Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Black Cherry Tasty Electric Version
Gallowsbird's Bark Fever to Tell Chutes Too Narrow The Black Album

Once again, we take a short break from covering current releases by looking back at a year from this nearly-complete decade and compiling lists of our personal favorites. With 2000-2002 in the past, we turn to 2003, a year that provided the decade with some of its funnest (and/or funniest) and most memorable (for better or worse) singles. Kelis' sexy and silly "Milkshake," OutKast's irresistibly peppy "Hey Ya!," the Darkness' unapologetically over-the-top "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," and 50 Cent's unapologetically simple-minded "In da Club" -- featuring a total of three three-syllable words, all proper nouns -- represent just a handful of them. Hundreds of albums and songs are highlighted, and while it is doubtful that 20 years of perspective will make 2003 seem much different from 2002 or 2004, at least in terms of recordings, there is no doubt that there was plenty to like and even love.

John Bush
Broadcast - Haha Sound
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Jay-Z - The Black Album
The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
Josh Rouse - 1972
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
The White Stripes - Elephant
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
The Mood Elevator - Married Alive
Kenny Chesney - When the Sun Goes Down
Four Tet - Rounds
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Fire Theft - The Fire Theft
Joan of Arc - So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness
Manitoba - Up in Flames
Cursive - The Ugly Organ
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
Murs - The End of the Beginning
Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Master and Everyone

The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Villalobos - "Easy Lee"
R. Kelly - "Ignition [Remix]"
Viktor Vaughn - "Lickupon"
Murs Feat. Humpty Hump & Shock G. - "Risky Business"
Mark Ronson f/ Rhymefest & Anthony Hamilton - "Bout to Get Ugly"
The Mood Elevator - "Anglophile"
Josh Rouse - "1972"
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
OutKast f/ Sleepy Brown & Jazze Pha - "Bowtie"
Dizzee Rascal - "Fix Up, Look Sharp"
808 State - "Flow Coma [AFX Remix]"
Cat Power - "Free"
Four Tet - "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth"
Kelis - "Milkshake"
Kenny Chesney - "There Goes My Life"
Lewis Taylor - "Stoned, Pt. 1"
OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
The Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The White Stripes - Elephant
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
The Kills - Keep on Your Mean Side
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
The Strokes - Room on Fire
P!nk - Try This
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
Cat Power - You Are Free
Toby Keith - Shock'n Y'All

Beyonce - "Crazy in Love"
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
P!nk - "Feel Good Time"
P!nk - "Trouble"
Supergrass - "Grace"
Alan Jackson - "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"
50 Cent - "In da Club"
Kelis - "Milkshake"
The Strokes - "12:51"
Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Kelly Clarkson - "Miss Independent"
Tracy Byrd - "Drinkin' Bone"

Paula Carino
The Postal Service - Give Up
Lilium - Short Stories
Guided by Voices - Earthquake Glue
Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
Cafe Tacuba - Cuatro Caminos
Cat Power - You Are Free
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Streetcore
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
The Kills - Keep on Your Mean Side
The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
Frank Black and the Catholics - Show Me Your Tears
British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power
Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks
Original Soundtrack - Belleville Rendez-Vous
Francine - 28 Plastic Blue Versions of Endings Without You
Robyn Hitchcock - Luxor
Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance
Original Soundtrack - Lost in Translation
Lisa Gerrard - Whale Rider

Matt Collar
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
The Clientele - The Violet Hour
The Decemberists - Her Majesty
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
Kings of Leon - Youth & Young Manhood
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Manitoba - Up in Flames
Matthew Sweet - Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu
Mojave 3 - Spoon and Rafter
Movietone - The Sand and the Stars
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
Nick Curran & the Nitelifes - Doctor Velvet
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Richard Hawley - Lowedges
Sloan - Action Pact
Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
Ted Leo/The Pharmacists - Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead
The Thrills - So Much for the City
The White Stripes - Elephant
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

Greg Heaney
The Bad Plus - These Are the Vistas
Pelican - Australasia
Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs
The Thermals - More Parts Per Million
Jaylib - Champion Sound
The Decemberists - Her Majesty
Electric Six - Fire
Murs - The End of the Beginning
NOMO - NOMO
Envy - A Dead Sinking Story
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Pas/Cal - The Handbag Memoirs
Ween - Quebec
The Strokes - Room on Fire
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow
The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle

