10) Skin Deep-Buddy Guy Buddy Guy said he was inspired to write the song "Skin Deep" after reuniting with a white childhood friend whose parents had cut off their relationship as teens, according to George Vlahakis of BlackGrooves.org. Collaborations on the album include Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Robert Randolph.
9) Accelerate-R.E.M. XRT Listeners didn’t know it at the time, but they were voting for what has turned out to be the band’s penultimate album, as the band announced their conclusion in September 2011.
8) Day & Age-The Killers In September 2009, Flowers commented on the album:
7) Only By The Night-Kings of Leon Somewhat of a phenomenon, the 4th studio album and change of style for the band was met with poor critical reviews, clocking in at a 3.8/10, 2/10 and 4/10 by Pitchfork Media, PopMatters and JustPressPlay respectively, while achieving extremely high commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries in 2008.
6) Modern Guilt-Beck In an interview with Renee Montagne of NPR, Beck explained the method to his madness for the songwriting on Modern Guilt: “The way a lot of my songs are written — I write the music first, and I record it, and then with a song like 'Modern Guilt,' I just get on the microphone and I write something really quick, sort of off the top of my head so I can remember the melody. And what happens a lot of times is that what I initially sing on there ends up being on the record. A lot of these things, I don't really get to spend too much time figuring out what it is."
5) Everything That Happens Will Happen Today-David Byrne and Brian Eno When this legendary duo joined forces in 2007 to collaborate for the first time since 1981, they agreed that they would only work on the project as long as it was enjoyable. If it wasn’t fun, they would stop. Lucky for us, it must have been fun.
4) Evil Urges-My Morning Jacket Cover art for MMJ’s fifth studio album was done by Gary Burden. The Grammy Award winning artist has done covers for Mama Cass, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Neil Young.
3) Narrow Stairs-Death Cab for Cutie In an interview with Doug Wallen of The Vine, Guitarist and producer Chris Walla said that, "Narrow Stairs was very much a commitment to just crashing through the songs as we recorded them, like four people in a room."
2) In Rainbows-Radiohead The album was 2 years in the making, and after it was released Thom Yorke said the album was "about the f-ing panic of realizing you're going to die! And that any time soon [I could] possibly [have] a heart attack when I next go for a run," in an interview with Craig McLean of The Observer.
1) Viva La Vida-Coldplay This album earned the UK Rockers Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards, which might be due to the fact that producer Brian Eno insisted on making every single song sound different on the album. Other influences include latin vibes from touring in South America, novels by Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.