takin' It to the Streets
Artist
Taylor Hicks
Label
RCA
Released
2006

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Danger Mouse

  • Artist: Danger Mouse
  • Album: Grey Album
  • Song: 99 Problems

 

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Wilco

  • Artist: Wilco
  • Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • Song: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Album
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Artist
Wilco
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2009

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  • Artist: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Song: Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

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Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
Album
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Artist
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Label
Wichita Recordings
Released
2005

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Sufjan Stevens

  • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
  • Album: Illinoise
  • Song: Casimir Pulaski Day

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Song
Casimir Pulaski Day
Album
Illinoise
Artist
Sufjan Stevens
Label
Asthmatic Kitty
Released
2009

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Damien Rice

  • Artist: Damien Rice
  • Album: O
  • Song: Volcano

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Volcano
Album
O
Artist
Damien Rice
Label
14th Floor
Released
2003

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The Rapture

  • Artist: The Rapture
  • Album: Echoes
  • Song: House of Jealous Lovers

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House of Jealous Lovers
Album
Echoes
Artist
The Rapture
Label
Strummer/Universal
Released
2003

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Dirty Vegas

  • Artist: Dirty Vegas
  • Album: Dirty Vegas
  • Song: Days Go By

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Days Go By
Album
Dirty Vegas
Artist
Dirty Vegas
Label
Capitol
Released
2002

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Arcade Fire

  • Artist: Arcade Fire
  • Album: Funeral
  • Song: Rebellion (Lies)

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Rebellion (Lies)
Album
Funeral
Artist
Arcade Fire
Label
Merge
Released
2008

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