David Jeffries
50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Baby Bash - Tha Smokin' Nephew
Blurt - The Best of Blurt, Vol. 1: The Fish Needs a Bike
Easy Star All-Stars - Dub Side of the Moon
Eminem - Straight from the Lab
The Fall - The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)
Beres Hammond - Can't Stop a Man: The Ultimate Collection
Mitch Hedberg - Mitch All Together
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Jaylib - Champion Sound
Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
R. Kelly - Chocolate Factory
Laibach - WAT
Murk - Murk
Original Soundtrack - Lost in Translation
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Rhythm & Sound - W/The Artists
Spring Heel Jack - Live
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
Wax Poetic - Nublu Sessions

Andy Kellman
David Sylvian - Blemish
Daniel Bell - The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!
Bugz in the Attic - Fabriclive.12
Michael Mayer - Fabric 13
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
Freeway - Philadelphia Freeway
Villalobos - Alcachofa
Mu - Afro Finger & Gel
Kelis - Tasty
Andrés - Andrés
Dwele - Subject
Broadcast - Haha Sound
Tobias Thomas - Smallville
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Luomo - The Present Lover
Matthew Dear - Leave Luck to Heaven
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Jaylib - Champion Sound
Erykah Badu - Worldwide Underground
Anders Ilar - Everdom

Mu - "Let's Get Sick"
Daft Punk - "Face to Face"
Audision - "First Contact"
David Banner - "Cadillac on 22's"
Anthony Hamilton - "Charlene"
Talib Kweli - "Get By"
Alicia Keys - "You Don't Know My Name"
Beyoncé - "Crazy in Love"
Kaidi Tatham & Dego - "Got Me Puzzled"
Mathew Jonson - "Typerope"
Mýa - "Fallen"
Kelis - "Milkshake"
Broadcast - "Pendulum"
OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
Dizzee Rascal - "Fix Up, Look Sharp"
Konrad Black - "Busting Down the Door with a Shotgun"
Claro Intelecto - "Peace of Mind"
Richard Davis - "Bring Me Closer"
Henrik Schwarz - "Chicago"
Niko Marks - "Chune"

Uncle Dave Lewis
David Holzman, piano - Stefan Wolpe: Compositions for Piano (1920-1952)
Valentin Silvestrov and others - Silvestrov: Leggerio, pesante
Speculum Musicae and others - The Music of Elliott Carter Volume IV
St. Lawrence String Quartet - Osvaldo Golijov: Yiddishbbuk
Reinbert de Leeuw and others - The Ligeti Project Volume 3
Zez Confrey and Artis Wodehouse - Piano Rolls and Solos
Juan Diego Florez - Una furtiva lagrima
Col. Lowell Graham, USAF Heritage of America Band - Sousa
Jennifer Larmore - L'Étoile
Kymi Sinfoniette - Uuno Klami: Rhapsodie
Cecile Licad - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Piano Music
James Sinclair, Northern Sinfonietta - Ives: Symphony No. 3
Jose de Eusebio and others - Albèniz: Henry Clifford
Chitose Okashiro - A Leaf: Beatles Piano Transcriptions
Southwest Chamber Music - Carlos Chavez: Complete Chamber Music Volume 1
David Russell - Aire Latino

Jason Lymangrover
Andrew W.K. - The Wolf
Aphex Twin - 26 Mixes for Cash
The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic
Helium - The Magic City
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow
Manitoba - Up in Flames
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Marked Men - The Marked Men
Melt-Banana - Cell-Scape
Murs - The End of the Beginning
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
OutKast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Pepe Deluxe - Beatitude
Polysics - Neu
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
The Strokes - Room on Fire
The Wrens - The Meadowlands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

James Christopher Monger
Justin Sullivan - Navigating by the Stars
British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Streetcore
Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
The Books - The Lemon of Pink
The Essex Green - The Long Goodbye
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Crooked Fingers - Red Devil Dawn
Muse - Absolution
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death
The Darkness - Permission to Land
Tr - Eric the Red
The Mattoid - Hello
The Hidden Cameras - The Smell of Our Own
Richard Hawley - Lowedges
Andrew Bird - Weather Systems
Sagor & Swing - Allt Hnger Samman
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
Windir - Likferd

OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
Patrick Herek - "Demonic Piano"
DeVotchKa - "Queen of the Surface Streets"
King Creosote - "Homeboy"
The Thrills - "Big Sur"
Dean & Britta - "Night Nurse"
Jane's Addiction - "True Nature"
Stars - "Heart"
Rufus Wainwright - "Oh What a World"
Sun Kil Moon - "Glenn Tipton"
Stew - Love Like That"
The Fire Theft - "Chain"
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
Finishing School - "Destination Girl"
M. Ward - "Vincent O'Brien"
Alison Krauss - "The Scarlet Tide"
The Pernice Brothers - "Water Ban"
David Bowie - "Never Get Old"
Radiohead - "A Wolf at the Door"
M83 - "Run into Flowers"

Heather Phares
Adult. - Anxiety Always
Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash
Broadcast - Haha Sound
Calexico - Feast of Wire
Constantines - Shine a Light
Dead Meadow - Shivering King and Others
Deerhoof - Apple O'
The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
Kelis - Tasty
The Kills - Keep on Your Mean Side
Matmos - The Civil War
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Quintron - Are You Ready for an Organ Solo?
The Strokes - Room on Fire
TV on the Radio - Young Liars
The White Stripes - Elephant
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

The All-American Rejects - "Swing, Swing"
Beyonce - "Crazy in Love"
Broadcast - "Pendulum"
Kelly Clarkson - "Miss Independent"
Electric Six - "Danger! High Voltage"
The Fiery Furnaces - "Tropical Ice-Land" (YouTube)
50 Cent - "In da Club"
Goldfrapp - "Train"
Kelis - "Milkshake"
Kenna - "Freetime"
Pharrell - "Frontin'"
OutKast - "Hey Ya"
Quintron - "Place Unknown"
Radiohead - "There There"
Snoop Dogg - "Beautiful"
The Strokes - "12:51"
Justin Timberlake - "Rock Your Body"
TV on the Radio - "Staring at the Sun" (YouTube)
The White Stripes - "The Hardest Button to Button"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps"

Tim Sendra
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Camera Obscura - Underachievers Please Try Harder
The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic
Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
Manitoba - Up in Flames
Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs

Beyonce - "Crazy in Love"
Club 8 - "Saturday Night Engine"
The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
Joe Firstman - "Can't Stop Loving You"
The Gay - "Opulent Canine"
Richard Hawley - "Darlin'"
Junior Senior - "Move Your Feet"
Killer Mike - "A.D.I.D.A.S."
Jens Lekman - "Maple Leaves"
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?"
The New Pornographers - "From Blown Speakers"
OutKast - "The Way You Move"
Pas/Cal - "The Handbag Memoirs"
Puffy AmiYumi - "Planet Tokyo"
The Raveonettes - "That Great Love Sound"
Snoop Dogg - "Beautiful"
Stars - "Romantic Comedy"
The Thrills - "One Horse Town"
Wayne Wonder - "No Letting Go"
Young and Sexy - "Herculean Bellboy"

Jason Thurston
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
OutKast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Kelis - Tasty
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart
Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine & Ours
The Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
Blur - Think Tank
Cat Power - You Are Free
Anthony Hamilton - Comin' from Where I'm From
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
Beulah - Yoko
The Fire Theft - The Fire Theft
Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks
Richard Hawley - Lowedges
The Coral - The Coral
Dean Wareham & Britta Philips - L'Avventura

OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
The White Stripes - "7 Nation Army"
The Stars - "Elevator Love Letter"
Hot Hot Heat - "Bandages"
Mitch & Mickey - "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow"
Kelis - "Milkshake"
Blur - "Out of Time"
Kathleen Edwards - "One More Song the Radio Won't Like"
Sam Roberts - "Brother Down"
Nappy Roots - "Sick & Tired"
Warren Zevon - "Keep Me in Your Heart"
Brookville - "Walking in Moonlight"
Sense Field - "I Refuse"
Dizzee Rascal - "Fix Up, Look Sharp"
British Sea Power - "Carrion"
Liz Phair - "Why Can't I?"
Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"
Norah Jones - "Don't Know Why"
Johnny Cash - "Hurt"
The Decemberists - "Billy Liar"

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