LCD Soundsystem Bang Bang Rock & Roll Tha Carter II Arular
Robyn Gimme Fiction Get Behind Me Satan A Certain Trigger

A reader asked in the comments section of AllMusic Loves 2004, our previous feature listing our editors' favorite releases from a given year, "What next? AllMusic Loves 2005!?!?" Yes, exactly. As we said when we looked back at 2000, we are covering each year of the decade until we reach the end. Having passed the midpoint, we grapple with a year highlighted album-wise by the apex of record-collector rock (LCD Soundsystem's LCD Soundsystem), thrilling tongue-in-cheek meta-punk (Art Brut's Bang Bang Rock & Roll), and politicized electro-rooted trunk rattlers (M.I.A.'s Arular). Just as significantly, 2005 featured one of the decade's oddest smashes in Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and, in Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," a good old-fashioned anthem. In the case of the latter, guilt lies only in the souls of those who think of it as a mere guilty pleasure.

John Bush
M.I.A. - Arular
Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Animal Collective - Feels
R. Kelly - Trapped in the Closet, Chapters 1-12
Kanye West - Late Registration
The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
System of a Down - Mezmerize
Jens Lekman - Oh You're So Silent Jens
Laura Veirs - Year of Meteors
Pernice Brothers - Discover a Lovelier You
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cold Roses
They Might Be Giants - Here Come the ABC's
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites
The Knife - Deep Cuts
Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic

Laura Veirs - "Galaxies"
The White Stripes - "My Doorbell"
Art Brut - "Formed a Band"
Kanye West - "Touch the Sky"
Annie - "Me Plus One"
Brendan Benson - "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"
Róisín Murphy - "Leaving the City"
Dwele - "Holla"
Ne-Yo - "So Sick"
Mylo - "In My Arms"
Vitalic - "No Fun"
Josh Rouse - "It's the Nighttime"
Keren Ann - "Que N' Ai-Je?"
Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
Boards of Canada - "Chromakey Dreamcoat"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
Sons and Daughters - "Red Receiver"
The Raconteurs - "Steady, As She Goes"
Jack Johnson - "Better Together"
Kenny Chesney - "Somewhere in the Sun"

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gorillaz - Demon Days
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Toby Keith - Honkytonk University
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang
Annie - Anniemal
Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Robyn - Robyn
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth
Goldfrapp - Supernature

Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl"
Spoon - "Turn My Camera On"
Oasis - "Lyla"
Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone"
Toby Keith - "As Good as I Once Was"
The White Stripes - "My Doorbell"
Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Miranda Lambert - "Kerosene"
Kaiser Chiefs - "I Predict a Riot"
Annie - "Chewing Gum"
Fall Out Boy - "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"
Madonna - "Hung Up"
Franz Ferdinand - "Do You Want To"
Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
Art Brut - "Emily Kane"

Matt Collar
Acid House Kings - Sing Along with Acid House Kings
Brendan Benson - The Alternative to Love
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Dungen - Stadsvandringar
Field Music - Field Music
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
Giant Drag - Hearts and Unicorns
Goldrush - Ozona
Goodnight Monsters - The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
Eugene Kelly - Man Alive
Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
Maxïmo Park - A Certain Trigger
Sexsmith & Kerr - Destination Unknown
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Starling Electric - Clouded Staircase
Supergrass - Road to Rouen
Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

Greg Heaney
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II
Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - #3
Jesu - Jesu
Slum Village - Slum Village
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
White Shoes & the Couples Company - White Shoes & the Couples Company
High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Earth - Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth
Autechre - Untilted
Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust
OK Go - Oh No
Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
Dr. Dog - Easy Beat
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Col. Knowledge & the Lickity-Splits - Fall in Love All Over Again With…
The Red Chord - Clients

David Jeffries
Anthony B. - Live on the Battlefield
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Beenie Man - Kingston to King of the Dancehall
Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls
Bun B - Trill
The Game - The Documentary
Lady Sovereign - Vertically Challenged
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
M.I.A. - Arular
Platinum Pied Pipers - Triple P
Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The Relativez - Money Respect Money
Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Yah
Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming
Three 6 Mafia - Most Known Unknown
Kanye West - Late Registration
Z-Ro - Let the Truth Be Told

Andy Kellman
Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens
Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming
Jan Jelinek - Kosmischer Pitch
Richard Davis - Details
One Be Lo - S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.
Coloma - Dovetail
Kanye West - Late Registration
Platinum Pied Pipers - Triple P
M.I.A. - Arular
Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough
Tobi Neumann - Pass Your Bedtime
Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
Steve Spacek - Space Shift
Kate Bush - Aerial
Common - Be
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - The Days of Mars
Dwele - Some Kinda...
Superpitcher - Today
Mu - Out of Breach (Manchester's Revenge)

Amerie - "1 Thing"
The Field - "Love vs. Distance"
T.I. - "ASAP"
NSI - "Clara Ghavami"
Three 6 Mafia - "Stay Fly"
Róisín Murphy ?- "Sow into You"
Steve Spacek - "Dollar"
Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone"
Audision - "Vanish"
Prins Thomas - "Goettsching"
Young Jeezy - "Go Crazy"
Mike Jones - "Still Tippin'"
Tori Alamaze - "Don't Cha"
Yummy Bingham - "Come Get It"
Sébastien Tellier - "La Ritournelle"
Usher - "Throwback"
Quiet Village - "Can't Be Beat"
Raheem DeVaughn - "Guess Who Loves You More"
Brooke Valentine - "Long as You Come Home"
Âme - "Rej"

