Discussion: The Decade Defined : All Songs Considered 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. 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

Discussion: The Decade Defined

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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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Stan

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Eminem

  • Song: Stan
  • from Marshall Mathers LP
cover for the equals

Hold Me Closer

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The Equals

  • Song: Hold Me Closer
  • from Greatest Hits
Cover for Give Up

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

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The Postal Service

  • Song: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
  • from Give Up
Cover for The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1

Political Science

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Randy Newman

  • Song: Political Science
  • from The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1
Cover for Double Nickels on the Dime

Theatre Is the Life of You

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Minutemen

  • Song: Theatre Is the Life of You
  • from Double Nickels on the Dime
cover for the avalanches

Frontier Psychiatrist

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The Avalanches

  • Song: Frontier Psychiatrist
  • from Since I Left You
Cover for Strawberry Jam

Peacebone

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Animal Collective

  • Song: Peacebone
  • from Strawberry Jam
Cover for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Harry McClintock

  • Song: Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
cover for taylor hicks

Do I Make You Proud

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Taylor Hicks

  • Song: Do I Make You Proud
  • from Do I Make You Proud/Takin' It to the Streets
cover for the grey album

99 Problems

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Danger Mouse

  • Song: 99 Problems
  • from Grey Album

 

This album was never officially released and is not available for purchase.

Cover for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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Wilco

  • Song: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  • from
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Cover for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  • Song: Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
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Cover for Illinoise

Casimir Pulaski Day

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Sufjan Stevens

  • Song: Casimir Pulaski Day
  • from Illinoise
Cover for O

Volcano

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Damien Rice

  • Song: Volcano
  • from O
Cover for Echoes

House of Jealous Lovers

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The Rapture

  • Song: House of Jealous Lovers
  • from Echoes
cover for dirty vegas

Days Go By

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Dirty Vegas

  • Song: Days Go By
Cover for Funeral

Rebellion (Lies)

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Arcade Fire

  • Song: Rebellion (Lies)
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