Ah, a fresh decade! It has that new car smell. But, before we unleash the pop culture milieu that is the Decade Twenty-Teen, let us first reflect on the very best of Pop Culture in the 00's. Here are my personal picks for the Ten Best Films, Albums, TV Shows, and Narrative Stories of the Decade-That-Was. If you want to hear my reasoning, you'll have to take a listen to the Steelehouse Podcast. Available free to download at www.steelehouse.com. But, for now, take a look at the lists themselves (in ascending order):

 

TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 00'S:

10. United 93 (2006) Director: Paul Greengrass

9. Casino Royale (2006) Director: Martin Campbell

8. Amelie (2001) Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

7. The Incredibles (2004) Director: Brad Bird

6. The Passion of the Christ (2004) Director: Mel Gibson

5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Director: Michel Gondry

4. Children of Men (2006) Director: Alfonso Cuaron

3. The Dark Knight (2008) Director: Christopher Nolan

2. Moulin Rouge! (2001) Director: Baz Luhrmann

1. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) Director: Peter Jackson

 

TEN BEST ALBUMS OF THE 00'S:

10. "Halcyon Days" Bruce Hornsby (2004)

9. "Gold" Ryan Adams (2001)

8. "Come On Feel The Illinoise!" Sufjan Stevens (2005)

7. "Heavier Things" John Mayer (2003)

6. "A Rush of Blood to the Head" Coldplay (2002) 

5. "The Rising" Bruce Springsteen (2002)

4. "Vampire Weekend" (2008)

3. "Traffic & Weather" Fountains of Wayne (2007)

2. "No Line On The Horizon" U2 (2009)

1. "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" Wilco (2002)

 

TEN BEST TELEVISION SHOWS OF THE 00'S: 

10. "Band of Brothers" (2001) HBO

9. "Spongebob Squarepants" (2000-2009) Nickelodeon

8. "Pushing Daisies" (2007-2009) ABC

7. "Freaks & Geeks" (2000) NBC

6. "Battlestar Galactica" (2003-2008) Syfy

5. "Extras" (2005-2007) HBO

4. "Mad Men" (2007-2009) AMC

3. "Arrested Development" (2003-2006) FOX

2. "Lost" (2004-2009) ABC

1. "Planet Earth" (2007) Discovery 

 

TEN BEST NARRATIVE STORIES OF THE 00'S: 

10. Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (Web Series)

9. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel

8. Sam Raimi's Spiderman Saga

7. "Band of Brothers"

6. "Battlestar Galactica" (2006-2009) Syfy 

5. Christopher Nolan's Batman Saga

4. "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke

3. Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings"

2. "Lost" (2004-2009) ABC

1. The Harry Potter Saga by J. K. Rowling

 

There you have it. My own picks for the Best of the Decade. Be looking out in the weeks to come for my Best of 2009. For now, check out the Steelehouse Podcast or, better yet, comment below on your own thoughts. Agree? Disagree? The Decade's in your court.