"short-lived and unquestionably ridiculous, soapish drama "the o.c." provided an indie hero in seth cohen, who not coincidentally had awesome taste in music. whether or not you enjoyed the show, its soundtracks brought good music to the masses."
"before they became hyper-famous and settled into their role as this decade's U2, coldplay's plaintive and hopeful lyrics, matched by the skills of talented musicians, rocked many a college dorm room."
"indie before indie was cool. this album by the strokes could be one of the keys to saving rock music. unfortunately, after this album they never really lived up to the hype, but you can't deny they paved the way for many excellent bands to follow."
"launching the return of the white guy with guitar phenomenon, john mayer tapped into the uncertainty and navel gazing of a generation, while also making the ladies swoon. later he just became kind of a douche."
"during the middle of the decade a wave of 80's nostalgia swept the music world, led by the killers, who somehow managed to make synthesizers cool again and launched a thousand hipster/80s wardrobes. kind of seems old hat now, but at the time, hot fuss seemed really different."
"as 80s-inspired glam rock and the indie revival took center stage, folk music staged an understated but significant comeback. extremely intimate and heartfelt, while at the same time musically evoking a dream, neo-hippie kids everywhere have this one on repeat six years later."
"no, i did not include this just to see if you were paying attention. lady gaga is a must-mention of the decade, giving everyone from teeny-boppers, the gay community, and the today show to love. called this generation's madonna, gaga makes herself relevant with catchy hooks and perhaps even a philosophical exploration of what it means to be female in the 21st century."