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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2001

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At long last we appear to be at the end of teen pop dominance in the US. Rock returned in a big way with sell-out Radiohead concerts from coast to coast, The Strokes emerging as critical darlings, and the tried-and-true rock formula of monster guitar bands like Creed storming the Billboard charts. While dance and hip-hop had relatively weak years, a few near masterpieces emerged with The Avalanches’ Since I Left You and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint. Meanwhile, Radiohead’s sound continued to loom large over the UK pop scene, as bands such as Travis and Coldplay continued to grow in popularity and the “sensitive boy” sounds of Turin Brakes, Starsailor, and Kings of Convenience emerged as a bonafide scene. Our critics chose many of these (minus Creed) as among the best music of the year. Then there were the old critical stalwarts—Bob Dylan, Björk, Ryan Adams, and Lucinda Williams—that placed very high in our writers’ eyes.


OK, on to the picks for 2001 . . .


Sarah Zupko, PopMatters Editor & Publisher


 

Monday, December 17 2001

Best of 2001: Sarah Zupko


Best of 2001: David Zahl


Best of 2001: Ben Varkentine


Best of 2001: Ryan Tranquilla


Best of 2001: Jason Thompson


Best of 2001: Ted Swedenburg


Best of 2001: Michael Stone


Best of 2001: J. Victoria Sanders


Best of 2001: Eden Miller


Best of 2001: Rob McLaughlin


Best of 2001: Kevin Mathews


Best of 2001: John Kreicbergs


Best of 2001: Matt Keppel


Best of 2001: Scott Hudson


Best of 2001: Christine Hsieh


Best of 2001: Gary Glauber


Best of 2001: Shan Fowler


Best of 2001: Andrew Ellis


Best of 2001: S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: James Beaudreau


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