No one is better suited to cranking out grandiose-yet-defiantly-conventional “best of” music lists than Rolling Stone, which turns in not one but two reliably pat servings of “best of list” comfort food in its year-end issue. The first is the “100 Best Albums of the Decade,” headlined by Radiohead and Kid A. (Is Matthew Leathers a guest editor at RS?) Amazingly, no U2 album cracks the Top 10 … of that list. (2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind comes in #13.) But U2’s No Line on the Horizon does come in #1 on the “Best Albums of 2009,” list, one spot ahead of Bruce Springsteen, whom the editors at RS pray to five times a day whilst facing the Boss’s most recent tour stop.
RS’s other “best of” decade list is “The 100 Best Songs of the Decade,” topped by Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” Remarkably, someone on the voting panel had the good sense to include as many tracks from LCD Soundsystem as ones from U2 and Coldplay. If it was you, Mr. Leathers — thank you.
(The awesome cover design by Chip Kidd is also a big step up from Taylor Lautner wearing a wet t-shirt.)