Jeff Ament Lists Top 25 Albums/Songs of Decade

by Kathy Davis on December 11, 2009

Travis Hay of Seattle’s Ear Candy blog drew our attention to Jeff Ament’s participation in Rolling Stone magazine’s Best 100 Albums of The Decade and Best 100 Songs of The Decade.  According to the magazine, the panel included artists, journalists and industry insiders.   “Each voter was asked to list his or her 25 favorite albums and songs of the past decade, in order of importance. Ballots were tabulated and weighted according to a methodology developed by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, under the supervision of the editors of Rolling Stone.”  Amongst those joining Jeff on the panel were Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys,  all members of Kings of Leon, Cameron Crowe, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Mary J. Blige, Tom Morello and uberproducer Rick Rubin.

The lists are featured in a special  “Best of The Decade” Issue of Rolling Stone; below are Jeff’s picks.

Top 25 albums of the first decade of the 21st Century, according to Jeff Ament:JeffRollingStoneAlbums


To this I say “High five, Jeff!” PJ Harvey is a goddess (though my choice would have been ‘Uh Huh Her’ rather than ‘Stories’ for album of the decade, but I digress.) Pearl Jam openers Ted Leo, My Morning Jacket, and Brendan O’Brien produced Mastodon are also notable choices.  The man has great, eclectic taste.

Jeff’s Song Choices: JeffRollingStoneSongs


More PJ openers make the cut here: Sleater-Kinney, Gomez, Idlewild, Dismemberment Plan (oh, how I miss them).  Arcade Fire and White Stripes are thrilling picks; Jeff’s eclectic choices surprise and delight (Antony and The Johnsons? Gossip? Who knew?).  And now I know why PJ Harvey – The Letter (from Uh Huh Her, thankyouverymuch) was on the mix of songs played in the various arenas around the country prior to Pearl Jam shows on the 2009 tour. I have always enjoyed reading about the music that artists I love choose as their favorites, and I admit to becoming life-long fans of some musicians as a result of someone I am already a fan of mentioning them – so perhaps I’ll check out some of this music Jeff mentions that I’ve yet to hear and listen with an open mind.


Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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