Albums Celebrating 10 years of Success

Albums Celebrating 10 years of Success

by Angel Luna, A&E Reporter

Disclaimer: This is not in order from best to worst, rank numbers are just random.

2015 is anticipated to be a big year for pop culture. From big blockbuster movie releases to blowing up YouTube stars. Considering music is a big part of pop culture, there will surely be more albums from old and upcoming artists soon. Before we look ahead at what is to come, let’s rewind to albums released ten years ago.
1. X&Y- Coldplay
British alternative band, Coldplay released their third album on June 6, 2005. This album included many of their softer songs, including the tear jerking single “Fix You”. Their song styles in this album portray many different messages about relatable problems, from bringing awareness to the feelings of loneliness and loss in the song, Square One, to gifting us with a supporting song to show support for us in our lowest times in the song, Fix You. In 2006 X&Y won Juno Award for International Album of the Year, Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year, and Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Group. In December it was announced that their upcoming album, A Head Full of Dreams, will be their “final” project.
2. Demon Days – Gorillaz
For those who don’t know, Gorillaz is a virtual band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. A virtual band is where the members are not actual people, but animated characters. Demon Days is the second studio album by Gorillaz. It was released May 11, 2005. The lyrics show a message of rebellious angst and the beat is a good listen if you want to get pumped up and ready to go. It is speculated that Gorillaz will be releasing a new album sometime this year.
3. From Under the Cork Tree- Fall Out Boy
This album was released on May 3, 2005 by this American rock band. A good way to explain their music is it is dance music in rock form. Unlike other bands, where after they release one album they keep following the same pattern, Fall Out Boy grows and changes throughout each album and song. From Under the Cork Tree was nominated for Kerrang! Award for Best Album. Fall Out Boy released their new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, on January 20, 2015.
4. Late Registration- Kanye West
This album was released on August 30, 2005. Late Registration won Grammy Award for Best Rap Album on the 48th Annual Grammy’s. Kanye West’s second studio album includes voices from, Lupe Fiasco, Adam Levine, Bernie Mac, Jamie Foxx, Paul Wall, GLC, Common, The Game, Brandy, Jay-Z, Nas, and Really Doe.
5. Confessions on a Dance Floor- Madonna
Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor is a dance/electronic album. It was released November 11, 2005. In 2007 it won Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album and in 2006 the album won Madonna an Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist. Madonna will release her new album, Rebel Heart, on March 9, 2015
6. The Emancipation of Mimi- Mariah Carey
The Emancipation of Mimi was released March 30, 2005. The album won Mariah Carey an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female in 2006. Mariah Carey’s tenth studio album is filled with soulful tunes. There are songs that range from loud ballads to soft melodies.
7. Arular- M.I.A.
Arular was released on March 22, 2005. The album included many songs with a distinct rhythm and beat. The lyrics are simple but are put in a way that portrays a strong message in some of her songs.
8. Monkey Business- The Black Eyed Peas
Monkey Business’s release date was May 25, 2005. The album won Juno Award for International Album of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, and Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album- Group, Band or Duo in 2006. The Black Eyed Peas were able to pump up a crowd with each song from this album. Each song is filled with different upbeat tempos that go along with rhythmical lyrics that fit along with the instrumentals.
9. Don’t Believe the Truth- Oasis
Oasis released Don’t Believe the Truth on May 30, 2005. It was nominated for NME Award for Best Album. Don’t Believe the Truth reached number one on the UK album charts in just less than one week, making it the 32nd fastest selling album in the UK.
10. Tha Carter II- Lil Wayne
Tha Carter II was dropped on December 6, 2005. It was nominated for BET Hip Hop Award for CD of the Year and Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album. This album features the voices of Kurupt, Nikki, Robin Thicke, and Birdman. His new album, Tha Carter V, is predicted to be released sometime during the first quarter of 2015, after being delayed of its release date twice.