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The Ultimate Music Year

THE 2000s

The decade where guitars ruled as a new generation of singer-songwriters hit the British scene and socially-aware Rock bands tried to change the world with music. 


Coldplay release Yellow, Dido breaks through with her album, No Angel, Badly Drawn Boy wins the Mercury music Prize, , Madonna releases Music, The Beatles go to No. 1 with "1", Ian Dury dies.

Craig David

Craig David breaks through, Hear'Say are the manufactured band created by Popstars, Eva Cassidy tops the album chart with her Songbird album, George Harrison dies.

Norah Jones

Norah Jones scores a huge hit with her album Come Away From Me, Will Young wins Pop Idol, Party At The Palace features an all-star line-up, Elvis Presley scores an unlikely No. 1 with A Little Less Conversation, Lonnie Donegan and Joe Strummer dies.

The Darkness

The Darkness reinvent glam rock, the White Stripes release Seven Nation Army, , Dizzee Rascal wins the £20,000 Mercury Music Prize, a British jazz-soul boom launched Jamie Cullum and Amy Winehouse, Apple iTunes Music Store is launched.

Scissor Sisters

Katie Melua breaks through as do Keane and Razorlight, and the Scissor Sisters reinvent synth-pop for the new generation.The Darkness reinvigorate rock with a string of hit singles.

James Blunt

Ex-soldier James Blunt storms the chart with You're Beautiful, Live 8 reunites Pink Floyd, Kate Bush releases her first album in 12 years.

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Diana. Cheshire
Because 2004 was the year that Keane really made it with their album Hopes & Fears, after years of struggling in small venues. Their sucess is richly deserved and has brought their wonderful music to so many people, who share my admiration for them!

Big Dawg from Da Hood
I pick 2000's because of Keane, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand + Coldplay. Not forgetting Puussycat/Dresden Dolls + Robbie Williams! Yep, 2000's rock. 90's scare me *shudders* :p BUT 70's rocked too, of course :)

Gaz, Bournemouth
2005 - because of the Arcade Fire, seeing Nick Cave at Ally Pally in August, Antony & the Johnsons being the only great band to win the Mercury Prize since Primal Scream, the Kaiser Chiefs trying to be Blur circa '92, bless 'em. Oh, and the Gorillaz album. The only downsides of 2005 is that it's had The Darkness in it, as well as another boring Oasis album.

Annabelle Tipper, Kings Lynn
Hopes and Fears by Keane was released in 2004 and, in my opinion, it is the best debut album by any band ever. The band combine fantastic melodies with heartfelt lyrics and Tom Chaplin has such a beautiful voice. I would also pick the 2000's as my decade of choice because of great albums by singer-songwriters such as James Blunt and Tom Baxter. Another highlight of the decade has been the success of Coldplay, who just keep going from strength to strength.

Dave Macclesfield
Flying through my thirties, getting married and having two kids - the best of times!! Keane, Kaisers, Killers, Jet,need I say more.
2004 saw the release of Green Day's American Idiot. It rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guy Leeds
The best of the summer festivals i have ever been to were held in 2000's. Not to mention live 8 the bit where bono released those doves.And Tiesto's set during the opeing cermony of the olymipics. spine tingling moments that i will remember for ever.


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