Top 10 Albums of 2005

From my Pazz & Jop Poll ballot:

1. I Self Devine - Self Destruction - Rhymesayers (30) 2. Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having - Rhymesayers (30) 3. United State of Electronica - United State of Electronica - Sonic Boom (5) 4. Hold Steady - Separation Sunday - Frenchkiss (5) 5. Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor - Warner Bros. (5) 6. Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree - 4AD (5) 7. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan - V2 (5) 8. Low - The Great Destroyer - Sub Pop (5) 9. Mint Condition - Livin' the Luxury Brown - Image/Cagedbird (5) 10. Various Artists - The Rough Guide to Boogaloo - World Music Network (5)

Top 10 Singles of 2005:

1. Legendary K.O. - George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People - mp3 2. Atmosphere - Pour Me Another - Rhymesayers 3. Low - Monkey - Sub Pop 4. I Self Devine - Ice Cold - Rhymesayers 5. White Stripes - Blue Orchid - V2 6. Bob Mould - (Shine Your) Light Love Hope - Yep Roc 7. Kill the Vultures - The Vultures - JIB 8. Ying Yang Twins - Wait (The Whisper Song) - TVT 9. Mint Condition - Luxury Brown - Image/Cagedbird 10. Public Enemy - Hell No We Ain't All Right! - Slam Jamz

On my Pazz & Jop ballot, I shuffled the order of the singles and replaced Bob Mould with: Trama - Praise God - K.E.P.

Ten more albums I loved:

Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough (Geffen Records) Lyrics Born, Same !@#$ Different Day (Quannum Projects) Charlie Parr, Rooster (Little Judges) Various Artists, One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found (Rhino) Various Artists, Run the Road (Vice/679) Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph) Talking Heads, Talking Heads Brick (Rhino) M.I.A., Arular (XL) The Go-Betweens, Oceans Apart (Yep Roc) Birthday Suits, Cherry Blue (Nice & Neat)

Ten more songs I loved:

U2, "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" (Interscope) Madonna, "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) Soviettes, "Multiply and Divide" (Fat Wreck Chords) Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl" (Interscope) Geto Boys, "I Tried" (Asylum/Rap-a-Lot) Bruce Springsteen, "The Hitter" (Sony) Danger Doom, "Sofa King" (Epitaph) Flii Stylz, "Rize" (Forster Brothers Ent.) John Doe, "Mama Don't" (Yep Rock) Jill Scott, "Cross My Mind" (Sony)

Should have voted for this album and this song last year: U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope Records); J-Kwon, "Tipsy" (Arista)

Should have voted for this album in 2003: King Sunny Ade, Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie)

Should have voted for this song in 2002: Lil' Flip, "The Way We Ball" (Sony)

I obviously put more time into my local albums and singles list below, but nobody will hate me for owning any of the above, I promise. Well, maybe the Ying Yang Twins.

More year-end lists: My friends make mix CDs in the Seattle Weekly. The Star Tribune critics poll. KMOJ's Top 89 Songs of 2005. Radio K's Top 77 albums of 2005. Radio K's specialty-show Top 7 lists for 2005. My local lists and links. Riemenschneider's Year in Music. City Pages' Year in Music and Artists of the Year, in case you missed them. Rex's exhaustive list of year-end lists.

Recently posted elsewhere: My ballot and comment in the Star Tribune critics poll (online now), Artist of the Year: Ant (City Pages today), Nothing says Xmas like revived local art punks (Flamin' Oh's reunion), In Da Club: First Avenue 35th Anniversary Party (City Pages 12/21/05), Contact High: He's collaborated with Lil Jon. He's opened for Young Jeezy. He's worked at the same record store for eight years. For North Side rapper Contac, hip-hop dreams are just around the corner. (City Pages 12/21/05), Local Music Yearbook 2005 (I've gotten good feedback on this), review of Madonna's pretty great new album (and I'm no worshipper), Jordis leaves Liars Club (she's not playing New Year's), Jordis blogs (looking forward to the album, no really), Tina Schlieske: "internet whore" (always better live than on CD), Clear Channel Entertainment quitting Twin Cities? (they've since completely gone), Rex leaves. Want to take over MNSpeak? (this is sad), Get Real to Go (now a handy guide for video rentals), Spin and Vibe for sale (still waiting to see what this means).

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