Exclusive: 'Gossip Girl' co-creator Josh Schwartz gives us his take on the albums that defined the decade | EW.com

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Exclusive: 'Gossip Girl' co-creator Josh Schwartz gives us his take on the albums that defined the decade

For Entertainment Weekly’s Best of the Decade special issue, we asked some of the sharpest minds in film and television to give us their take on the past ten years. Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C. and co-creator of Gossip Girl and Chuck, shared his insights into how and why America became Playlist Nation in the 2000s, and how the rise of digital music threatened to kill the album, but ultimately didn’t. To prove his point, Josh gave EW.com this exclusive list of the albums he feels best defined the decade. To read Josh Schwartz’s full essay on the decade in music, pick up the current issue of EW, on stands now.

In our new Playlist Nation, many felt the age of the album was over, with shuffle-happy listeners too busy downloading singles and ringtones. This is an attempt to present ten albums that defied that trend and defined this decade.  Hopefully they will be heard for a long, long time.  And no matter when you hear them, they will transport you back to this time. —Josh Schwartz

Best Albums by the Defining Artists of the ’00s

Radiohead, Kid A

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Jay-Z, The Blueprint

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Best Albums That Saved Their Respective Genres

The Strokes, Is This It

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Outkast, Stankonia

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Best Albums That Changed Those Genres

Kanye West, College Dropout

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Arcade Fire, Funeral

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Best Albums That Capture What This Decade Felt Like

M.I.A., Kala

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LCD Soundsystem, Sounds of Silver

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Best Album by a Band Who Had So Many Good Albums It’s Tough To Choose Just One

White Stripes, Elephant

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Best Albums About Becoming a Grownup (which happened to me this decade... a.k.a. Best Albums I Listened To a Lot)

Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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The National, Boxer

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