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.
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.