The 2000s – Best of the Decade: The New Issue of Rolling Stone

December 9th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

Cover concept by Chip Kidd, logo type by Jim Parkinson, design by Joseph Hutchinson.

It was a decade in which we saw our leaders squander the peace and prosperity of the previous decade, Rob Sheffield writes in the new special issue of Rolling Stone. Yet music offered shelter from the storm, even if it was just for one three-minute song at a time.

RS looks back at the decade of lost chances, counting down the best albums and songs of the 2000s, as voted by a panel of experts including artists like Coldplay, Metallica and Lil Wayne, critics and industry insiders. Radiohead, the band that best summed up the era, landed our Number One album with Kid A. Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” a song whose title also well represented the times, took top honors on the singles list. The top 50 appear in our new issue; see the full list of 100 songs and albums here:

• The 100 Best Albums of the Decade
• The 100 Best Songs of the Decade
• Readers’ Picks: The Best Music of the Decade

Peter Travers names his top 10 movies — the decade’s ballsiest performances, craziest effects and most unforgettable lines (”I drink your milkshake”). We also reflect on how music changed over the past 10 years, tracing the return of guitar rock, the industry’s nosedive and Britney and Madonna’s makeout session (see The Moments in Photos), plus we name the eight artists who defined the times: Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Jack White and U2 (find special galleries for each act here). For a peek behind our process, RS is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the special issue, from voter ballots to a video tracking editorial planning sessions (watch it below!). See all our covers from the decade, too.

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