Jason Lymangrover
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Blood on the Wall - Awesomer
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Clor - Clor
Common - Be
Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
Fantômas - Suspended Animation
Gorillaz - Demon Dayz
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Intelligence - Icky Baby
Isolée - We Are Monster
Japanther - Master of Pigeons
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
Maxïmo Park - A Certain Trigger
M.I.A. - Arular
Perceptionists - Black Dialogue
Serena Maneesh - Serena Maneesh
Torche - Torche

Bloc Party - "Like Eating Glass"
Edan - "I See Colors"
Fatlip - "Today's Your Day (Whachagonedu?)"
The White Stripes - "My Doorbell"
Kanye West - "Celebration"
R. Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet (Ch. 1)"
Spoon - "I Turn My Camera On"
System of a Down - "BYOB"
Times New Viking - "We Got Rocket"
YMCK - "Magical 8bit Tour"

James Christopher Monger
The Darkness - One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back
Kaizers Orchestra - Maestro
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
Gorillaz - Demon Days
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die?
Field Music - Field Music
High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Beck - Guero
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Goldfrapp - Supernature
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Julian Cope - Citizen Cain'd
Konono No. 1 - Congotronics
Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires
Alasdair Roberts - No Earthly Man

Judas Priest - "Judas Rising"
Mew - "The Zookeeper's Boy"
Dropkick Murphys - "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
Wolf Parade - "Shine a Light"
Kaiser Chiefs - "I Predict a Riot"
Crooked Fingers - "Twilight Creeps"
Constantines - "Draw Us Lines"
Leaves' Eyes - "New Found Land"
The Real Tuesday Weld - "At the House of the Clerkenwell Kid"
Fiona Apple - "Extraordinary Machine"
The White Stripes - "My Doorbell"
Deerhoof - "Twin Killers"
British Sea Power - "Oh Larsen B"
The Long Winters - "The Commander Thinks Aloud"
Engineers - "Home"
Doves - "Some Cities"
a-ha - "Keeper of the Flame"
Pinetop Seven - "Born Among the Born Again"
Enya - "The River Sings"
Martha Wainwright - "Bloody Mother F***ing A**hole"

Heather Phares
A Frames - Black Forest
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Boduf Songs - Boduf Songs
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Clor - Clor
Friends of Dean Martinez - Lost Horizon
Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
Heikki - 2
Intelligence - Icky Baby
Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens
The Kills - No Wow
The Knife - Deep Cuts
Ladytron - Witching Hour
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Maxïmo Park - A Certain Trigger
Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak of It Again
Robyn - Robyn
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

Tim Sendra
Acid House Kings - Sing Along with Acid House Kings
Annie - Anniemal
Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
The Bats - At the National Grid
The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Comet Gain - City Fallen Leaves
Field Music - Field Music
Heikki - 2
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
The Lost Patrol Band - The Lost Patrol Band
Pernice Brothers - Discover a Lovelier You
Peter Bjorn and John - Falling Down
Josh Rouse - Nashville
Sambassadeur - Sambassadeur
Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
Epic Soundtracks - Good Things
Rachel Stevens - Come and Get It
Tahiti 80 - Fosbury
White Shoes & the Couples Company - White Shoes & the Couples Company

Jason Thurston
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
Blackalicious - The Craft
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Crooked Fingers - Dignity and Shame
The National - Alligator
Shelby Lynne - Suit Yourself
John Prine - Fair & Square
Editors - The Back Room
Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Common - Be
Ani DiFranco - Knuckle Down
Aqueduct - I Sold Gold
Lou Barlow - Emoh
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
My Morning Jacket - Z

The New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno"
Spoon - "I Turn My Camera On"
Gorillaz - "Feel Good, Inc."
Ben Folds - "Landed"
A Band of Bees - "Chicken Payback"
Bloc Party - "Helicopter"
LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"
Doves - "Black and White Town"
Nada Surf - "Always Love"
Hot Hot Heat - "Middle of Nowhere"
Mike Doughty - "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well"
Jim Jones - "Harlem"
Fountains of Wayne - "The Girl I Can't Forget"
Crooked Fingers - "Call to Love"
Ivy - "Feel So Free"
The Soundtrack of Our Lives - "Midnight Children"
Longwave - "Fall on Every Whim"
M. Ward - "Four Hours in Washington"
Iron & Wine - "Woman King"
Kathleen Edwards - "In State"

Sean Westergaard
James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Ali Jackson/Reginald Veal - Gold Sounds
Club d'Elf - Live at Tonic New York, NY 5/26/04
Danny! - F.O.O.D.
Dr. Dog - Easy Beat
Dave Douglas & Keystone - Keystone
Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars
Bill Frisell - East/West
Satoko Fujii Quartet - Angelona
Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: Upriver
Korekyojinn - Isotope
The Kronos Quartet with Asha Bhosle - You've Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood
Mat Maneri - Pentagon
Snaildartha - Snaildartha: The Story of Jerry the Christmas Snail - A Soul Jazz Extravaganza
The Stars - Will
Odyssey the Band - Back in Time
Elliott Sharp - Quadrature: Solo Electroacoustic Guitar
Elliott Sharp - Commune
Masada - Sanhedrin: 1994-1997
Bar Kokhba Sextet - 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 11
John Zorn/Electric Masada - At the Mountains of Madness

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