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Rolling Stone: Among Decade's Best Are Wilco, The Black Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Brian Wilson Albums; Wilco, Randy Newman Songs

2009 Rolling Stone Decade's Best

Rolling Stone has announced its 100 Best Albums of the Decade, and five Nonesuch releases have made the list, including not one but two albums from Wilco, and one each from The Black KeysAmadou & Mariam, and Brian Wilson.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco's 2002 Nonesuch debut, earned the No. 3 slot, and Sky Blue Sky, the band's 2007 album, comes in at No. 97. The Black Keys latest release, 2008's Danger Mouse-produced album Attack & Release, is on the list in the No. 83 slot. SMiLE, Brian Wilson's storied follow-up to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, released in 2004, nearly four decades after he originally conceived it, is there at No. 88. And Dimanche à Bamako, Amadou & Mariam's first Because/Nonesuch release, produced by Manu Chao, is in at No. 90.

For the complete list of Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the Decade, visit


Rolling Stone has also taken the occasion of the decade's end to mark the Top 100 Songs of the Decade. Wilco has made that list as well, with the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot track "Jesus, Etc." in at No. 67.

Randy Newman is also on the list, with his "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" placing at No. 28. The song appeared on Newman's most recent Nonesuch album, last year's Harps and Angels, after having been released as a stand-alone single the year before. Its lyrics had been published as an op-ed piece in the New York Times as well, and was named, at the time, the No. 2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone.

For the magazine's complete lsit of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade, visit


The Observer Music Monthly (OMM) has also released its list of the decade's 50 best and gives a nod to the Amadou & Mariam album as well, placing it at No. 39 and crediting it with introducing "a new set of fans to the joys of Afro-pop."

Further up the list, OMM has a Malian album of a very different sort, placing the late Ali Farka Touré's Savane, from World Circuit / Nonesuch, at No. 18. The album, says the paper, "is probably his masterpiece."

See the complete list of OMM's Top 50 Albums of the Decade at


The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot includes Amadou & Mariam's latest release, Welcome to Mali, on his list of this year's best, at No. 11, as well as Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi at No. 17. For his year-end list, visit his Turn It Up blog at


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