Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rolling Stone's Top 30: Where's the Mojo?

Kanye West: Just plain nasty.
Rolling Stone has released its Top 30 albums of 2010 and we are impressed.  We probably didn't listen to more than two dozen new discs this year, being that we usually have to pay for them.  So giving 30 an honest listen, and shuffling them into some logical order, well they done good.

Except: Their list sucks. Yes, right, we admit we haven't heard them all. Who listens to some of this stuff? One we did hear that deserves mention -- Tom Petty's Mojo -- is nowhere to be found. If we remember correctly, RS gave it a smashing review when it was released. These days it's all about Kanye West, who leads the pack with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and other fashionable artists like Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon and Eminem.  No slight to them, but where's the damn rock 'n' roll?

Meanwhile some people probably are complaining because Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was relegated to No. 21.

Ain't no justice in this world. The list:

1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. The Black Keys, Brothers
3. Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union
4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
5. Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
6. Vampire Weekend, Contra
7. Drake, Thank Me Later
8. Robert Plant, Band of Joy
9. Eminem, Recovery
10. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
11. The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards
12. John Mellencamp, No Better Than This
13. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
14. Robyn, Body Talk
15. The National, High Violet
16. Kid Rock, Born Free
17. Beach House, Teen Dream
18. Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
19. M.I.A., Maya
20. Neil Young, Le Noise
21. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
22. Spoon, Transference
23. Elizabeth Cook, Welder
24. Maximum Balloon, Maximum Balloon
25. Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
26. Yeasayer, Odd Blood
27. Peter Wolf, Midnight Souvenirs
28. My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
29. The Roots, How I Got Over
30. Rick Ross, Teflon Don


  1. The list is probably gonna suck since that which is recorded and sold is ... ohnevermind.
    Petty's 'Mojo' is hardly the only worthy candidate missing, but it is, after all, a list from Rolling Stone.

  2. Kid Rock is a no-talent punk. And he's probably one of the best "artists" on the list.

  3. There's some rock & roll on this list, it's just the rock & roll of... you know... today. I expect you guys are looking for the rock & roll of the 1960s-70s, though, and for that you need look no further than the Black Keys at #2. You should check them out -- take you right back. You might like the Dead Weather, too, for similar reasons.

    The list does mostly suck, though, aside from Spoon, the Black Keys, and MIA...

  4. Welcome to Music from Geezerville, Bonnie B. We do get hopped here at the Sanctuary about Rolling Stone's current take on music, but we mean no harm. And we're not too old or stubborn to hear new stuff. Wayne the Train admits he has Big Boi in the player now, and Dead Weather will get a listen soon. And Black Keys, yes. Thanks for the input.