20 Best Live Acts of the Decade: 2000-2009

Paste Magazine released what they believe were the best live acts over the past decade. Included is a paragraph with why the magazine chose the artists they did along with videos of live performances.

The top 20 are:

20. TV on the Radio

19. Of Montreal

18. Pixies

17. The Decemberists

16. Ted Leo

15. Wilco

14. Sufjan Stevens

13. The Avett Brothers

12. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

11. The Hold Steady

10. Sigur Ros

9. U2

8. Bruce Springsteen

7. Polyphonic Spree

6. My Morning Jacket

5. Janelle Monae

4. Tom Waits

3. Radiohead

2. The Flaming Lips

1. Arcade Fire

I would have to completely agree with Paste Magazine about this list. Although I've only seen 2 out of the 20 acts live, I have listened almost religiously to all of these bands. I can only imagine what it would be like to see Of Montreal, Radiohead, or Sigur Ros live. If you can't see these bands live I would suggest listening to all of them if you haven't already. Everyone likes to listen to new music anyways so enjoy.



Milly said...

I've only seen two of these acts as well and both were amazing (Sigur Ros, TVOTR). Nice list Paste!

EM said...

You should show this list to U of MN students. They might actually get excited about U2 coming to play at their stadium. ha

Anonymous said...

YES!!! JM totally deserves to be on this list! She is such a force on stage and absolutely captivating...from her energy, to painting on stage, to just having great vocals...she's an all around wondaful performer.