As the 2000s come to a close, publications are reflecting on the decade gone by. Here are some highlights:
Faith Hill is the only artist, in any musical genre, to have two of the Top 10 most played songs of the decade (according to Nielsen BDS). Released in November 1999, “Breathe” stands at No. 4 on the chart, while “The Way You Love Me,” released on February 29th, 2000, comes in at No. 6. Both songs are from Breathe, which has sold more than 8 million copies in the US.
Rolling Stone has many decade-end lists in its magazine and online. It ranks Kenny Chesney as the No. 3 biggest touring act of the decade behind Dave Matthews and Celine Dion. He comes in ahead of the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna and more.
RS also surveyed artists, critics, and others in the industry to compile the 100 Best Albums of the Decade list, and several projects with Nashville ties made the cut (see below). Among the judges were Miranda Lambert and the Followills of Kings of Leon fame. Coming in at No. 1: Kid A by Radiohead (Capitol, 2000).
93. Johnny Cash, Unearthed, Lost Highway, 2003
81. Ryan Adams, Gold, Lost Highway, 2001
80. Kings Of Leon, Youth And Young Manhood, RCA, 2003
64. Gillian Welch, Time The Revelator, Acony Records, 2001
62. Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man, American Recordings, 2000
55. Robert Plant And Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, Rounder, 2007
53. Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night, RCA, 2008
39. Kings Of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak, RCA, 2005
38. Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker, Bloodshot, 2000
19. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells, Sympathy For The Record Industry, 2001
5. The White Stripes, Elephant, V2/Third Man, 2003