XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20001) U2-All That You Can't Leave BehindU2 used this album to return to a more conventional music style after mixed responses to their album Pop, where they experimented with alternative rock and dance music. The original title of this album was “U2000” but was shot down in production.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20002) Radiohead-Kid ARadiohead got rid of their three-guitar line-up and switched to a wider range of instruments on Kid A, using keyboards, and on certain compositions, strings and brass. Radiohead marketed the album in an unconventional way, promoting it partly through the Internet through short films called "blips", set to the band's music, and distributed them free of charge online.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20004) B.B. King & Eric Clapton-Riding With The KingEric Clapton had admired B.B King and had always wanted to make a collaborative album with him. Riding with the King was also released on a DVD-Audio in higher resolution in 2000.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20003) Smashing Pumpkins- Machina: The Machines of GodSmashing Pumpkin’s front man, Billy Corgan described the fresh recording development for Machina, “We spent most of the time trying to take the songs as far as they could be taken down a particular avenue. So if it was gonna be proto-cyber metal, we tried to make it very proto and very cyber. If it was acoustic, then we tried to not fall into the typical ballad-y kind of aspects. That's where we spent most of our time. The songs were probably written in about a day.”
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20005) John Hiatt- Crossing Muddy WatersThis album was recorded with no drummer and was a purely acoustic album that infused elements of bluegrass into the sound. This album is comfortably familiar and refreshingly new.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20006) The Beatles-OneThis album has every number-one single released in the United Kingdom and United States by The Beatles before 1970. This demonstration of music revolution took over the charts and was featured as world’s best album of the 21st century.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20007) Phish-FarmhouseThe tracks for Farmhouse were recorded at frontman Trey Anastasio’s studio in Vermont. This was also Phish’s last studio album before their temporary split later in 2000.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20008) Steve Earle- Transcendental BluesSteve Earle continues his rebellious ways with this album as it walks the line between the country-rock rebellion and the traditionalist that opened a new chapter in bluegrass. “I am compelled to look back on years of going through, above, as well as around my life looking for loopholes to redefine everything including any and all of the ideas that I have held close to my heart along the way - Art - Freedom - Justice - Revolution - Love - Growth - Passion - Parenting- and I find that for me, for now, transcendence is about being still enough long enough to know when it's time to move on.” – Steve Earle.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20009) Wilco & Billy Bragg- Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2Not many thought this duo could come again with such strong collaborative musical talent, but Wilco & Billy Bragg proved them wrong. This album was a round two tribute to American folk singer Woody Guthrie and was brought together by his daughter Nora Guthrie.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 200010) Pearl Jam-BinauralThroughout production of Binaural the band had minor setbacks such as singer Eddie Vedder’s writer’s block, as well as guitarist Mike Mccready’s admittance into rehab. But these didn’t stop them from creating an album that debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.