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The Best Albums of the 2000s

Welcome to 2010!

I’m going to start the year off with yet another list except I won’t be limiting myself to “Top 10” or “Top 20” or whatever. I’ll be going chronologically, year by year (I didn’t put the albums in any specific order though) and if I thought it was a really good album, I’ll list it regardless of whether one year has four albums listed and another year only has two.

Looking back, the whole decade was pretty good for this rock/metal fan. The scene suffered greatly during the ’90s, but by 2000, the genre was turning the corner and I think most people had grown tired of depressed drug addicts and angry no-talent white rappers playing rock music. The legends were laying low during the ’90s and the next decade was made up of many comebacks, but that’s not to discount many newer acts who stepped up and played a vital role in rock ‘n’ roll.

Marvelous 3 – ReadySexGo
Halford – Resurrection
Bon Jovi – Crush
Cold – 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage
The Union Underground – …An Education in Rebellion
Alice Cooper – Brutal Planet

Puddle of Mudd – Come Clean
Megadeth – The World Needs a Hero
Alice Cooper – Dragontown
Lit – Atomic

Dio – Killing the Dragon
Butch Walker – Left of Self-Centered
Bon Jovi – Bounce
Sentenced – The Cold White Light
L.A. Guns – Waking the Dead

Anthrax – We’ve Come For You All
Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper
Dream Evil – Evilized

Scorpions – Unbreakable
Megadeth – The System Has Failed
Tesla – Into the Now
Dream Evil – The Book of Heavy Metal
Brides of Destruction – Here Come the Brides

Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution
Alice Cooper – Dirty Diamonds

Edguy – Rocket Ride
Paul Stanley – Live to Win

Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold
Sebastian Bach – Angel Down
Scorpions – Humanity: Hour I

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Edguy – Tinnitus Sanctus
Whitesnake – Good to Be Bad

KISS – Sonic Boom
Steel Panther – Feel the Steel

LIT – Atomic

Lit – Atomic [Limited Edition] ( 2001, RCA Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Something to Someone” [4:49]
2. “The Last Time Again” [3:17]
3. “Addicted” [2:56]
4. “Lipstick and Bruises” [3:00]
5. “Everything’s Cool” [3:13]
6. “Happy in the Meantime” [2:49]
7. “Drop D” [3:27]
8. “Sunny Weather” [3:13]
9. “Next Time Around” [3:04]
10. “Slip” [4:00]
11. “She Comes” [3:56]
12. “Live for This” [3:21]
13. “Over My Head” [3:40]
1. Lit – “Down (Acoustic)” – 3:46
2. Handsome Devil – “Makin’ Money” [Clean Version] [3:30]
3. The Color Red – “Sore Throat” [Demo version] [5:52]

A. Jay Popoff – Lead Vocals
Jeremy Popoff – Guitars, Vocals
Kevin Blades – Bass, Vocals
Allen Schellenberger – Drums

Now this is just a fun pop-punk rock & roll album. Lit hit it big with “Miserable” and “My Own Worst Enemy” on their 1999 album A Place in the Sun, but as much as I loved “Miserable” I couldn’t be swayed to pick up the album. Well, the lead single here was “Lipstick & Bruises” and I simply had to get this album when it came out. I hadn’t listened to it in years and it actually takes me back to a weird time in my life when I was virtually living on my own, but I loved the album and upon listening to it again, I still love it. 

Lit’s pop-punk style got them thrown in with a lot similar bands from the same era such as Blink-182, Sum 41, SR-71 (What WAS up with all those numbered bands anyway?), Good Charlotte and Eve 6, but the difference is Lit had more of a hard rock edge than any of those other bands.

Good disc to spin when you’re in the mood for something light and fun. “Over My Head” features Steven Tyler on backing vocals and was originally from the Titan A.E. soundtrack. I don’t think it was originally written for this album and was only added on because of its success from the soundtrack. The initial pressing was a “Limited Edition” that featured a second CD with three tracks. One from Lit and the other two from bands signed to their Dirty Martini label.

Highlights: “Something to Someone”, “The Last Time Again”, “Addicted”, “Lipstick & Bruises”, “Drop D”, “Next Time Around”, “She Comes”, “Over My Head”

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